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News - Call for nominations: Election for vacant positions ISSM Board of Directors

Call for nominations: Election for vacant positions ISSM Board of Directors


Research - Researchers Discuss CCH Treatment with Vacuum Therapy for Men with Peyronie’s Disease

November 27, 2017

This prospective, randomized, open-label pilot study explored the effects of vacuum-pump therapy, with and without penile modeling, in men receiving Collagenase Clostridium histolyticum (CCH). The authors noted that penile modeling and vacuum therapy “share underlying physiologic mechanisms.”


News - Renew Your Membership by Feb. 1 to Vote at Next ISSM Business Meeting

Renew Your Membership by Feb. 1 to Vote at Next ISSM Business Meeting


News - World Meeting: Prizes to Be Awarded in Lisbon

Every two years the ISSM hands out a number of prestigious prizes to recognize and celebrate dedication and innovation in sexual medicine.


News - World Meeting: Submit Your Abstract by November 15 - Deadline Extended!

The Scientific Committee for the World Meeting on Sexual Medicine is now accepting abstract submissions for podium, poster, and video presentations. The submission deadline is November 15, 2017.


News - November 15 Deadline: Early Bird Registration for World Meeting on Sexual Medicine 2017 Extended!

Early Bird Registration Fee Information for World Meeting on Sexual Medicine in Lisbon, Portugal


News - Report on SASSM School Bangladesh by President SASSM

Report on SASSM School Bangladesh by President SASSM


Research - Review Discusses Pain Management for Men Receiving Penile Implants

October 30, 2017

While medical literature has addressed pain management for some urologic procedures (such as cystectomies and radical prostatectomies), little has been documented concerning pain management in penile prosthetics.


News - ISSM Family of Journals Survey

ISSM members are asked to watch their email for an important survey regarding the ISSM's three official journals: The Journal of Sexual Medicine, Sexual Medicine (open access), and Sexual Medicine Reviews.


News - Exam Preparation Pre-Course Available

The European Society for Sexual Medicine (ESSM) is offering a condensed 2½ day pre-course for candidates taking the 2018 ECPS and MJCSM exams in Lisbon next February.


Research - Several Anatomic Sites, Clinical Factors Related to Deep Dyspareunia

October 2, 2017

Deep dyspareunia refers to pelvic pain with intercourse and can negatively affect a woman’s sexual function, relationships, and quality of life. Often, it is caused by endometriosis, but it might also stem from contact with other pelvic structures near the vagina, such as the bladder, pelvic floor muscles, cervix, uterus, and adnexa.


Research - Testosterone Levels May Decline, Then Recover, After External Beam Radiotherapy for Prostate Cancer

September 4, 2017

The current study focused on testosterone kinetics after external beam radiation therapy (EBRT) in contemporary patients with localized prostate cancer. The authors hypothesized that these patients would have less significant decreases in serum testosterone and duration when compared to men in the previous studies.


Research - V-Neck Technique Offers Possible Solution to Tubing Problem in IPP Placement

August 7, 2017

The study discusses the V-neck technique (VNT), a modification to the traditional infra-pubic approach that may improve appearance and comfort in men with IPPs.


Research - 3D Photography Useful for Assessment of Peyronie’s Disease

July 3, 2017

This proof-of-concept study discusses the ways three-dimensional (3D) photographs might be used to develop metrics for describing volume-loss deformities in men with Peyronie's disease (PD).


Research - Treatment With CCH Could Benefit Both Men With Peyronie’s Disease and Their Partners

June 5, 2017

The current study aimed to assess the safety and efficacy of CCH in men who received placebo treatments in the IMPRESS I and II studies. It also analyzed the perspectives of female partners.


News - ISSM Scholarships 2017 - ESSM School of Sexual Medicine

The ISSM is offering 10 scholarships to attend the ESSM School of Sexual Medicine 2017


Research - Experts Discuss Grafting Techniques for Peyronie’s Disease Treatment

May 8, 2017

This study reviewed eleven relevant articles published between 2011 and June 2016 covering surgical treatment of Peyronie’s disease (PD) via grafting after partial plaque excision or incision.


News - ISSM Grants - call for proposals

The ISSM proudly announces the 2017 ISSM Grants Cycle.


