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

Why do you Masturbate?

Western Carolina University

Have you masturbated in the past year? Researchers at Western Carolina University are inviting you to participate in a 10-15 minute online study! The goal is to understand why people engage in solo masturbation. You will be asked personal questions about masturbation. Responses are completely anonymous. This study does not collect any identifying information. Participants are eligible if they are: 18 years of age or older and have engaged in solo masturbation (in privacy), in the past year (365 days). [Added March 21, 2023]

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International Kink Health Study

TASHRA - The Alternative Sexualities Health Research Alliance

The International Kink Health Study (IKHS) is a research project about physical and mental health, sexuality, and healthcare experiences of individuals worldwide with recurring fantasies and practices involving kink/BDSM/leather and fetish. Participants will be asked to report on their kink practices, personal health and well-being, injuries and medical complications experienced from kink activities, healthcare utilization, and connections to kink communities.
Participants are eligible if they meet all of the following requirements:

  • Have recurring, long-standing fantasies or have engaged, now or in the past, in kinky activities such as bondage, role play, power exchange (dominance/submission, D/s, M/s), sadomasochism (B/D, S/M, BDSM), fetish activities and identities (including furries, crossdressing, rubber and latex, ABDL, etc.).
  • Know and understand the concepts and importance of consent (eg. Safe, Sane & Consensual, RACK).
  • Endorse negotiation and use safe words or safe signals when doing kink activities.
  • Are considered of legal adult age in the state or country where they live.
  • Can read and understand English well enough to complete an online survey.

Click the button below to complete the IKHS Eligibility Questionnaire. [Added February 28, 2023]

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A Study of Sexual Initiation

The Kinsey Institute, Indiana University

Researchers from the Kinsey Institute are seeking participants for a study of sexual initiation. Participation will include completing an online survey that takes roughly 25 minutes. Those who participate in this study will be entered into a raffle to win one of four $50 Amazon.com gift cards. Participants are eligible if they: identify as a man, are between the ages of 18-30, live in the United States, and have been sexually active with another person. [Added December 29, 2022]

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Exploring Obstacles and Barriers for Women Entering the Workforce

Kwantlen Polytechnic University

The purpose of this study is to examine factors contributing to hiring women in the workplace environment. Specifically, what variables make women candidates suitable for varying job positions. 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 be asked to evaluate a potential candidate for a position in a workplace. The study will conclude with the participant completing a few further measures. This study will take approximately 20 minutes of your time. Participants are eligible if they are: 16 years of age or older. [Added December 26, 2022]

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Self-Promotion Tendencies Among Women with Differing Gender-Role Orientations

Kwantlen Polytechnic University

The purpose of this study is to gain a better understanding of the self-promotion habits of women in different scenarios that could happen in real life. Participating in this study 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 be asked to complete the self-promotion survey entailing 4 questionnaires. This study will take about 30 minutes to complete. Participants are eligible if they are: a woman and 16 years of age or older. [Added December 22, 2022]

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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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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 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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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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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]

 

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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For Researchers

Submit Your Study

If you are a researcher and would like your study added to this page, simply complete this form. Please note that only IRB-approved studies are eligible for inclusion.