At USC Fertility, clinical studies are always underway as we are dedicated to finding new and responsible ways of solving reproductive health issues to help our patients build families.
Please take a moment to read about the current studies listed below, and feel free to contact us should you be interested in learning more about the study, joining the study, or applying study learning to your own medical treatment plans.
We invite you to visit this section of our site frequently to view new clinical study postings.
Natural Cycle IVF Study
This is USC Fertility’s fifth study devoted to the examination of natural cycle IVF. Previous studies on this treatment option were undertaken in 1989, 1990, 1992, and 1998.
The goal of the 2010 study is to prospectively investigate women undergoing natural cycle IVF and their pregnancy outcomes. Our objective is to determine if the advances in technology over the last 20 years have improved pregnancy rates in the setting of natural cycle IVF to further validate its use for patients of all ages and varying prognosis. Find out more about this study
The Effect of Lavender on Stress Levels Before an Embryo Transfer
This is a randomized controlled trial looking at the effects of lavender aromatherapy compared to placebo and the effects on stress levels for patients undergoing embryo transfer. Any patients that are getting an embryo transfer qualify for the study. It involves taking a survey on stress levels before and after lavender aromatherapy (or placebo) for approximately 20-30 minutes. Please let a staff member know if you are interested in participating.
Follicular Fluid and Granulosa Cells Biorepository
This study involves collecting follicular fluid and cells from the ovary during an egg retrieval. These are routinely collected during an egg retrieval and discarded by the embryologist once the egg is identified and saved for either egg freezing or IVF. The purpose of the biorepository is to create a bank of ovarian cells and follicular fluid for future studies that will help us to understand IVF success, different factors affecting egg quality, and what effect fertility medications have on the ovarian environment. We are also investigating how cancer therapy affects the eggs and ovary. Any person going through an egg retrieval qualifies for the study.
Cell-free DNA and Preimplantation Genetic Testing (PGT)
For preimplantation genetic testing, an embryo biopsy is done when the embryo grows to day 5 or 6 and is a blastocyst. The purpose of this study is to see if we can detect DNA in the embryo culture that would be accurate enough to determine whether or not an embryo is chromosomally normal. If it is accurate enough, it is possible in the future that embryos would not have to be biopsied for PGT. Any person undergoing PGT qualifies for this study.