Participants

Have you ever wanted to take part in a sex study? Here’s your chance! This page is updated regularly with calls for participation from sex scientists across the globe. Feel free to participate in as many studies as you would like. However, please be sure to review the eligibility criteria first to ensure that you’re a good fit for a given study before signing up. Thanks for contributing to the science of sex!

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Researchers

Would you like to add your study to this page? Just complete the form below. You will need to supply the title and weblink/contact information for your study, a sentence about the selection criteria, and a sentence or two describing what will be asked of participants. You will also need to provide the anticipated end date for data collection, as well as confirm that your study has been approved by an IRB or ethics committee.

Active Sex Studies

Relationships between Coaches and Athletes in Sports Contexts

Kwantlen Polytechnic University

This study aims to explore relationships between coaches and athletes in the context of sports and the relationship to mental toughness. While experience with sports isn’t necessary to complete this study, participants with no sports experience will be asked to take an athlete’s perspective. Participants who consent will be directed to the survey platform Qualtrics to complete a demographic questionnaire and will then be asked questions relating to a hypothetical coach/player scenario and some text message exchanges. Questions regarding opinions and attitudes about coaches and athletes will also be assessed. Participation in the entire survey will take approximately 15 minutes. Participants are eligible if they are: 16 years of age or older, of any gender or sexual orientation. [Added August 8, 2022]

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Relationship Flourishing in Consensually Non-Monogamous Relationships: The Role of Jealousy

La Trobe University

Researchers at La Trobe University are seeking volunteers to complete an anonymous online survey about the effects of several relationship processes on relationship flourishing and jealousy in consensually non-monogamous relationships. These include jealousy communication, compersion and metamour familiarity. Participants are eligible if they are: 18 years of age or older; and currently in a consensually non-monogamous relationship(s). [Added August 4, 2022]

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Exploring Content Control and Personal Boundaries Among Online Sex-Related Content Producers

San Jose State University

The purpose of this study is to develop a comprehensive understanding of how those who participate in online sex-related content production manage their work identity in relation to their “real-life” identity and deal with the implications of the stigma associated with sex work. The end goal is to combat the negative stigmatization of participants and identify the positive outcomes that people have from engaging in healthy, online sex-related content. Your response will help us improve the perceptions and conceptions of the online sex-related world. This survey will take approximately 20 minutes to complete. Additionally, there will be a space to indicate whether or not you would like to be contacted by the research team in the future to participate in a semi-structured interview. This interview would focus on discussing your knowledge and opinion on the various topics surrounding online sex-related content production. Participants are eligible if they are: online sex-related content creators. [Added July 3, 2022]

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Pregnancy Termination Experiences

University of North Dakota

The purpose of this research study is to evaluate the experiences of individuals who have terminated, or strongly considered terminating, a pregnancy. In this study, you will be asked to provide basic demographic information and to answer questions relating to your experience(s) with pregnancy termination. The survey will take about 20-30 minutes to complete. All responses are anonymous. Those who participate in this study will be entered into a raffle to win one of five $20 Amazon gift cards. Participants are eligible if they are: 18 years of age or older, and have terminated, or strongly considered terminating a pregnancy. [Added June 30, 2022]

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Sexual Behavior and Consequences

University of Connecticut

This study examines predictors of young adults’ sexual behavior and its consequences. The goal of this research is to increase our understanding of young adults’ experiences of sexuality communication from parents or guardians, as well as their sexual attitudes and motivations, and sexual behavior and sex-related consequences. Interested participants must first complete a screener to determine whether they meet the eligibility requirements. Qualified participants will then be invited to complete an approximately 30-minute online survey. Participants who complete the survey will be entered into a drawing for one of ten $50 Amazon gift cards and may be contacted to participate in an additional survey (with a $10 compensation). Participants are eligible to complete the screener if they are: 18 years of age or older, and able to read fluently in English. [Added June 23, 2022]

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Stigma in the Bisexual Community

Kwantlen Polytechnic University

The purpose of this study is to investigate stigma within the bisexual community and how people with differing identities navigate and cope with stigma. Participants who consent to participate will be directed to the survey platform Qualtrics to complete a demographic questionnaire and will then be asked to provide their thoughts about common stereotypes of the bisexual community, the degree to which they endorse bisexual “typicality”, and their experiences of bisexual stigma. The survey will take approximately 20 minutes. Participants are eligible if they are: 16 years of age or older of any gender, and identify as bisexual. [Added June 10, 2022]

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"What's love got to do with it?" Addressing and Understanding the Quality of Life for Those Who Engage in Sex-only Relationships

