Updated March 27 at 8:27pm
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W&I doc lands $1.6M NIH grant


PROVIDENCE – Dr. Kristen A. Matteson, of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Women & Infants Hospital, has been awarded a $1.6 million grant from the National Institutes of Health, the hospital announced Monday.

The grant, from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, will be used to study the effectiveness of two treatment options for heavy menstrual bleeding.

“Heavy menstrual bleeding is one of the most common gynecologic problems women encounter,” Matteson, assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, said in prepared remarks.

“It is such an important problem to study because heavy menstrual bleeding has a negative impact on a woman’s quality of life, often leading women to utilize expensive medical resources,” she added.

According to a release form Women & Infants, there are two commonly prescribed non-surgical treatments for heavy menstrual bleeding – combined oral contraceptives and the use of an intrauterine device with progestogen – but studies comparing these treatments are “extremely limited.”

The primary goal of the NIH-funded study is to determine the effectiveness and rates of treatment failure of both treatment options in improving the quality of life for women with this issue.

“Optimizing the quality of life in women with heavy menstrual bleeding with non-surgical treatments should ultimately reduce the number of surgical interventions performed and decrease health care costs,” said Matteson in a statement.

Enrollment in the study will begin in the fall for women with heavy menstrual periods and with no contraindications to either combined oral contraceptives or the levonorgestrel IUD system.


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