Upcoming studies

Pelvic Floor Muscles, Orgasm, and Device Validation

Lioness and the Center for Genital Health and Education (CFGHE) are joining forces to launch ground-breaking scientific research related to orgasm. Believe it or not, it’s barely been studied how the pelvic floor muscles (that glorious group of muscles inside your vagina) respond with orgasm. The Lioness vibrator has the capability to do just that!

But first, we have to test whether the Lioness is doing what we think it’s doing (and yes…we all DO know that it is, but we need to put some good science behind it to help everyone else understand). If we can publish results validating the Lioness as a viable research tool, we’re confident that multiple studies will follow, looking at everything from specific orgasmic patterns (wave, volcano, and avalanche) to the impact of substances (i.e. alcohol, recreational drugs, prescription drugs) on orgasm to how age and changing hormone levels impact our sexual cycles and activities.

The only way we can do this is with your help. We, Lioness and CFGHE, are asking you to join us in studying the ins and outs of the orgasmic response. Your identity, as always and forever, will remain 100% anonymous.

Sign up and process

1. On the Lioness app, click "Opt in" on this study.

2. Once you sign up to participate, you will be asked to sign a consent to participate and to provide some demographic information and questionnaires about your sexual function. Those data will be paired to your numerical identification number (ID#) that is assigned to your specific Lioness Vibrator.

3. You will then complete 5 new Lioness sessions. With each session, you will be asked to rate your orgasm (on a scientifically validated questionnaire) as well as how long it takes from Lioness insertion to orgasm.  

About Center for Genital Health and Education

Our mission at the Center for Genital Health and Education is to conduct high-quality, evidence-based, independent research that will provide practical information to advance three main goals:

- Champion the study of genital diversity as the norm for all vulvas
- Advance education of sexual pain and pleasure by researching sexual function in the bedroom and out of the research lab
- Understand pleasure, arousal and orgasm throughout the lifecycle

CFGHE Founders

Dee Hartmann, PT, DPT, earned her first degree in physical therapy from Northwestern Medical School of Physical Therapy in 1977, followed by a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from St Ambrose University in 2009. As part of her participation in American Physical Therapy Association’s (APTA) Section on Women’s Health, Dee served as the originating chairman of the task force responsible for creating the Certificate of Achievement in Pelvic Physical Therapy (CAPP-Pelvic). She also served on the Vulvar Pain Task Force and co-authored their findings.

A pioneer in her field, Dee has been a member, fellow, president, and board director for a vast array of organizations dedicated to women’s sexual health and pelvic pain, including the International Pelvic Pain Society (IPPS), International Society for the Study of Vulvovaginal Disease (ISSVD), and the International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health (ISSWSH). Her research and findings are widely published in journals and books, and she has been a lecturer and instructor at numerous schools, universities, workshops, and conferences. As a sole practitioner, Dee created and worked with patients as Dee Hartmann Physical Therapy from 1991–2017. Continuing to develop and conduct research on pain at CFGHE with an added focus on pleasure, Dee brings much needed, progressive insight into how best to treat women.

Elizabeth Wood holds a master’s degree in social work and was a sex therapist for many years. She is a member of the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT) and the Sexual and Gender Health Collaborative of the Front Range.

She is also a certified member of the Somatic Sex Educators Association. In addition, Elizabeth is a Certified Tantra Educator through the School of Source Tantra. She completed her first training at the Loyola Sexual Wellness Clinic. She has completed all four levels of the Chuluaqui Quodoushka Spiritual Sexuality Teachings and received extensive training in the art and practice of women’s orgasm from Lafayette Morehouse, Orgasmic Providers, and OneTaste. With CFGHE, she is delivering ground-breaking, female-centered, pleasure-forward research.

Studies in Progress

Pleasure and Menopause

While pleasure research is an understudied aspect of sexual health, pleasure research for peri menopausal, menopausal, and post menopausal women is especially understudied. With this in mind, Lioness and Gennev came together to understand the sexual needs, wants, and desires of women over 40.

Over a period of 2 months, data was collected from 10 women at four different time points to better understand how using a vibrator can impact their relationship with their partners, their relationship with themselves, and how they perceive their sexual identities. The information gained from this research, will help illuminate opportunities to better address the sexual health needs of this population and will remind everyone that you are never too “old” for pleasure.

About Dr. Natasha Aduloju-Ajijola

Natasha Aduloju-Ajijola, PhD, MPH is a Public Health Consultant working in Nigeria and the United States. Dr. Aduloju-Ajijola holds a PhD in Health Education and Promotion, a Master in Public Health. She is a member of the American Public Health Association and a research fellow for the Global Institute of Sustainable Prosperity. Dr. Aduloju-Ajijola's research has focused primarily on health disparities, sexual and reproductive health, the impact of stress on health behaviors (especially sexual health), and social determinants of health.

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