The Columbus Center for Women's Health Research is an independent research center associated with Portman Obstetrics and Gynecology Associates, Inc. We are dedicated to bringing the latest opportunities in medical advances to women of central Ohio. Our experienced site integrates an established, well-respected private practice with a state of the art research center, focused on the diagnosis and treatment of health issues unique and common to women.

We are located on the east side of Columbus, Ohio one mile east of the campus of Mount Carmel East Hospital. Our research center is a private freestanding institution, but we have access to all of the hospital facilities including: mammography and bone densitometry.

Our areas of research have included the following:

  • Hormone replacement therapy
  • Obesity
  • Menopausal treatment alternatives to HRT
  • Perimenopause
  • Osteoporosis Prevention
  • Dysmenorrhea
  • Contraception
  • Overactive Bladder
  • Fibroids
  • Urinary Tract Infections
  • Endometriosis
  • Vaginitis
  • Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
  • Sexual Dysfunction

Current Studies




If you are:

  • Sexually active and willing to try a different method of birth control; or
  • Interested in being in a study for a method of birth control that is non-invasive...

Then you may be eligible to join the SECURE Study-a clinical study of a new birth control patch.

We are recruiting women to join a large clinical research study of a contraceptive patch. The patch contains the same type of hormones that are in many birth control pills. The patch is designed to be flexible and and is applied onto the skin, just once a week.

To join the study you must:

  • Be sexually active at least once a month
  • Need to use birth control
  • Not wish to become pregnant for at least 1 year
  • Be able to sue the patch as your only form of birth control for at least 1 year.

Not everyone who wants to join will be able to. Several joining criteria must also be met. It is your choice whether to join, and even if you do join, you can leave the study at any time.

Contraceptive patches and all study check-ups will be provided at no cost to you.




If you are a woman between the ages of 40 and 65, and are suffering from hot flashes and sweating due to menopause, you are invited to see if you may qualify for the REPLENISH Trial. The purpose of this research study is to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of an investigational medication for menopause associated hot flashes and sweating.

Each individual will be evaluated to determine her eligibility to participate in this study. If you qualify, you will receive investigational medication, study-related exams, and laboratory services at no charge. You may also be reimbursed for time and travel and other expenses.

In order to participate in the trial, women must be evaluated by a trial doctor and meet certain requirements including:

-Being a female between the ages of 40 and 65

-Being postmenopausal with an intact uterus

-Be in generally good health

-Be willing to particiapte in a clinical trial


If you have painful cramps from your period, you may be eligible to participate in this study. We are evaluating an investigational botanical product that may help make your periods less painful.

Qualified participants must:   Be a woman between 18-35 years of age,experiencing painful menstrual cramps for at least 3 consecutive menstrual cycles, otherwise healthy with regular menstrual cycles, and not using a contraceptive injection, implant or IUD within 6 months

Participants my receive: Study evaluations and care at no cost. Reimbursement for time and travel.



You may be eligible to participate in a clinical trial testing an investigational vaginal treatment for vaginal atrophy in women surgically or naturally in menopause.

To qualify:

You must be a healthy postmenopausal woman between the ages of 30 and 75 bothered by one of the following symptoms: vaginal dryness, vaginal or vulvar irritation or itching, or pain associated with sexual activity, and not currently on hormone therapy.

Qualified participants may receive: Study related exams, Study-related medication, and compensation for time and travel


Clinical Research Experience

Our research center has been conducting phase II-IV trials since 1997. We have worked on nearly 100 clinical trials with many different pharmaceutical companies including:

  • Pfizer
  • Teva
  • Merck
  • organon
  • Boehringer-Ingelheim
  • Bayer
  • Noven
  • Depomed
  • Meditrina
  • Endoceutics
  • Roche
  • Warner-Chilcott
  • Palatin
  • Shionogi
  • Sprout