News - Update from the ISSM president

Update from the ISSM president - Q1 2017


Research - Scientists Determine Harmonized Reference Ranges for Testosterone

April 3, 2017

This study aimed to generate consensus reference ranges for total testosterone using data from four epidemiologic studies of men in the United States and Europe.


Research - Ipsilateral Placement of Prosthetic Balloons Could Be Viable Approach in Dual Prosthetic Surgery

February 27, 2017

This study examines the relationship between the SIHSM method and rates of mechanical failure or complications.


Research - Vacuum Therapy a “Successful Preoperative Regimen” for Men with Corporal Fibrosis

January 30, 2017

This study evaluates an alternative surgical procedure for men with corporal fibrosis. The studied option involves the preoperative use of daily vacuum therapy.


Research - What Factors Predict Sexual Distress?

January 2, 2017

An estimated 40% to 45% of adult women have at least one type of sexual dysfunction, but not all of them feel distress over their situation. Past research has suggested that sexual problems and sexual distress don’t always have the same predictors. This study analyzed whether predictors of general distress in women also predict sexual distress. The researchers also distinguished between three types of sexual distress: personal, perceived partner, and interpersonal.


Research - No Significant Differences in Sexual Function: Hypofractionated and Conventional Radiotherapy

November 28, 2016

Past trials on the effects of hypofractionation on sexual function have had mixed results. This study, part of the HYpofractionated irradiation for PROstate cancer (HYPRO) trial in the Netherlands, addressed this concern.


News - Warning: Predatory journal soliciting manuscripts from ISSM Members

Warning: Predatory journal soliciting manuscripts


Research - Local Treatment of Penile Implant Infection May Be Viable Alternative to Reimplantation and Salvage

October 31, 2016

While most implantations of inflatable penile prostheses (IPP) go smoothly, a percentage of cases develop infections. Some men, such as those with immune- compromising conditions, may be more prone to infection. This study investigated an alternative which could allow for treatment without IPP removal and described two cases of local scrotal infection after IPP implantation.


News - Message from the ISSM President

Message from the ISSM President


Research - Sickle Cell Disease Among Top Risk Factors for Priapism Readmission

September 26, 2016

Sickle cell disease (SCD) is one of the strongest risk factors for priapism, accounting to 11% to 42% of events. Other common risk factors include drug and alcohol abuse, trauma, spinal cord injury, and medication use.


Research - GnRHa Treatment Considered Safe and Effective for Gender Dysphoric Adolescents

August 29, 2016

The current study aimed to determine the efficacy of GnRHa treatment in this population in relation to Tanner stage, gonadotropins, and sex steroids. It also investigated the treatment’s effects on liver enzymes, renal function, and changes in body composition.


News - ISSM “2 for 1” membership promotion - specifically for NEW members from China

ISSM "2 for 1” promo - for NEW members from China


News - ISSM Biennial Business Meeting of Members

The Biennial Business Meeting of Members of the ISSM is called for 5:30 PM (CST) on Sept. 23, 2016 at the CNCC, Beijing, China.


Research - Testosterone Therapy Improves Ejaculatory Function in Hypogonadal Men

July 25, 2016

Testosterone solution 2% is often prescribed to treat testosterone deficiency. This study aimed to determine whether testosterone replacement therapy could improve ejaculatory function in men with hypogonadism.


Research - Changing Definitions of Erectile Recovery Has “No Major Impact” in REACCT Trial

July 5, 2016

The current study explores a different definition used for recovery of erectile function. The authors wanted to see whether patients’ function returned to its pre-surgery levels (IIEF-EF scores either in the 22-25 range or 26 or higher).


News - Elsevier Announces Impact Factor for Sexual Medicine

Elsevier has announced the release of the first impact factor for Sexual Medicine, the ISSM’s open access journal. The journal’s 2015 impact factor is 1.188.


Research - Study: Tadalafil Recommended for Men with ED and BPH/LUTS, Regardless of Total Testosterone Levels

May 30, 2016

The study investigated whether baseline hormone levels play a role in sexual response to the PDE5i tadalafil in men with LUTS-BPH and ED. The researchers concluded that baseline total testosterone levels do not impact the response of tadalafil in these men.


