Sexual Desire/Arousal

Sexual Desire/Arousal studies

- Closed for recruitment

In this treatment study for women's sexual interest and/or arousal difficulties, participants will be randomly assigned to take part in either group mindfulness-based therapy or support group therapy. Both types of therapy involve eight 2.25-hour weekly sessions that include discussion and education about sexual difficulties. The mindfulness group also includes learning and practicing mindfulness skills, and the support group emphasizes providing and receiving support from other women.

Participants will complete assessments (filling out questionnaires and collecting saliva samples at home, and a sexual arousal assessment in our laboratory) at four time-points: before treatment, and at 2-4 weeks, 6 months and 12 months after treatment. Treatment is provided free of charge and participants will be compensated for completing the assessments.

Entry criteria include:

  • Women between the ages of 19-65
  • Able to read, write and speak English fluently
  • Currently experiencing sexual desire and/or arousal difficulties
  • Able to attend 8 weekly group therapy sessions, complete homework between sessions, and complete 4 assessments

Contact person:  Faith Jabs

- Closed for recruitment

This study is investigating how women with and without sexual concerns respond to erotic pictures and videos. The study involves an in-depth telephone interview about health and sexuality and an in-laboratory testing session that includes the measurement of sexual response, the measurement of viewing patterns with an eye tracker, and a presentation of erotic pictures and videos. Participants will also complete questionnaires online at their own home. Participation in this study will require less than two hours of your time.

Contact person: Yvonne Erskine

- Closed for recruitment

The purpose of this study is to explore the effectiveness of a brief online mindfulness meditation intervention on women’s sexual desire. In this study, participants will take part in a brief Skype information session to determine eligibility, and complete a questionnaire to measure sexual desire, relationship satisfaction, empathy, stress, and mindfulness. Participants will be randomly assigned to either a mindfulness meditation or psychosexual education group, and will take part in a 4-week intervention period, which will include daily mind-body exercises. At the end of the intervention, participants will complete the same questionnaire to determine your post-intervention measures. This study spans across 6 weeks, and will take up approximately 6 hours of your time cumulatively.

Contact person: Adrianna Xue

- Closed for recruitment

Researchers at VGH and UBC are investigating the relationship between stress hormones (cortisol and DHEA), mood, and history of stressors, in women with and without sexual desire complaints. Women will take part in a face-to-face interview at our clinic, complete questionnaires and provide saliva samples from home to be analyzed for cortisol & DHEA. This project is led by Dr. Rosemary Basson from the BC Centre for Sexual Medicine.

Contact: Julia O'Loughlin

For prostate cancer patients, there are many well-designed quality of life studies in the heterosexual population. However, very little research has been dedicated to sexual function post treatment in men-who-have-sex-with-men. Through this study, we will develop and validate an assessment tool for sexual quality of life following prostate cancer treatment in men-who-have-sex-with-men.  By completing an online survey, which takes about 25 minutes, participants will have one in ten chance to win $50.

Contact: Dr. Tsz Kin (Bernard) Lee

Click here to complete the COMPASS study survey