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

Sexual Experiences of LGBTQIA+ Individuals

University of Kansas

The purpose of this survey is to better understand the sexual experiences of LGBTQIA+ individuals. In this study, participants will fill out an anonymous online survey. Participants are eligible if they are: 18 years of age or older and identify as LGBTQIA+. [Added October 27, 2022]

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Impact of Porn on the Sex Lives of Adolescent Women and the Men They are Having Sex With

Modern Sex Therapy Institutes

The purpose of this study is to better understand the ways in which women’s early experiences of viewing pornography might have impacted their own feelings about sex, intimacy, and their bodies; and how women think porn might have affected their male partners’ approach to sex and intimacy, and expectations about women. Participants will be asked to complete an online survey of 30 questions. The survey is expected to take approximately 15 minutes to complete. Participants are eligible if they are: a cis-gendered female, between the ages of 18-22 years old. [Added October 17, 2022]

 

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eSense

University of British Columbia

The purpose of the eSense Study is to evaluate two online psychological programs (cognitive-behavioural therapy and mindfulness-based therapy) that address sexual concerns in women. Both programs have been found to be effective for women’s sexual concerns when administered in face-to-face programs. However, because many women lack access to these face-to-face interventions, it leaves the majority of women with sexual concerns unable to access the care they need. Over the past three years, our team has adapted these treatments to online delivery in a program we call eSense. eSense can be accessed from the privacy and convenience of your own home. Our eventual goal is to make helpful treatments available for many more women. We are inviting women with sexual desire difficulties to help us test two psychological treatments that are exclusively online. This study will be completely virtual. Screening with the study coordinator will be conducted over the telephone, treatment will be carried out within a web-based platform, and weekly meetings with navigators will occur on a secure web-based video platform.

What is involved?
– An initial screening that will take place over the telephone.
– Completing an 8-12 week online treatment.
– Virtually meeting with a treatment navigator weekly. Navigators will provide encouragement and answer practical questions.
– Completing online questionnaires at 3-time points:
– Prior to starting the program
– After completing the program
– 6 months after completing the program
– Access to eSense will be provided free of charge and there will be monetary compensation for the time it will take to complete the questionnaires.
– Participants are under no obligation to share any information they do not want to as part of the treatment.

Eligibility: We are recruiting women (trans or cis) of any sexual orientation who:
– are 19 years of age or older
– are fluent in English
– have no visual impairments
– are computer literate and have access to a computer with Internet capabilities
– are in a committed and stable romantic relationship of 6 months or more
– have been sexually active over the preceding 4 weeks and have a willingness to engage in sexual activity with your partner during the study
– experience difficulties with low sexual desire or arousal
– are able to participate in an 8-12 week online treatment

If you are interested in participating and meet the above eligibility, please contact the Study Coordinator, Raveena Gowda, via email (raveena.gowda@vch.ca) to schedule a phone screening. [Added October 7, 2022]

Relationship and Sexual Satisfaction in Monogamous and Consensually Non-Monogamous Relationships

Webster University - Leiden Campus

This study investigates how different relationship practices correlate with reported levels of sexual and relationship satisfaction, as well as self-reported facilitation factors. This study uses closed- and open-ended questions to investigate what themes arise in different relationship practices. The online survey should take approximately 20 minutes to complete. Participation helps to contribute to the scientific body of knowledge studying sex and relationships. Participants are eligible if they are: 18 years of age or older, in the United States, and in a primary romantic relationship. [Added October 4, 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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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 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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