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Our goal is to identify the mechanisms that cause pelvic pain, including painful periods, and prevent the development of chronic pain.



Gynecology Research Laboratory

Period pain is the leading cause of school/work absence and foremost risk factor for chronic visceral pain in reproductive aged women.

Our goal is to identify the mechanisms that cause pelvic pain, including dysmenorrhea, and prevent the development of chronic pain. 

Our research is essential because there are few other laboratories dedicated to eradicating dysmenorrhea, one of the most frequent causes of suffering and gender disparity worldwide.​



The GyRL lab is actively monitoring the global pandemic and has adjusted our research protocols to ensure the safety of all participants and staff.



Mechanistic Characterization of Uterine Pain (MCUP)

Who- Individuals ages 18-45 with regular menstrual cycles who either have painful periods, uterine fibroids, endometriosis or who have none of the above to participate as healthy controls. You cannot have an IUD to participate in this study

Why- We hope to study the physiological cause of menstrual pain and learn why a common over the counter NSAID helps or may not help with cramping pain 

Where- Department of Gynecology at Evanston Hospital, right off the Central stop on the CTA Purple line

What- This study is observing how MRI technology can be used to learn more about painful periods and how naproxen (Aleve) can help people

manage their menstrual pain. The study involves 3 visits: A 2 hour screen visit which will include filling out questionnaires and sensory tests and 2 separate 4-5 hour MRI visits on a participant’s menses that include taking either naproxen or a placebo drug. Participants must abstain from taking painkillers 8-12 hours before each MRI visit.

Compensation- Up to $350-375 compensation is possible.

To participate, please call 847-570-2622 or email or click the link below to fill out our online questionnaire