Couples Coping with Low Sexual Interest/Arousal or Low Sexual Desire


The purpose of this study is to understand possible protective factors – meaning aspects of the relationship that might promote or interfere with sexual desire, as well as sexual and relationship satisfaction – that might help couples dealing with low sexual desire and arousal. The results of this study could then be used to develop psychological treatments.



Who can participate

We are looking for individuals who experience problems with sexual desire, interest, or arousal, and their partners, to participate in research about couples’ romantic and sexual relationships.

To be eligible to participate, both partners must agree and:

  • Be in a committed romantic relationship together for at least 6 months
  • See each other in-person at least 4 times a week
  • Be 18 years or older
  • Have previous sexual experience
  • Reside in Canada or the United States
  • Be able to read and understand English
  • Not currently pregnant or within one year postpartum


*This study aims to be inclusive to individuals of all gender identities, bodies, and orientations.

*Additional eligibility criteria may apply.


What we will ask you to do

The individual with low sexual interest/desire who is interested in participating will be asked to complete two phone calls, which should take about 30 minutes in total. If eligible, then we will send both you and your partner a survey by email, which can be completed online and should take 60-75 minutes to complete. One year later, we will send you another, shorter survey by email.


What are the benefits to participating in this study?

Participation involves no health risks and your confidentiality and anonymity are assured.

As a thank you for completing the survey, both you and your partner will EACH receive a $18CDN (or $15 USD) Amazon gift card when you submit the first survey. When you complete the second, shorter survey one year later, each of you will receive a $10 CDN (or $8 USD) Amazon gift certificate. We will also provide you with some online resources regarding low sexual desire and arousal in relationships and how to seek help if you wish.


Interested in participating or learning more? Please contact us using the form below. 

This study is affiliated with Dalhousie University (Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada) and is approved by Dalhousie’s Research Ethics Board.


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