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Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)

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Androgen Excess as a Mechanism for Adipogenic Dysfunction in Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) Women
Women with and Without Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) May Be Eligible to Participate in a Research Study To Learn More About How Body Fat Affects Women’s Health. If you are a Non-Hispanic Caucasian woman between the ages of 18 and 35 years with a BMI between 18.5 and 25 kg/m2 and not pregnant or planning to become pregnant, you may be eligible to participate in a UCLA Research Study being conducted within the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. The principal investigator is Dr. Daniel Dumesic. Eligible women will undergo sophisticated medical testing with no cost to the participant or their insurance company. Some of the procedures and tests for this study include:

  • removal of a small amount of fat from your abdomen
  • oral glucose tolerance testing
  • ovarian ultrasound and follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) stimulation testing
  • DXA scan for total body fat
  • MRI of your abdominal area for abdominal fat

Women with PCOS will be asked to take a pill every day for 6 months and then repeat the tests mentioned above. The pill will either be a drug call Flutamide or it will be a placebo (sugar pill). Flutamide is a drug that temporarily blocks the action of male hormones in women. You cannot participate in this study if you have a pacemaker, metal implant(s), or are claustrophobic.
Women without PCOS may receive up to $300 for participation. Women with PCOS may receive up to $840 for participation
. All participants will receive parking vouchers for their visits to UCLA. If you wish to learn more about this study, please email uclaobgynresearch@mednet.ucla.edu or call 310.825-5255.
A member of the study team will contact you to discuss the study and to determine if you are eligible to participate. IRB#: 12-001780

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Vulvodynia Functional MRI Research Study (Women 18-55)

Women’s Health Clinical Research Unit
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If you are female between the ages of 18 to 55 and have been diagnosed with vestibulodynia or vulvodynia OR are experiencing chronic pain at the opening of the vagina or at the area surrounding the opening, with or without intercourse, we would like you to participate in a research study.

This study is conducted by Dr. Jennifer Labus at the UCLA Oppenheimer Center for Neurobiology of Stress (www.uclacns.org) and Dr. Andrea Rapkin at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Earn up to $130 for your participation. The purpose of this research is to help understand the physiology and genetic makeup of this chronic pain condition. Participation involves 2 visits (1 screening, 1 MRI scan) over approximately 1-3 weeks. You must be right-handed and not pregnant.

For further details, please e-mail uclaobgynresearch@mednet.ucla.edu or call 310-825-5255.

Affiliated: Gynecology | Women’s Health Clinical Research

Body Fat and Infertility

The UCLA Infertility Program is conducting a study to learn more about the relationship between body fat and infertility. Women under the age of 42 who are scheduled to undergo In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) and Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI) may be eligible to participate provided they have not had ovarian surgery, ovarian endometriomas, or taken medications known to affect metabolic function over the preceding 2 months. Women can choose to participate in either of the following 2 options:
Women participating in option #1 will receive $100.

  1. Undergo a 2-hour glucose tolerance test and donate for research material that would normally be discarded after the egg retrieval procedure.
  2. Donate material that would normally be discarded after the egg retrieval procedure to be used for research. Participants in option #2 will not receive any payment.

Participants and/or their insurance companies will be responsible for all costs related to the IVF and ICSI procedures. If you wish to learn more about this study, please email uclaobgynresearch@mednet.ucla.edu or call 310-825-0580. IRB#: 12-000402

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For more information about specific trials at UCLA, please call Sonali S. Namiranian, BS, MBA-BT, CCRP at (310) 794-9095 or e-mail her at  snamiranian@mednet.ucla.edu

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