Clinical Research & Current Studies

Because women’s health research is still surprisingly under-represented, we make it a vital part of our practice to conduct ongoing research to help advance and refine treatments. Patients participating in our trials may receive exams, diagnostic tests and physician care at no cost.

HOW WE CARE FOR YOU

In our constant pursuit of excellence, we continuously scrutinize our processes and protocols—always seeking a better, safer, more efficient and compassionate way of helping our patients.  We have an insatiable thirst for knowledge and are committed to continual improvement.

At Virginia Women’s Center, we help and treat women. A lot of women. And with your help, we can help advance and refine treatments through clinical research and studies. We can help measure a medication or device’s efficacy and safety, answer specific questions about vaccines, or explore new ways of using known medications.

Together—with your help—we can make a difference.

Each clinical trial has guidelines for participation based on factors such as age, health condition, medical history and current medical condition. Our clinical research team reviews each volunteer’s medical history to decide if they are a good fit for the study.

Every year, millions of women volunteer for clinical studies. Here are some of the reasons why:

  • Learn more about their medical condition.
  • Gain access to treatments that are not available to the public.
  • Get expert medical care (physical exams, diagnostic tests, lab tests and physician advice) at leading healthcare facilities, at little or no cost.
  • They’ve exhausted standard (approved) treatment options—which did not work for them, or they were unable to tolerate certain side effects
  • Help contribute to the advancement of medical knowledge—discover new medicines or treatments for themselves, family members and their community.

By participating in a clinical trial, you can:

  • Take an active role in your own healthcare
  • Gain access to new treatments that are not available to the general public
  • Obtain expert medical care during the trial
  • Feel like they are making a difference and contributing to the greater good
  • There may be side effects or adverse reactions to medications or treatments.
  • The treatment may not be effective for you.
  • The protocol may require a lot of time, including trips to the study site, treatments, hospital stays or complex dosage requirements.
It’s important to know what you’re getting into when you volunteer for a trial.

Not everyone receives cash payment. Some may only receive reimbursement for associated expenses. 

Our clinical research team was involved in the research that led to FDA approval of the following medications:

Oral Contraceptives: 
Loestrin 24 Fe
Seasonique
Estrostep

Urology: 
VESIcare
Botox®

Bone Health:
Boniva

Vaccines:
Gardasil®

Menopause Management:
Femtrace®
Femhrt
EstroGel
Osphena®
Prempro
Femring
Brisdelle®

You can talk to a clinical research coordinator at 804.662.6117 or send a secure message through Your Portal to learn more about our current studies. All of our clinical research takes place in the comfort of surroundings familiar to you—right here at Virginia Women’s Center.

Together—with your help—we can make a difference.

Inspired by innovation, Virginia Women’s Center and Unified Women’s Clinical Research are partnering to provide you with the unique opportunity to participate in a variety of clinical research trials.

Call 804.662.6117 to learn about current studies.

 

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