Safety and Sponsors

Have these new methods been studied before?

Yes, the methods tested in our studies have been extensively studied in various ways before being studied by our participants. Before a new method is tested by people, it needs to pass a series of laboratory and animal tests. Only then is it tested by people to make sure it is safe and acceptable to use. When you call to ask us about a particular study, we'll be happy to tell you about all the earlier testing that has been done on that method.

What are some side effects of being in a study?

The side effects are different depending on the product being studied. We will give you information about the possible side effects of the study product before you join the study.

Will I be able to become pregnant later?

The products we test are not known to cause infertility or make it difficult to get pregnant later on.

Who sponsors the research studies?

Our research studies are sponsored by various government and public health agencies, non-profit organizations, and private pharmaceutical organizations. Sponsors for previous studies include the following: 

  • National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • The California Office of Family Planning (OPA)
  • Family Health International (FHI)
  • CONRAD
  • PATH
  • Clinical research organizations
  • Biotechnology and pharmaceutical corporations¬†

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