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Marijuana Use Associated with More Frequent Sex

December 11, 2017

American men and women who use marijuana tend to have sex more often, a new Journal of Sexual Medicine study reports.

Prostate Cancer Patients May Not Fully Understand Treatment Risks

December 4, 2017

Most men with localized prostate cancer do not clearly understand the risks associated with different treatment options, according to a recent study in BJU International.

Immediate Penile Prosthesis Implantation a Beneficial Strategy for Some Men with Priapism

November 27, 2017

Men with priapism may benefit from immediate penile prosthesis implantation (PPI), according to a recent review of medical literature.

Link Between ED and Blood Pressure Explored

November 20, 2017

Researchers have determined that a diastolic blood pressure measurement of 80-95 mm Hg is associated with good erectile function, according to a recent paper in the Journal of Sexual Medicine.

Study Discusses Sexual Issues for Women with Spinal Cord Injury

November 13, 2017

Most women remain sexually active after sustaining a spinal cord injury, but they do face certain challenges, according to an article in press recently published in Sexual Medicine.

Review Considers Link Between Opioid Use and ED Risk

November 6, 2017

Men who use opioid drugs might be at increased risk for erectile dysfunction (ED), according to a recent systematic review and meta-analysis published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine.

About 40% of Chinese Men Over 40 Have ED, Study Finds

October 30, 2017

An estimated four in ten Chinese men over age 40 have erectile dysfunction (ED), researchers say.

Neurologic Symptoms Linked to ED in Men with HTLV-1 Infection

October 23, 2017

Erectile dysfunction (ED) in men with human T-cell lymphotropic virus type 1 (HTLV-1) infection is largely caused by neurologic issues, according to new research published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine.

CCH Therapy Safe and Effective for Men in Acute-Phase Peyronie’s Disease, Study Finds

October 16, 2017

New research in the Journal of Sexual Medicine reports that injections of collagenase Clostridium histolyticum (CCH) can be a safe and effective way to treat Peyronie’s disease in its acute phase.

Survey: Romantic Behaviors Appeal to American Men and Women

October 9, 2017

New research in PLOS One reveals what types of sexual behaviors Americans find appealing, with romance and affection topping the list.

Patients Should Be Aware of Post-SSRI Sexual Dysfunction, Reviewers Say

October 2, 2017

Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are commonly prescribed to treat depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress, among other conditions. Unfortunately, some patients on SSRIs experience sexual side effects, which may continue even after patients have stopped taking the drugs.

Could Diet Impact a Man’s Sexual Function?

September 25, 2017

A recent review of medical literature reveals “compelling associations” between men’s diet, eating habits, and sexual health.

Testosterone Does Not Play Role in Delayed Ejaculation

September 18, 2017

Delayed ejaculation (DE) does not appear to be linked to serum testosterone levels, according to new research in the Journal of Sexual Medicine.

Transgender Patients Dissatisfied with Surgery Could Have More Psychological Symptoms

September 11, 2017

While most transgender people are satisfied with gender-affirming surgery (GAS), some are disappointed and regret their decision. The latter group may struggle with psychological issues and poor quality of life, a recent study in the Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy suggests.

Penile Hemodynamics Improve with Shockwave Therapy in Men with Erectile Dysfunction

September 4, 2017

Scientists have shown that low-intensity extracorporeal shockwave therapy (LI-ESWT) can benefit men with vasculogenic erectile dysfunction (ED) and that improved erections may last for up to a year.

Review Discusses Post-SSRI Sexual Dysfunctions

August 28, 2017

Sexual side effects of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) don’t always resolve when the medication is stopped. A recent paper published in Sexual Medicine Reviews discusses these effects, which are called post-SSRI sexual dysfunctions (PSSD).

Scientists Find Correlation Between Sexual Frequency and Homocysteine Levels

August 21, 2017

More frequent sex has been linked to lower levels of serum homocysteine in some adults, according to new research in the Journal of Sexual Medicine.

