The purpose of clinical research is to help understand how the human body works and how health and disease come about. Why is it important for all women to consider participating in clinical trials? The NIH Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH) answers this question by sharing personal experiences from clinical trial participants and insights from NIH leaders.

This information first appeared on the National Institutes of Health’s Clinical Trials and You website. Page last reviewed September 30, 2016.