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Chicago Clinical Trials for Infertility
Chicago clinical trials on fertility-related topics are conducted in conjunction with Chicago-based university hospitals and Chicago fertility clinics. Clinical trials are carefully supervised, structured, and regulated studies performed with the goal of improving the health, care, and treatment of a designated patient population. They can occur in many locations simultaneously. Each clinical trial has a stated purpose, time frame, and defined criteria for candidates who are accepted into the study.
The options available for fertility treatment and fertility drugs have steadily grown through this type of research. As a result we’ve seen increased success rates for pregnancies and live births. Clinical trial participants are evaluated in different designated phases of the trials. There may be risks or side effects associated with these trials since the research being done is in untested areas of study.
Who Is Conducting Fertility-Related Clinical Trials in Chicago?
Chicago has many teaching hospitals affiliated with nationally recognized universities that may be conducting infertility-related clinical trials, including:
- University of Chicago
- University of Illinois
- Northwestern, Loyola
- Children’s Memorial Hospital
A wide range of fertility-related topics are being explored in clinical trials at these teaching institutions. For example, during 2012, the Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility section of The University of Chicago Medical Center is conducting clinical trials in: recurrent pregnancy loss (RPL), including the effectiveness of therapies such as ASA, heparin, and intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG); antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) and systemic lupus erythematosis (SLE); polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS); infertility, endometriosis and menopausal symptoms.
In addition, fertility clinics may be offering clinical trials. For example, Fertility Centers of Illinois is conducting a study to determine whether preimplantation genetic screening (PGS) — the testing of embryos created during IVF for chromosome abnormalities, prior to transfer to the uterus — improves pregnancy and implantation rates in patients when compared to patients whose embryos are not tested.
Finding a Clinical Trial
ClinicalTrials.gov offers extensive information on clinical trials on a national and local basis including: trial purpose, location, contacts, participant inclusion and exclusion criteria, number and sex of participants, outcome measures, requirements of participants, and length of trial.
If you are considering enrolling in a clinical trial be sure and consult your physician first, and get all of the information you can about the clinical study expectations for participants.