Estrogen Microbiome Study
The Women's Health Research Unit at OHSU is excited to announce the start of a new study that seeks to understand how the microbial community or "microbiome" of the vagina and bladder may play a role in symptoms many women experience in menopause, including vaginal dryness, painful sex, uncomfortable urination and recurrent urinary tract infections.
- Postmenopausal women ages 40-89
- Use of hormone therapy in the last 3 months
- Current tamoxifen use
- Currently using vaginal pessary
- History of breast cancer or BRCA mutation
- History of uterine, ovarian or cervical cancer
- History of deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolism
- History of stroke or myocardial infarction
- Known thrombophilic disorder (Protein S deficiency, Protein C deficiency, antithrombin deficiency)
- Known liver disease
- Use of systemic or vaginal antibiotics in the last 2 months
- Urinary tract or vaginal infection in the last 2 months
Participants will be compensated up to $75 for time and travel.