SHIPS: Sexual Health Implications of PGAD/GPD Study

If interested in participating in this study, please email

This study is open to people living anywhere in the world.

Click here for an information brochure about the study.

Persistent genital arousal disorder/genito-pelvic dysesthesia (PGAD/GPD) is a condition characterized by sensations of unwanted genital arousal. Alongside the Psychology, Health, and Sexuality (Phase) Laboratory in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, we are conducting SHIPS to study how PGAD/GPD is related to psychological factors like anxiety and depression.

What’s involved? 

  • Three surveys with questions about your background as well as your sexual and psychological health. These surveys will be completed over a 6-month period (i.e., one survey every 3 months).
  • Following the baseline survey, you will be invited to complete two additional surveys, 3 and 6 months later.  These two surveys will take approximately 30 minutes each. 

Who is eligible?  

  1. You must be 18 years or older to be eligible to participate in this study 
  2. Self-report currently experiencing persistent, unwanted genital arousal for at least 3 months
  3. Be fluent in English 
  4. Have access to the internet to complete the online survey
  5. Have been assigned female at birth (i.e., were born with a vulva) 

Participants of all genders and sexual orientations are welcome to participate in this study.

The total possible compensation amount for the study is $95 CAD.