Menopause is the point of time in a woman’s life when she stops having her period. It is defined as not having a menstrual cycle for 12 months. There is also a transition time leading up to menopause called perimenopause, during which women may experience lighter and less frequent periods as well as symptoms such as hot flashes, mood swings, night sweats, headaches, vaginal dryness, and others.
Having sexual intercourse for the first time at a younger age has been shown to be associated with adverse sexual health outcomes. However, the authors of a recent study contend that defining a person’s sexual debut as the first time they have intercourse offers a narrow view of their sexual development and experiences. Therefore, they decided to reexamine the sexual health outcomes of a younger sexual debut using broader definitions of each variable.
The prostate is a walnut-sized gland that is responsible for producing seminal fluid (the fluid that sustains and carries sperm). It is located between the bladder and the penis, and it wraps around the urethra, which is the tube that allows urine to flow out of the body.
Social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram are increasingly popular vehicles of communication. Given their widespread use and influence on individuals and society, it is no wonder that these sites have an impact on various aspects of our lives. According to a recent study, social media may even have an effect on our sex lives.
Pregnancy is a time of great physical and hormonal change for women. These physiological changes naturally impact a woman’s sexuality as well, which may result in changes in sexual frequency and other sexual behaviors.
The electric vibrator was invented in the late 1880s by an English physician named Joseph Mortimer Granville. Originally, it was designed to be used as a tool to relieve male patients’ muscle aches and pains. However, some historians claim that physicians used vibrators as an efficient way to deliver “pelvic massages” to women who had been diagnosed as hysterical, a process they had previously been conducting manually.
Explicit motor imagery (EMI) is the technique of thinking about moving without actually moving. It is a method that is sometimes used for chronic pain management to help individuals gradually alter their brain’s response to pain.
You may be experiencing anejaculation and/or retrograde ejaculation. Anejaculation occurs when a man does not release semen from his penis when he orgasms. This could be due to failure of emission, which is when the semen fails to enter the urethra. Alternatively, it could be due to retrograde ejaculation, which is when the neck of the bladder does not fully close during ejaculation, allowing the semen to flow back into the bladder instead of out of the penis.
Sexual aversion was defined as a disorder in the fourth, text-revised edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV-TR). By this definition, sexual aversion disorder was “a persistent or recurrent extreme aversion to, and avoidance of, all or almost all genital sexual contact with a sexual partner (Criterion A), causing marked distress or interpersonal difficulties (Criterion B).”
We depend on our members to volunteer their time and expertise to carry out the mission and work of the society, and to keep moving the field of sexual medicine forward.
Membership in an active committee allows for greater recognition within the society, develops a network of other committee members and is a FAST-TRACK way to academic success. The relationships built within an active committee can be lifelong professional and personal friendships.
So, if you are looking to enrich your ISSM experience and contribute to the field of sexual medicine in a new and rewarding way, now is your chance! We are accepting applications for openings for members on the following committees:
- Bylaws Committee; responsible for the creation and maintenance of the organization’s bylaws.
- Communication Committee; dedicated to the optimal sharing of scientific information and news related to the field of sexual medicine among ISSM members. The committee is also tasked with providing state of the art information to the public through the official ISSM website, the ISSM Newsletters, and social media.
- Developing Countries Committee; set up projects and ideas to improve knowledge and develop educational activities on sexual medicine in developing countries.
- Education Committee; to fulfil the needs of the members by making quality and diverse educational opportunities available to as many members of the association as possible. A specific obligation is to expand the ISSM University as a curriculum and guideline in sexual medicine that can be disseminated globally. Members of the education committee are also incorporated into the working group for the ISSM Webinar Series and the ISSM Podcast Series.
- Ethics Committee; to recommend and/or review proposed changes to the Code of Conduct, create an Ethical Vision Statement and to provide advice in cases ethical matters arise within the Society.
- Finance & Audit Committee; to ensure the preparation of the annual budget and financial statements of the Society, and oversee the administration, collection, and disbursement of the financial resources of the organization.
- Grants & Prizes Committee; to review ISSM grants, scholarships and meeting prizes and make recommendations to the Board of Directors, based on a written and by the officers approved protocol for assessment and evaluation of grants and prizes.
- Membership Committee; works in partnership with the Board of Directors and Executive Office to develop and execute member recruitment and retention strategies and to provide advice regarding membership-related processes.
- Publication Committee; to oversee the development and production of ISSM’s publications, including the journals (JSM, SM, SMR, VJPU) and any other newsletters, guidelines, or documents. To provide direction to editors and the staff concerning format, schedule, market and distribution, etc. concerning these publications.
- Research & Development Committee; The mission is to study, develop and update standards, guidelines and systematic reviews in sexual medicine.
- Young Researchers Committee; To develop research projects as much international as possible with a broad vision that will meet the requirements for publication in the ISSM journals.
- Young Trainees Committee; To establish a network of trainees in this platform where they will understand the scope of ISSM for their research and training. The YTC will try to communicate with the regional affiliated societies of ISSM to conduct training and support to the young members of ISSM.
Applications will be accepted through Tuesday, November 1, 2022 at 11:59pm CST. Descriptions of the committees can be found through the following link: https://www.issm.info/about/committees
Membership on ISSM’s committees is open to all professionals with an interest in the field of human sexual medicine and science, holding current membership in ISSM. The intent is for the committee members to mirror the geographic diversity of the ISSM Membership.
Members added to ISSM committees as a result of this Call for Committee Members will have a term start date of January 1, 2023. Terms will end on December 31, 2024.
To be considered for committee service, please submit your application through this link, where you will be asked to fill in:
- Your name, area of practice, credentials and affiliation
- Name of the committee to which you are applying
- A brief statement of interest explaining why you are interested in serving on the committee, including any relevant experience you have to the work of the committee
- A brief professional biography (max. 250 words)
- Your resume/CV
- Submit Conflict of Interest Form
Only complete applications will be forwarded to the review committee for consideration.
If you are selected, ISSM will notify you in a formal invitation to serve, beginning of December 2022.
The call will be open until November 1, 2022.
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a degenerative disease that affects the central nervous system. When a person has MS, their immune system attacks the protective covering of their nerves, damaging the avenues of communication between the brain and the body. Common symptoms of MS are vision problems, sensory loss, tingling, numbness, muscle spasms, tremors, lack of coordination, fatigue, dizziness, bladder and bowel dysfunction, and sexual dysfunction.
In 2010, the World Association for Sexual Health (WAS) established World Sexual Health Day, which has been celebrated each September 4th since then. Initially, the idea behind World Sexual Health Day was to create greater social awareness about sexual health as well as to reduce and eventually eliminate the stigma around discussing sexuality.