CincinnatióResearchers at the University of Cincinnati College of
Medicine need your help to determine how topical heat can decrease pain
from menstrual periods. Women participating in the study will receive a
stipend for their time, which could last up to four hours. A heating
pad will be placed on the abdominal area of the participants and skin
sensors will be used to regulate the heating pad temperature. Doppler
flow measurements using a transvaginal ultrasound probe will take place
during the study.
"The purpose of this research study is to
observe uterine and ovarian blood flow by measuring uterine and ovarian
artery resistance, in an effort to determine whether heat will dilate
the vessels and relieve pain," says Michael A. Thomas, MD, associate
professor of obstetrics and gynecology and Director of the Center for
Reproductive Health. To participate, you must be 18-35 years old.
should not participate in this study if you have taken a hormonal
contraceptive pill eight weeks before the study, if you have used
Depo-Provera within the last nine months, or if you are pregnant,
lactating, or less than 6 months postpartum.
For more information or to see if you qualify for this study call Heather at 584-4100.