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Birth Control Research

Thursday, July 9th, 2020

A recent decision by the United States Supreme Court is expected to make obtaining access to affordable birth control by prescription considerably more difficult for some women whose employers do not wish to cover those services.  Under the Affordable Care Act, women were supposed to be granted access to no cost contraception.  Unfortunately, many women who wish to engage in responsible family planning are not always able to afford a monthly prescription to a birth control pill or other contraceptive product.

Clinical research is underway in New London evaluating an investigational, oral birth control product.  Not everyone is aware there is no cost to participate in a clinical research trial and no cost for the study product.  All labs, exams and testing are available at no cost.  Women will also receive the birth control study product for one year at no cost.  Reimbursement may also be available for time and travel.

Some choose to participate in research because they like the feeling of helping others.  Some choose to participate in research because their health care options are limited, they are uninsured or under-insured, and they appreciate the no-cost study related healthcare.  Decisions to participate in research are personal, but the impact of volunteering creates a ripple effect in regards to helping to advance medicine.

If you wish to learn more about clinical healthcare research studies in New London, call to speak to a member of the CCRstudies team at (860)443-4567. You can also email marylou@ccrstudies.com or text the keyword CCR to 74121.

Birth Control Study

Wednesday, June 17th, 2020

 

Did you know at one time in our history animal dung was used as barrier contraception?  Did you also know in our history here in the United States up until the 1960’s it was illegal for a woman to use contraception?  We’ve come a long way.

While a variety of contraceptive products are available for a woman’s reproductive health, researchers continue to explore options for those in their reproductive years who do not wish to conceive, or who are looking to help control the sometimes painful and uncomfortable symptoms of menses.

Coastal Connecticut Research is currently conducting a clinical trial evaluating an investigational birth control product. The study is enrolling eligible women ages 18-45 years old.  Dr. Robert M. Spitz is the study gynecologist.  There is no cost to participate in the study and no cost for the investigational birth control pill which will be used by participants for one year.  Reimbursement is available to time and travel. Those wishing to learn more can text the keyword CCR to 74121 or call (860)443-4567. Email marylou@ccrstudies.com  if you have further questions. The CCRstudies team is always happy to speak with you to educate you regarding our clinical research trials and the important role of the study volunteer.

Birth Control Research

Wednesday, February 19th, 2020

Part of this article, written by CCRstudies team member MaryLou Gannotti, was published in the TIMES local newspapers:

Contraception, when used correctly and consistently, is a method of avoiding an unintentional pregnancy.  Birth control methods have been documented over the course of centuries.  Methods of contraception dating as far back to ancient Egyptian times included the use of barrier methods created with natural substances, lactation to suppress ovulation, and coitus interruptus.

Over the course of time contraceptive methods evolved, but it was not until the early 20th in century in the United States when women’s access to safe and reliable birth control became an issue for political activists.  Women at the forefront of this movement included Margaret Sanger.

Despite the growing women’s liberation movement, many American women were still in the dark regarding contraception. Dee, who was born in 1938, knew very little in regards to birth control and family planning as she reached adulthood. According to Dee, now a wizened senior citizen, she utilized natural family planning during the early years of her marriage.   Dee, who is very comical, says, “I used to use the rhythm method, but I was never very good with math, I kept getting pregnant.” During the 1960’s Dee had her first three children in just two years. Eventually Dee’s doctor presented her with some family planning options that were more medically reliable than her “bad math.” Dee’s initial lessons in birth control, as handed down to her by her immigrant mother consisted of “you play with fire, you get burned.”  Many have heard the jokes about keeping an “aspirin between the knees” to prevent pregnancy.  For some women, their knowledge of reproduction and contraception was vague and unclear, and they realized soon the good old aspirin trick really didn’t work.

Lack of access to birth control for first half of the 20th century was not unusual, even for married women.   A law which existed here in Connecticut did not allow individuals to use “any drug, medicinal article or instrument for the purpose of preventing conception.” Griswold vs. Connecticut was tried before the Supreme Court and the law was struck down indicating it violated marital privacy.

