step to joining one of our studies is to call us. We'll tell you more
details about the study and answer any questions you may have. If
you are still interested in participating, we'll run through a set
of questions with you to make sure you are eligible to participate.
These questions may ask about your medical history and your current
relationship. Any answers you give us are strictly confidential and
will never be shared with others, not even your partner. Depending
on the study, we may also need to ask your partner a set of questions.
We always question each partner separately. Once we know that you
are eligible to participate, we will schedule an appointment for you
to come in and enroll in the study. Our research assistants often
drive out to our different study sites just to meet our participants,
so if you are unable to keep a scheduled appointment, or you change
your mind about participating, please call us to let us know- you
might save us a trip, and you'll also free up that appointment time
for another participant.
Visit Study appointments are private appointments where you and/or
your partner meet with a Research Assistant. No other people are
present. At the visit, the Research Assistant will give you additional
information about the study and answer any questions you have. If
you decide to join the study, you will read and sign a consent form
that details the risks and benefits of study participation. We'll
also ask you some personal questions about your background, medical
history, and sexual history. Your answers to these questions will
be kept private, even from your partner. The Research Assistant
will also explain to you how to use the study method and how to
complete any questionnaires or diary forms you will be taking home.
We'll give you the study products to test at home. And we'll explain
how you'll be keeping in touch with us over the course of your participation.
You're In the Study
Once you've enrolled in the study, we'll want to stay in touch with
you until you've completed your participation. Different studies
involve different ways of doing this. We may ask you to keep a written
record of your method use. We call this a diary, but these forms
usually look more like calendars and ask you to mark the days you
have sex and the days you use the method. For other studies we might
ask you to fill out more detailed reports about specific acts of
intercourse. Or we might call you to do a periodic phone interview.
Or we may have you come in to see us in-person. Our studies almost
always involve in-person meetings with participants. We feel that
face-to-face meetings allow us to get the best possible feedback
from our participants, but we try to meet the needs of the study
without putting a burden on our participants.
Your Study Participation
Any person who joins a study may leave the study at any time for
any reason. You do not have to stay in the study if you do not wish
to- we just ask you to let us know why you want to stop. If people
don't like a method we are studying, we want to know! This is important
information for us to collect.
Our studies are staffed by friendly, experienced professionals who
enjoy working with study participants. It's part of their job to
make you as comfortable as possible. They will explain the study
to you in detail and answer any questions you may have. You can
count on them to treat you with respect and courtesy. And they also
have a good sense of humor!