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7-Day Feminine Dryness Study

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

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Are you a woman who experiences vaginal dryness?  Do you have interest in volunteering your time for a one-week research study?

CCRstudies will be testing an investigational vaginal cream to see if it improves the postmenopausal symptoms of vaginal dryness and painful intercourse which many women experience.  This study will last for 7 days. There is no cost to participate and all study-related exams and lab work are available at no cost.  Compensation of up to $225 is available for time and travel. No insurance is needed.

If you are a woman who has experienced vaginal dryness and/or painful intercourse since the loss of your menstrual period, you are welcome to contact a member of the CCRstudies team to learn more about this 7-day clinical research trial.  Call (860)443-4567 or e-mail Local study gynecologists include Robert M. Spitz, MD and Craig E. McKnight, MD, PhD.

The Hot Flash Study

Tuesday, April 5th, 2016

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Sweating From Hot Flashes?

Two thirds of American women experience hot flashes in their lifetime.  If you have gone through menopause (the loss of your period) and are living with hot flashes you may be eligible to participate in a clinical research study in New London.

The investigational study medication is a non-hormonal option for hot flashes.  Study related medical care is provided at no cost and reimbursement is available for time and travel. Local gynecologists Robert M. Spitz, MD and Craig E. McKnight, MD, PhD are the study doctors.

If you are a woman who is living with hot flashes and night sweats, you may wish to learn more by contacting a member of the CCRstudies team at (860)443-4567 or email

Intimate Dryness, Painful Intercourse

Tuesday, March 29th, 2016

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Most women are well aware that at some point in their lives they will cease to menstruate.  For some women, this is a cause for celebration. For other women, this may mark a hallmark in aging.

Menopause, or the cessation of one’s monthly menstrual period, can bring with it a plethora of changes in a woman’s body.  We hear about hot flashes, night sweats, and mood swings.  What not all women are as comfortable discussing is vaginal dryness, vaginal itching and irritation, and painful intercourse that can occur following menopause.  These symptoms are bothersome and can cause a great deal of discomfort, especially during intimate relations.

Clinical research volunteers are needed for a study testing an investigational product for vaginal dryness and painful intercourse.  The research study lasts for 6 weeks with 5 office visits.  There is no cost to participate, and no cost for the study product. No insurance is needed.  Local study gynecologists include Dr. Robert Spitz and Dr. Craig McKnight.  Reimbursement up to $475 is available for time and travel.

If you are interested in learning more about this clinical research trial, call (860)443-4567.

Itching for Romance?

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016

Vaginal dryness affects many women who no longer have their monthly period.   Some women lose their period naturally as a result of menopause, while other women no longer menstruate due to the hormonal changes caused by a hysterectomy.

Some women who once experienced a fulfilling romantic life with their partner may now experience itching, irritation, and painful intercourse as a result of the dryness.

Clinical research is currently underway  in New London testing an investigational medication for the treatment of vaginal dryness.  This medication is hormone-based and administered internally.   Study gynecologists include Robert M. Spitz, MD and Craig E. McKnight, MD, PhD.  Study nurses are Beth Rogers, LPN and Jessie Jellison Hatfield, LPN.

There is no cost to participate in the study, no cost investigational medication, and reimbursement is available for time and travel.  Call MaryLou on the CCRstudies line at (860)443-4567 for further details.

Living Life with Hot Flashes?

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016

Are frequent hot flashes making you sweat and interfering with your daily routine?  You may qualify for The Hot Flash Study.

About Hot Flashes and Night Sweats

Hot flashes are sudden feelings of feverish heat, frequently accompanied by a flushed face and sweating, that are most often associated with menopause or post-menopause.

If you are a woman who experiences frequent hot flashes, you may feel that your condition is an obstacle to your daily activities.  Symptoms may be uncomfortable, and their inconvenient timing may feel out of control or even embarassig.

Hot Flash Stats

2 in 3 women experience hot flashes in their life

Hot flashes can continue 5+ years after menopause

The average hot flash is 4 minutes long

For many women, hot flashes are most troubling at night when it can be difficult to sleep.

The CCRstudies team would be happy to share more information with you regarding The Hot Flash Study. Call (860)443-4567.

