The International Kink Health Study

Adventurous people deserve exceptional care.

 IKHS UPDATE Feb 20, 2020: 
We apologize for the delay. Our Principal Investigator Richard Sprott, PHD and our research team are working on a new launch of the International Kink Health Study.   


By providing your email below, we will notify you when data collection begins. Thank you in advance for your understanding and interest in the International Kink Health Study.  
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What is the International
Kink Health Study (IKHS)?

The International Kink Health Study (IKHS) is a research project about the physical and mental health, childhood experience, sexuality and healthcare of those around the world with recurring fantasies and practices that involve kink/BDSM/leather and fetish. 


An expansion of our 2016 research survey, this study plans to invite participants to become part of a group of kink interested people from around the world. We will ask them to complete yearly surveys over a number of years. We hope that they will help us understand more about what it means to be kinky, about their health and wellbeing, their kink lives and pleasure, their relationships and roles, their injuries and their experiences of healing. 


We are researchers with deep roots in the kink community and who want to make sure that this information benefits the kink community. Won't you think about joining with us on our upcoming adventure? 

This is a project of the The Alternative Sexualities Health Research Alliance (TASHRA)

  • Understand the health benefits and risks of your kink interests and involvement.

Join us and improve kink health and wellbeing around the world!

  • Better understand how the stress of being a stigmatized and often misunderstood sexual minority impacts your mental and physical health. 

  • Improve your health care by training therapists and medical care professionals in how to provide more informed and compassionate care to you.

  • Support other kink health research that supports a better life for you.

Your participation will help us to...

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About TASHRA's Research

The Kink Health Project


In town halls and interviews, San Francisco bay people who are involved in kink and BDSM activities told us about their health and experiences with doctors and therapists.

Kink Health Survey


Over 1,000 kink-involved participants answered over 200 questions about their health history, their emotional wellbeing, and kink lives. Overwhelmingly, they aren't that different from everybody else, but it did bring up questions.


Kink Health Study


Three years in development and an expansion of our 2016 findings. Become one of an international group of kink-involved, interested, and unsure participants who will contribute to new understandings of erotic diversity.

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More about TASHRA's research and mission to support erotic diversity.

Since 2012, TASHRA (The Alternative Sexualities Health Research Alliance) has been partnering with kink folk to understand and support the mental and physical health of the erotically diverse.

One of the foundational missions of TASHRA is understanding and representing the health care needs of individuals with alternative sexualities. Through our research, we explore the intersections of kink identities and the individuals that host them.