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Race, Age, and Health Status May Predict Placebo Effect in Use of Erectile Dysfunction Medications

August 13, 2018

In clinical studies of sildenafil, some men are more likely to experience a placebo effect than others.

Sex Before Sports? Lower Extremity Muscle Force Not Affected, Study Finds

August 6, 2018

The notion that sex before sporting events affects athletic performance has long been debated. Are these concerns valid? Overall study results have been mixed, but new research suggests that for lower extremity muscle force, sex the night before activity has no effect.

Commentary: Growth Hormone Not Ready for Anti-Aging Purposes

July 30, 2018

Anti-aging clinics using growth hormone (GH) as a “fountain of youth” have become more popular over the years. However, this use needs more research, experts say.

Regular Coffee Intake Not Associated with Erectile Dysfunction, Study Finds

July 23, 2018

Regular coffee consumption does not appear to affect men’s erections, but decaffeinated coffee intake might, suggests a recent study in the American Journal of Epidemiology.

Review: Cardiometabolic Factors Have “Milder” Effects on Women’s Sex Health Compared to Men

July 16, 2018

An estimated 40% to 50% of women have at least one symptom of female sexual dysfunction (FSD), researchers say, but the association between cardiovascular risk factors and sexual health “appears milder” for women than for men.

Erectile Dysfunction More Than Doubles Risk of Heart Attack in Older Men, Study Finds

July 9, 2018

Men with erectile dysfunction (ED) are at higher risk for cardiovascular events, even when other risk factors, like cholesterol levels, smoking, and high blood pressure are considered, scientists report.

Consider Sexual Function Before Nerve-Sparing Prostatectomy, Experts Recommend

July 2, 2018

Men with good sexual function before surgery are more likely to benefit from nerve-sparing prostatectomy than those with poor function, suggests new research in the Journal of Urology.

Review: Men With Psoraisis at Greater Risk for ED

June 25, 2018

New research recommends that men with psoriasis be screened for erectile dysfunction (ED).

Poll Explores Sexual Health Among Older Adults

June 18, 2018

Just over three-quarters of older adults in the United States think that sex is important for romantic relationships, no matter what age a couple is, according to a recent poll.

Johns Hopkins Team Conducts First Penis and Scrotum Transplant

June 11, 2018

A team of eleven U.S.-based surgeons is “optimistic” that the world’s first total penis and scrotum transplant recipient will regain both urinary and sexual function.

New Technique Might Benefit Men with Priapism, Pilot Study Reports

June 4, 2018

The results of a pilot study show that a surgical technique called penoscrotal decompression (PSD) could be a viable way to treat cases of refractory ischemic priapism (RIP) that are not resolved with a distal shunt procedure.

Perineal Ultrasound a “Promising Platform” for Evaluation of Ejaculatory Dysfunction

May 28, 2018

Perineal ultrasound could be useful in the assessment of some ejaculatory disorders, according to a recent Sexual Medicine Reviews study.

Experts Recommend Routine Clitoral Exams

May 21, 2018

Clitoral adhesions can cause significant pain, and routine clitoral examinations could benefit women with sexual dysfunction, researchers say.

Following Guidelines Results in Better Survival with Penile Cancer

May 14, 2018

About 25% of men with penile cancer do not receive treatment in accordance with guidelines set forth in 2016 by the European Association of Urology (EAU), scientists report.

How Do Patients with Disorders of Sexual Development Feel About Their Gender?

May 7, 2018

Some patients with disorders of sex development (DSDs) experience gender dysphoria and desire to transition, according to new research in the Journal of Sexual Medicine.

Review Addresses Techniques for Assessing Peyronie’s Disease

April 30, 2018

When diagnosing Peyronie’s disease, there are a number of factors to consider, including the degree of curvature, the size and characteristics of plaques, the presence of pain, and the ability to have an erection suitable for intercourse...

Review Discusses Safety of Sexual Activity During High-Risk Pregnancy

April 23, 2018

When expecting couples are facing a high-risk pregnancy, they often wonder whether sexual activity is safe. A recent review of medical literature suggests there is little published data to guide them.

Men in Amazon Rainforest Remain Sexually Satisfied

April 16, 2018

Men in the Amazon city of Macapa, Brazil enjoy a high quality of sexual life, according to new research in Sexual Medicine.