Modern Sex Therapy Institutes

This survey seeks to answer whether or not one gains value from being in a sex-only relationship and if the quality of life is thereby improved.  Another outcome of this research will be to educate, bring awareness, and destigmatize shame surrounding one’s sexual choices, particularly for those who engage in sex-only relationships.  This survey also highlights the need to expand on some of the more traditional expectations and definitions of what constitutes intimacy and what defines a relationship. This survey asks, “can there be a new way of looking at connection and intimacy for those who choose to be a part of sex-only relationships without the expectation, desire, or need for a traditional committed long-term relationship?” Participants are eligible if they are: 18 years of age or older, have been in at least one sex-only relationship, and understand the English language. [Added June 8, 2022]

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Women's Attitudes Towards BDSM-related Activities

James Cook University

The present study aims to investigate women’s attitudes towards BDSM (bondage-discipline, dominance-submission, and sadism-masochism). If you consent to be involved in the study, you will be asked some personal questions about your own sexual behavior in relation to BDSM activities and your attitudes towards BDSM and sex more generally. You will also be presented with a written description of a BDSM-related scenario and asked about it. Please be aware that this study contains strong language and descriptions of a sexually-explicit nature. Participants are eligible if they are: 18 years of age or older, and identify as female. [Added May 30, 2022]

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LGBTQ+ and Sexual Embodiment

New Mexico Highlands University

The present study aims to investigate the relationship between gender, embodiment, and sexual fantasies. The online survey will take between 15 and 20 minutes of your time. If you are interested in taking future surveys, the debriefing section of the study includes a separate link to sign up for our email list to stay in contact with the research team when future research opportunities are available. The email address you provide will not be attached to your survey answers. Participants are eligible if they are: 18 years of age or older; self-identify as LGBTQ+. While the survey is written in English, there are no limits to participation regarding geographic location. [Added May 19, 2022]

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Sexual Script Flexibility, Sexual Satisfaction, and Sexual Communication: Comparison Between Bisexual and Heterosexual Identifying Cisgender Women

Ball State University

The current study will address the following question: Do cisgender bisexual women compared to cisgender heterosexual women demonstrate differences in sexual script flexibility, sexual satisfaction, verbal sexual communication and nonverbal sexual communication? As no existing studies have examined sexual script flexibility along with sexual satisfaction and communication in this population, this study will be exploratory. Findings will provide valuable information regarding the unique sexual experiences and sexual health of this population. Participants are eligible if they are: 18 years of age or older; live in the US; self-identify as a cisgender female; self-identify as heterosexual or bisexual, or experience attraction to more than 1 gender; and report 1+ sexual partners in the last 6 months. [Added April 14, 2022]

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Experiences and Views of Those Participating in Sugar Dating Arrangements

University of New Brunswick

We are currently recruiting participants for a study on sugar dating relationships. We are particularly interested in hearing from those who have been in or are in these relationships in any role (both men and women). We define a sugar relationship as a transactional relationship in which a typically older partner (sugar daddy/mommy) provides material resources to a younger partner (sugar baby/boy) in return for their companionship. By participating, you can enter to win 1 of 10 Amazon $10 gift cards! Participants are eligible if they are: 18 years of age or older and a current resident of North America. [Added March 24, 2022]

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Sexual Communication Among Gender and Sexual Minority Couples

Texas Woman's University

Researchers at Texas Woman’s University are conducting a study on sexual communication in LGBTQIA or non-monogamous relationships. If you decide to participate, you and your partner will complete a 30-45 minute online survey. Couples who complete the survey can choose to be entered into a drawing for one of twenty $20 gift cards! Couples will enter the drawing by clicking a separate link in the survey so that email addresses will not be linked to survey responses. Any questions about the study or participation can be sent to the researchers at: mftresearchlab@gmail.com
Participants are eligible if they are: in an LGBTQIA or non-monogamous relationship or marriage. [Added March 14, 2022]

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Sexual Experiences and Sexual Health Survey

The Kinsey Institute, Indiana University

The purpose of this study is to better understand the different ways people experience sexuality and various aspects of sexual health and functioning. In this anonymous survey, you will be asked about your romantic and sexual behaviors, your opinions about sexuality-related topics, and other sexual experiences. The survey usually takes 25-30 minutes and those who complete it are eligible to enter a drawing for 1 of 6 gift card raffles for Amazon gift certificates ranging in value from $25-50. Participants are eligible if they are: 18 years of age or older, residing in the United States, and fluent in English. [Added February 28, 2022]

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Did Your Sexual Self-Understanding Change as a Result of Experiencing Sexual Pleasure?

