Clinical Research Program
At our many office locations, our physicians see thousands of patients each year. Some of those women have medical conditions for which existing therapies have limitations. We are always seeking new and improved treatments for our patients. As a result, we are quite excited to be able to offer clinical research trials our patients can participate in. Carefully monitoring all trials under the best standards for research is optimal for patient safety. Moreover, the research coordinators working on our studies have years of experience participating in clinical research.
We find there are women who feel a calling to participate in such research for not only their own potential benefit but also for the better health of many other women. Often, these volunteers are eager to learn about health issues and remedies. Additionally, they realize that the progress in health care that benefits us all comes through the teamwork of volunteers for studies and the teams doing those studies.
These Women deserve our profound esteem and gratitude!
Mirena® Extended Use Study
Purpose of the study: The purpose of this study is to research extended use of the Mirena® IUS. Currently, the Mirena® IUS is approved to prevent pregnancy for 5 years. This study will help researchers assess if the Mirena® IUS is effective and safe beyond 5 years and up to 8 years of use. Additionally, researchers hope to learn more about the safety and tolerability of the study IUS.
PI name: John Partridge
Why is the study being done: Mirena® IUS is a highly effective contraceptive method that is currently approved for use in the U.S. for up to 5 years. In addition, Mirena® has been shown to reduce menstrual blood loss. Researchers aim to assess if Mirena® is an effective method of contraception for up to 8 years. Depending on the results, this may allow clinicians to recommend a longer interval between the IUS placements in women. Mirena® can also lessen menstrual blood loss in women who have heavy menstrual flow. Therefore, a sub-study will be conducted to assess whether the effect of Mirena® on menstrual blood loss is maintained beyond 5 years, and up to 8 years of use.
You may be eligible for this study if:
- You are a woman between the ages of 18 and 35
- You are currently using a Mirena® for birth control OR birth control and heavy menstrual blood loss
- You have been using the same Mirena® for at least 4.5 years and are able to show documentation of the original date of insertion and indication for use.
- You are willing to use the study drug as your main form of contraception
- You are sexually active with a male partner who has not had a vasectomy
Compensation: You will be compensated up to $1600 for participating in this study. Compensation will only be given to you for visits that you attend.
Contact Information: To find out more information and to learn if you are qualified to participate, please call Joelle Jensen, RN at 804-920-0819.
Heavy Periods due to Uterine Fibroids? You may want to consider participating in a clinical research study. The My Fibroid Study (MyUFStudy.com) is evaluating an investigation medication to see if it may safely and effectively reduce bleeding during your period. You may qualify to participate if you:
- Are premenopausal, 18-51 years old
- Have heavy periods*
- Have monthly periods
*A previous diagnosis of uterine fibroids is not required to qualify for the study.
If you qualify and decide to participate, you will receive all study- related care and study medication at no cost. You may be reimbursed for travel and other expenses. To learn more or see if you qualify, call 804-920-0819