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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.

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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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.

Stress Urinary Incontinence

Tuesday, July 21st, 2015

Stress Incontinence Postcard

The following article originally appeared in our “Health Wise” column in the local TIMES newspaper:

The warmer summer weather brings with it a chance to get out and get active. For some people, this may mean biking, running, hiking, gardening or any number of outdoor activities that can be enjoyed in our beautiful shoreline communities. For some women, however, increased activity might just mean the increase in a rather unpleasant and seldom addressed problem – urine leakage.

Stress Urinary Incontinence is the medical term for the involuntary loss of urine that occurs in some women when they laugh, cough, sneeze, or exercise. For many women, this is a daily problem that often gets ignored or tacitly accepted. Stress Urinary Incontinence, or in more simple terms, leaking pee, is the result of stress placed upon the bladder caused by activity. Weaker pelvic and sphincter muscles adding to the sudden pressure placed upon the bladder can lead to leakage. The unspoken acceptance of this condition might result from the thought pattern some women have of simply “dealing with it,” for lack of a better term. “I had big babies,” “I’m getting older,” or “I’ve been leaking for years,” may be some of the reasons women find themselves quietly accepting this condition and not reporting their symptoms to a health care provider.

Today, the term “stress” is often associated with emotional burdens. In regards to the condition of Stress Urinary Incontinence, this particular stress is purely physical. Emotional issues, financial burdens, and other problems people associate with the stressors faced today likely won’t cause a woman to leak urine.

Susie of Waterford recently recounted a story in which she ended up leaking urine while running to catch a connecting flight in a busy airport. The strain placed upon her bladder while dashing to catch her flight made for a pretty uncomfortable journey home! While Susie wasn’t running a marathon, female athletes, who are in great physical condition, can also experience stress urinary incontinence during physical activity.

Past treatments for Stress Urinary Incontinence have included medication, behavioral therapy, and pelvic floor exercises, which most of us can agree rarely get done. Here in New London, there is a clinical trial underway to test an investigational device designed to stop urine leaks. The disposable device is not a medication and can be inserted and removed by the user. The clinical study is being conducted at 342 Montauk Avenue in New London by Timothy Barczak, MD. Those interested in the trial can learn more by calling 860-443-3700.

The community educators at CCRstudies in New London are available to visit your community group to share further information about Stress Urinary Incontinence. Call 860-443-4567 to start the discussion!

Hot Flashes

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

Can’t Stand Your Hot Flashes?

Participation in The Hot Flash Study could lead to a new treatment for this condition and increased understanding of hot flashes in postmenopausal women.

Study related medical care provided at no cost and reimbursement is available for time and travel.  See if you are eligible today!  Call CCRstudies at (860)443-4567. Study gynecologists include Robert M. Spitz, MD and Craig E. McKnight MD, PhD.

Total reimbursement available for time and travel up to $525 for this 12-week study.


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Overactive Bladder Study Coming in July

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

If you feel like your frequent and sudden urges to urinate are not the norm, you may be suffering from an overactive bladder.

According to the Mayo Clinic, you may have an overactive bladder if you:

  • Feel a sudden urge to urinate that’s difficult to control
  • Experience urge incontinence — the involuntary loss of urine immediately following an urgent need to urinate
  • Urinate frequently, usually eight or more times in 24 hours
  • Awaken two or more times in the night to urinate (nocturia)

CCRStudies in New London has just been awarded an overactive bladder clinical trial that will begin in July of 2014, led by Dr. Robert Spitz. Further information on the study will be posted on the CCRStudies website at Those who might be eligible to participate in the clinical trial can call CCRStudies at 860-443-4567.