Psychosocial Research

Understanding patient experience in assisted reproduction to improve clinical care, and identifying psychosocial factors influencing their family building decisions and treatment choices to optimize patient satisfaction.

Egg Freezing Study

Egg Freezing Study

Egg freezing using vitrification technique is now an established clinical procedure to preserve fertility. An increasing number of young women are seeking social egg freezing to delay childbearing for various reasons. Our team has developed a novel decision aid mobile app called ‘FrzMyEggs’ (aka Freeze My Eggs) that provides evidence-based egg freezing information and clinical tools to support decision-making. This app is available on iOS and Android for free downloading. Check out the webpage FrzMyEggs.me for more information. We are also conducting studies to understand the experience of egg freezers.

Participate in our Study

Increasingly, same-sex male couples and single men who wish to achieve parenthood are using assisted reproductive technologies (ART) such as egg donation, in-vitro fertilization (IVF), and surrogacy to build their families. There are significant considerations involved when undergoing the process of third party reproduction via ART. We are recruiting men who are a part of this demographic to participate in the current study! Our study aims to provide a contemporary snapshot of the current state of ART in Canada, and understand the experiences of men who have used ART to start their families. Through this study, we hope to optimize the clinical care model for same-sex male couples and single men using ART. To access the survey study, you can follow this link: www.surveymonkey.com/r/art4mensurvey

Same-sex male study
Experiences of Gestational Surrogates

Experiences of Gestational Surrogates

Gestational surrogacy is a process in which a woman carries a pregnancy for an individual or couple who is intended to parent the baby post-birth. Our surrogacy study aims to provide a snapshot of the current state of surrogacy practice in Canada and understand the experience of Canadian women who have been a gestational carrier.

Oncology Fertility Preservation

Guidelines from medical societies recommend that oncologists discuss treatment-related fertility issues with young cancer patients as early as possible after diagnosis and, if appropriate, expedite referral for fertility preservation. SPOKE (Surgeon and Patient Oncofertility Knowledge Enhancement), funded by CIHR and CBCF, is a fertility knowledge translation intervention research project aiming to remove the barriers for surgical oncologists to offer fertility preservation service to their cancer patients. The team has completed a baseline needs assessment and developed an Oncofertility Resource Toolbox for surgeons. The study is ongoing to examine the effectiveness of the intervention strategies. Read more about the SPOKE study.

Oncology Fertility Preservation