Study Examines Prevalence of Gender Dysphoria in the Netherlands

April 9, 2018

The number of people seeking help with gender dysphoria has increased “exponentially” over the past several decades, experts say. And most who ultimately undergo gonadectomy do not regret their decision.

Vitamin D Important for Men’s Sexual Health, Study Finds

April 2, 2018

Taking vitamin D might improve a man’s sexual health, suggests new research in the International Journal of Endocrinology.

Early Rehabilitation With Sildenafil Benefits Men After RALP, Study Finds

March 26, 2018

Immediate penile rehabilitation with sildenafil may yield better results after prostatectomy than delaying the regimen, according to new research published in the Journal of Urology.

Men with Bipolar Disorder at Higher Risk for ED, Study Finds

March 19, 2018

Men with newly-diagnosed bipolar disorder are at higher risk for erectile dysfunction (ED) than men without the condition, scientists report in the Journal of Sexual Medicine.

Transmen Have More Complications After Phalloplasty, Review Finds

March 12, 2018

Compared to cismale patients, transgender men have higher rates of complications after phalloplasty, according to a study published in February in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Still, satisfaction rates were similar between the two groups.

Flavonoids Associated With Improved Erectile Function

March 5, 2018

Young men might be able to improve their erections by consuming more fruits and vegetables and fewer alcohol and dairy products, new research suggests.

Select Cholesterol, Blood Pressure Medications Not Linked to Erectile Dysfunction, Study Finds

February 26, 2018

Certain drugs used to control cholesterol and blood pressure don’t affect a man’s erectile function, according to recent findings in the Canadian Journal of Cardiology.

Study Discusses Demographics, Healthcare Access of Non-binary Trans Individuals

February 19, 2018

The healthcare needs of non-binary transgender individuals should be acknowledged, understood, and taken seriously, scientists say.

Counseling on Potential Penile Shortening Recommended

February 12, 2018

Unfortunately, some medical procedures can result in penile shortening. In a recent paper published by Sexual Medicine Reviews, researchers looked at various studies on penile size and the effects of surgical treatments for Peyronie’s disease, erectile dysfunction (ED), and prostate cancer.

Topical Gel Might Help Men With Erectile Dysfunction (ED)

February 5, 2018

MED2005, a topical gel, could be a viable on-demand treatment for erectile dysfunction (ED), according to a recent phase II trial.

High Satisfaction with Penile Implants after Prostatectomy

January 29, 2018

Men who receive penile implants after radical prostatectomy are generally satisfied with their sexual function, according to a new study of Australian men.

Study Examines Contributing Factors to Vaginal Pain (Vaginismus)

January 22, 2018

Vaginismus, a painful gynecological condition, is often associated with sexual abuse and relationship conflict, but a recent Journal of Sexual Medicine study suggests that these pathways may not be as prominent as originally thought.

Small Study Links Testosterone Therapy to Increased Anger in Transgender Men

January 15, 2018

Transgender men who undergo testosterone therapy as part of their female-to-male transition might experience more anger than they did before therapy, according to a new Journal of Sexual Medicine study.

Dutasteride/Tamsulosin Combo Treatment Could Have Sexual Side Effects in Men with BPH

January 8, 2018

Men who take a fixed-dose combination of dutasteride and tamsulosin to manage urinary symptoms associated with an enlarged prostate could be more likely to experience ejaculatory disorders, according to a recent study in BJU International.

Obesity and Sexual Function Discussed in Review

January 1, 2018

Obesity is a serious health issue that contributes to a wide range of medical problems, including sexual dysfunction. But how, exactly, does obesity affect sex?

Study Links Peyronie’s Disease to Cancer Risk

December 26, 2017

Men with Peyronie’s disease could be at higher risk for certain types of cancer. A study involving over 1.7 million men found higher risk of stomach cancer, melanoma, and testicular cancer among men with Peyronie’s disease when compared to men with erectile dysfunction (ED).

HSDD, Fecal Incontinence Linked to Aromatase Inhibitors

December 18, 2017

Aromatase inhibitors (AIs) are associated with hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD) and fecal incontinence in breast cancer survivors ten years after diagnosis, according to a recent Journal of Sexual Medicine study.

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.