Infertility Markers in Serum, Urine, and Follicular Fluid

The recruitment status of this study is unknown because the information has not been verified recently.
Verified November 2011 by University of Pennsylvania.
Recruitment status was  Recruiting
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First received: September 13, 2005
Last updated: November 14, 2011
Last verified: November 2011

This study is only collecting specimens from current patients of PENN Fertility Care.

The purpose of this investigation is to assess if markers of oxidative stress that are known to be associated with other medical conditions can be detected in women undergoing infertility treatment and normal women of similar age. Oxidative stress may affect a woman's eggs or the follicular cells that surround and nurture them. Other markers of to be investigated include markers of cellular aging and DNA structural changes.

Presence of these markers will be compared in blood and urine samples taken during infertility treatment, and follicular fluid at the time of IVF (if applicable).


Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Markers in Women Undergoing Infertility Treatment

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Biospecimen Retention:   Samples With DNA

Blood, Urine, Follicular Fluid

Estimated Enrollment: 1000
Study Start Date: September 2002
Estimated Study Completion Date: September 2012

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 50 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Female
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population

Women undergoing In vitro fertilization at the University of Pennsylvania


Inclusion Criteria:

  • Women aged 18-50
  • Infertility patients only:

    1. Women undergoing infertility treatment (with or without in-vitro fertilization) at the University of Pennsylvania's PENN Fertility Care
    2. Verified infertility diagnosis of any of the following:

      • Endometriosis (minimal or mild)
      • Endometriosis (moderate or severe)
      • Tubal factor
      • Hypogonadotrophic hypogonadism
      • Polycystic ovary syndrome
      • Diminished ovarian reserve
      • Male factor
      • Unexplained
  • Healthy normal volunteers only:

    1. Not undergoing infertility treatment
    2. Not using hormonal contraception

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Currently pregnant or breastfeeding
  • Post-menopausal
  • Concurrent participation in investigational trial
  • Other health problems which, in the opinion of the investigator, may affect participation
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00194220

United States, Pennsylvania
University of Pennsylvania Reproductive Research Unit Recruiting
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, 19104
Contact: Kurt Barnhart, MD, MSCE    215-662-7727   
Contact: Alka Shaunik, MD    215-615-4207   
Principal Investigator: Kurt T Barnhart, MD, MSCE         
Sub-Investigator: Christos Coutifaris, MD, PhD         
Sub-Investigator: Carmen Williams, MD, PhD         
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Pennsylvania
Principal Investigator: Kurt T Barnhart, MD, MSCE University of Pennsylvania
  More Information

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Responsible Party: Kurt T Barnhart, MD, MSCE, University of Pennsylvania Identifier: NCT00194220     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 706658, RRU011
Study First Received: September 13, 2005
Last Updated: November 14, 2011
Health Authority: United States: Institutional Review Board

Keywords provided by University of Pennsylvania:
Oxidative stress

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Genital Diseases, Female
Genital Diseases, Male processed this record on March 30, 2015