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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.

Gene Therapy Trial Uses Blue Light to Treat Erectile Dysfunction

May 25, 2015

Swiss scientists from ETH Zurich have developed a gene therapy that uses blue light to induce erections. It is hoped that this therapy may eventually be used to treat erectile dysfunction (ED).

Age and Muscle Tone Correlated with Female Sexual Dysfunction

May 18, 2015

Age and high pelvic floor muscle tone seem to be correlated with sexual dysfunction for women undergoing pelvic floor physical therapy, scientists report.

Study Examines Comparative Efficacy, Side-Effects of PDE5 Inhibitors

May 11, 2015

When men consider taking phosphodiesterase type 5 (PDE5) inhibitors for erectile dysfunction (ED), they often have questions. Will the drug work? If so, how effective will it be? Will there be side effects?

Screening ED Patients for Cardiovascular Disease Could Result in Substantial Savings

May 5, 2015

Screening men with erectile dysfunction (ED) for cardiovascular disease could save $28.5 billion in the United States over 20 years, according to American researchers.

Sleep Important for Young Women’s Sexual Health

April 27, 2015

Sleep may affect a woman’s sexual desire, genital arousal, and likelihood of having partnered sex the following day, according to a recent Journal of Sexual Medicine study.

Acupuncture Protocol Considered “Feasible” for Treatment of Vulvodynia

April 20, 2015

Researchers from the United States and China reported development of an acupuncture prescription point that may benefit women with vulvodynia.

South African Surgeons Perform World’s First Penile Transplant

November 4, 2011

A team of South African scientists from Stellenbosch University and Tygerberg Hospital has performed the world’s first penile transplant, which appears to be a success.

Four New Studies: No Link Between Testosterone and Cardiovascular Risk

April 6, 2015

In the midst of controversy, four new studies have found no link between testosterone therapy and cardiovascular risk.

PDE5 Inhibitor Use Might Increase Risk of Biochemical Recurrence after Radical Prostatectomy

March 30, 2015

Men who undergo radical prostatectomy are often prescribed phosphodiesterase type 5 (PDE5) inhibitors to treat erectile dysfunction (ED) after surgery. However, a team of German scientists recently found an association between PDE5 inhibitor use and biochemical recurrence of prostate cancer in this population.

Women with pain during sexual intercourse are more satisfied with encouraging & supportive partners

November 8, 2011

Women with provoked vestibulodynia (PVD) may feel more relationship and sexual satisfaction when their partners encourage and support them during sexual intercourse, according to Canadian researchers.

US FDA Calls for Testosterone Label Changes; Experts Debate Cardiovascular Risks

March 16, 2015

On March 3, 2015, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that new labeling requirements for FDA-approved testosterone products.

Sickle Cell Men are Five Times More Likely to Develop ED with Recurrent Ischemic Priapism

March 9, 2015

Men with sickle cell disease, a blood disorder, are more likely to develop erectile dysfunction (ED) as a result of “minor” instances of recurrent ischemic priapism (RIP), according to researchers from the Johns Hopkins University.

Sexual Issues Are Among Cancer Survivors’ “Unmet Needs”

March 2, 2015

Physical and personal control problems, which may include sexual issues, are among the “unmet needs” of cancer survivors, according to a new study by American scientists.

Malleable Penile Implants Treat Refractory Ischemic Priapism at Lower Cost

November 10, 2011

Using malleable penile implants is an effective way to treat refractory ischemic priapism (RIP), American researchers say. It is also a less expensive approach that requires fewer hospital resources.

Pelvic Floor Exercises May Improve Sexual Function for Women with Urinary Incontinence

November 13, 2011

New research suggests that pelvic floor muscle exercises (PFME) could alleviate sexual problems for women with urinary incontinence.

Low Testosterone in Men with Erectile Dysfunction or Peyronie’s Disease

February 9, 2015

A team of researchers from the University of North Carolina has compared the prevalence of low testosterone in men with erectile dysfunction (ED) and men with Peyronie’s disease (PD) and found no significant differences.

Shockwave Therapy for Erectile Dysfunction: New Research

February 2, 2015

Low-intensity extracorporeal shockwave therapy (LI-ESWT) may be helpful in treating erectile dysfunction (ED) of organic origin, Danish and British researchers report.

Vaginal Electrical Stimulation

January 26, 2015

Vaginal electrical stimulation (VES) could be effective for treating sexual dysfunction in women without pelvic floor disorders, but more research is needed, Turkish scientists report.

Many Heart Patients Not Counseled About Sex After Myocardial Infarction

January 19, 2015

Most younger patients don’t receive counseling about sex after acute myocardial infarction (AMI), according to a team of researchers from the United States and Spain.

Premature Ejaculation and Chronic Prostatitis/ Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome

January 12, 2015

Screening for chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome (CP/CPPS) should be routine in men with premature ejaculation (PE) – and vice versa – according to a pair of Korean researchers.

Statins and Men’s Sexual Health

January 5, 2015

Taking statins does not appear to increase the risk of gonadal or sexual dysfunction, according to a team of American researchers.

PDE5 Inhibitor Udenafil’s Effects on Cognition, Depression, and Somatization

December 29, 2014

Patients with erectile dysfunction (ED) might benefit from a daily dose of udenafil to improve cognition, depression, and somatization – as well as ED.

Treatment Targets Molecule Linked to Prostate Cancer Growth

December 22, 2014

Scientists have found a treatment that could stop prostate cancer tumor growth. While the treatment has been tried only in mice, the research may be an important step in fighting this disease.

Assessing Sexual Fantasies

November 11, 2011

What types of sexual fantasies are considered unusual? A group of Canadian researchers set out to answer this question in a recent Journal of Sexual Medicine study.

Testosterone Replacement Therapy Does Not Raise Cardiovascular Risk, According to Study

December 8, 2014

Testosterone replacement therapy is not associated with higher risk for major adverse cardiac events (MACEs), according to research presented last month in Chicago at the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions conference.

Sexual Function After Risk-Reducing Salpingo-Oophorectomy

November 30, 2014

An intervention that incorporates cognitive behavioral therapy and sex education may be helpful for women’s sexual function after risk-reducing salpingo-oophorectomy (RRSO), American researchers report.

Penile Prosthesis Pump Malfunction

November 24, 2014

About 8% of men receiving a particular penile prosthesis experienced a “pseudo-malfunction” related to the device’s pump, according to a report published in Urology last month.