Research Study

JUNIPER Study: Factors influencing sexual desire among women with and without sexual difficulties
Principal Investigator 
Lori Brotto


Body Locations and Systems 
Sexual Problems in Women
Study Start/End 
Jan 22, 2020 to Dec 31, 2021
Diamond Health Care Centre, UBC Hospital
Jennifer Zhang, Study Coordinator
Email Address
Purpose of Study 

The purpose of the study is to learn how women with and without sexual difficulties respond to videos and pictures, some of which contain erotic material.  More specifically, we aim to understand the neurocognitive correlates of sexual arousal and desire, including attention to sexual cues, and physiological and subject sexual responses.


Women with and without sexual concerns, who are between the ages of 18-50, attracted to men, premenopausal (still having regular menstrual periods), and in a sexual relationship may participate.  This study is open to both cis- and trans-women.  This study will not be suitable for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, and are not able to read, write, and speak English.  Women who are affected by a major mental disorder (e.g. major depression, substance abuse) or are taking any medication that might interfere with sexual response (e.g. antidepressants, neuroleptics, vasodilators) will be excluded from participation.


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