Prostate Cancer Patients: Sexual Problems More Common after Radical Prostatectomy than Observation

August 14, 2017

Men who undergo surgery for prostate cancer are more likely to develop long-term sexual issues than those who are observed, according to new research published last month in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Low Testosterone, Health Problems Common in Testicular Cancer Survivors

August 7, 2017

Low testosterone and associated health conditions are common in men who have had testicular cancer, according to new research.

Researchers Consider ED Risk Among Men With Gout

July 31, 2017

Men with gout are at higher risk for erectile dysfunction (ED), researchers say. And this risk might be apparent before a gout diagnosis is even made.

One-Stage Gender-Confirmation Surgery Safe and Effective for Female-to-Male Transition Patients

July 24, 2017

The complex components of female-to-male gender-confirmation surgery can be safely and effectively accomplished in one stage, according to new research published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine.

Benzocaine Wipes Are Possible Treatment Premature Ejaculation, Study Suggests

July 17, 2017

Benzocaine, a topical local anesthetic, could be useful in the treatment of premature ejaculation (PE), experts say.

Videogames Might Influence Male Sexual Function, Study Reports

July 10, 2017

Researchers have found a possible correlation between videogames and men’s sexual health. Their preliminary study, published online last month in Journal of Sexual Medicine, found that men who play videogames more than an hour each day are less likely to have premature ejaculation (PE) and more likely to have decreased sexual desire when compared to “non-gamers.”

Cardiac Patients May Have Sexual Problems, but Relationships Usually Strong

July 3, 2017

Patients with cardiac disease often have sexual problems, such as erectile dysfunction and low desire, and orgasm difficulties. However, new research in the Journal of Sexual Medicine suggests that such problems do not necessarily harm patients’ relationships with their partners.

Bariatric Surgery Improves Erectile Function, Review Finds

June 26, 2017

Men who have bariatric surgery often see improvements in their erectile function, according to a recent analysis in Sexual Medicine Reviews (published online in May as an article in press).

Cyproterone Acetate Offers Treatment Alternative for Adolescent Trans-Girls

June 19, 2017

Using cyproterone acetate (CA) is a safe and well-tolerated approach for treating gender dysphoria in adolescent trans-girls, according to new research published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine.

Oral ED Drugs Not Linked to Melanoma, Study Finds

June 12, 2017

Oral erectile dysfunction (ED) drugs do not appear to cause melanoma, according to a new meta-analysis published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

Dapoxetine for Premature Ejaculation Has High Discontinuation Rate

June 5, 2017

Dapoxetine is a safe and effective treatment for premature ejaculation (PE), but it has a high discontinuation rate, according to new research.

Fewer Than Half of Cancer Patients Receive Information on Sexual Function Risks with Cancer Therapy

May 29, 2017

In a recent study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, less than half of 200 cancer patients surveyed said they had received information on sexuality from their healthcare providers before starting treatment. Past research suggests that such conversations are more likely to occur after patients finish treatment.

Inflammatory Biomarkers Connected to Sexual Activity and Quality of Life

May 22, 2017

Sexually active older adults tend to have less inflammation and, in turn, a higher quality of life, suggests a recent Journal of Sexual Medicine study.

Patients Report High Satisfaction with Sex-Reassignment Surgery

May 15, 2017

Male-to-female sex-reassignment surgery had high satisfaction rates among a group of German patients with gender dysphoria, new research reports.

External-Beam Radiation Therapy May Have “Neglected” Side Effects, Study Suggests

May 8, 2017

Men who undergo external-beam radiation therapy (EBRT) for prostate cancer may develop a number of side effects, most notably erectile dysfunction (ED) and urinary problems. However, lesser-known side effects, such as issues with orgasm, need attention as well, according to new research.

Researchers Investigate Mindfulness as a Promising, Non-invasive Treatment for FSD

May 1, 2017

Mindfulness could be a viable approach for treating female sexual dysfunction, suggests a recent study in Sexual Medicine Reviews.

Testosterone Trials Investigate Testosterone’s Effects on Four Outcomes

April 24, 2017

Four studies published recently in JAMA and JAMA Internal Medicine provide new insights on the effects of testosterone therapy on various health outcomes, including memory, bone density, anemia, and coronary artery plaque volume.

