Pelvic pain occurs in the lower abdomen and pelvis. It can be caused by several different conditions in people with male and female reproductive systems.
In our 9th episode of the ISSM Podcast, Leonor de Oliveira talks about sexual boredom. Listen to this interesting talk, hosted by Shelly Varod (Israel), a certified sex therapist and member of the ISSM Podcast Team, supported by Sameena Rahman, Cobi Reisman, and Karl Pang.
Prostate cancer treatments often have a negative impact on a man’s sexual function. However, to date, most of the research on prostate cancer and sexual dysfunction centers on erectile dysfunction, even though this cancer and its treatments may cause other sexual difficulties.
An undescended testicle is a testicle that has not moved from the abdomen (where it develops in a fetus) into the scrotum (the bag of skin located behind the penis). While it is not common, premature babies are at higher risk of having an undescended testicle, and it occurs in an estimated 1 in 25 baby boys.
Pregnancy causes several physical and hormonal changes in a woman’s body. These changes can have an impact on the expectant mother’s sexuality and sexual function.
Prostate cancer is a common type of cancer in men. While advancements in treatments have led to much higher survival rates (specifically 5-year survival rates of 97% and 93% in the U.S. and Canada, respectively), prostate cancer and its treatments can have a big impact on a man’s sexual functioning.
In episode 8 of the ISSM Podcast, Dr. John Mulhall talks about how to maintain a sex life with cancer. Listen to this informative talk, hosted by Shelly Varod (Israel), certified sex therapist and member of the ISSM Podcast Team, supported by Sameena Rahman, Cobi Reisman, and Karl Pang.
Sometimes, an uncircumcised man or boy may find that it is difficult to pull back the foreskin of their penis. This is due to a medical condition called phimosis.
Menopause is a transition that occurs for women in mid-life when their monthly menstruation cycle stops. When this happens, the body’s estrogen levels drop, which can cause hot flashes and night sweats (vasomotor symptoms), vaginal dryness, pain with intercourse, and changes in mood.
Oral cancer is a cancer that affects any part of the mouth including the lips, tongue, gums, inner cheeks, roof or floor of the mouth, or back of the throat. While many of the risk factors for oral cancer are not related to sex, (e.g., tobacco use, heavy alcohol use, a weakened immune system, and excessive sun exposure to the lips,) the sexually transmitted human papillomavirus (HPV) causes about 70% of oropharyngeal cancers (a specific type of oral cancer). HPV can be spread to the mouth and throat through oral sex.
Sexual dysfunction, mental health issues, and relationship dissatisfaction are often interrelated issues. Past studies have shown a relationship between relationship quality and sexual satisfaction that is bidirectional, meaning that it occurs in both directions. If a person is satisfied in their relationship, they are more likely to be satisfied with their sex life and vice versa. On the other hand, if a person is dissatisfied in their relationship, they are more likely to experience sexual dissatisfaction.
In episode 7 of the ISSM Podcast, Dr. Tami Rowen talks about the impact of female contraceptives (birth control) on one’s sexuality. Listen to this informative talk, hosted by Shelly Varod (Israel), certified sex therapist and member of the ISSM Podcast Team, supported by Sameena Rahman, Cobi Reisman, and Karl Pang.