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Birth Control Study in New London

Tuesday, February 9th, 2016

Female volunteers are needed to participate in a currently enrolling clinical research study testing an investigational vaginal ring for birth control.  If you are a woman above the age of 18 who is not planning on having a child within the next year, contact a member of the CCRstudies team at (860)443-4567 to learn more about this clinical research study.  There is no cost to participate, no cost for the “V” ring, and reimbursement is available for time and travel for those who enter into the study. (860)443-4567. Study gynecologists include Dr. Robert Spitz and Dr. Craig McKnight. All study visits will take place on Montauk Avenue in New London.

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Do You Leak Pee When You Laugh?

Monday, January 25th, 2016

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Are you a woman who leaks pee when you laugh, cough, sneeze or exercise? Do you have to warn others not to make you laugh for fear of wetting yourself?

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If this sounds like you, you may be interested in learning more about a clinical trial currently enrolling female volunteers in New London, CT.  There are approximately 3 office visits, and reimbursement is available for time and travel.  The study is testing an investigational, discreet, disposable device designed to prevent urine leaks in women.  There is no medication involved in the trial.  Dr. Timothy Barczak is conducting the study on Montauk Avenue in New London. If you wish to learn more, call (860)443-4567.



Hot Flash Study

Monday, January 4th, 2016

After a record mild December with spring buds popping up in backyards in the region, January has descended upon us and it is starting to feel a little more like winter. Even though things can get pretty chilly this time of year, some women still find themselves burning up with hot flashes.

Hot flashes can affect women several years after menopause.  Hot flashes can range anywhere from mild, to moderate or severe.  Some women find themselves rushing to find relief, whether it’s stripping off layers, cooling themselves in front of the fridge or freezer, carrying a portable fan, or tossing off bed covers during a night sweat.  Regardless of when and where hot flashes and night sweats strike, they are quite bothersome and disruptive for many women. Secondary problems such as insomnia, irritability, and mood swings can set in thanks to the lost sleep and discomfort experienced by women living with these symptoms.

CCRstudies is currently enrolling eligible volunteers for a hot flash study in New London. We are testing an investigational medication to be used for the treatment of hot flashes and night sweats  in postmenopausal women (those who no longer menstruate).  The study will be conducted on Montauk Avenue by Dr. Robert Spitz and Dr. Craig McKnight. There is no cost to participate and no cost for the study medication.  If you are a woman who is living with postmenopausal hot flashes and you are interested in becoming a study volunteer, contact a member of the CCRstudies team at (860)443-4567.  We would be happy to answer your questions and discuss the role of the study volunteer. Reimbursement is available for time and travel. (860)443-4567.

We’ve Come A Long Way Baby!

Monday, November 9th, 2015

We’ve made some advances since Grandma planned her family…..

There has been much politicking lately regarding women’s reproductive rights. The left, the right, and the middle all have their opinions. Some opinions regarding reproduction and contraception are based on religious beliefs, others on health concerns and personal preferences. These personal opinions and beliefs vary greatly and are as diverse as the melting pot known as the U.S.A.

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 2 ½ 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.

Today in New London clinical trials are underway to test options for female contraception including birth control rings. These rings administer hormones directly to a women’s reproductive organs, and unlike oral contraceptive medications, do not have to be processed through the liver. In order to determine the safety and efficacy of these investigational medications, female volunteers 18 and above are sought to participate in the research studies. The women involved in this research study provide invaluable information which will help medical researchers determine the safety and efficacy of these investigational devices. We thank all those who come forward to be a part of the clinical research process. Call to learn more at 860-443-4567 or email

Birth Control Study

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015

Today, women have a variety of contraception options when it comes to family planning.  Currently, CCRstudies is testing an investigational vaginal ring for birth control.  For some women, the birth control ring provides an option for those who are not interested in taking a daily oral medication for birth control, or for those who do not want the more long term option of an IUD. Eligible research volunteers ages 18 and above will receive the study birth control medication at no cost and will be reimbursed for their time and travel.

During the vaginal ring study, study patients health will be monitored throughout the course of the clinical trial. Study volunteers will also receive study-related breast, gynecological, and cervical exams at no cost.

Those women who are interested in learning more about the currently enrolling birth control study can contact a member of the CCRstudies team at 860-443-4567. Study doctors include Robert M. Spitz, MD and Craig E. McKnight, MD, PhD.