Why Participate in Research?
Research studies can help us learn more about different diseases and conditions. For example, we have studied:
- How a pregnant woman’s environment and diet affect her pregnancy
- How cancer treatments affect fertility
- Different ways to help women who have PCOS get pregnant
We also need to do research to make sure medications and medical devices are safe and they work. For example, we do studies to look at new versions of birth control products. We want to make sure they work and people can use them the right way.
People participate in these studies for different reasons. Many volunteers want to help others. For example, we have lots of volunteers who are healthy women who want to help doctors learn more about fertility so cancer survivors can have a better chance of starting their own families. Some volunteers are cancer survivors who know that doctors don’t understand a lot about their fertility yet, and they want to help doctors learn more. Other people are interested in learning more about their own health or fertility through the tests and doctor’s visits that are part of some studies.
There might be other benefits to participating in research. Depending on the study, you could get the medical product we are studying for free (like the vaginal ring). You could have access to certain medical tests free of cost (like STD testing or Pap smears). If the study doctors or nurses find anything abnormal in these tests, they will tell you about it so you can see your doctor. Many studies compensate for time and travel too.
We need a wide range of volunteers of all races and ethnicities, to make sure that the information we learn can be applied to everybody. One reason to participate in research is to help make sure that the information we learn from a study is applicable to a wide range of people.