News - Travel Stipends available to the 20th World Meeting on Sexual Medicine

Travel Stipends available to the 20th World Meeting on Sexual Medicine


News - ISSM Scholarships

The ISSM is offering Scholarships to attend the ESSM School of Sexual Medicine 2016


News - In Memoriam: Dr. Graham Jackson

In Memoriam: Dr Graham Jackson


News - Call for nominations 2016

Call for nominations: Election for vacant positions ISSM Board of Directors


Research - Erectile Function in Men Following Radical Prostatectomy for High-Risk Prostate Cancer

April 25, 2016

This study aimed to determine how well the erectile function of men with HRPC returned to baseline after undergoing robotic radical prostatectomy (RRP). It also considered the factors affecting erectile function after RRP in this population and offers recommendations for clinicians.


Research - Melatonin Improves Erectile Function in Rats With Chronic Lower Body Ischemia

March 28, 2016

This study investigates whether treatment with melatonin can reduce damage and improve function in rats with chronic lower body ischemia-induced ED.


News - ISSM Public Policy Statement on Consequences of Anabolic Steroids Abuse

Statement on Consequences of Anabolic Steroids Abuse


Research - 10 Years’ Plaque Incision and Vein Grafting for Peyronie’s Disease: Does Time Matter?

February 29, 2016

This study aimed to examine the influence of age, comorbidities, severity of disease, and natural history of PD on patients’ long term outcomes and satisfaction after plaque incision and vein grafting for PD.


Research - Intravaginal Prasterone and Sexual Dysfunction in Postmenopausal Women with Vulvovaginal Atrophy

February 1, 2016

Sexual dysfunction is common among postmenopausal women. However, past studies have shown sexual improvements in women who receive local DHEA. Symptoms of vaginal atrophy also improved for these women.


Research - A Urologist’s Guide to Ingredients Found in Top-Selling Nutraceuticals for Men’s Sexual Health

January 4, 2016

This study provides an overview of the most common ingredients found in male sexual enhancement products.


News - 2015 Consensus Terminology and Classification of Persistent Vulvar Pain

2015 Consensus Terminology and Classification of Persistent Vulvar Pain


Research - Sexual Dysfunction in Patients with Obstructive Sleep Apnea: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

December 1, 2015

This study is a meta-analysis intended to clarify the association of OSA and sexual dysfunction.


Research - Risk of Damage to the Somatic Innervation of the Penis during the AdVance™ Procedure

October 26, 2015

The study authors sought to define the anatomical relationship between the AdVance™ male sling procedure and penile nerves using a cadaveric model.


Research - Is There a Correlation Between Androgens and Sexual Desire in Women?

January 19, 2015

In this study, the researchers questioned whether levels of circulating androgens (including ADT-G) and 17b-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase activity would correlate with sexual desire in women overall and at certain life stages.


Research - Relaxant and Antioxidant Capacity of the Red Wine Polyphenols, Resveratrol and Quercetin

February 23, 2015

Resveratrol and quercetin can relax arteries by activating the nitric oxide (NO)/soluble guanylyl cyclase (sGC) pathway. Resveratrol and quercetin can also reduce oxidative stress. Given these qualities, the two polyphenols could be helpful in treating erectile dysfunction (ED).


Research - Responsiveness of the Peyronie’s Disease Questionnaire (PDQ)

March 30, 2015

The Peyronie’s Disease Questionnaire (PDQ) is a self-administered PRO that measures psychosexual consequences and treatment outcomes of PD. This study examined the responsiveness of the PDQ.


Research - Prevalence of Endocrine and Metabolic Disorders in Subjects with Erectile Dysfunction

May 5, 2015

The current study compared the prevalence of endocrine and metabolic disorders in two populations from the same geographic area (Florence, Italy).


Research - Are Primary and Secondary Provoked Vestibulodynia Two Different Entities?

June 8, 2015

The goal of this study was to compare the sexual and psychological aspects of PVD1 and PVD2 in premenopausal women. The researchers also wanted to learn more about the clinical implications of such a comparison.


Research - PRT and the Sexual Function of Women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (POS)

July 6, 2015

Past studies have shown that physical resistance training (PRT) can benefit the health of women with PCOS, but until this study, there was little research on PRT’s effects on sexual functioning.


Research - Combination of Dapoxetine and Behavioral Treatment for Management of Lifelong Premature Ejaculation

August 4, 2015

Combining medication with sex therapy has not been widely studied, although past research has shown that combining approaches was more effective than medication alone. To date, no study has investigated the potential benefits of adding sex therapy to treatment with dapoxetine. In this study, the researchers hypothesized that combining dapoxetine with behavioral therapy would yield better results for men with PE than dapoxetine alone.


