Sexuality and Breast Cancer

Queen's University, Sexual Health Research Lab

You are being invited to participate in a research study directed by researchers in the Department of Psychology at Queen’s University in Kingston. The purpose of this study is to investigate how women navigate changes to sexuality after breast cancer to increase our understanding of factors that promote relational and sexual well-being. The current research project is being conducted by doctoral student Stéphanie Gauvin and Dr. Caroline Pukall.

Your Impact

The information gathered in the study may help increase our understanding of how women navigate changes to sexuality after breast cancer or menopause, which could inform healthcare providers (e.g., sex therapists) on potential areas to target in interventions.

Eligibility Criteria


At least 18 years old

To be eligible for this study, you must have experienced treatments for breast cancer and be in a relationship.

Study Tasks

Complete an online survey


The Queen's University General Research Ethics Board has cleared this study (GPSYC-988-20)


breast cancer

Activity and Time

Health and Wellness, Psychology

Online, Polls and Surveys

Weeknights, Weekdays

30 minutes total, 1 session

To see if you are eligible, you can complete the brief eligibility survey linked here in HoneyBee. It will include questions about your demographic background (e.g., age, gender/sex, relationship status), your menopausal status, and if you have ever been diagnosed with or treated for breast cancer. In the eligibility questionnaire, you will also have the option of inviting your partner to participate with you if you'd like (you would each be emailed separate links). If you are eligible, you will be sent a link to the full online survey which will take between 20-30 minutes to complete and will ask you questions about any changes you’ve experienced to your sexuality from treatments for breast cancer and your thoughts about these changes, sexual functioning and well-being, sexual communication with your partner, your beliefs about sexuality, how you respond to sexual issues, and sexual and relationship satisfaction.



or a $10 gift card to Amazon or a $10 donation to the Breast Cancer Society of Canada.

Study Address

This study doesn't require any in-person visits. Complete it in the comfort of your own home!

Posting date: Jul 14, 2020