ISSM Uncovered Podcasts


Uncover the secrets of sexual health on the ISSM Uncovered Podcast! From personal stories to expert insights, tune into a friendly and informative space and continue your journey to a satisfying and healthy sex life.

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Episode 29: Episode 29: Exploring Intimacy: The Journey of Sensate Focus

Dive into the intriguing world of sexual health in this episode, where we discuss Sensate Focus and intimiacy. Join host Cobi Resiman and Francesca Tripodi  guide us through this topic.

Episode 28: Hypersexuality and Paraphilic Disorders

Dive into the intriguing world of sexual health in this episode, where we unpack the concepts of hypersexuality and paraphilic disorders. Join host Shelly Varod and Tillmann Krueger, Sexual Medicine Specialist and Psychiatrist guide us through these disorders.

Episode 27: Navigating Pelvic Surgery

Embark on a journey through the intricate landscape of pelvic surgery with our latest podcast episode, hosted by Shelly Varod, with special guest Fabio Castiglione, Pelvic Surgery Consultant, and Andrologist.

 Join us as we delve into the details of what pelvic surgery entails, specifically focusing on its impact on patients.

In this enlightening discussion, we unravel the nuances of post-surgery challenges, exploring issues such as incontinence and erectile dysfunction. Our expert guests shed light on how medication and the level of intimacy post-surgery play crucial roles in shaping the recovery journey.

Discover the intricacies of ED after pelvic surgery, understanding that its effects extend beyond the physical aspects of the procedure, all in this latest ISSM Podcast Episode.

Episode 26: Sexual Disgust

Listen to the latest ISSM Podcast, Charmaine Borg, an Assistant Professor at the University of Groningen joins Shelly Varod. In this insightful episode, we tackle the sensitive topics of sexual disgust. Listen in as we discuss disgust, negative experiences, and sex therapy.

Episode 25: The Benefit and Danger of Testosterone Therapy

Unlock the benefits and dangers of Testosterone Therapy with Landon Trost, urologist and member of the AUA Guideline Panel on Testosterone, in our latest episode! We tackle the burning questions about testosterone! What is it? Why do men need it? How does it shape the male body? And most importantly, what are the dangers of unnecessary testosterone use? It's a deep dive into testosterone and you don't want to miss it!

Episode 24: Exploring the Impact: Testosterone Supplementation and Its Potential Role in Women's Health

Dive into the intriguing realm of women's health with guest Linda Vignozzi as we unravel the possibilities of testosterone supplementation. Join us to uncover insights and discussions surrounding its potential role in enhancing well-being.

Episode 23: Navigating Male Infertility

In this eye-opening episode with a Professor of Urology and Chairman of the Young Researchers of the ISSM, we delve into the often overlooked topic of male infertility. Join us as we explore what male infertility is, uncover the common causes, and discuss how it can impact couples on their journey to parenthood. From diagnostic processes to breaking the stigma, we provide essential insights for those navigating the challenges of conception. Tune in for a candid conversation on "Navigating Male Infertility".

Episode 22: Empowering Intimacy: Navigating Sexuality and Disability

In this episode, with distinguished guest Rafi Heruti we confront a crucial and sensitive topic at the intersection of Rehabilitation Medicine and human connection: sexuality and physical disability. We explore the challenges faced by individuals dealing with physical disabilities, such as loss of a leg or spinal cord injury, and the profound impact it has on their confidence and sense of self. 

Many experience a sharp decline in self-assurance; their masculinity feels compromised, and social interactions become daunting. The fear of judgment often leads to isolation, and for some, this affects their willingness to pursue relationships and intimacy. The struggle with self-worth can severely impact their ability to engage romantically, leading to feelings of hopelessness. 

We delve into essential discussions about relationships, intimacy, and self-esteem in the face of physical disabilities. Our experts offer valuable advice not only for those directly affected but also for healthcare professionals seeking guidance on addressing sexual health in the context of disability. Join us for an insightful conversation aimed at empowering individuals, fostering understanding, and breaking barriers surrounding sexuality and disability. Don't miss this enlightening episode! 

Episode 21: Navigating ED Together: A Deep Dive into Intimacy and Connection

In this episode, with Francesa Tripodi a sexologist, We delve into a pressing issue affecting many couples: Erectile Dysfunction (ED). We explore how ED, especially among men over 40, can strain relationships. Stress, ongoing issues, and underlying health conditions often contribute to this challenge, making it crucial to address. 

We discuss the far-reaching impact on mental health, including anxiety, depression, and negative thoughts that affect not just men but also their partners. The feeling of loss of control and failure can be overwhelming. Additionally, we shed light on how ED can also be a potential sign of underlying health conditions, even a risk factor for heart disease. 

This episode navigates the journey of partners facing ED together. We explore the considerable distress it causes in both partners, emphasizing the importance of understanding and supporting each other. Men often experience a decrease in sexual desire, leading to a reduction in intimacy and feelings of attractiveness. Partners may grapple with questions of fidelity and may feel disconnected. 

Tune in to unravel the complexities of ED as we explore what it is, its psychological impact on the couple dealing with ED. 

Episode 20: The Secret Science of Orgasm

In this podcast hosted by Shelly Varod with special guest Jim Pfaus a Professor of Neuroscience, we explore the intricate pathways of the brain and the compelling psychological aspects that underpin this extraordinary phenomenon. Delving into the realm of neuroscience, we uncover the intricate mechanisms that define an orgasm, examining its role not only in reproduction but also as a powerful reward system within the human brain.

Discover the secrets hidden within the enigmatic waves of pleasure, as we discuss the profound impact orgasms have on our minds, bodies, and relationships. We unravel the complexities of this universal sensation, shedding light on the science that makes it such a revered and sought-after experience.

Join us as we navigate the uncharted territories of pleasure, exploring the science, psychology, and profound significance of orgasms in the human experience. This initiative is brought to you by our dedicated podcast team. Explore our previous episodes to discover more.

Episode 19: Exploring the Uncharted Territory of Female Sexual Pain

Join us for a compelling episode that delves into a topic often left unspoken: pain during sexual activity in women.

In this enlightening discussion, we have the privilege of hosting a distinguished guest, Johannes Bitzer, the former Chairman and Professor Emeritus of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University Hospitals of the University of Basel. With a career spanning decades, Johannes brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the forefront of this conversation.

Our conversation is fascinating as we explore the intersection of biology and psychology, where Johannes has spent years crossing and overlapping these two fields. This unique perspective sheds light on the intricate ways in which our bodies and minds intersect when it comes to sexual health.

From addressing the physiological aspects of female sexual pain to delving into the psychological factors that can contribute to it, we leave no stone unturned.

Tune in as we navigate this essential but often overlooked aspect of women's sexual health. Join us in breaking the silence surrounding female sexual pain and taking steps towards a healthier, happier, and more fulfilling intimate life.

The ISSM Podcast is an initiative of the ISSM Education Committee led by Coby Reisman and including team members Shelly Varod, Sameena Rahman, and Karl Pang.

Episode 18: What is Desire Discrepancy?

Join us as we delve into the "Desire Discrepancy" topic with renowned clinical psychologist, and sexuologist Marieke Dewitte, interviewed by our ISSM Podcast host Shelly Varod.  Listen now and enhance your understanding of this important aspect of sexual well-being.

This ISSM Podcast is a production of the ISSM Podcast Team with Cobi Reisman, Shelly Varod, Sameena Rahman and Karl Pang.


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