Current Projects

Vulvodynia (Recurrent Genital Pain)

Provoked vestibulodynia (PVD) is an acute recurrent pain localized within the vulvar vestibule (i.e., the entrance to the vagina). PVD is primarily triggered by contact to the area during sexual intercourse. Approximately 12 to 15% of pre-menopausal women have PVD. It disrupts the sexual functioning and overall quality of life of affected women and their intimate partners.

Daily Goals in Couples with Vulvodynia

A Comparison of Couple Therapy and Medical Treatment for Provoked Vestibulodynia (PVD)



Couples Experiencing Low Sexual Desire or Interest

LGBTQ+ Inclusive Studies

Because of the nature of research (i.e., an emphasis on the majority) much relationship and sexuality research excludes individuals who are not cis-gender or heterosexual, but we are making an effort to expend our research so that we can welcome all individuals and couples to participate as often as we can. We still have some studies that are not a good fit for all individuals, but here are our current studies that are inclusive. Other criteria may apply to participate. 

Open to LGBTQ+ couples.

Sexual Well-being and Intimacy for LGBTQ+ Couples

The Code Study – A Couples Sexuality and Relationship Study

Open to all parents who are preparing for the arrival of their first child

Transition to Parenthood Study (Couples, 12-18 weeks pregnant) 

Genito-pelvic Pain in Pregnancy and Postpartum

Open to couples where one female-bodied member of the couple experiences pain during sex

Daily Goals in Couples with Vulvodynia

A Comparison of Couple Therapy and Medical Treatment for Provoked Vestibulodynia (PVD)

Open to couples where one, or both, members experience low sexual desire or interest

Couples Coping with Low Sexual Interest/Arousal

 

Parents with Chronic Pain


Couples with Chronic Pain

We do not currently have any open studies for couples with chronic pain. Please check back, or email us if you are interested in being notified when we open up recruitment for future studies that might interest you in this area.


I wanted to participate in the research study because vulvodynia is a couple’s issue. I feel it is important to support research that may help us, other couples, and those in the medical field gather more information about this condition.

(Julia, 31 years old)