Project Journey: An Online Couples Study About Experiences with Fertility Treatment

Université de Montréal, Département de psychologie

Dalhousie University, CASH Lab

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.

Your Impact

We may learn things about how fertility treatment affects couples, which may help future couples maintain psychological, relationship and sexual well-being while they are engaged in treatment. Also, by learning what factors lead to couples continuing or stopping treatment, we hope to help future couples navigate these factors. As a participant in this study, you may find that completing these surveys helps you to learn more about yourself and your relationship, which some individuals find beneficial. Participating may also allow you to reflect on your fertility treatment experience.

Eligibility Criteria

All genders

At least 18 years old

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 English or French (i.e., able to read/understand)

Study Tasks

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)
We will also contact you for a brief phone call between surveys to ask if you are currently engaged in fertility treatment or if you stopped treatment.


This study is approved by the Dalhousie University and University of Montreal Research Ethics Board


medically-assisted reproduction
fertility treatment

Activity and Time

Psychology, Health and Wellness


Weekdays, Weeknights, Weekends, Overnight

60 minute(s) - 90 minute(s) per session

5 session(s)

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).


Each participant receives a 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).

Study Address

This study doesn't require any in-person visits. Complete it in the comfort of your own home!

You must be a resident in North America to join this study

Posting date: Jun 9, 2020

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