UH MacDonald Women’s Hospital Research Opportunity

Researchers are looking for women who:

  • Are between 21 and 45 years old
  • Can read, speak and understand English
  • Are scheduled to undergo a tubal ligation by your physician
  • Are certain you do not want to get pregnant and you want permanent birth control
  • Are at a low risk for sexually transmitted infection and/ or you are monogamous (single partner)
  • Are reasonably certain you are not pregnant at this time

What would we like to learn with this research study?

We would like to recruit healthy women for the control group who have decided to have permanent birth control in the form of tubal sterilization. This study will compare women who choose a tubal sterilization with women who choose another procedure currently under investigation called the FemBloc Permanent Contraceptive System. The purpose of this study is to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of the investigational FemBloc Permanent Contraceptive System for female sterilization in preventing pregnancy and compare safety and satisfaction measures with women who have chosen to have laparoscopic sterilization surgery to clamp, cut, burn or remove their tubes to prevent pregnancy.

What would you be asked to do for this study?

You will be asked to come to University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center where you meet with a study physician who will ask you some questions and perform a brief medical exam to see if you are able to help with this research study. As a research participant in the control group, you will be asked to comply with the requirements of the study. This includes filling out a monthly online diary 5 times over 6 months (at months 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5) and telephone follow-up visits yearly for 5 years.

If you are eligible and participate in this research study, compensation is provided for your time and travel.

To learn more about this research study and to see if you qualify, please contact the MacDonald Clinical Research Unit referral line: 440-995-3810.