ACOG Committee Opinion No. 377: Research involving women

Obstet Gynecol. 2007 Sep;110(3):731-6. doi: 10.1097/01.AOG.0000263926.75016.db.


All women should be presumed to be eligible for participation in clinical studies. The potential for pregnancy should not automatically exclude a woman for participating in a clinical study, although the use of contraception may be required for participation. Research objectives should not interfere with appropriate clinical management. If a conflict arises between medically appropriate patient care and research objectives, patient care should prevail. Consent of the pregnant woman alone is sufficient for most research. Pregnant women considering participation in a research study should determine the extent to which the father is to be involved in the process of informed consent and the decision.

Publication types

  • Guideline

MeSH terms

  • Biomedical Research / ethics*
  • Ethics Committees, Research*
  • Female
  • Human Experimentation / ethics
  • Humans
  • Informed Consent
  • Patient Selection / ethics
  • Pregnancy
  • Pregnant Women
  • Women's Health / ethics*