Are you new parents in the early postpartum period?

Participate in a study on couples and pain in the postpartum!

Help us contribute to research on how couples manage discomfort or pain in the postpartum period.

Discomfort or pain during sexual intercourse or other penetrative sexual activities is common after giving birth. We aim to learn how couples cope with this kind of discomfort together early in the postpartum period so that we can develop better treatments and help other new parents manage this common occurrence together. 

We are seeking BOTH members of couples who are first-time parents to fill out a series of confidential online surveys (approximately 10-12 min). Partners will complete separate online questionnaires at 3 and 6 months postpartum. 

Couples can participate if:

  • Your baby is your first child, and is younger than 4 months old.
  • You and your partner have been in a romantic relationship for at least 6 months.
  • The person who gave birth experiences discomfort or pain during intercourse.
  • Both partners are aware of this discomfort during intercourse
  • Both partners are willing and able complete all parts of the study.
  • Both partners can speak and read English.
  • You live in the U.S. or Canada.
  • (Cannot be participating in any of the Couples and Sexual Health’s lab pregnancy and postpartum studies)


  • *Addition criteria may apply
  • *This study is open to participants of all identities, bodies, and orientations

As a thank you for participating, each couple can earn up to $30 CAD/$24 USD in Amazon gift cards, and couples who complete both time-points will be entered into a draw to win an Apple iPad (1 in 50 chance). 

Interested in learning more or participating?

Please contact us using the form below, email us at, or call us at (902) 494-4223 or toll-fee at 1-844-484-5040.

If you are comfortable doing so, please include the following information in your message.

  • Your name:
  • Your gender:
  • Are you the member of the couple who gave birth?
  • Your child’s birthdate (month and day):
  • Your phone number:
  • Your country of residence:
  • Your time zone:
  • How you heard about the study:


(All information that you provide will be kept confidential.)

Postpartum Couples Study Contact

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[Please note – you must put the answer to the Capcha to the right of the message, and when the message goes through it will give you a thank you message. You may need to enter the Capcha number more than once. If this process is not cooperating, you can reach us directly at]

This study is a part of a larger study, the Genito-Pelvic Pain in Pregnancy and Postpartum Study, directed by Dr. Natalie Rosen, Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, in collaboration with the Women’s Pain Research Group at the IWK Health Centre.

The research is funded by an operating grant from the Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR), as well as an establishment grant from the Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation.

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