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 women 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. We are currently recruiting for two infertility-related studies.

 

 

Research Study #1: Exploration of Daily Experiences of Women with Infertility

 

This project is recruiting women in Canada and the United States. Participation in this study involves the following:

 

1: Baseline Questionnaire (40 minutes): after confirming eligibility for the study you will be provided with a link to the baseline questionnaire. This questionnaire will ask you questions about your reproductive history, current reproductive experiences, and mood. You will receive a $10 Amazon e-gift card for completing the baseline questionnaire.

2. Daily Experiences Questionnaire (5 minutes): after completing the baseline questionnaire you will be given the opportunity to continue with the study. Starting on the first day of you next period you will be required to fill out two brief questionnaires one in the morning and one in the evening. You will fill out these questionnaires every second day until the start of your next period. The questionnaires will ask you about your mood, fertility confirming techniques, and any coping strategies you have used. 

3. Post-Result Questionnaire (5 minutes): after beginning your next menstruation or receiving a positive pregnancy result you will be provided with a post-result questionnaire that you will fill out for five days after confirming or disconfirming pregnancy. This questionnaire is also brief and will ask you questions about your mood and coping.

 

For full completion of the study you will receive an additional $40 Amazon e-gift card!

 

If you are 1) 18-45 years old, 2) Live in Canada or the United States, 3) Have been trying to get pregnant for 12 or more months, and 4) are not currently undergoing fertility treatments, you may be eligible to participate in the study. Please email us at wmh.research@uregina.ca or message us on Facebook for more details!

 

This study has been approved by the University of Regina’s Research Ethics Board (#2019-160)

 

 

 

Research Study #2: In-Person Interview to Understand the Emotional Challenges of Infertility

 

This project is recruiting women in Saskatchewan. Participation in this study involves the following: 

 

1. Baseline Questionnaire (10 minutes): after a brief phone call to confirm your eligibility, we would send you a link to a questionnaire that asks about your reproductive history and mood.
2. In-Person Interview (1-2 hours): you will be invited to participate in an in-person interview that focuses on the emotional challenges associated with infertility. You can choose to participate in a group interview with other women or an individual interview. 

You will receive a $10 Starbucks gift card for participating in the study.

 

If you 1) are 18 years or older, 2) live in Saskatchewan, 3) have current or past personal experience with infertility, and are interested in participating, please click HERE to provide us with your contact information. 

 

This study has been approved by the University of Regina's Research Ethics Board (#2019-137).