Sex Health Headlines
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Recent Sex Health Headlines
August 13, 2018
In clinical studies of sildenafil, some men are more likely to experience a placebo effect than others.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
June 25, 2018
New research recommends that men with psoriasis be screened for erectile dysfunction (ED).
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.
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.
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.
May 28, 2018
Perineal ultrasound could be useful in the assessment of some ejaculatory disorders, according to a recent Sexual Medicine Reviews study.
May 21, 2018
Clitoral adhesions can cause significant pain, and routine clitoral examinations could benefit women with sexual dysfunction, researchers say.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
April 2, 2018
Taking vitamin D might improve a man’s sexual health, suggests new research in the International Journal of Endocrinology.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
February 19, 2018
The healthcare needs of non-binary transgender individuals should be acknowledged, understood, and taken seriously, scientists say.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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).
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.
December 11, 2017
American men and women who use marijuana tend to have sex more often, a new Journal of Sexual Medicine study reports.
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.
November 27, 2017
Men with priapism may benefit from immediate penile prosthesis implantation (PPI), according to a recent review of medical literature.
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.
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.
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.
October 30, 2017
An estimated four in ten Chinese men over age 40 have erectile dysfunction (ED), researchers say.
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.
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.
October 9, 2017
New research in PLOS One reveals what types of sexual behaviors Americans find appealing, with romance and affection topping the list.
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.
September 25, 2017
A recent review of medical literature reveals “compelling associations” between men’s diet, eating habits, and sexual health.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
August 7, 2017
Low testosterone and associated health conditions are common in men who have had testicular cancer, according to new research.
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.
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.
July 17, 2017
Benzocaine, a topical local anesthetic, could be useful in the treatment of premature ejaculation (PE), experts say.
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.”
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
May 1, 2017
Mindfulness could be a viable approach for treating female sexual dysfunction, suggests a recent study in Sexual Medicine Reviews.
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.