Volunteers: Women's Health Study

Healthy women between 16 and 40 with six or fewer menstrual periods per year or a history of elevated testosterone, hirsutism or Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) are needed for an ongoing study at HUP sponsored by the National Cooperative Program for Infertility Research and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.

Polysystic Ovarian Syndrome, one of the most common causes of irregular menstrual periods, is associated with elevated levels of testosterone. "This can result in infertility and excessive hair growth. Individuals with this dosorder are at an increased risk for developing diabetes. Despite the fact that 10% of the U.S. population has Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, there is much that is still not understood about the mechanisms and genetic basis for this disorder," said Dr. Deborah Driscoll, principal investigator of the study.

Patients receive diagnostic testing and medical evaluation at no charge. To register for inclusion in the study, or for more information, call Sharon Strong at 662-4805.


Volume 43 Number 35
May 20, 1997

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