Cosmetics and Pregnancy

2017-09-15 00:23:21 | BioPortfolio


The use of cosmetics is an important source of exposure to many chemicals including endocrine disruptors. Recently, national and international scientific recommendations have been issued to limit exposure to chemicals during pregnancy. However, the perception and the use of cosmetics by pregnant women is still little studied. The objectives of the PERICOS study are to identify the risk perception and the attitudes regarding cosmetic's use by the pregnant women.

Understanding the risk perception, the knowledge, attitudes and expectations of women about the use of cosmetics during pregnancy will help to set up effective strategies to improve prevention of chemical exposure.


A qualitative study of 60 pregnant women using six focus groups (9-11 pregnant women per group) was implemented study in Auvergne Region, France. Six focus groups will be conducted until data saturation.

The women will be recruited from the Clermont-Ferrand University Hospital (maternity type III - 2 groups), the private clinic in Beaumont (maternity type II - 2 groups), the Saint-Flour hospital center (maternity type I - 1 group), and from liberal health professionals (1 group).

If a women is found to be eligible, she will be invited to participate in the study. The focus group discussions will be conducted in a private room in the maternity of the women. They will last approximately 2 hours and will be led by an interviewer using an interview grid.

All interviews will be audio-recorded, transcribed, coded and computerized for analysis with the NVIVO v11 software.

Study Design




Group discussions


CHU Clermont-Ferrand


Not yet recruiting


University Hospital, Clermont-Ferrand

Results (where available)

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Published on BioPortfolio: 2017-09-15T00:23:21-0400

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