COVID-19 is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation.
Get the latest public health information from CDC:

Get the latest research information from NIH: Menu

The Women's Health Study: From Adolescence to Adulthood (WHS:A2A)

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT01738204
Recruitment Status : Active, not recruiting
First Posted : November 30, 2012
Last Update Posted : September 3, 2020
Brigham and Women's Hospital
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Marc R Laufer, Boston Children's Hospital

Brief Summary:
In order to learn more about women's health issues that occur over the lifespan, the Women's Health Study: from Adolescence to Adulthood is building a biorepository and database. The biorepository collects, processes and stores samples (such as urine, saliva, blood, cells, tissue and peritoneal fluid) until they are needed for research. The database contains de-identified information about our study participants. The biorepository and database are being created to serve as a resource for researchers from Boston Children's Hospital, Brigham and Women's Hospital and outside institutions.

Condition or disease
Pelvic Pain Endometriosis Dysmenorrhea Infertility

Layout table for study information
Study Type : Observational
Estimated Enrollment : 2000 participants
Observational Model: Case-Control
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: The Women's Health Study: From Adolescence to Adulthood Sponsored by the Boston Center for Endometriosis.
Study Start Date : November 2012
Estimated Primary Completion Date : January 2030
Estimated Study Completion Date : January 2030

Resource links provided by the National Library of Medicine

Females with endometriosis
Females with a surgical diagnosis of endometriosis or who undergoing surgery for suspected endometriosis. At this time, we are only recruiting patients of Boston Children's Hospital and Brigham and Women's Hospital for this group.
Females without surgical diagnosis of endometriosis
Females do not need to be patients of Boston Children's Hospital or Brigham and Women's Hospital.

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Establishing a biorepository and database [ Time Frame: next 20 years ]

Biospecimen Retention:   Samples With DNA
urine, saliva, blood, tissue, peritoneal fluid

Information from the National Library of Medicine

Choosing to participate in a study is an important personal decision. Talk with your doctor and family members or friends about deciding to join a study. To learn more about this study, you or your doctor may contact the study research staff using the contacts provided below. For general information, Learn About Clinical Studies.

Layout table for eligibility information
Ages Eligible for Study:   7 Years to 60 Years   (Child, Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   Female
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population
clinic and community sample

Inclusion Criteria:

  • female
  • at least 7 years old
  • not experiencing natural menopause

Exclusion Criteria:


Information from the National Library of Medicine

To learn more about this study, you or your doctor may contact the study research staff using the contact information provided by the sponsor.

Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT01738204

Layout table for location information
United States, Massachusetts
Boston Children's Hospital
Boston, Massachusetts, United States, 02115
Brigham and Women's Hospital
Boston, Massachusetts, United States, 02115
Sponsors and Collaborators
Boston Children's Hospital
Brigham and Women's Hospital
Layout table for investigator information
Principal Investigator: Marc R Laufer, MD Boston Children's Hospital
Additional Information:
Layout table for additonal information
Responsible Party: Marc R Laufer, Chief, Division of Gynecology, Boston Children's Hospital Identifier: NCT01738204    
Other Study ID Numbers: IRB-P00004267
First Posted: November 30, 2012    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: September 3, 2020
Last Verified: August 2020
Keywords provided by Marc R Laufer, Boston Children's Hospital:
pelvic pain
women's health
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Layout table for MeSH terms
Pelvic Pain
Neurologic Manifestations
Menstruation Disturbances
Pathologic Processes