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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
January 9, 2017
people, but some may need interventions to address compulsions and distress, according to a new Journal of Sexual Medicine study.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
September 12, 2016
Researchers from the United States have found a possible connection between vitamin D deficiency and erectile dysfunction (ED).
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.
August 29, 2016
Metabolic syndrome affects sexual function in older women, according to a new study by American scientists.
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.
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.
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.
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.
July 25, 2016
Researchers from Korea have found a possible link between low testosterone and chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome (CP/CPPS).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
May 16, 2016
Men who have survived childhood cancer are at higher risk for erectile dysfunction (ED), according to an American research team.
May 9, 2016
Developing positive thoughts about penetration and improving communication between sex partners could help women with provoked vestibulodynia.
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.
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.
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.
April 11, 2016
A team of experts have made 10 recommendations concerning hormones and female sexual dysfunction (FSD).
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.
March 28, 2016
Researchers have found a connection between a flavonoid-rich diet and reduced risk of erectile dysfunction (ED).
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.
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).
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.
February 29, 2016
Erectile dysfunction (ED) is not independently associated with atrial fibrillation, according to researchers from Taiwan.
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.
February 15, 2016
Dyslipidemia – an impaired lipid profile – is an independent risk factor for female sexual dysfunction, according to researchers from Italy.
February 8, 2016
Men often have “unrealistic expectations” about their sexual function after radical prostatectomy, according to a team of American and Turkish researchers.
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.
January 25, 2016
There is an association between sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and age of first intercourse among South Korean adolescents, researchers report.
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.
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.
January 4, 2016
Surgeons at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine are getting ready to perform the first penis transplant in the United States.
December 28, 2015
Pelvic floor muscle training (PFMT) may improve erectile function and climacturia in men who have undergone prostatectomy, according to Belgian researchers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
October 12, 2015
New research published in Sexual Medicine provides insights into specific testosterone formulations and their long-term effects on men’s health.
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.
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.
September 21, 2015
New research involving spina bifida patients uses fMRI brain mapping to investigate sensation in a newly innervated penis.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
July 27, 2015
In time, a new type of penile implant may be available for men with erectile dysfunction (ED).
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.
July 13, 2015
European researchers have found that men with low free testosterone levels – but normal total testosterone levels – often have symptoms of hypogonadism.
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).
June 29, 2015
Type 2 diabetes affects vaginal physiology in postmenopausal women, according to a recent report in The Journal of Sexual Medicine.
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.
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.
June 8, 2015
A new study suggests that accepting the pain of provoked vestibulodynia (PVD) could help couples both sexually and psychologically.
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.