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COMET PCOS Research Study Seeking Women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome in Pennsylvania*

Earn Up to $450 for Participation
See Below for Details and Eligibility Criteria

At University of Pennsylvania

Women’s Health Clinical Research Center
3701 Market St. Suite 810
Philadelphia, PA 19104

PCOS Study

At Penn State Health

Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
Clinical Research Center
500 University Drive
Hershey, PA 17033

PCOS Study

Study Title

The COMET-PCOS trial – Comparing the effects of Oral Contraceptive Pills (OCP) versus Metformin in the medical management of overweight/obese women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

Study Description

The Penn PCOS Center is conducting a clinical trial to compare the effects of medications on metabolic risk factors such as weight, blood pressure, glucose, and cholesterol levels in overweight/obese women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) over a six-month period.

Metabolic Syndrome is the name for a group of risk factors that raises your risk for heart disease and other health problems, such as diabetes and stroke. OCP improve menstrual cycles and decrease male hormone levels. Metformin improves insulin sensitivity and some metabolic factors. Currently, there are no clear recommendations for the best and most comprehensive medical management of overweight/obese women with PCOS.


The study hopes to uncover whether OCP and Metformin together affect the prevalence of Metabolic syndrome, thereby altering the risk profile for the development of diabetesand cardiovascular disease in women with PCOS.

Eligible participants will be randomly assigned to one of three groups:
1) Birth Control Pills (to improve male hormone levels) + Placebo Pill
2) Metformin (to improve insulin levels) + Placebo Pill
3) Birth Control Pills + Metformin.

Your participation in this study will consist of a screening visit, followed by 5 study visits.

During this time, you will receive benefits including:

  • Medications for 6 months
  • Lifestyle and nutritional advice
  • Physical exams
  • Laboratory assessments
  • Ultrasounds
  • Bone density scans
  • Compensation

Eligibility Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Women ages 18-40
  • Diagnosed with PCOS
  • Overweight or obese
  • Not seeking pregnancy


Exclusion Criteria:

  • Currently pregnant or breast feeding
  • History of Thyroid disease, Diabetes, Liver disease, Renal disease, Cushing Syndrome
  • Women taking hormonal contraception or Metformin are allowed to participate after the medication is discontinued for 1 month.
  • Bariatric surgery within the last 12 months.


Earn up to $450 for participation


University of Pennsylvania

Women’s Health Clinical Research Center
3701 Market St. Suite 810
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

Clinical Research Center
500 University Drive, P.O. Box 850
Mail Code H147
Hershey, PA 17033

Principal Investigators

University of Pennsylvania

Anuja Dokras, MD, PhD

Penn State Health

Richard S. Legro, M.D.

Where to Go For Further Information and
How to Apply

At University of Pennsylvania

Call (215) 662-7727 or

PCOS Study

At Penn State Health

Call (717) 531-3692 or

PCOS Study


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