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Infertility

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. Therefore, there is a need for a new treatment that better addresses the unique challenges that women face when struggling with infertility.

 

Thanks to funding by the Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation (SHRF) and Saskatchewan Center for Patient-Oriented Research (SCPOR), our research has identified the unique psychological challenges that individuals face as they struggle to conceive. With a panel of patient advocates, we developed a tailored psychological intervention that is more effective at reducing infertility-related distress than what is currently available. 

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Coping with Infertility Program

The Coping with Infertility Program is a seven-week online self-help program designed to help individuals cope with the unique challenges that may arise when struggling to conceive. In a recent pilot study with 21 women experiencing infertility, this program greatly improved their emotional well-being while decreasing depression and anxiety symptoms.

The program involves watching one 10-minute video per week and completing an activity such as practicing new ways of thinking, incorporating helpful activities into your day, or talking to a loved one about how to support you.
 
We are currently recruiting participants for a large research study testing the effectiveness of the program! 

Want to participate?

You may be eligible to be in our study if you are:

  • assigned female at birth

  • over the age of 18

  • pursuing fertility treatments or have been trying to conceive for 12+ months


Participation involves compensation of up to $140. 

Please email us at rmh.research@uregina.ca for more details. 

This study is conducted by Megan Poulter, BA (Hons) and Jennifer Gordon, PhD. It has been funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), and was approved by the University of Regina Research Ethics Board. 

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