This study was designed to allow inpatient and outpatient evaluation of women with a variety
of reproductive and endocrine-related disorders for purposes of research and physician
The evaluations may include ultrasound examinations, blood, saliva, and/or urine samples. In
some cases, specific laboratory or X-ray studies will be performed to confirm the diagnosis
or assist in the treatment of the patient. These additional tests will be conducted within
the guidelines of current gynecologic practice. In some cases, the patient will receive
medical or surgical treatment for their disorder.
The purpose of this study is to provide an opportunity for physicians to evaluate women with
medical conditions of reproduction. These evaluations and treatments will support clinical
training and research for the accredited training program in reproductive endocrinology at
the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD).<TAB>
This protocol is designed to allow inpatient and outpatient evaluation of women with a
variety of reproductive and endocrine-related disorders for purposes of research and
physician education in our accredited reproductive endocrine training program. The
evaluations may include ultrasound examinations and the collection of blood, saliva, and/or
urine samples. In some cases, laboratory or radiologic studies will be performed to confirm
the diagnosis or to aid in the management of the patient, as would be done in current
gynecologic practice. In some cases, the patient will receive medical or surgical treatment
for their disorder. The purpose of these evaluations or treatments will be to support our
clinical training and/or research mission. In particular, this protocol is intended to
provide a mechanism for reproductive endocrine fellows and staff to evaluate women with
medical conditions of interest for fellow teaching and clinical training.
- Inclusion Criteria:
- Subjects aged 1-85 with reproductive endocrine related conditions.
- Young women, women of reproductive age, and older women are the focus of this
- Girls with reproductive disorders under the age of 18 will be studied and their
assent will be obtained if possible along with the consent of their parent/guardian.
- Reproductive disorders of men will be included.
- Pregnant women over 23 weeks will be excluded, since there are no on-campus prenatal
or neonatal facilities. If we see patients in consultation after 23 weeks, as is our
practice, we will provide a report to the referring PI on that protocol as well as
the patient's personal obstetrician. We do not provide long term obstetrical care.
- Patients specifically requesting in vitro fertilization will not be considered
candidates and will not be seen under this protocol. These patients may be seen for a
consultation, but will be referred for these services outside of the NIH.
- Pregnant patients requiring fetal surgery will be excluded since there are no
on-campus neonatal facilities.