Sexuality & Couples

Sophie Bergeron  Ph.D


A new group intervention for couples in fertility treatment would be effective for reducing infertility-related stress.

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A recent study conducted in Katherine Péloquin’s Couples and Relationships Research Lab, in collaboration with Audrey Brassard, has investigated the effectiveness of a group intervention for couples in fertility treatment. We wanted to know if a psychological intervention offered in a group format would reduce the negative impacts of fertility treatments in these couples, would reduce depressive and anxiety symptoms, and would increase these couples’ quality of life. In order to achieve this goal, 29 couples completed questionnaires about the psychological, relational and sexual consequences of fertility treatment before and after the group intervention.

What did we find?

This research supports the preliminary efficacy of the intervention...

• To reduce the symptoms of anxiety and depression,
• To increase the quality of life, and
• To strengthen the relationship of men and women participating in the group.

We are continuing our work to establish the effectiveness of this new intervention!

For more details, we invite you to consult the full article:

Arpin, V., Brassard, A., El Amiri, S. & Péloquin, K. (2019): Testing a New Group Intervention for Couples Seeking Fertility Treatment: Acceptability and Proof of Concept, Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy,

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