Psychodynamics
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Women’s sexual motivations survey

University of Ottawa PhD candidate Heather Armstrong wants to know why you have sex. Take her survey and learn something about yourself.

Why do people have sex?
Past research has identified 237 different reasons why people have sex! The most common reasons are pure attraction to another person, experiencing physical pleasure, expressing love, feeling desired, increasing intimacy, curiousity, to celebrate a special occasion, and because the opportunity was there. However, reasons also include things like getting revenge on someone, getting rid of a headache, or giving someone an STI.

The motivations for why people do anything, including have sex, can shine light on their actual behaviours. One of the biggest sexual and relationship complaints is that sexual desire and frequency fades as the relationship progresses. Well why is this? Understanding why people have sex can help people have a better understanding of things like sexual desire, satisfaction, and frequency. It can also increase understanding of why people may be engaging in higher risk sexual behaviours.

The vast majority of research in this area has been done with straight individuals. Now, researchers at the University of Ottawa want to know the reasons women give for having sex with female partners too. They are seeking female participants to complete an anonymous and confidential online survey. As long as you are 18 years of age or older, you can participate!

To take the survey, or for more information, please visit http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/motivationsforsex.

You may also contact the researcher, Heather Armstrong, at heather.armstrong@uottawa.ca if you have any questions or would like any more information.

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