Louisville Tobacco Smoke Exposure, Genetic Susceptibility, & Infertility Study (LOUSSI Study)

 Investigating Infertility in Women

In many cases, infertility still remains unexplained by current scientific knowledge. Furthermore, we don’t fully understand the role that secondhand smoke might play in causing infertility. Smoking is still common in Kentucky, and genes also may affect the relationship between smoking and fertility.

The aim of the LOUSSI research study is to better understand how smoking, exposure to secondhand smoke, and genetics may work together to impact fertility. This project is a collaboration between the UofL School of Public Health and Information Sciences and the UofL Physicians - Fertility Center.

Women who are at least 21-years-old, and are seeking fertility treatment at the UofL Physicians - Fertility Center, may be eligible to participate in the LOUSSI study. We are accepting new participants through June 30, 2019.

Frequently Asked Questions

What can I expect as a participant?

Once you register, the study will require approximately 20‐30 minutes of your time.

As a participant you will:

  • Continue treatment with your fertility specialist
  • Provide a urine sample
  • Complete a brief questionnaire
  • Grant permission to access medical records

 What are the benefits?

  • Provide scientific data of the effects of smoking, secondhand smoke, and genetics on infertility
  • Help families overcome infertility

Are there any risks to participating?

There are no substantial risks to participating in this study. This study requires a urine sample, a short questionnaire, and permission to access medical records.

All information collected is used for research purposes only. Your information will remain confidential.

How to Register

To enroll, contact Dr. Kira Taylor:

  • Email: kctayl04@louisville.edu
  • Phone: (502) 852‐4063

Or tell your physician at the UofL Physicians - Fertility Center that you would like to enroll in the LOUSSI study.

To thank you for your time, you may receive a $25 VISA gift card.

Contact Us

Dr. Kira Taylor, Assistant Professor
Dept. of Epidemiology & Population Health
University of Louisville
485 E. Gray Street, Louisville, KY 40202
Email: kctayl04@louisville.edu
Phone: (502) 852‐4063


The LOUSSI research study is supported by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human  Development of the National Institutes of Health under Award Number R15HD087911.

The University of Louisville is an equal opportunity institution.

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