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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.

Consensus Reached on Terminology and Classification of Persistent Vulvar Pain

January 11, 2016

Three medical societies have agreed on revised, evidence-based terminology and classification of persistent vulvar pain. The ISSM recently adopted the resulting document.

In New Clinical Trial, Surgeons Plan First Penis Transplant in the U.S.

January 4, 2016

Surgeons at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine are getting ready to perform the first penis transplant in the United States.

After Prostatectomy, Men May Benefit From Pelvic Floor Muscle Training

December 28, 2015

Pelvic floor muscle training (PFMT) may improve erectile function and climacturia in men who have undergone prostatectomy, according to Belgian researchers.

All Ejaculatory Disorders Need Attention, Study Suggests

December 21, 2015

While premature ejaculation (PE) has been the focus of much medical research, less is known about other types of ejaculatory disorders. A recent study by a team of U.S. scientists reveals that such disorders are common and, for over two-thirds of men, quite distressing.

Sexually Inactive Patients with Type 2 Diabetes Still Have Sexual Concerns

December 14, 2015

Middle-aged and older patients with type 2 diabetes are often not sexually active, but they may still have sexual concerns, according to Danish researchers.

Women Less Likely to Use Condoms with Anal Intercourse

December 7, 2015

Many American women engage in heterosexual anal intercourse (HAI), but are less likely to use condoms during these activities when compared to vaginal intercourse, according to American researchers.

Erect Penis Measurements More Accurate for Men with Small Penis Anxiety, Study Says

November 30, 2015

Measuring the penis in an erect state, rather than a flaccid one, is a more accurate way to determine length and girth, according to a recent Journal of Sexual Medicine study.

Over 40% of Women Experience “Post-sex Blues” at Some Point, Study Suggests

November 23, 2015

New research published in Sexual Medicine has shed some light on the prevalence of postcoital dysphoria (PCD) among a cohort of female university students.

Does Sex Trigger Heart Attacks?

November 16, 2015

Most patients can safely go back to having regular sex after a heart attack, experts say. And chances are, sexual activity will not trigger another heart attack.

Vortioxetine Has Fewer Sexual Side Effects Than Traditional Antidepressants, Study Reports

November 9, 2015

Patients who take vortioxetine for depression might have fewer sexual side effects than those who take other antidepressants, according to new research published in The Journal of Sexual Medicine.

Researchers Study Sexual Frequency After Vasectomy

November 2, 2015

Men who have undergone vasectomy have sex more frequently than their non-vasectomized counterparts, according to a new Journal of Sexual Medicine Study.

Men With Chronic Fatigue Syndrome at Higher Risk for Erectile Dysfunction (ED)

October 26, 2015

Researchers from Taiwan have found that men with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) are more likely to develop erectile dysfunction (ED) when compared to men without CFS.

Clitoral Pain Interferes with Daily Activities and Sexual Function

October 20, 2015

Pain in the clitoris (clitorodynia) has a dramatic impact on the sex lives of women, Canadian researchers report in the Journal of Sexual Medicine.

Researchers Study Long-Term Effects of Testosterone Gels, Injections, and Pellets

October 12, 2015

New research published in Sexual Medicine provides insights into specific testosterone formulations and their long-term effects on men’s health.

Men with Condom-Associated Erection Problems May Have Erection Problems Without Condoms, Too

October 6, 2015

Young men with condom-associated erection problems (CAEP) often have erection issues without condoms, according to new research published in The Journal of Sexual Medicine.

Over 17 Years, Rates of ED after Radical Prostatectomy Have Not Improved

September 28, 2015

Based on their review, the researchers estimated post-operative ED rates of 75-80% for most studies. They added that these rates have not fallen over the past 17 years.

Brain Adaptation to Penile Innervation in Spina Bifida Patients

September 21, 2015

New research involving spina bifida patients uses fMRI brain mapping to investigate sensation in a newly innervated penis.

Testosterone Therapy Does Not Affect Atherosclerosis or Sexual Function in Older Men

September 15, 2015

Atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) does not worsen when older men take testosterone. Therapy does not appear to improve sexual function or quality of life either, a recent study has found.

Positive Goals Lead to More Satisfying Sexual Relationships in Couples with Provoked Vestibulodynia

September 7, 2015

Types of sexual goals could be an important factor for the sexual well-being of couples coping with provoked vestibulodynia (PVD), according to new research by Canadian scientists.

Hypospadias Study Could Improve Men’s Genital Body Image

August 31, 2015

Many men who have had surgery to correct hypospadias are concerned about the appearance of their penis, especially to sexual partners. However, new research has found that women often consider corrected genitals to be just as normal-looking as those without hypospadias.

FDA Approves Flibanserin

August 19, 2015

On August 18th, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved flibanserin, a drug designed to treat acquired, generalized hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD) in premenopausal women.

ED Drugs Unlikely to Cause Melanoma, Study Says

October 16, 2011

After analyzing data from over 20,000 men, researchers from the United States, Sweden, and the United Kingdom have concluded that erectile dysfunction (ED) drugs most likely do not cause melanoma, a form of skin cancer.

Finasteride Use Associated with ED, Low Testosterone

August 10, 2015

Erectile dysfunction (ED) associated with long term use of finasteride for treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH – an enlarged prostate) appears to worsen, not resolve, with continued therapy, according to researchers from the Boston University School of Medicine.

Depression Affects Sexual Function in Patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease

August 4, 2015

A group of researchers from the Netherlands has investigated sexual function in patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), finding that depression is an important factor.

Researchers Address Penile Implant Malfunction Concerns with Non-hydraulic Option

July 27, 2015

In time, a new type of penile implant may be available for men with erectile dysfunction (ED).

Higher Ejaculation Frequency Might Protect Against Low Risk Prostate Cancer

July 21, 2015

Frequent ejaculation might reduce a man’s risk of prostate cancer, according to research presented in May at the annual meeting of the American Urological Association.

Free Testosterone Could Be Key to Diagnosing Hypogonadism

July 13, 2015

European researchers have found that men with low free testosterone levels – but normal total testosterone levels – often have symptoms of hypogonadism.

4th International Consultation on Sexual Medicine Meeting a Success!

July 6, 2015

Over 300 sexual medicine specialists from around the globe met in Madrid, Spain last month for the 4th International Consultation on Sexual Medicine (ICSM).

Type 2 Diabetes Linked to Vaginal Changes in Postmenopausal Women

June 29, 2015

Type 2 diabetes affects vaginal physiology in postmenopausal women, according to a recent report in The Journal of Sexual Medicine.

Caffeine May Reduce Risk of Erectile Dysfunction

June 22, 2015

Consuming 170-375 mg of caffeine each day is associated with lower rates of erectile dysfunction (ED), according to a team of American and Greek researchers.

FDA Panel Conditionally Recommends Flibanserin Approval

June 15, 2015

On June 4, an advisory panel to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) voted 18-6 in favor of recommending the approval of flibanserin for treatment of hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD) in premenopausal women in the United States.

Pain Acceptance May Benefit Couples Coping with Provoked Vestibulodynia

June 8, 2015

A new study suggests that accepting the pain of provoked vestibulodynia (PVD) could help couples both sexually and psychologically.

Study Examines Testosterone, Cardiovascular Disease, and Atherosclerosis Risk

June 1, 2015

Low testosterone appears to be a marker for several cardiovascular risk factors, but there appears to be no direct association between testosterone levels and atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), individual cardiac events, or death.