Call for participants – women who experience OCD

Elicia Boulton is undertaking a Doctorate in Counselling Psychology at University of the West of England (UWE). She would like to invite women with experiences of OCD to help her with her research. Here is her recruitment advert:

My name is Elicia Boulton and I am undertaking research into the experience of sex in women who have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). I am interested in listening to women’s voices and understanding 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
• 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, as I am aiming to gather the views of up to one hundred women with OCD. 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).

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:

The survey link can also be found on the following Facebook page:

My research was granted ethical approval by the UWE Faculty of Health and Applied Science Research Ethics Committee. The ethics committee can be contacted through Leigh Taylor ( or Tel: +44 (0)117 32 81170), and the reference number is: HAS.16.08.006.

If you would like any further information please contact me at:

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