This questionnaire asks about your level of sexual desire. By desire, we mean interest in or wish for sexual activity. For each item, please mark the number that best shows your thoughts and feelings. Your answers will be private and anonymous. You can also download a printable version.


1. During this last month, how often would you have liked to engage in sexual activity with a partner (for example, touching each other’s genitals, giving or receiving oral stimulation, intercourse, etc.)?

Not at all Twice a week
Once a month 3 to 4 times a week
Once every two weeks Once a day
Once a week More than once a day

2. During this last month, how often have you had sexual thoughts involving a partner?

Not at all Twice a week
Once a month 3 to 4 times a week
Once every two weeks Once a day
Once a week More than once a day

3. When you have sexual thoughts how strong is your desire to engage in sexual behavior with a partner?

4. When you first see an attractive person, how strong is your sexual desire?

5. When you spend time with an attractive person (for example, at work or school), how strong is your sexual desire?

6. When you are in romantic situations (such as a candle-lit dinner, a walk on the beach, etc.) how strong is your sexual desire?

7. How important is it for you to fulfill your sexual desire though activity with a partner?

8. Compare to other people of your age and sex, how would you rate your desire to behave sexually with a partner?

9. During this last month, how often would you have liked to behave sexually by yourself (for example, masturbating, touching you genitals, etc.)?

Not at all Twice a week
Once a month 3 to 4 times a week
Once every two weeks Once a day
Once a week More than once a day

10. How strong is your desire to engage in sexual behavior by yourself?

11. How important is it for you to fulfill your desires to behave sexually by yourself?

12. Compared to other people your age and sex, how would you rate your desire to behave sexually by yourself?

13. How long could you go comfortably without having sexual activity of some kind?

Forever A week
A year or two A few days
Several months One day
A month Less than one day
A few weeks  

 

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Source: This inventory was originally published in “The Sexual Desire Inventory: Development, Factor, Structure, and Evidence of Reliability,” by I. P. Spector, M. P. Carey, and L. Steinberg. 1996, Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy, 22, 175-190.