Internet-based Study of Fertility and Early Pregnancy (PEEPS)

This study is ongoing, but not recruiting participants.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Courtney D.Lynch, PhD MPH, The Ohio State University Identifier:
First received: July 15, 2013
Last updated: August 29, 2014
Last verified: August 2014

The purpose of this study is to assess the feasibility of conducting an Internet-based prospective pregnancy study with preconception enrollment with women completing daily journals for up to 12 months while trying to conceive and weekly through pregnancy if it occurs.

Abortion, Spontaneous

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Prospective Evaluation of the Elements of Pregnancy Study

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Further study details as provided by Ohio State University:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Number enrolled [ Time Frame: One year ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Completeness of data collection [ Time Frame: Following 9-21 months of data collection ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    Percentage of the study that the participant completed: baseline questionnaire (Y/N); daily trying to conceive journals (%); weekly pregnancy journals (%); and delivery information (%).

Estimated Enrollment: 200
Study Start Date: July 2013
Estimated Study Completion Date: September 2015
Estimated Primary Completion Date: September 2015 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Women who are trying to conceive
Women ages 18-44 without a history of fertility problems who are in a stable relationship with a male partner who have regular access to the Internet and have been trying to conceive <3 months.

Detailed Description:

There is a dearth of knowledge regarding the role that preconception health plays in fertility and early pregnancy loss. Classical methods of conducting prospective pregnancy studies with preconception enrollment to answer these questions are time-consuming in terms of recruitment efforts and expensive to carry out. The purpose of this project is to assess the feasibility of conducting an Internet-based prospective pregnancy study with preconception enrollment in the United States using the gold standard data collection approach of daily diaries during the trying to conceive period. We will accomplish this by enrolling 200 females of reproductive age who attempting to conceive and following them for up to 12 months and through pregnancy for those who become pregnant. Feasibility will be assessed by measuring: the number of women who screen eligible, the number of women who enroll, and compliance with journal use over time. We will also estimate the incidence of infertility, pregnancy and pregnancy loss as well as compare the demographics of women who enroll to the demographics of women who participate in community-based prospective pregnancy studies with preconception enrollment. The data from this project will be used to assess the feasibility of launching a larger prospective pregnancy study that is appropriately powered to examine the impact of preconceptional lifestyle factors on the incidence of infertility and early pregnancy loss.


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 44 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Female
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population

We are looking for women ages 18-44 who are planning a pregnancy and have been trying to conceive for <3 months. Women must have reliable daily access to the Internet. The woman and her male partner may not have any known fertility problems.


Inclusion Criteria:

  • Women
  • Ages 18-44
  • In a stable relationship
  • Sexually active with a male partner
  • Reliable daily access to the Internet

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Woman or her partner has a known fertility problem
  • Trying to conceive for three or more months.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01904669

United States, Ohio
The Ohio State University College of Medicine
Columbus, Ohio, United States, 43210
Sponsors and Collaborators
Courtney D.Lynch, PhD MPH
  More Information

Additional Information:
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Responsible Party: Courtney D.Lynch, PhD MPH, Assistant Professor, The Ohio State University Identifier: NCT01904669     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 2012H0128, 1R03HD073504-01
Study First Received: July 15, 2013
Last Updated: August 29, 2014
Health Authority: United States: Institutional Review Board

Keywords provided by Ohio State University:
Preconception Care
Women's Health
Abortion, Spontaneous
Cohort Studies

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Abortion, Spontaneous
Genital Diseases, Female
Genital Diseases, Male
Pregnancy Complications processed this record on September 01, 2015