Botox Might Benefit Men with Erectile Dysfunction (ED)

April 17, 2017

Although more research is needed, injections of onabotulinum toxin A – Botox – could be a viable therapy for men with erectile dysfunction (ED), according to a recent commentary in the Journal of Sexual Medicine.

Psoriasis, but not Eczema, Linked to Erectile Dysfunction

April 10, 2017

The prevalence and risk of erectile dysfunction (ED) is higher in men with psoriasis than in men with atopic dermatitis, according to a recent study in the Journal of Sexual Medicine.

Transgender Women Satisfied with Vaginoplasty, Study Finds

April 3, 2017

A recent study of transgender women found that most were satisfied with vaginoplasty procedures, according to a new study in the Journal of Sexual Medicine. In addition, the new genitalia responded well to tests of sensitivity.

Penile Length Could Be Recovered Within Year of Prostatectomy

March 27, 2017

After radical prostatectomy, many men experience a temporary shortening of the penis. But they could regain most of that length, if not all, within a year, according to new research.

Survey: Vulvar and Vaginal Atrophy “Under-recognized”

March 20, 2017

Vulvar and vaginal atrophy (VVA) affects up to two-thirds of postmenopausal women, but many of them are unaware that it is a medical condition, according to a recent survey.

STI Risk Reduced With Post-Sex Doxycycline in Men Who Have Sex With Men

March 13, 2017

Studies suggest that the incidence of bacterial sexually-transmitted infections (STIs) is on the rise among men who have sex with men (MSM). However, new research shows that taking doxycycline, an antibiotic, within 72 hours after condomless sex could lower the risk.

Stem Cell Studies for ED, Peyronie’s Encouraging, But More Research Needed

March 6, 2017

In recent years, many studies have investigated the use of stem cells in treatments for male sexual problems, such as erectile dysfunction (ED) and Peyronie’s disease. While many of these projects show some promise, further study is needed before such therapies can be deemed beneficial, according to a recent article in Sexual Medicine Reviews.

For Obese Men, Sexual Improvements May Be Evident One Month After Bariatric Surgery

February 27, 2017

Obese men could see improvements in erectile and urinary function as early as one month after bariatric surgery, according to a recent study.

Surgeon Experience Associated with Penile Implant Infection Rates

February 20, 2017

Recipients of inflatable penile prostheses (IPPs) are less likely to need reoperation if their surgeons are “high volume implanters,” according to a study published last summer in the Journal of Urology.

Transgender Women Satisfied with Neoclitoris, Study Reports

February 13, 2017

Patients who have male-to-female gender reassignment surgery (GRS) tend to be satisfied with the function of their neoclitoris, according to a recent Journal of Sexual Medicine study.

For Nonstandard Shift Workers, Sleep Quality Might Affect Hypogonadal Symptoms, Sexual Function

February 6, 2017

Men who work nonstandard shifts and have poor sleep quality may be more likely to have hypogonadal symptoms and sexual problems, according to new research.

“Encouraging Results” Found in Study of Laser Treatment for Vulvar Pain

January 30, 2017

Micro-ablative fractional CO2 laser treatment applied to the vulvar vestibule could relieve pain for women with vestibulodynia and genitourinary syndrome of menopause (GSM), according to a recent pilot study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine.

Statistically Significant Improvements Seen in Men Undergoing Shockwave Therapy for ED

January 23, 2017

Men who receive low-intensity extracorporeal shockwave therapy (Li-ESWT) for erectile dysfunction (ED) see greater improvement than those who receive a sham therapy, according to a new report in the Journal of Sexual Medicine.

Referring Transgender Patients for Optimal Care

January 16, 2017

Stigma, comfort level with a physician, and barriers to care are just some of the considerations healthcare providers need to make when referring transgender patients to medical specialists, according to a recent commentary in the AMA Journal of Ethics.

Cyberpornography Causes Varying Levels of Distress Among Users, Study Suggests

January 9, 2017

people, but some may need interventions to address compulsions and distress, according to a new Journal of Sexual Medicine study.

