Infertility Research

One in six Canadian women will struggle with infertility during their reproductive lives – half of these women will report that infertility is the most upsetting experience of their lives and 30-40% will develop clinical depression or anxiety as a result. Furthermore, the few treatments that are available have been shown to be largely ineffective in reducing infertility distress, depressive symptoms, and marital functioning. There is therefore a need for a new treatment that better addresses the unique challenges that women face when struggling with infertility.


Our research, funded by the Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation and Saskatchewan Center for Patient-Oriented Research, is aimed at identifying the unique psychological challenges that individuals face as they struggle to conceive with the ultimate goal of developing a tailored psychological intervention that is more effective at reducing infertility-related distress than what is currently available. 


 The University of Regina Women’s Mental Health Research Unit is seeking residents of Canada and the United States to participate in an 8-week self-help program for people who are struggling to get pregnant. Individuals ages 18-42 who are purshuing fertility treatments or have been trying to get pregnant for 12 months or more may be eligible to participate. Participants will receive a free copy of "The Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook" when they agree to participate. Please email us at for further details! 


Another of our research goals is to better understand the support needs of members of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community who are trying to conceive. With this in mind, we're currently recruiting for a second study, the call for which is below:


The University of Regina Women’s Mental Health Research Unit is seeking couples who are members of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community to participate in an online study about trying to conceive using third-party reproduction (i.e. donor sperm, eggs or embryos or surrogacy). If you and your partner are currently attempting to conceive using third-party reproduction, you may be eligible to participate. Participation involves a Zoom interview and online surveys about your experiences. Compensation is up to $60 per couple. Please email us at for further details!