Sexual Health Implications of PGAD/GPD Study (SHIPS) 

Persistent genital arousal disorder/genito-pelvic dysesthesia (PGAD/GPD) is a condition characterized by sensations of unwanted genital arousal. Together with the UBC Sexuality and Well-being Lab, we are conducting SHIPS to examine central mechanisms underlying anxiety and depressive symptoms and PGAD/GPD using network analysis. This analysis will identify central factors that may maintain PGAD/GPD and model the pathways (i.e., bridge symptoms) that connect PGAD/GPD symptoms with depressive and anxiety symptoms. A longitudinal methodology will be used to capture the dynamic and temporal nature of these relationships. Additionally, the present research will ​​identify novel factors—emotion regulation, pain catastrophizing—as they relate to PGAD/GPD symptoms over time. This research will have implications for our understanding of comorbidities in PGAD/GPD, as well as the potential development of ​​transdiagnostic treatment strategies (i.e., cognitive behavioural therapies addressing maladaptive thoughts and behaviours that may contribute to worsening of symptoms) that will benefit individuals with PGAD/GPD.  This research could help inform psychological interventions for individuals coping with genito-pelvic dysesthesias (i.e., unpleasant genital sensations). 

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.