Scientists Suggest Testosterone Threshold for Cardiovascular Risk

January 2, 2017

Middle-aged and elderly men might be at higher risk for heart disease when their testosterone levels drop below 440 ng/dL, according to a recent study in the Journal of Sexual Medicine.

Study Examines Risk of Blood Clots in U.S. Transgender Women

December 26, 2016

Transgender women undergoing cross-sex hormone therapy in the United States have a low incidence of venous thromboembolism (VTE), according to new research in the Journal of Sexual Medicine.

Use of Penile Traction Therapy, Vacuum Erection Devices, and Vascular Surgery for ED

December 19, 2016

Erectile dysfunction can be treated in a number of ways, including the use of penile traction therapy, vacuum erection devices, and vascular surgery. Last month, the Journal of Sexual Medicine published a review of the latest developments in these particular approaches and offered recommendations for each.

Experts Discuss Use of High-dose Phenylephrine for Ischemic Priapism

December 12, 2016

Using higher doses of phenylephrine appears to have good results in a small series of men with ischemic priapism, according to a recent study in the Journal of Sexual Medicine.

Mastectomy Improves Quality of Life for Transmen, Study Reports

December 5, 2016

Undergoing a mastectomy can improve body image, self-esteem, and quality of life for transmen, according to new research published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine.

Experts Discuss Latest Research in Nonsurgical Treatment of Peyronie’s Disease

November 28, 2016

Peyronie’s disease (PD) can be difficult to treat, but new research on nonsurgical approaches is encouraging, according to a recent review.

Orgasm Source Not Related to Women’s Sexual Function or Mental Health

November 21, 2016

A new Journal of Sexual Medicine study reports that two sources of a woman’s orgasm – the clitoris or the vagina – appear to have no bearing on her sexual function, satisfaction, depression, or anxiety.

Researchers Call For “Integrated Approach” for Better Sexual Function in Diabetic Men

November 14, 2016

An “integrated approach” in of treatment men with type 2 diabetes could result in better sexual function and less depression, according to new research by a team of Italian researchers.

5ARIs Associated with Sexual Dysfunction in Men with BPH but not Androgenic Alopecia, Study Suggests

November 7, 2016

While 5α-reductase inhibitors (5ARIs) are considered safe and effective, a recent meta-analysis by Chinese researchers suggests that BPH patients who take them could be at risk for sexual side effects.

Exercise Might Alleviate Premature Ejaculation

October 31, 2016

Men with premature ejaculation (PE) may benefit from more physical activity, Finnish researchers say. However, more study is needed before clinicians can recommend more exercise as a treatment approach.

Canadian Researchers Find Association Between ED and Glaucoma

October 24, 2016

Men with glaucoma are over two and a half times more likely to have erectile dysfunction (ED) compared to men without glaucoma, according to a new study by Canadian scientists.

Researchers Discuss Latest Developments in Gender Reassignment Surgery

October 17, 2016

With the growing acceptance of gender dysphoria, more patients are seeking gender reassignment surgery nowadays. To update clinicians’ knowledge, a research team from Ghent University Hospital in Belgium discussed many of these surgical approaches in a recent literature review.

Shockwave Therapy with “Second-generation” Device May Help Men with Erectile Dysfunction (ED)

October 10, 2016

Low-intensity shockwave therapy (LISWT) can be a safe, effective treatment for men with erectile dysfunction (ED) who don’t respond to oral ED medications, according to a recent Sexual Medicine report.

Men with ED More Likely to Develop Osteoporosis

October 3, 2016

Men with erectile dysfunction (ED) are over three times more likely to develop osteoporosis than men with normal erections, according to researchers from Taiwan.

Erectile Dysfunction Drugs Not Linked to Prostate Cancer Diagnoses, Study Reports

September 26, 2016

Phosphodiesterase type 5 (PDE5) inhibitors, which are prescribed to treat erectile dysfunction (ED), do not appear to reduce the risk of developing prostate cancer, according to new research published in the Journal of Urology.

For Most Women, Hysterectomy Does Not Affect Sexuality

September 19, 2016

Most women who have a hysterectomy see no dramatic changes in their sex lives, according to a recent commentary published by Israeli researchers in the Journal of Sexual Medicine.

