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Does Frequent Urination Impact Your Summer?

Monday, July 9th, 2018

Summer’s here.  So many things to do – beaching, boating, hanging out at picnics.  The only problem is, you pee all the time and avoid these activities.  If you can’t be near a bathroom, you can’t go.

Many women live with the symptoms of Overactive Bladder also known as OAB but are too embarrassed to discuss this issue.  The frequent and urgent need to urinate, having some leakage or wetting accidents, and getting up in the night to pee are some of the symptoms of OAB.  Sound like you?

Coastal Connecticut Research is conducting a research study evaluating an investigational medication for women who live with Overactive Bladder.  Study gynecologist is Dr. Robert Spitz.  If you are a woman who is living with the symptoms of OAB and you are interested in learning more about research, call (860) 443-4567 to speak with a member of the CCRstudies team.

Leak When You Laugh?

Wednesday, October 25th, 2017

Leak when you laugh?  Dribble when you dance?  Cross your legs tightly when you cough or sneeze for fear of pee coming out?

1 in 3 women live with stress urinary incontinence, the involuntary loss of urine.  Weakened pelvic muscles and a weakened sphincter due to childbirth can contribute to this, as well as multiple vaginal deliveries.  Not every woman keeps up with her kegels, and many of us aren’t too thrilled with the idea of kegel balls. Women are more likely than men to live with uncontrolled urine leaks.

What’s a woman to do?  Research is underway in New London for stress urinary incontinence (urine leaks.)  Those interested in learning more are welcome to call (860) 443-4567.  The CCRstudies team is part of a nationwide effort testing an investigational medication for the treatment of involuntary urine leaks.

Overactive Bladder

Monday, December 19th, 2016

Susan, 67,  had lived with frequent urination for the past several years.  Rushing to the bathroom, being unable to sit through a movie, always making a trip to the restroom before ordering at a restaurant and returning to the restroom prior to dessert were par for the course for Susan.  A few times a week, Susan barely made it to the bathroom since she felt such a sudden urge to urinate.  She wore pads daily, an expense she did not like incurring but felt was necessary for those times she didn’t quite make it to the toilet and leaked.

Susan was unaware she was living with a real medication condition known as Overactive Bladder or OAB.  With a normal bladder, you control when you go to the bathroom.  With Overactive Bladder, you are controlled by the frequent and sudden urges to urinate.

In addition to not knowing she was living with Overactive Bladder (OAB), Susan was also unaware there were medications on the market to help control the symptoms of this condition.  She heard about a research study seeking women living with Overactive Bladder and it finally occurred to her this is something she might be living with.

Unfortunately, quite a few women living with OAB might dismiss their symptoms.  Some women may attribute their lack of bladder control to aging, childbirth or weakened muscles.  Some might think these symptoms are normal, or there is nothing they can do about it.

Investigational medications and FDA-approved medications continue to be tested in the clinical trial process to evaluate their safety and efficacy.  Clinical research is underway in New London on a FDA-approved medication.  Women who are 65 and older who visit the bathroom more than 8 times per day might be interested in learning more.  Robert M. Spitz, MD is the study doctor.  Call (860)443-4567 or email to learn more.

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.

Do You Leak Pee When You Laugh?

Monday, January 25th, 2016

Stress Incontinence Postcard


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?

Take a listen here:


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.



Do You Leak Pee?

Monday, January 11th, 2016

Let’s face it – discussing urinary leaks isn’t your typical water cooler conversation.  If it were, it may go something like this:

“Hey Susie, how was that new kickboxing class?”
“I really enjoyed it Jane, but I had to drop out.”
“Because every time I lifted my leg to do a move I leaked pee and my underwear got wet…it was a real drag.”
(You get the picture, right?)

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 problem 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.

A clinical research trial is currently underway testing a discreet, non-medicated device designed to prevent urine leaks in women when they laugh, cough, sneeze or exercise.  Eligible volunteers are needed for the study.  Dr. Timothy Barczak is serving as Primary Investigator of the study.  There is no cost to participate and there are approximately three study visits during the course of the trial.  Contact a member of the CCRstudies team to learn more at (860)443-4567.  We are currently enrolling eligible volunteers for the study.

Do You Pee When You Laugh?

Tuesday, September 15th, 2015

Do you pee when you laugh, cough, sneeze or exercise?  It can be embarrassing and annoying!  Some women tacitly except this condition and chalk it up to once having had big babies or getting older.  Leaking pee when you laugh, cough, sneeze or exercise is called Stress Urinary Incontinence. This is a real medical condition.  Clinical research is currently underway in New London to test a discreet, disposable investigational product that may prevent small bladder leaks that occur when women laugh, cough, sneeze or exercise.

Some women find themselves wearing panty liners or pads 24/7, avoiding activities such as Zumba, and urging people not to make them laugh to avoid urine leaks.  Take a listen to the radio spot below to learn more, or call 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!

MOMS Night Out

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015


Fun is in the air as we look forward to CCRstudies inaugural MOMS Night Out at the Drunken Palette in New London.  We’re hosting members of the New London MOMS Club for an evening of painting and lively conversation.  We’ll be highlighting the RECONNECT study for decreased sexual desire in women.  The MOMS Night Out takes place on Wednesday, June 24th at 6:30 p.m.  We are  looking forward to connecting with local moms, discussing the RECONNECT study, and sharing information regarding clinical trials, all while painting a lovely scene of our local Ocean Beach Park.

Female Sexual Function and Dysfunction

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015


When most of us think of sex, we conjure up images of romance, love, and possibly lust. But what happens if a woman’s interest in sex fades, if sexual thoughts and fantasies are just a memory?  What should be done when a woman’s desire to be sexual has left and she no longer feels responsive to her partner’s advances? This all depends on how the change affects the woman in question. One woman may consider it a natural and normal life progression, while for another the loss becomes a source of personal distress.

For the research scientist, talk of romance and love and lust is translated into “the sexual response cycle” – desire, arousal, plateau, orgasm and resolution. It sounds so clinical, but it serves a purpose in research as different approaches may be necessary for problems that arise in each phase of that cycle. Research is being conducted to find solutions for those women who develop distress when experiencing the common changes described above. Currently we are focused on the desire phase of the cycle, from which arousal and orgasm will hopefully flow.

Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder (HSDD) is defined as “the persistent or recurrent deficiency (or absence) of sexual fantasies/thoughts, and/or desire for or receptivity to sexual activity, which causes personal distress.” We are currently conducting a clinical trial of an investigational medication for treatment of HSDD. As with most research into treatment of this problem, we are focused on women who previously had what they felt was a satisfying level of interest in sex, but who have become distressed with experiencing a decrease in interest. Women who have always had a low level of interest in sex are thought to be less likely to benefit from the medications currently being studied

Call 860-443-4567 to learn more about our current clinical trial for HSDD or e-mail to learn more.

The study is being conducted by Robert M. Spitz, MD, Craig E. McKnight, MD, PhD, and Merrilyn McNatt, APRN.