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University of Cincinnati Academic Health Center
Publish Date: 08/06/99
Media Contact: AHC Public Relations, (513) 558-4553
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UC Seeks Couples for Condom Study

Cincinnati—University of Cincinnati (UC) College of Medicine researchers are conducting a study comparing latex condoms to a new polyurethane film condom. Michael Thomas, MD, associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology, and Robert Rebar, MD, chair of obstetrics and gynecology, are leading the study to compare the condoms effectiveness in preventing pregnancies, safety, and comfort.

Researchers need 60 local couples to participate in this national study. To qualify for the study, the female participants must be 18-35 years old, and the male participants must be 18-50 years old. The participants must also be healthy, and involved in a stable, monogamous relationship for at least six months. The female participant cannot be pregnant, breastfeeding, or have a medical condition related to pregnancy.

Besides being made of polyurethane film, this new condom is not rolled and is ready for immediate use. Traditional condoms are rolled and made of latex, which can cause allergic reactions. "The information collected from this study may help pave the way for a future new contraceptive option for couples," says Thomas.

Study participants will receive compensation. If you are interested in participating in the study or if you need more information, call 584-0890.

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