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The working group for questions regarding female sexuality

Since 2019, the Institute of Sexology and Sexual Medicine has a working group Female Desire.

Research projects on female sexuality form the core of its work. In order to make the developments and contents resulting from the scientific work available to women, both clinical and educational work are essential pillars of our work.

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This working group deals with the foundations of female sexuality from a biopsychosocial perspective. We aim to promote women's sexual health by working on the development of new diagnostic, therapeutic and preventive approaches.

Our projects include basic scientific studies as well as studies on various disorders in the field of female sexuality. Examples of our work include, in particular:

  • Vulvodynia
  • Female Sexual Arousal Disorders
  • Female Orgasmic Disorder
  • Dyspareunia
  • Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder
  • Persistent Genital Arousal Disorder
  • Vaginismus
  • Sexual disorders related to the experience of sexual abuse
  • Paraphilic Disorders

We are convinced that scientific work and clinical care for women mutually benefit from interdisciplinary collaboration. That is why we work together in a network of scientists and experts from various fields. Through both our network and other public outreach activities, we strive to give women from all age groups access to evidence-based information and therapeutic offers regarding their sexual health.

For more information on our work or if you are interested in participating in studies, please contact: femaledesire(at)

Director WG Female Desire: Dr. Laura Hatzler