Dear Centchroman Survey Takers, We know that it has been awhile since the Centchroman survey ended, and we apologize for the delay. However, there have been some new developments, and we wanted to wait until we had all the facts squared away before sharing them with all of you and opening up discussion. Specifically, after the informal Centchroman survey was complete, we received interest in our study from 2 faculty members at Yale University. They are very interested in user experiences with Centchroman, and they would like to help us write the survey up as a journal article and submit it to a professional medical journal. They also feel that it is likely that publication in a medical journal would result in some media exposure! However, there is a problem: the survey you took was an informal survey written by us that was not overseen by any ethics oversight board. Few, if any, journals would be willing to publish such a study without it first meeting the approval of a Human Investigation Committee (HIC). Likewise, the 2 Yale faculty members do not feel that they would even be able to look at such data unless the study was first approved by Yale’s HIC. This means is that, if the Aphrodite/MSN Centchroman community wants to explore this opportunity, we would need to conduct another survey. The new survey would be reviewed and approved by Yale’s HIC, which would take some time: we estimate approximately 2-3 months. It also means that we couldn’t release the results of the informal survey (at least not until the new survey was complete). This is because knowing the results of the informal survey could have effects on your answers to the new survey by introducing bias or the “power of suggestion.” We would, however, be able to release the results of the Yale study in private e-mails as soon as we had the data. We would simply ask that no one post the results to the public forum until the publication date (the publication process often takes about 9 months). Another possible benefit of repeating the survey stems from the fact that there have been many recent developments, such as unexpected pregnancies and users experiencing new side effects and/or deciding to quit, which unfolded just as the first survey ended. The intention of the original survey was to capture a “snapshot” of user experiences at that time, but such a snapshot captured now would probably be even more informative, due to recent experiences. However, we also appreciate that users desire to have information they have already provided summarized for them. So, given all of that, we thought the fairest thing to do was to bring the situation to the message boards and hear your views. This is “your” data, and thus your opinion matters to us. There are two choices. Would you like us to: 1) Forgo the Yale study and opportunity for academic support and publication, summarize the informal data ourselves and release it now 2) Wait to release the study data until a new survey could be conducted. After the new official survey, we would then release the data from both surveys, though privately at first as we prepare a manuscript for possible publication. Also, if you have any concerns that you would prefer to share in private, we have started a special username, “CentchromanSurvey” for survey-related business. Please PM us, and we will get back to you privately. Alternatively, you can e-mail us at CentchromanSurvey@gmail.com. Thanks for all of your help! Susan T. G. and Elizabeth W.