Clinical Trials for Conception: What You Need to Know Before Signing Up

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mediacationsIf 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.

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  1. Avatar of mommy nhoj mommy nhoj says:

    Wow! Suddenly I miss my former job. I am part of monitoring team for clinical trials. We do quality check and adherence to study procedures and international guidelines. I just want to add that participation is voluntary and you may withdraw at any time without any implication to standard medical care you should get. The answer to these questions should be in the patient information sheet to be provided to you and you should be given ample time to read and decide whether or not to participate. The consent should be in writing and no study-related procedures (for instance blood draw) should be done unless the written consent was executed. You should have a copy of this signed consent. Normally, clinical trial participants are given a patient card indicating that patient is a clinical trial patient – in any case the patient is hospitalized or needing medical attention. Your contact person is usually the study nurse/ coordinator and the study doctor.

  2. Avatar of LIZ says:

    i respect so much the people that does this because a baby is the most wonderful thing that can happen in life

  3. I do not think that I would ever do this but its good information to know!

  4. Avatar of Lulu Lulu says:

    I think I’d be too scared to try one of these.

  5. Avatar of ErinF ErinF says:

    This is how my parents got me, after years of being told they’d never be able to have children!

  6. Avatar of Angela Angela says:

    I don’t like taking pills.

  7. Avatar of Julie Julie says:

    Taking medications is risky all around. This is not for me.

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