Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome Clinical Trials

As an academic medical center and the twelfth-largest medical school in the United States, Augusta University Health is committed to today’s clinical research to help find tomorrow’s cures. In our effort to promote women’s wellness, we are currently conducting clinical trials on polycystic ovarian syndrome and hormone levels. By participating in our clinical trials, your contribution leads to paradigm shifts in our delivery of patient care and our unparalleled excellence to Patient Family Centered Care.

Many women with androgen excess have a condition known as polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). PCOS is a condition caused by a hormonal imbalance in women. Androgen excess primarily affects women during the reproductive years, from young adolescence to the start of menopause. Symptoms of PCOS, or androgen excess, include infrequent or irregular menstrual cycles, excessive weight gain, unwanted hair growth on the face, chest or back, and possible metabolic syndrome (MBS). People with MBS may have high blood pressure, low good cholesterol, high blood fats and extra fat around the waist. Women with MBS are at high risk for getting diabetes and heart disease.

Possible symptoms of androgen excess disorders are:

  • Infertility;
  • Irregular menstrual periods;
  • Excessive hair growth and acne;
  • Obesity and insulin resistance; and
  • Polycystic ovaries.

Possible symptoms of androgen deficiency include:

  • Decreased libido;
  • Fatigue; and
  • Osteoporosis.

Because the symptoms of androgen-related disorders can be signs of such a wide range of conditions, it is important that we determine the cause. Comprehensive testing is available to accurately identify the cause of the symptoms.

Available diagnostic procedures include:

  • Assessment for degree of hirsutism;
  • Assessment of body habitus;
  • Assessment of ovulatory function;
  • Genetic counseling;
  • Nutritional evaluation;
  • Physical examination;
  • Testing for insulin resistance and glucose tolerance;
  • Testing of adrenal (adrenocortical) function; and
  • Testing of circulating hormones to determine androgen levels.

How To Participate

Women between the ages of 14 and 44 who have infrequent or irregular periods or excess unwanted hair growth are asked to call 706-722-4434 to take part in the PCOS clinical trial.

Women interested in participating in hormone testing must be between the ages of 14 and 44 and not taking birth control pills or hormone replacement therapy. You are asked to call 706-722-4434 and specify "hormone clinical trial."

Participants may receive compensation for their involvement. Your participation in our trials advances our knowledge about PCOS and increases our chances at lifesaving cures. Remember…today’s research leads to tomorrow’s cures. Thank you for considering Augusta University for you and your family’s health care needs. 

Call 706-722-4434 to speak to a member of our team.