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University of Cincinnati Academic Health Center
Publish Date: 03/03/00
Media Contact: AHC Public Relations, (513) 558-4553
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Study of Menstrual Pain Seeks Volunteers

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.

You 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.

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