Oxford Brookes University, UK

This research investigates how sexual self-understanding changes in response to experiencing sexual pleasure. Participants are interviewed via Zoom, receiving an online voucher of £20 (or currency equivalent). The interview focuses on sexual self-understanding, asking who you felt you were prior to your important pleasurable experiences, what those experiences told you, and your self-understanding since that time. Interviews last 60-90 minutes and are audio-recorded. Participants’ real names are substituted with pseudonyms to protect their identities. Participants are eligible if they are: 26 years or older and their sexual self-understanding changed through experiencing sexual pleasure after a previous relationship. Participation is open to all genders and sexualities. [Added February 7, 2022]

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Capturing Understanding of Recent Research and Evaluating Knowledge Translation on Sexuality

University of British Columbia

We are seeking individuals who are interested in participating in a survey on MisconSEXions, our online knowledge sharing initiative for sex and sexuality! Participants will be asked to respond to a 15-20 minute anonymous survey containing questions about their background, as well as misconceptions and facts about sexuality. The study is inclusive of sex/gender, sexual orientation, and relationship type. Participants are eligible if they are: 18 years of age or older, fluent in English, and have access to a device that can connect to the internet (for completion of the online survey). [Added February 3, 2022]

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Mental Health Help Seeking in the Consensually Non-Monogamous Community

Texas State University

The purpose of this study is to gain insight into mental health help seeking attitudes, beliefs, and intentions in the consensually/ethically non-monogamous community. Participation in this study will aid researchers in understanding help seeking within this often stigmatized population and may allow clinicians to develop more effective outreach programs. This online survey will take about 10-15 minutes to complete. Participants are eligible if they are: in the United States, 18 years of age or older, and have been in or are currently in some form of CNM relationship. [Added January 31, 2022]

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Experiences of Associative Stigma

Kwantlen Polytechnic University

The purpose of this study is to better understand the experiences of individuals who are in sexual and/or romantic relationships with fat people. Participating in this study requires answering some questions about yourself (i.e., demographic questions such as your age, sexual orientation, and relationship status). You will then provide some information about your relationship partner and your relationship experiences. This study will take approximately 10 minutes. Participants are eligible if they are: age 16 years or older of any gender or sexual orientation AND in a sexual and/or romantic relationship with a fat partner. [Added January 28, 2022]

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Perceptions of Associative Stigma

Kwantlen Polytechnic University

The purpose of this study is to investigate the judgments that people make about the relationships and partners of other individuals. Participating in this study requires answering some questions about yourself (i.e., demographic questions such as your age, sexual orientation, and relationship status). You will then be exposed to information about a pair of individuals and asked to make a number of judgments about the individuals and their relationship. This study will take approximately 15 minutes. Participants are eligible if they are: age 16 years or older of any gender or sexual orientation. [Added January 24, 2022]

 

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Stereotype Application at the Intersection of Gender, Sexual Orientation & Ethnicity/Race

Kwantlen Polytechnic University

The purpose of this study is to examine stereotypes about gender, sexual orientation, and ethnicity/race, particularly where they meet, overlap and intersect. Participation requires answering some questions about yourself (i.e., demographic questions such as your age, sexual orientation, and relationship status) on the survey software Qualtrics. You will then be asked to read a description of an individual and provide ratings of them based on how typical you perceive them to be based on the information provided, how much prejudice you expect them to experience, and aspects of their personality. The entire study should take no more than 15 minutes. Participants are eligible if they are: age 16 years or older of any gender or sexual orientation. [Added January 18, 2022]

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Men Who Pole Dance: A Qualitative Study

Alma College and Baylor College of Medicine

The purpose of this study is to understand the reasons for men’s participation in pole dancing, and their experiences with pole dance. Participants in the study will be asked to complete an hour-long interview via Microsoft Teams about their experiences being a man who pole dances, as well as answer some demographic questions. Participants are eligible if they are: 18 years or older, identify as a man, have competed in at least one recreational pole dance competition in the last 5 years, and are living in the United States. Please contact Dr. Kelly Cuccolo via email (cuccolokm@alma.edu) to schedule an interview. [Added January 14, 2022]

 

Motivations, Experiences, and Benefits of BDSM/kink

San Jose State University

This study aims to develop a comprehensive understanding of the health and safety of those who engage in BDSM/kink across different countries, races, genders, and socio-economic standings. The end goal is to combat negative stigmatization of participants and identify the positive outcomes that people have from engaging in healthy BDSM at the personal, interpersonal, and societal levels. Your responses will help us further improve the perceptions and conceptions of BDSM and its participants. Participants are eligible if they: self-identify as participating in BDSM/kink activities and are over the age of 18. [Added January 12, 2022]

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Reboot Approaches

Mind Measures

We are studying how the “Reboot” approach to pornography and masturbation is viewed and used by men. We also are studying how “Reboot” and involvement in Reboot communities affects people. Finally, we are interested in what kind of men choose (or decline) to take part in Reboots. Participants are eligible if they are: a male age 18 or older, who understands English, and has heard of the “Reboot” approach to pornography problems. You do not need to have tried “Reboot” yourself to volunteer. [Added January 6, 2022]

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Race & Discrimination within the BDSM Community

