Last updated on June 2019

Administration of Kisspeptin to Subjects With Reproductive Disorders


Are you eligible to participate in this study?

You may be eligible for this study if you meet the following criteria:

  • Conditions: Hypogonadism | Polycystic Ovary Syndrome | Hyperprolactinemia | GnRH Deficiency | Klinefelter's Syndrome | Kallmann's Syndrome
  • Age: Between 18 - 100 Years
  • Gender: Male or Female

  1. Healthy Subjects

All healthy subjects will meet the following criteria:

  • normal puberty with respect to onset and pace,
  • no chronic diseases,
  • no difficulty with blood draws,
  • no prescription medications for at least 2 months with the exception of seasonal allergy medications and hormone replacement therapy,
  • no illicit drug use or excessive alcohol consumption (< 10 drinks/week),
  • no history of a medication reaction requiring emergency medical care,
  • normal physical exam and laboratory studies within protocol reference ranges.

Additional criteria based on subject population:

  1. Healthy Men:
    • between 21 and 40 years old,
    • normal erectile and ejaculatory function, no history of reproductive disorders,
    • testicular volume >15 ml.
  2. Healthy women:
    • between 21 and 40 years old,
    • not breastfeeding or pregnant,
    • menstrual cycles between 25 and 35 days in duration, at least 11 periods/year, with no more than 5 days variability in cycle duration,
    • no evidence for androgen excess (hirsutism or acne),
    • at screening, negative hCG pregnancy test,
    • negative screening for Factor V Leiden for those who might receive estradiol treatment as a part of this study.
  3. Healthy postmenopausal women:
    • between 50 and 60 years old,
    • no menstrual periods within the last year,
    • previous history of menstrual cycles between 25 and 35 days in duration, with no more than 5 days variability in cycle duration,
    • if applicable, able to undergo washout from hormone therapy,
    • no evidence for androgen excess (hirsutism or acne),
    • negative screening for Factor V Leiden for those who might receive estradiol treatment as a part of this study.
  4. Subjects with Reproductive Disorders

All subjects with reproductive disorders will meet the following criteria:

  • 18 years or older,
  • all medical conditions stable and well controlled,
  • no prescription medications known to affect reproductive endocrine function for at least 2 months except for medications used to treat the subject's reproductive condition,
  • no history of a medication reaction requiring emergency medical care,
  • no illicit drug use or excessive alcohol consumption (<10 drinks/week),
  • for women, not breastfeeding or pregnant,
  • if applicable, able to undergo appropriate washout from hormone therapy,
  • normal physical exam and laboratory studies within protocol reference ranges,
  • for women, at time of screening negative hCG pregnancy test.

Additional criteria based on subject population:

  1. Men and women with hypogonadotropic hypogonadism,
    • Confirmed diagnosis by low sex steroids in the setting of low or inappropriately normal gonadotropins,
    • If needed, additional labs and imaging tests may be performed.
  2. Women with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
    • Confirmed diagnosis of PCOS,
    • If needed, additional labs and imaging tests may be performed.
  3. Men and women with hyperprolactinemia
    • confirmed diagnosis of elevated levels of prolactin measured via blood test,
    • no pituitary adenoma OR a microprolactinoma (<10 mm). Patients with a macroprolactinoma confirmed on MRI imaging will be excluded,
    • willing to complete a dopamine agonist washout.

Recruitment Status: Open


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