Project Journey: An Online Couples Study About Experiences with Fertility Treatment
Are you and your partner currently seeking out fertility treatment or medically-assisted reproduction at a fertility clinic?
We are currently recruiting couples who are being followed in fertility clinics.
Why are we doing this study?
Scientific advances in artificial reproductive technology (ART) are enabling more couples to become parents. However, treatment can be difficult: several studies highlight the psychological, relational and sexual difficulties faced by couples using ART. For example, 20 to 30% of couples who have a favourable prognosis choose to stop treatment before becoming pregnant. That said, the factors that contribute to couples’ decisions to continue or stop treatment remain unclear.
Increased awareness of these factors is crucial to better understand couples’ adaptation during their ART process and to provide them with services that meet their needs. Moreover, current research tells us very little about the experience of couples whose members are people in the LGBTQ+ community and who use ART to start a family. Since these couples make up about 15% of the fertility clinic clientele, it is important to better understand their background and specific needs.
What is the purpose of the study?
We aim to assess the factors that contribute to the psychological, relationship, and sexual adjustment of couples who are considering using assisted reproduction technology (ART) and to explore their decisions to continue or discontinue treatment.
The factors we will examine fall into three categories: individual and relationship characteristics, factors related to the organization of care in fertility clinics, and treatment factors.
Who can participate?
- You are 18 years of age or older
- You reside in Canada or the United States
- You have a romantic partner who is also 18 years of age or older, and willing and able to participate in this study. This research aims to be inclusive to couples’ diversity, so we include couples where one or both members are LGBTQ.
- You are within 6 months of a first visit to a fertility clinic (in order to conceive the present child, you may have used fertility treatments for another child in the past).
- You are fluent in French or English (i.e., able to read/understand)
- You have Internet access and access to a personal email account in order to complete the online surveys
- You are not affected by a major mental health condition (e.g., psychosis, bipolar disorder) that you do not consider to be well-managed.
What does participation in the study involve?
- You and your partner will complete five online surveys over a 2-year period (now, in 6 months, 12 months, 18 months, and 24 months).
- These surveys are sent to you via a secure web platform and will take approximately 60- to 75-minutes to complete.
- Each participant receives and Amazon gift card after completing their survey at each time-point. In total, couples can receive up to $180 in total throughout the study ($15 CAD each for the 1st and 2nd surveys, $18 CAD each for the 3rd survey, $20 CAD each for the 4th survey, and $22 CAD each for the 5th survey).
- In addition, if you and your partner each complete all five surveys, you will be entered into a draw for a $100 CAD Amazon gift card.
*All information is kept strictly confidential.
*This study aims to be inclusive to individuals of all gender identities, bodies, and orientations.