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Undergraduate Research Center

Ashlee Gauda

  • SOAR Position: Member; Alumni
  • Major: Nursing
  • Faculty Mentor(s): Dr. Amanda Flagg

Current Focus: The Influence of Generational Menstrual Shame on Menstruating Females

Project Description

This thesis entails a pilot qualitative research study exploring the reflections of adolescent menstrual experiences by women of various ages. The question posed for this study is “Are memories of menstrual shaming in adolescence still traumatizing to the adult female?” Five women ages 21-64 were sampled. Their interviews were transcribed, analyzed, and manual coded to draw themes. Five themes were assumed from the interviews: Isolation, Self-gaslighting, Discomfort, Bullying, and Knowledge Deficit. These themes provide a better understanding of the adolescent experiences of these women and the trauma caused. The aim of this study is to decrease menstrual stigma and shame, while also calling for education improvements regarding women’s health.

Why does this topic interest you?

I started researching this topic in high school.

What are your professional aspirations?

I want to achieve my DNP and PhD in Nursing.

Do you have any advice for future researchers?

Plan well and plan to finish everything early.

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