Frequently Asked Questions


What is the purpose of this research study?

We will explore how exposure to environmental chemicals and lifestyle choices (such as diet) affects reproductive health. We are specifically studying how environmental chemicals and diet impact the ability to get pregnant.

Who is doing this research study?

The Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Fertility Center and Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health (HSPH) are collaborating on the research study.

What are the possible benefits of this research?

Society will better understand how environmental chemicals relate to reproductive health. Doctors, scientists and public health advocates can then use this information to educate the public, change government policies, and provide better care to patients.

Will I be compensated?

You will be compensated for your valuable participation (up to $1050, depending on the duration of your participation in the study).

Can I participate alone?

We welcome both individuals and couples to participate in the study.

What will I be asked to do and what is the time commitment?

You will be asked to complete health and lifestyle questionnaires and provide biological samples (i.e. blood, urine, hair, etc). The initial entry visit takes about 30 minutes and the follow up visits are coordinated with your treatment at MGH.

How long will my participation in the study last?

This is a longitudinal study, so we would like to work with you as long as you are willing, throughout your treatment, pregnancy and childbirth. Your participation is voluntary and you may discontinue your involvement at any time.

What about privacy?

All information collected will be used for research only and will be kept strictly confidential. Participation in the study does not impact your care at MGH.

Can I contact the Principal Investigator during the study?

Yes, Dr. Russ Hauser will be available to you during your participation in the study. He can be reached at (617) 432-3326 or

Dr. Hauser’s HSPH faculty page: Russ Hauser, MD, ScD, MPH

Who should I contact to join the study?

To learn more about the study, you can talk with any nurse or physician of the Fertility Center or you can contact our on-site research staff: Sarah Abdelmessih, Jennifer Ford, and Myra Keller.

Phone: (617) 643-2505

Are there any publications by this group?

See: Publications