Government agencies, universities and corporations frequently enroll patients in studies designed to test the effectiveness of new drugs, procedures and medical devices. Participants may benefit by gaining access to experimental therapies, and they make an important contribution to scientific research.
Various infertility clinics around the county are running either government or industry sponsored that is in need of participates. Most of the time you will either receive compensation, free or reduced-cost pharmaceuticals and reduced-cost protocol/treatments. Some of these trials are for new drug therapies in research and those recently approved by the FDA. You can subscribe (for free) to be notified of trials in your chosen area etc.
Talk to your fertility specialist. Sometimes your clinic will be needing participants for an upcoming study, so find out through them how to be added to the list.
Participating in a clinical trial may mean you have less say in your care and that you may have to travel out of state. But by participating in research, you may also be helping other couples who face infertility.
The NIH recommends asking these questions if you are considering participating in a clinical trial.
Other questions to ask include:
- How long will the trial last?
- Where is the trial being conducted?
- What treatments will be used and how?
- What is the main purpose of the trial?
- How will patient safety be monitored?
- Are there any risks involved?
- What are the possible benefits?
- What are the alternative treatments besides the one being tested in the trial?
- Who is sponsoring the trial?
- Do I have to pay for any part of the trial?
- What happens if I am harmed by the trial?
- Can I opt to remain on this treatment, even after termination of the trial?