Gay, Bi, Queer Men’s Sexual Pain Study

Pain when bottoming (i.e., receptive anal intercourse; when your partner inserts their penis or an object into your anus) is common, with approximately 12.5% to 18% of gay, bi, and queer men complaining of this difficulty. Unfortunately, little is known about the symptoms and causes of pain when bottoming as well as the impact this difficulty has on the lives of gay, bi, and queer men. Gaining a better understanding of the experiences of gay, bi, and queer men with pain when bottoming is important for the development of effective medical and psychosocial treatments for this population.

We are looking for:

  • 200 gay, bi, or queer men who experience pain when bottoming AND 200 gay, bi, and queer men who almost never experience pain when bottoming
  • Must have had any type of sexual activity with another male during the past 6 months
  • Must be over 18 years old
  • Must be able to speak and read in English
  • Must hold a valid Canadian bank account

What do you have to do?

  • Complete an anonymous and confidential 1-hour online questionnaire package

What’s in it for you?

  • You will receive $10 for your full participation
  • You will help gay, bi, and queer men who experience pain when bottoming

How to participate:

For more information, visit our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/gbqsexpainstudy

If you prefer to complete a paper-based version of the questionnaire package in-person at the HIV Prevention Lab at Ryerson University, please contact the principal investigator by email at gbqsexpainstudy@psych.ryerson.ca or by telephone at 416-979-5000, ext 1-2179. Please note, if you select this option, your identity may be known to the researcher/s. Your information will be kept confidential.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the principal investigator by email at gbqsexpainstudy@psych.ryerson.ca.

Natalie Stratton, M.A., is the Principal Investigator on this study.

This research study has been reviewed and approved by the Ryerson University Research Ethics Board.