Participants Needed for Online Pregnancy Study

Participants Needed for Online Pregnancy Study at BU

Pregnancy Study Online (PRESTO) is an NIH-funded study conducted by researchers at Boston University.

Participants Needed for Online Pregnancy Study


The study is seeking  women aged 21-45 who are planning a pregnancy now (or in the next 6 months).

Women from all over the United States and Canada are welcome.


The questionnaires are completed online.

Half of participants get randomized to receive a premium membership at Fertility Friend to chart their menstrual cycles.

Here is the study’s website.

PRESTO (PREgnancy Study Online) is the first Internet-based fertility study in North America. It is carried out by investigators at Boston University and is funded by the National Institutes of Health. The aim of this study is to evaluate the relation of selected lifestyle, behavioral, and environmental factors to fertility and pregnancy outcomes among female pregnancy planners. We are looking to recruit women (and their male partners) between the ages of 21-45 who are not using any fertility methods and who have started trying to conceive within the last year. A full list of eligibility requirements and FAQs can be found on the PRESTO website under “What are the eligibility requirements?” here.


There are many perks of enrolling. In addition to contributing to important scientific research about which factors promote healthy pregnancies in couples, half of women who enroll in PRESTO will be randomized to receive a premium subscription to FertilityFriend, a menstrual charting software program. Women also are eligible to win an iPad mini, if they and their male partners enroll. Once enrolled, women who complete the dietary questionnaire will receive a summary of their nutrient intake and will be entered into a drawing to win a $100 grocery gift card. In addition, women who complete all the required follow-ups will be entered into a drawing to win a $200 gift card.


The study enrollment form can be found here.


Becoming a parent is such an important part of many people’s lives and the prevalence of infertility is increasing in the United States and Canada. We believe that this study will yield important public health information about a condition that is affecting larger and larger numbers of reproductive-aged women each year.


Thank you for helping us advance science!”


Here are a couple of links to recent publicity:

BU Today Article

A radio documentary about our study.

This study will make a contribution to knowledge about factors that promote healthy conception and pregnancy. You can make a difference!  Contribute to science!

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