Study Links Vitamin D Deficiency to Erectile Dysfunction

September 12, 2016

Researchers from the United States have found a possible connection between vitamin D deficiency and erectile dysfunction (ED).

Premature Ejaculation: Survey Yields Differences in Clinician Understanding

September 5, 2016

Premature ejaculation (PE) is one of the most common sexual health problems for men, with estimated prevalence rates of up to 30%. However, sexual health experts view the definition and management of PE in different ways, according to the results of a recent survey.

Metabolic Syndrome Affects Sexual Function in Older Women, Study Says

August 29, 2016

Metabolic syndrome affects sexual function in older women, according to a new study by American scientists.

“More Effective” Advice on Sexual Activity May Benefit Patients with Coronary Heart Disease

August 22, 2016

While coronary heart disease (CHD) does appear to impact sexual activity, researchers from University College London called this impact “limited,” adding that “more effective” advice could benefit patients, according to a new study in the journal Heart.

Mediterranean Diet Might Improve Sexual Function in Men and Women with Type 2 Diabetes

August 15, 2016

Following a Mediterranean diet – one rich in plant-based foods, olive oil, and fish – might benefit the sexual health of men and women with type 2 diabetes, according to a new study in Diabetes Care, the journal of the American Diabetes Association.

Many Factors Contribute to Female Orgasmic Difficulties

August 8, 2016

An estimated 10% to 40% of women have trouble reaching orgasm, experts say. But what factors contribute to this problem? New research suggests that arousal, distress, and latency to orgasm are important factors to consider.

Experts Discuss Adult-Onset Hypogonadism in Literature Review

August 1, 2016

A panel of experts has developed a “conceptual framework” for the diagnosis, treatment, and management of adult-onset hypogonadism (AOH) – low testosterone levels in middle-aged and older men.

Researchers Find Connection Between Low Testosterone and CP/CPPS

July 25, 2016

Researchers from Korea have found a possible link between low testosterone and chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome (CP/CPPS).

Women Share Their Experiences With Lichen Sclerosus and Sexual Pain

July 18, 2016

Vulvar surgery might alleviate sexual pain in women with lichen sclerosus (LS), but preoperative sexual counseling is important, according to a new Journal of Sexual Medicine study.

Peyronie’s Disease Might Affect Both Partners, Study Says

July 11, 2016

Women whose partners have Peyronie’s disease often experience sexual dysfunction themselves, according to new research published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine.

Study Finds High Rates of Sexual Dysfunction Among Adolescents

July 4, 2016

Adolescents between the ages of 16 and 21 have high rates of sexual problems, with about 80% of sexually active adolescents reporting a sexual problem within the past two years, according to a team of Canadian and American researchers.

Therapy May Offer Safe Approach for Penile Implant Infections – Experts Urge Caution However

June 27, 2016

Men who develop infections related to penile implant surgery may benefit from conservative antibiotic therapy, according to new research published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine.

Age, Causes of Infertility Impact Women’s Sexual Health

June 20, 2016

Recently, a group of American scientists studied the sexual impact of infertility on women and discovered that age and cause of infertility are important factors to consider.

Water Vapor Thermal Therapy Can Preserve Sexual Function While Treating BPH-LUTS

June 13, 2016

Convective water vapor thermal therapy may be a viable treatment for men with benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) who suffer from lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS), new research suggests.

Study: Testosterone Therapy Does Not Increase Aggressive Prostate Cancer Risk

June 6, 2016

Testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) does not appear to increase a man’s risk for aggressive prostate cancer, according to a team of American and Swedish researchers.

After Prostate Cancer Surgery, Restoring Erectile Function Does Not Always Lead to Satisfaction

May 30, 2016

Does restoration of erectile function after prostate cancer surgery equal overall sexual satisfaction? Not necessarily, according to a new study in the Journal of Sexual Medicine.

Survey Provides Insights on CCH Injections for Peyronie’s Disease

May 23, 2016

A recent survey of 100 members of the Sexual Medicine Society of North America (SMSNA) provided some insight on the prevalence of adverse events associated with intralesional injections of collagenase clostridium histolyticum (CCH) - a nonsurgical option for treating Peyronie’s disease.

