Dr. Stephanie Both

  • Leiden University Medical Centre, department of Psychosomatic Gynecology & Sexology

Professional Experience

2017 – now: Associate professor & health psychologist, LUMC
2003 – 2017: Assistant professor, health psychologist, LUMC
2004 – 2006: Assistant professor, LUMC, Post-doc University of Amsterdam

Expertise and Research Interests

  • Female sexual function and dysfunction (underlying mechanisms and treatment)
  • Sexual motivation and sexual interest/arousal disorder
  • Psychophysiological research (assessment of sexual response and pelvic floor activity)
  • Research on basic sexual learning processes (appetitive and aversive associative learning)
  • Medically unexplained physical complaints
  • Mayer Rokitansky Kuster Hauser syndrome
  • Effect of chronic disease on sexual functioning (e.g. diabetes, IBD)
  • Sexual disgust


Selected Publications

  1. Both, Kluivers, ten Kate-Booij, Weijenborg (2018). Sexual response in women with Mayer Rokitansky Kuster Hauser syndrome with a nonsurgical neovagina. Am J Obstet Gynecol; 219(3):283.
  2. Levin, Both, Georgiadis, Kukkonen, Park, Yang, C. (2016). The physiologyof female sexual function and pathophysiology of female sexual dysfunction. J Sex Med.,;13(5):733-59.
  3. Both, ter Kuile, Dekkers, Weijenborg et al. (2015). Sexual response in women with Type 1 diabetes mellitus: A controlled laboratory study measuring vaginal blood flow and subjective sexual arousal. Arch Sex Behav;44(6):1573-87.
  4. Brom, Both, Laan, Everaerd, Spinhoven (2014). The role of conditioning, learning and dopamine in sexual behavior: A narrative review of animal and human studies. Neurosci.Biobehav.Rev. 38:38-59.
  5. Oei, Soeter, Rombouts, van Gerven, Both (2012). Dopamine modulates reward system activity during subconscious processing of sexual stimuli. Neuropsychopharmacology. 37.7: 1729-37.