Birth Control Patch

Looking for a new birth control option?

Consider taking part in the Luminous Research Study.

The Luminous Research Study is for an investigational birth control patch for women who wish to use a skin patch to prevent pregnancy.

You May Qualify for the LUMINOUS Study If you:

  • are sexually active

  • are at least 16 years of age

  • have normal, regular menstrual cycles

  • do not wish to become pregnant for at least 12 months

  • are willing to try an investigational hormonal method of birth control

... then you may be eligible to join the LUMINOUS Study. This study will investigate whether an investigational contraceptive patch, worn on the skin, can prevent pregnancy in women.

To Take Part In This Study, You Must Be Able & Willing To:

  • use the study patch as your only method of birth control

  • apply the study patch at home and undertake home pregnancy tests

  • complete an electronic diary with details of your menstrual cycle and sexual activity

  • attend regular, scheduled visits at your nearest study center

  • undergo regular study-related tests and health checks

There are other criteria you will need to meet to qualify, which the study team will discuss with you.

Participation is Free

Reimbursed for Study Related Travel

No Health Insurance Required


The LUMINOUS Research Study is for an investigational birth control patch for women who wish to use a skin patch to prevent pregnancy.

The study medication is an investigational birth control patch being developed for use by women who wish to use a skin patch to prevent pregnancy. The study patch is similar to the already approved product, Xulane®, but contains a lower dose of estrogen. Note that lower estrogen doses are associated with improved safety in other combined hormonal contraceptives.

The birth control patch is transdermal (applied to the skin) drug delivery system. The study medication looks like a round Band Aid and can be applied to either the skin on the upper outer arm, stomach, buttock or back, in a place where it will not be rubbed by tight clothing. The drugs contained in the patch are absorbed through the skin. all participants in the study will receive patches containing the birth control medication; there is no placebo or birth control pill being used in the study.

The patch is used in a 4-week (28-day) treatment cycle where a patch is applied and replaced every 7 days for 3 weeks in a row, followed by a 1-week "patch-free" period. Qualified participants will use the patch for up to 13 cycles (about 1 year).


What is a research study?

A research study (also called a clinical trial) helps to answer important questions about an investigational medication - these may include how well an investigational medication works for a certain condition. All medications must be tested in clinical research studies before they can be approved and prescribed to patients.

What is this study about?

The Luminous Research Study is for an investigational birth control patch for women who wish to use a skin patch to prevent pregnancy. Healthy female participants of childbearing potential aged at least 16 years old who agree to be in this study will receive transdermal patches containing norelgestromin and ethinyl estradiol.

The study will enroll approximately 1,200 subjects (1,080 women aged 16 to 35 years and about 120 women over 35 years of age) at about 55 study centers across the United States.

The first stage of the study will consist of a screening period, where you will be asked to visit our study center and the study doctor will find out if you are eligible to enter the study.

If you are eligible for the study, you will be asked to return to our study center. You will have various tests done and will then start taking study medication. If the study doctor decides that you are not eligible to take part in this study, then he/she will discuss other contraceptive options with you.

What will the Luminous Research Study involve?

Before you enter the study, there will be a screening period after which the study doctor will determine if you qualify for the study. During this screening period, you will complete:

  • 1 clinic visit that can be spread out over multiple visits

  • one week of daily entry into and electronic handheld diary (also called an eDiary)

The eDiary can be installed on your device (cell phone) or a device will be provided. Our study team will train you on how to use the eDiary.

If you are eligible to participate, the study medication patches will be provided to you at the enrollment visit (within 14 days before the start of your next menstrual cycle).

You will be instructed to apply the first transdermal patch within 24 hours of the start of the next menstrual period. Before you use the investigational birth control patch, you will be taught how to apply the patch using a patch that does not contain any active ingredients.

Throughout the study, you will complete:

  • 6 clinic visits

  • 9 scheduled phone calls

  • daily eDiary entries

Will I be compensated?

Qualified participants may receive compensation for time and travel.

Please discuss potential travel expenses and compensation with our study team.

Is there a cost to participate?

There is no cost to participate in the Luminous Research Study. If you decide to take part:

  • you will not incur any costs for participating in this study

  • all study-related care will be provided by study doctors and study staff

What else do I need to consider?

Our research team will be able to explain more about what the Luminous Research Study will involve, and it is up to you to decide if you want to take part. Participation in this study is voluntary. Whether or not you decide to participate in this study will not affect your current or future relationships with your doctors. If you decide to participate, you are free to withdraw at any time without affecting those relationships.

How far is the study center?

Our site is located at 1617 South Tuttle Avenue, #1A in Sarasota, Florida 34239. We are on the ground floor.


The LUMINOUS Research Study is for an investigational birth control patch for women who wish to use a skin patch to prevent pregnancy.

The LUMINOUS Research Study will enroll about 1,200 women at about 55 study centers (study sites) across the United States.

Volunteers who qualify to participate in the study will complete 6 clinic visits as well as participate in 9 scheduled phone calls and daily entries into an eDiary.

You will not incur any costs for participating in this study.

All study-related care is provided by study doctors and study staff.

Why are research studies important?

A research study is the process by which new and innovative medications, interventions and treatments are approved and brought to market, so people can live happier and healthier lives. Even over-the-counter medications such as NSAIDs, you may have used to counteract a headache, have gone through the clinical research study process before they were available to your local pharmacy.