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WAS Virtual Meeting – Early Registration closes on 31 July 2021!

Dear colleagues,

We’re really excited to welcome you to the 25th Congress of the World Association for Sexual Health in September 2021! https://was2021.org/programme

Connecting Virtually

WAS 2021 would have taken place in the beautiful city of Cape Town, South Africa. But due to COVID-19, travel restrictions and other uncertainties, the Congress will take place online.

This is NOT another boring webinar…

Access the Congress from anywhere on your phone, tablet or laptop.

Using award-winning software, we’ll present multiple tracks, lectures, discussions and sessions to attendees live. You will be able to build a personalised agenda; connect with other participants, sponsors and exhibitors; start conversations on and share photos, articles, and tips with the conference; find and connect with other attendees who share common interests and backgrounds; create virtual  meet-ups for specific groups, topics or discussions; participate in live polls and Q&A sessions; and even download conference documents.

Our software is designed to maximise connection, participation, community building and networking opportunities – just like you would experience at a live event.


 As we prepare to host you, we’d love to introduce you to Prof. Pedro Nobre, President of the World Association for Sexual Health, who has a personal message for you below.

Meet Prof Pedro Nobre
President of the World Association for Sexual Health

The Task Force behind making this amazing event possible is a team of dedicated experts in their respective fields. We’ll introduce each of them to you over the next few weeks.

Don’t forget to sign up before the Early Registration closes on 31 July 2021!

Register NOW

Are couples with unmet sexual needs less satisfied with their relationships overall?

Are couples with unmet sexual needs less satisfied with their relationships overall?

They might be less satisfied, but a willingness to compromise may improve the situation.

Study Compares Physical, Mental, and Sexual Health in Transgender and Cisgender Women

Physical, Mental and Sexual Health Among Transgender Women: A Comparative Study Among Operated Transgender and Cisgender Women in a National Tertiary Referral Network

Francesca Vedovo MD; Lisa Di Blas PhD; Francesco Aretus MD; Marco Falcone MD; Chiara Perin PsyD; Nicola Pavan MD; Michele Rizzo MD; Girolamo Morelli MD; Andrea Cocci MD; Chiara Polito MD; Giorgio Gentile MD; Fulvio Colombo MD; Massimiliano Timpano MD; Paolo Verze MD; Ciro Imbimbo MD; Carlo Bettocchi MD; Elisabetta Pascolo Fabrici MD; Alessandro Palmieri MD; Carlo Trombetta MD

Physical Therapy Improves Sexual Health in Gynecological Cancer Survivors

Physical Therapy Improves Sexual Health in Gynecological Cancer Survivors

Dyspareunia – painful intercourse – is common in gynecological cancer survivors. However, multimodal physical therapy could offer some relief, according to the authors of a recent Journal of Sexual Medicine study.

PRP Injections Could be Effective ED Treatment; More Research is Needed

Men with mild-to-moderate erectile dysfunction (ED) may benefit from intracavernosal platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injection therapy, a recent Journal of Sexual Medicine study suggests.

Present your latest research at WMSM 2021

Become part of the virtual 22nd World Meeting from November 19 to 21, 2021 and submit your abstracts.
This enables you to present your latest research virtually to an international audience!

The scientific committee welcomes the submission of abstracts for oral, video and poster presentations.
All abstracts presented at the meeting will be published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine.

Submission deadline: July 15, 2021

Submit your Abstracts 

For more information, please click here

Will you be the next ISSM prize winner?

Every two years the ISSM hands out a number of prestigious prizes to recognize and celebrate dedication and innovation in sexual medicine. The prizes will be handed out during the WMSM 2021 virtual meeting.

Four ISSM prizes will be awarded:

  1. The prestigious ISSM Zorgniotti-Newman Prize of USD 2500 will be awarded to the best paper (both basic and clinical research projects) on erectile dysfunction.
  2. The Female Sexual Dysfunction prize of USD 2500 goes to the best paper in Women’s Sexual Health.
  3. The ISSM Emil Tanagho Prize* of USD 2500 will be awarded to the best innovative research presented during the World Meeting on Sexual Medicine.
  4. NEW! The ISSM Mental Health Prize of USD 2500 will be awarded to the best paper on psychology/behavioral health.

Will you be among these distinguished prize winners?
In order to participate for the ISSM Zorgniotti-Newman Prize, the Female Sexual Dysfunction Prize and the ISSM Mental Health Prize, we invite you to submit your full paper to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before July 15, 2021.

*The Emil Tanagho Prize will be based on the abstracts (submitted via the regular abstract system) and not on a full paper.
The rules of publication of the Journal of Sexual Medicine (JSM) apply to your submission and it should be accompanied by an authorization letter for publication.

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Hormonal Treatment Linked to Higher CV Risk in Transgender Men

Hormonal Treatment Linked to Higher CV Risk in Transgender Men

Transgender men undergoing gender-affirming hormonal treatment (GAHT) should be monitored for cardiovascular risk, according to the authors of a recent Journal of Sexual Medicine paper.

Interview Prof Giraldi and Elsevier – How webinars are helping societies engage new audiences

Interview Prof Giraldi and Elsevier – How webinars are helping societies engage new audiences

As president of the International Society for Sexual Medicine, Prof Annamaria Girardi, MD, PhD, talks about how the ISSM has used webinars throughout the pandemic to connect with members and reach new audiences around the world.

Staying in touch with members and the wider scientific network has been a major challenge for societies during the Covid-19 pandemic. With the vast majority of in-person events cancelled, societies have had to find new ways of maintaining contact with their members and reaching out to new audiences.

Over the last year, the webinar has emerged as a vital tool for many societies, including the ISSM.
“The pandemic has pushed us to think of new ways of reaching our members, and this is a very effective way to achieve it,” said ISSM President Prof. Annamaria Giraldi, Professor of Clinical Sexology at the University of Copenhagen.

Click here to read the full interview

Study Examines Effects of Confinement on Sexual Function During COVID-19

To what extent might COVID-19 pandemic-related lockdown and social distancing mandates affect the sexual functioning of men and women?

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