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Stopping Heavy Periods Project (SHiPP)


Study Information

Heavy menstrual bleeding, or having heavy periods, is a major problem for many women. Women with heavy periods may suffer lessened quality of life, may have to spend time out of work, and may have to cancel plans with family and friends because of their symptoms. Health care providers want to help women get the best treatments for their heavy periods. We want to help women get the best treatments for their heavy bleeding.

What is SHiPP?

Researchers at Women & Infants Hospital are conducting a study on women who have heavy periods. The National Institutes of Health sponsored research project is called SHiPP - or Stopping Heavy Periods Project.

In the United States, the two most common non-surgical treatment options are the levonogestrel intrauterine system (LNG-IUS) and combined oral contraceptives. Researchers seek to determine which of these two treatment options is more effective in improving quality of life for women with heavy or irregular menstrual bleeding.

Contact Information

If you are interested in hearing more about the study, please contact our study staff at (401) 274-1122, ext. 48549 or email at researchSHiPP@carene.org

Eligibility Criteria

All participants will:
  • Be randomly assigned to one of the two non-surgical treatment groups - the levonogestrel intrauterine system (LNG-IUS) or combined oral contraceptives.
  • Be asked to complete a questionnaire and a diary that includes your period cycle, medical history, and background information.
  • Continue with recommended clinical care with your own ob/gyn provider.
  • Be asked to complete up to six questionnaires over a one year period.


What you need to know:

  • Study participation is voluntary
  • Participants will be compensated



Patients receive $100 at each monthly study infusion and at the one and two year infant follow- ups.


More Information/FAQ

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Women & Infants

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