Widener University

Mina Beveney, a doctoral candidate and Black psychotherapist, is currently recruiting kinky people of color to participate in a 20 to 30-minute anonymous online survey about experiences of racial or ethnic discrimination, sexual self-concept, and coping. Participants must be a person of color of age 18 or older, and who has participated in in-person BDSM spaces or contexts in the United States within the past 24 months. Participants may choose to enter into a drawing to win 1 of 4 $25 gift cards. Feel free to contact the researcher via email (mlbeveney@widener.edu) with any questions. [Added December 8, 2021]

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The Effect of Face Masks on Perceptions of Personality & Sexuality-Related Traits

Kwantlen Polytechnic University

The purpose of this study is to better understand how wearing a mask, or wearing a certain type of mask, contributes to differences in perceptions of personality and sexuality-related traits. We are looking for volunteers who are at least 16 years old. Participation requires answering some questions about yourself (i.e., demographic questions such as your age, sexual orientation, and relationship status) on the survey platform Qualtrics. You will then see 10 faces and be asked to rate how attractive, intelligent, promiscuous, flirtatious, trustworthy, masculine/feminine, and dominant/submissive each face appears. This study will take approximately 15 minutes of your time. [Added December 8, 2021]

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Evaluate Lived Experiences of SGM Individuals in the UK

Brunel University London

The goal of this project is to examine the lived experiences of those who identify as a sexual and/or gender minority (SGM), with a focus on understanding the individual and relational well-being of SGM individuals living in the UK. If you are 18 years or older, self-identify as SGM, and live in the UK, please feel free to participate in our survey (and possibly win one of five £10 Amazon vouchers). [Added October 31, 2021]

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Black Lesbian Identity & Cultural Work In The United States

Indiana University

Dr. Stephanie Andrea Allen is conducting research for her book on Black lesbian writers/artists and their contributions to literary and popular culture in the United States and to Black and LGBTQ communities. Participants must be over the age of 18 years old; live in the United States; identify as Black or African American; be currently or previously engaged as a writer, filmmaker, artist, or other cultural worker; identify as lesbian or a same-gender attracted woman/person (cis, trans, or non-binary); and be willing to participate in a 1-2 hour virtual or phone interview. Participants will receive one $25 gift card for their participation. If you are interested in participating in this study, please email Dr. Stephanie Andrea Allen at sa15@iu.edu [Added August 22, 2021]

Multi-Partner Maintenance

University of South Carolina Salkehatchie

If you are currently in one (or more) romantic and/or sexual relationship(s), please participate in our study about how people maintain multiple intimate partners. You do not need to have more than one partner to participate. You may participate in one (or all!) of the following studies: Survey #1, Survey #2, and Survey #3. [Added May 3, 2021]

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Couples Desire Study

Dalhousie University

The purpose of this study is to better understand the impact of low sexual desire on couples’ sexual, relationship, and overall well-being. We are seeking couples residing in Canada or the US where one partner has been experiencing low sexual desire for at least 6-months. If eligible, participation will involve brief confidential, online daily surveys and 3 larger surveys. Please fill out this <1-minute form if you are interested and we will contact you with more information – or – contact us directly at desire@dal.ca. Our research aims to be inclusive of individuals of all gender identities, bodies, and sexual orientations. Compensation will be provided. [Added April 22, 2021]

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Online Study of Sexual and Other Life Experiences

Indiana University

This survey study is investigating the relationship between personality traits, perceptions of sexuality, and current and past life experiences, including sexual assault. Women ages 18-30 living in the United States are encouraged to take our very brief prescreen survey. If you are eligible to participate, we will send you a unique ID to access the surveys and ensure that no identifying information is linked to the responses you provide. Participants will complete 30-50 minutes of questionnaires and receive their choice of $10 eGift card from Amazon or Starbucks. [Added April 10, 2021]

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Drinking & Sex Study

Widener University

Seeking participants for a research study about alcohol and sexual experiences! We are looking for people who are aged 18 and over and have had both drinking and consensual sexual experiences in the past year. Participation involves responding to a 15-minute anonymous survey. At the end of the survey, participants will have the option to enter a drawing for one of five $25 Amazon.com gift cards (entries will not be connected to survey data). [Added April 1, 2021]

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G-Date: Developing an online speed-dating app for men seeking men

Rowan University

We are currently developing an online speed-dating app for men seeking men. We are conducting focus groups to obtain input on how we can improve our app. If you are between the ages of 18-29, have had sexual contact with a man in the past 12 months, and have utilized dating and sexual networking apps within the past 12 months, please consider participating in one of our focus groups. These groups will be conducted online via Zoom, and will take approximately 2 hours. Participants will be awarded a $40 Amazon gift card for their time. The exact time and date will be dependent on participant availability. All information will be kept confidential. If you are interested, or you have any questions/concerns, please send us an email at ASSeRTLab@Rowan.edu [Added January 28, 2021]

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