The experience of sex in women who have OCD

My name is Elicia Boulton and I am a student at UWE undertaking my Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology. As part of this course I am undertaking research into the experience of sex in women who have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). The aim of the current project is to listen to women’s voices and understand their experiences of sexuality and sexual practices when they have been diagnosed with and/or undergone therapy for OCD. This research is supervised by Victoria Clarke (

This research is open to women aged 18 or older who have a formal diagnosis of OCD and/or have received treatment for this condition (including women who have recovered and are willing to write about their past experiences). The research is open to all women so please feel free to share the details of the research widely. I hope to hear from women with a wide range of sexual experiences and identities (including women who identify their sexuality as heterosexual/straight, lesbian, bisexual, queer, and trans and cisgender women).

Participating in the study involves completing an online open-ended survey - you'll be asked to provide some basic information about yourself (nothing that will identify you), and then answer a series of open questions about your experiences of sexuality and OCD; you respond in your own words (this is not a click box style survey). The survey will take around 20-30 minutes to complete depending on how detailed your answers are.

Please use the following link to access the survey if it is something you are interested in or would like to share, and many thanks in advance for taking the time to read this: -

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