Clinical Trials for Conception: What You Need to Know Before Signing Up
If you’ve decided to become part of a clinical trial for conception, you might be very excited to see the results of the medication you’ll be taking. There are probably a thousand thoughts whirling through your head; but before you sign up, there are some things you should consider. One should never agree to take part in any clinical trial before asking and receiving thorough answers to the following questions:
Has the medication been tested previously, and what were the results? Find out whether or not the medication has ever been tested. If it has, what were the results of the testing? Certain medications may be tested countless times before going to market, and when you understand the results of previous testing, you may know what sort of results to expect when you undergo testing.
It’s important to understand that you’re testing the medication to determine whether or not it’s safe to go to market. This means that if there’s a snag or a side effect that hasn’t been discovered yet, you could be the one to discover it. This is a very big thing to consider, so it’s important to take your time to make sure you want to be part of this testing.
Will there be long-term effects, and will there be long-term care? Certain medications can affect a person long after they stop taking it. Find out if this will be the case in the medication you’ll be trying, and whether or not you’ll receive long-term care as well. You certainly don’t want to sacrifice your well-being, or the quality of your life, when you agree to be part of a clinical study. You also need to know that if problems develop later, you will be cared for as part of the clinical study.
How long will the trial last, and who will care for you? You need to have the process of the trial completely outlined for you, which should be done by a representative of the testing company. You’ll need to know how long you’ll be taking the medication, how long the trial will last, and who will be in charge of your care while you’re a part of the test.
Other things to note and be aware of:
- What to watch for in order to know that the medication is working
- What side effects you should look for
- When to call an emergency care provider.
- Which foods or medications may interact with the trial’s medication
- What to write down and keep track of
Once you completely understand the process of a clinical trial, you’ll be better able to determine whether you really want to participate, or not.