Research - Male-to-Female Genital Reassignment Surgery: A Retrospective Review

August 31, 2015

This study examined the experiences of 60 patients who underwent vaginoplasty from 2008 to 2013.


Research - Intravenous Preload of Mesenchymal Stem Cells Rescues Erectile Function in a Rat Model of Cavernous

September 28, 2015

This study investigated whether intravenously delivered mesenchymal stem cells could reduce postoperative ED in rats if administered before cavernous nerve injury.


News - Flibanserin approved as the 1st pharmacologic treatment option for women suffering from HSDD

Flibanserin approved as the 1st pharmacologic treatment option for women suffering from HSDD


News - ISSM’s Process of Care for the Assessment and Management of Testosterone Deficiency in Adult Men

Press Release: ISSM’s Process of Care for the Assessment and Management of Testosterone Deficiency in Adult Men


News - Sexual Medicine accepted for inclusion in the Science Citation Index: Expanded (SCIE)

Sexual Medicine Open Access Journal accepted for inclusion in the Science Citation Index: Expanded (SCIE)


News - 4th ICSM a Success!

4th ICSM a Success!


News - ISSM Develops Testosterone Deficiency Process of Care

The ISSM's Testosterone Deficiency Process of Care Committee has published a new report.


News - FDA Panel Recommends Approval of Flibanserin

A US FDA advisory panel has recommended the approval of flibanserin.


News - Call for Applications Editor-in-Chief Sexual Medicine Open Access Journal

Call for Applications Editor-in-Chief Sexual Medicine Open Access Journal


News - Elsevier Announces Publishing Agreement with the ISSM

The Journal of Sexual Medicine, Sexual Medicine Reviews, and Sexual Medicine to be published by Elsevier


News - Survey of Literature to be published in Sexual Medicine: Open Access

Survey of Literature to be published in Sexual Medicine: Open Access


News - ISSM issues update of guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of premature ejaculation (PE)

ISSM issues update of guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of premature ejaculation (PE)


News - ISSWSH now affiliated with ISSM

ISSWSH now affiliated with ISSM


News - ISSM Public Policy Statement Regarding Testosterone Therapy and Cardiovascular Risks

ISSM Public Policy Statement Regarding Testosterone Therapy and Cardiovascular Risks


News - ISSM Prizes

Unique opportunity to win one of the prestigious ISSM prizes, value of USD 2500 each.


News - ‘Sexual Medicine’ - ISSM’s official Open Access journal

Just published! Volume 2: Issue 1 of 'Sexual Medicine', the ISSM’s official Open Access journal


News - Zorgniotti Grants - Call for proposal

The ISSM announces another round of call for proposals for the Zorgniotti Grants.


News - Call for nominations

Call for Nominations 2014 - ISSM Board of Directors, during business meeting October 10th, Sao Paulo, Brazil


News - New Insights into Premature Ejaculation Could Lead to Better Diagnosis and Treatment

New Insights into Premature Ejaculation Could Lead to Better Diagnosis and Treatment


News - Abstract deadline extended until 24 June 2014

Abstract deadline extended until 24 June 2014


News - John Mulhall To Become Editor-In-Chief of the JSM

John Mulhall To Become Editor-In-Chief of the JSM


News - ISSM Prizes: Submit your paper by 1 August 2014

ISSM Prizes: Submit your paper by 1 August 2014


News - History of ISSM and Humor in Sexual Medicine session at ISSM/SLAMS meeting, Sao Paulo

History of ISSM and Humor in Sexual Medicine session at ISSM/SLAMS meeting, Sao Paulo


News - Call for Applications Editor-in-Chief Sexual Medicine Reviews

Call for Applications Editor-in-Chief Sexual Medicine Reviews


News - Limited Time Only: ISSM Members pay only $100 to publish in Sexual Medicine!

Limited Time Only: ISSM Members pay only $100 to publish in Sexual Medicine!


News - Official Notice: ISSM Biennial Business Meeting of Members

Official Notice: ISSM Biennial Business Meeting of Members


News - Sandrine Atallah and Mikkel Fode to become JSM Social Media Editors

Social Media Editors - Journal of Sexual Medicine


News - ISSM and Abstract Prizes

The ISSM Zorgniotti-Newman Prize, ISSM Emil Tanagho Prize, Best Abstract Prize Male and Best Abstract Prize Female have been awarded.


