Sexual Health
Laboratory

Sophie Bergeron  Ph.D

« Promoting the well-being and sexual health of individuals and couples ».

Our Current Projects

The Role of Intimacy in Couple’s Sexual Well-Being: A Daily Diary Study


Description :

The Women's Sexual Health Laboratory (Université de Montréal) and the Couple & Sexual Health Laboratory (Dalhousie University) are currently recruiting heterosexual and same-sex couples to participate in a new research project.

The purpose of this research project is to better understand how a couple’s daily intimacy and sexuality affects their wellbeing.

The study will be performed entirely online: Both partners will fill out three questionnaires within a 12-month period, and complete short daily diaries on the Internet for a period of five weeks (35 days). In compensation, couples will receive up to 160$ in Amazon gift certificates, depending on the completion of the questionnaires and diaries. This project is approved by the ethics committee for research in arts and science of the University of Montreal, and is funded by the Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.

 

Who can participate:

Heterosexual and same-sex couples where the partners are both over the ages of 18, have been living together for at least 1 year and are sexually active may take part in this research project (other selection criteria may apply).

How to participate:

- In Montréal :
Contact Jean-François Jodouin
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Tel.: 514-343-6111 poste 37428

- In Halifax :
Contact Kathy Petite, Research Coordinator
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Tel.: 902-494-4223

Interpersonal Goals in Women with Vulvodynia and their Partners: A Daily Experience Study


Description:

The Women's Sexual Health Laboratory (Université de Montréal) and the Couple & Sexual Health Laboratory (Dalhousie University) are currently recruiting couples in which the woman suffers from vulvovaginal pain. The purpose of this research project is to evaluate the impact of the interpersonal sexual goals between both partners regarding pain on women and the psychological and sexual adjustment of each member in the couple. Women with pain during sexual intercourse will take part in a diagnostic gynecological examination and couples will take part in guided interviews and will fill out questionnaires. Eligible couples who agree to participate shall complete daily journals on the Internet for a period of two months. As compensation for travel and time, women will receive $20 for the gynecological examination, and each member of the couple will receive $10 for the initial interview involving completion of the questionnaires. Couples will also receive financial compensation for completing daily online journals at home. The amount offered will depend on the completion of the journals, up to a maximum of $96 per individual ($12/week/individual). This project is approved by the Research Ethics Committee of CHUM and the Faculty of Arts and Sciences of the Université de Montréal and is funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

Who can participate:

Couples including a woman between the ages of 18 and 45 who experiences pain during sexual intercourse may take part in this research project (other selection criteria may apply).

How to participate:

- In Montréal :
Contact Mylène Desrosiers, Research Coordinator
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Tel. : 514-343-6111 poste 47688
Fax : (514) 343-2285

- In Halifax :
Contact Kathy Petite, Research Coordinator
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Tel. : 902-494-4223
Fax : 902-494-6585

A Comparison of Cognitive-Behavioural Couple Therapy and Lidocaine in the Treatment of Provoked Vestibulodynia: A Randomized Clinical Trial


Description :

The Women's Sexual Health Laboratory (Université de Montréal) and Couple & Sexual Health Laboratory (Dalhousie University) are currently recruiting couples in which the woman has pain during sexual intercourse for a treatment study. The purpose of this randomized clinical trial is to evaluate the efficacy of 12-weeks of couples therapy (couples cognitive-behavioural therapy) recently developed for women suffering from vulvodynia versus one of the most commonly prescribed front-line medical interventions, i.e., topical lidocaine. Women with pain during sexual intercourse will take part in a diagnostic gynecological examination, and couples will take part in a guided interview and will fill out questionnaires. This project was approved by the Research Ethics Committee of the CHUM and the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at the Université de Montréal and is funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

Who can participate:

Couples in which the woman is aged between 18 and 45 and experiences pain during sexual intercourse may take part in this research project (other selection criteria may apply).

How to participate:

- In Montréal :
Contact Mylène Desrosiers, Research Coordinator
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Tel.: 514-343-6111 poste 47688
Fax.: (514) 343-2285

- In Halifax :
Contact Kathy Petite, Research Coordinator
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Tel.: 902-494-4223
Fax.: 902-494-6585

Negative childhood experiences and their effects on sexual and marital functioning in couples: A prospective study.


Description :

This ongoing longitudinal project examines the role of negative childhood experiences in adult couples. Eligible couples have to complete online questionnaires three times over a period of a year. Participating couples will receive 60$, and couples who have completed all three questionnaires will be automatically enrolled in a draw to win a 100$ amazon gift card. We are currently recontacting participating couples to complete the questionnaires at Time 2 and Time 3, i.e., 6 months and 12 months after the beginning of the study. The Ethics Committee of Research in Arts and Sciences of the University of Montreal has approved this project.

 

Who can participate?

Couples who have already been part of this project. We are not recruiting new participants.

Dyadic determinants of pain and related psychosexual impairment in women with vulvodynia and their partners.


Description :

This ongoing longitudinal project looks at the impact of couples factors on pain and psychosexual function in women and their partners, which will help healthcare professionals to develop more efficient treatments for these couples. Participation in this research project involves first completing questionnaires and then completing the same questionnaires again two years later. We are currently recontacting participating couples to complete the questionnaires at Time 3, i.e., seven years after the beginning of the study. This project has been approved by the Research Ethics Committee of the CHUM and the Faculty of Arts and Science at the Université de Montréal and is funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

Who can participate:

Couples who have already been part of this project. We are not recruiting new participants.


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