The Endometriosis & Pelvic Pain Center is a research facility committed to advancing research to find a cure for endometriosis. Our clinical trials offer the most advanced treatment available in addition to benefits such as free or significantly reduced costs for study medications and treatment.
The EMPOWER Clinical Study
Evaluating a non-invasive diagnostic test for endometriosis
Today, an endometriosis diagnosis can take 4-11 years. The EMPOWER Study is evaluating a new investigational test which may be able to detect endometriosis via a blood or saliva sample. The ability to diagnose endometriosis non-invasively may reduce time to diagnosis, years of discomfort, and disease progression.
Who may be eligible for this study?
• Women age 18 through 49
• Scheduled for a laparoscopy or other pelvic procedure for suspected endometriosis
• No previous diagnosis of endometriosis via laparoscopy
Participants will receive compensation in appreciation of providing a blood and saliva sample at each visit.
To learn more, email our research team at email@example.com
The EMPOWER Study Frequently Asked Questions
What is the EMPOWER Study?
The EMPOWER Study is evaluating the use of an investigational biomarker test to diagnose endometriosis. Biomarkers are small pieces of genetic material which may signal the presence of disease. Up to 1,000 women who are undergoing a laparoscopy for suspected endometriosis will be enrolled across the United States.
Neither you nor your doctor will receive results from the research done with your samples, and those research results will not impact your care. Results from this study will be used to support approval and marketing of this test for future diagnostic use.
What should I expect if I participate in this study?
Participants will have blood and saliva collected and complete short questionnaires at two visits (pre-surgery and post-surgery). Sample collection and questionnaire completion should take no more than 30 minutes per visit.
Your study participation should last approximately 2.5 months with an optional blood and saliva collection one year post- surgery.
What are the potential risks and benefits of participation?
To participate in this study you will need to provide blood and saliva samples. Having your blood drawn is a routine procedure with minimal associated risks. The most common side effects of a blood draw include mild discomfort, feeling faint, or bruising. There are no known side effects from saliva sample collection.
Neither you nor your doctor will receive any results from the research done on your samples. Although there are no benefits to you for participating in this study, your participation may help other women with endometriosis get more rapid diagnoses in the future.
CLOSED - Endometriosis & Pelvic Pain Center Observational Study
The Endometriosis & Pelvic Pain Center is currently seeking new patients to participate in an Endometriosis & Pelvic Pain Center Observational Study. This study will describe historic, current, and evolving treatment pathways, treatments, and interventions in women with a suspected or confirmed diagnosis of endometriosis in order to better understand the impact of early intervention on the disease or its symptoms. Length of treatment is dependent on standard of care treatment provided and all study information will be collected during routine standard of care visits.
Please note the study is not open to current or past patients at this time. There are no study medications associated with this research trial. Your plan of care remains the same if you are a participant in the study or not.
You may be eligible to participate if you:
- are of reproductive age (between their first menstrual cycle and before onset of menopause).
- have experienced chronic pelvic pain (CPP) and/or dysmenorrhea (DYS) for at least 6 months prior to enrollment without symptom improvement with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) or hormone/medical treatment.
- are a woman with suspected or confirmed endometriosis (EM) at time of enrollment.
- are a woman with CPP and/or DYS impacting daily activities as determined by their treating physician.
- are able to read, understand and respond to patient questionnaires.
- are willing to sign a patient authorization and/or informed consent form (ICF) and agree to disclose personal health information.
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