News - Board of Directors

ISSM Members have elected persons for the vacant positions at the ISSM Board of Directors


Research - Pelvic Examination Experiences in Women With and Without Chronic Pain During Intercourse

November 12, 2011

While pelvic examinations (PEs) are important for women’s gynecological health, many patients approach them with anxiety and distress. These feelings may stem from past negative experiences with PEs.


Research - Estrogen Mediates Metabolic Syndrome-Induced Erectile Dysfunction: A Study in the Rabbit

November 10, 2014

This study examined the role of estrogens in erectile dysfunction associated with metabolic syndrome (MetS) in rabbits.


Research - Postprostatectomy ED: Potential of Adipose-Derived Stem Cells-Based Micro-Tissues in a Rat Model

October 6, 2014

Assembling cells onto micro-tissues before transplanting them could be a more viable strategy for restoring postprostatectomy erectile function than single-cell methods.


Research - Association of PCOS and Its Clinical Signs with Sexual Function among Iranian Women Affected by PCOS

September 2, 2014

"Considering the effect of cultural and religious backgrounds of females suffering from PCOS and the lack of knowledge regarding sexual function in Muslim women affected by PCOS, the present study seemed necessary..."


Research - The Effect of Vasectomy on the Sexual Life of Couples

July 28, 2014

The goal of this study was to examine the effects on vasectomy on the sexual function of couples.


Research - Female Partner’s Perception of Premature Ejaculation and Its Impact

June 23, 2014

Women’s perceptions of PE have not been widely researched. Recent studies have had mixed results. Examining these issues more closely could help clinicians better understand the physical, psychological, and interpersonal aspects of PE for couples.


Research - Tadalafil Effect on Metabolic Syndrome-Associated Bladder Alterations

May 15, 2014

The aim of this study was to examine the acute (curative) effect of tadalafil dosing on Met-S associated increased signaling of RhoA/ROCK in the bladder.


Research - Weaker Masturbatory Erection May Be a Sign of Early CV Risk Associated with ED in Young Men

April 11, 2014

Some young men have weaker masturbatory erections with no sexual intercourse (WME-NS). Many professionals believe ED in younger men is psychogenic and do not investigate other risk factors. This study aimed to determine whether underlying risk factors exist in men with WME-NS and whether such risk factors are similar to those of men with identified ED.


News - Definition of Premature Ejaculation (PE)

ISSM releases evidence-based, unified definition of premature ejaculation (PE)


Research - Lack of Sexual Privacy Affects Psychological and Marital Domains of Male Sexual Dysfunction

March 10, 2014

Insufficient privacy during sex is one of the most common issues that can interfere with a couple’s intimacy and sexual function. For example, lack of privacy may be an issue for young people who live with their parents or with roommates. It can also affect parents who have children at home. Assessments of sexual function do not usually include items on sexual privacy. This study examined the issue in a large sample of men who were consulting for sexual dysfunction.


News - The Video Journal of Prosthetic Urology

ISSM's new Video Journal of Prosthetic Urology (VJPU) is open for submissions!


Research - The Efficacy and Safety of Ospemifene in Treating Dyspareunia

February 2, 2014

The present study is a meta-analysis focusing on the safety and efficacy of ospemifene to treat dyspareunia associated with postmenopausal vulvar and vaginal atrophy (VVA).


Research - Nonresponders, Partial Responders, and Complete Responders to PDE5 Inhibitors Therapy

December 30, 2013

The International Index of Erectile Function (IIEF) is considered the “gold standard” tool for assessing erectile dysfunction (ED). While categories of ED severity have been suggested based on the IIEF, there is currently no standard way to evaluate minimal clinically important difference (MCID) or define an ED treatment responder. As a result, there is no objective way to determine whether ED treatment is effective.


News - FDA approves first drug treatment for Peyronie’s disease

FDA approves first drug treatment for Peyronie’s disease


News - New! Introducing The Journal of Sexual Medicine for iPad®

New! Introducing The Journal of Sexual Medicine for iPad®


Research - Breast Cancer Development in Transsexual Subjects Receiving Cross-Sex Hormone Treatment

November 24, 2013

In this study, researchers examined breast cancer incidence in transsexual people who were taking cross-sex hormones. This treatment, along with surgery, allows patients to transition to the opposite sex, one to which they feel they belong.