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ENDO:  Endometriosis: Natural History, Diagnosis and Outcomes

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Information for Patients:

The University of Utah Obstetrics and Gynecology Research Network(OGRN) is partnering with Intermountain Healthcare, the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), Division of Epidemiology, Statistics and Prevention Research (DESPR), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the University of California, SanFrancisco to conduct the ENDO study. The study is designed to determine if there is an association between your environmental exposures to various chemicals, stressors and medications and how these may affect your gynecologic health. Lifestyle factors like the types of medications you take, how your weight and nutrition has changed throughout your life and stressful situations affecting your mood and activity level will be carefully looked at. Smoking and caffeine consumption as well as use of nutritional supplements and alternative therapies will be examined to determine what role, if any they play. Information about environmental factors such as where you live and grew up as well as the health of your mother when she was pregnant with you will be collected. Your pain history will be carefully reviewed as well as your menstrual cycle and reproductive history. Any woman who is planning pelvic surgery, for whatever reason may potentially qualify to participate.

Enrollment Criteria:

  • Once you and your physician decide that you will have pelvic surgery you should call our nurse study coordinator , Denise Lamb, R.N., at 801-585-2585 or email endostudy@hsc.utah.edu to find out if your doctor is one of the many participating in the ENDO study.
  • You must be between the ages of 18 and 44 and not pregnant
  • You cannot be in the ENDO study if a doctor has ever done surgery on you in order to diagnose endometriosis.
  • You cannot be in the ENDO study if you have been treated with Lupron Depot, Depot-Provera or Depot=Subq 104 in the past two years, or have had a hysterectomy.
  • Every woman is different and so is her health history. Contact the department of Obstetrics and Gynecology Research Department as soon as you and your doctor have made the decision to schedule surgery.

The ENDO study will consist of an in-depth health history interview and a small sample of blood and urine. During the health history interview your height, weight and a few body measurements will be taken. During your pelvic surgery, your own physician will obtain a small amount of uterine lining (endometrium), fat, peritoneal fluid and endometriosis if any is present. These samples will be processed and sent to the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), Division of Epidemiology, Statistics and Prevention Research (DESPR), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for further study and evaluation. You will be reimbursed for your time.

Please contact the study coordinator, Denise Lamb, R.N., or one of the University's research nurses for this study at 801-585-2585 or email endostudy@hsc.utah.edu. Feel free to call or email if you would like to find out more or if you simply have any questions regarding the ENDO study. All information will be kept confidential.

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