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 wmh.research@uregina.ca 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 wmh.research@uregina.ca for further details!