Erectile Dysfunction is More Common in Adult Survivors of Childhood Cancer

May 16, 2016

Men who have survived childhood cancer are at higher risk for erectile dysfunction (ED), according to an American research team.

Improved Positivity and Communication Improves Symptoms of Vestibulodynia

May 9, 2016

Developing positive thoughts about penetration and improving communication between sex partners could help women with provoked vestibulodynia.

Testosterone Therapy Might Decrease Cardiovascular Risk in Some Men

May 2, 2016

New research suggests that in older men with low testosterone and coronary artery disease, testosterone replacement therapy might protect against cardiovascular events like heart attacks, strokes, and death.

Hyaluronic Acid Injections May Benefit Men With Peyronie’s Disease

April 25, 2016

A pilot study investigating intralesional injections of hyaluronic acid for treatment of Peyronie’s disease has shown “encouraging preliminary results,” according to Italian researchers.

Gay and Bisexual Men with Prostate Cancer May Need Targeted Support

April 18, 2016

Prostate cancer affects gay and bisexual (GB) men in different ways than their heterosexual counterparts, according to a new study in the Journal of Sexual Medicine.

Recommendations Made on Hormonal Aspects of Female Sexual Dysfunction

April 11, 2016

A team of experts have made 10 recommendations concerning hormones and female sexual dysfunction (FSD).

Fewer Side Effects with Dapoxetine in Men with Premature Ejaculation

April 4, 2016

Men who take dapoxetine (DPX) for premature ejaculation appear to have low rates of treatment emergent adverse events (TEAEs), according to new research published in The Journal of Sexual Medicine.

Diet Rich in Flavonoids Linked to Reduced ED Risk

March 28, 2016

Researchers have found a connection between a flavonoid-rich diet and reduced risk of erectile dysfunction (ED).

Operative Vaginal Delivery Associated with Poorer Sexual Function in New Mothers

March 21, 2016

Operative vaginal delivery might be linked to poorer sexual function for women after childbirth, according to new research published in The Journal of Sexual Medicine.

Men’s Awareness of ED Risk Factors Is Low

March 14, 2016

A team of Polish researchers reports that men with ischemic heart disease have “worrying low awareness” of modifiable risk factors for erectile dysfunction (ED).

Testosterone Therapy May Benefit Men Over Age 65

March 7, 2016

Treating older men with testosterone can improve their sexual function and mood, according to new research published February 18th in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Erectile Dysfunction Does Not Predict Atrial Fibrillation, Scientists Report

February 29, 2016

Erectile dysfunction (ED) is not independently associated with atrial fibrillation, according to researchers from Taiwan.

ED Drugs Do Not Raise Risk for Prostate Cancer Recurrence, Study Says

February 22, 2016

Men who take phosphodiesterase type 5 (PDE5) inhibitors for erectile dysfunction (ED) are not at higher risk for biochemical recurrence of prostate cancer, according to new research.

Dyslipidemia a Risk Factor for Female Sexual Dysfunction

February 15, 2016

Dyslipidemia – an impaired lipid profile – is an independent risk factor for female sexual dysfunction, according to researchers from Italy.

Many Men are Unaware of Sexual Issues after Prostatectomy

February 8, 2016

Men often have “unrealistic expectations” about their sexual function after radical prostatectomy, according to a team of American and Turkish researchers.

For Men Who Have Sex With Men, Sexual Issues After Prostate Cancer Need Special Attention

February 1, 2016

After prostate cancer treatment, men who have sex with men (MSM) have sexual concerns that aren’t always addressed by healthcare providers and standard assessment tools, according to researchers from Canada and Australia.

Earlier First Sexual Encounter Is Associated with Higher STI Risk

January 25, 2016

There is an association between sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and age of first intercourse among South Korean adolescents, researchers report.

Link Found Between Androgen Deprivation Therapy and Alzheimer’s Disease in Men with Prostate Cancer

January 18, 2016

Researchers have found an association between androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) for prostate cancer and increased risk for Alzheimer’s disease, according to a recent study in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.