Today, women have a wide variety of options in regarding to choosing how and when to start a family.  In addition, some women have found secondary reasons for using hormonal contraceptives to address the symptoms of various conditions including heavy menstrual bleeding, painful menses, irregular periods, endometriosis, and even acne.

We thank all those who come forward to be a part of the clinical research process evaluating birth control study products.

 

Taking a Chance Every Month?

Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017

Are you a sexually active woman who should be using birth control on a regular basis but isn’t?

It’s the heat of the moment and you and your partner are about to get down and funky.  You’ve been together for several years, and he flat out refuses to wear a condom, saying it doesn’t fit right. Or, if he does use a condom, he does so with a bit of complaint.  You’ve tried the pill, depo-shots, IUD’s, and the feeling of bloat, mood swings and discomfort left you feeling kind of crummy.  There have been a few months you’ve been so caught up in the excitement or romance you have neglected to use birth control.  These moments of forgetfulness can lead to a heck of a lot of responsibility 9 months down the road!

Coastal Connecticut Research in New London is conducting a birth control study testing a non-hormonal gel.  Female volunteers are needed for the study.  You will receive the investigational product at no cost. Reimbursement of up to $100 per visit is available for time and travel.  There are 5 study visits over the course of the 36 week research study period.  Dr. Robert Spitz is the local study doctor. All visits take place on Montauk Avenue in New London.

Call today to learn more!  (860) 443-4567. Speak to Kelley, our study nurse, or email marylou@ccrstudies.com.

We look forward to hearing from you today.

Fall Into Volunteering!

Tuesday, September 5th, 2017

Labor Day for many marks the “unofficial” end of summer. (Those of us who love the season will cling to every beach day we can get here!)

Some moms might find their days more free thanks to children returning to school.  Are you a woman aged 35 of younger?  Participants are needed for a birth control study testing a non-hormonal vaginal gel.  The gel can be used up to one hour before intercourse.  We encourage you to speak to our study nurse Kelley or another member of the CCRstudies team if you wish to learn more about this study.  Call us at (860) 443-4567.  There is no cost to participate, no cost for the study product, and reimbursement for time and travel up to $100 per completed office visit.

 

Non-Hormonal Birth Control

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

Are you a woman who is looking for a different birth control option?

Coastal Connecticut Research has been involved in a variety of birth control studies over the years.  We are currently conducting the AMPOWER Clinical Research study which is testing the safety and effectiveness of a new, investigational, non-hormonal form of birth control that is to be used up to 1 hour before intercourse takes place.  The gel is believed to work by maintaining the pH of the vagina in order to prevent sperm mobility in addition to preventing sperm from reaching an egg.

Some women opt for non-hormonal contraceptive methods because they may be sensitive to the potential side effects of hormones, or perhaps they have a health history precluding their use or hormones.  Some women seeking birth control also may like the flexibility of a method such as a contraceptive gel to be used before intercourse, rather than committing to a more long term form of birth control such as an IUD or contraceptive implant.

 

Birth Control Research

Monday, July 10th, 2017

There are a myriad of options for women in the United States regarding contraceptive choices.  There are birth control pills, birth control implants, hormonal IUD’s, non-hormonal IUD’s, vaginal rings, contraceptive foams, condoms, barrier methods, and for some, natural family planning, often called “the rhythm method.”

We’ve come a long way since crocodile dung was used as a barrier method to block sperm during Cleopatra’s time!

At Coastal Connecticut Research in New London some of our research studies have tested investigational products for birth control.  Sponsors of these studies understand some women are looking for choices in regards to family planning.   Just as every woman in different, choices in pregnancy prevention will differ as well.

If you are a woman of child bearing age who is not interested in currently starting a family, and you would like to learn more about birth control clinical research studies, contact our team today at (860) 443-4567 or email marylou@ccrstudies.com.