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A Longitudinal Look at the Impact of Lockdown on Sexual Health

A Longitudinal Look at the Impact of Lockdown on Sexual Health

Sexual Health Topics: Men’s Sexual Health, Women’s Sexual Health

Introduction

The COVID-19 pandemic prompted government-mandated lockdowns and social restrictions in countries all over the world. While lockdown measures helped to reduce the spread of this highly contagious virus, they also had an effect on many individuals’ mental and sexual health.

Overactive Bladder and Sexual Dysfunction in Women with Multiple Sclerosis

Overactive Bladder and Sexual Dysfunction in Women with Multiple Sclerosis

Sexual Health Topics: Women’s Sexual Health

Introduction

Multiple sclerosis (MS) affects a person’s central nervous system and damages neural pathways that carry information between the brain and the rest of the body. This nerve damage can cause several health issues including pain, fatigue, impaired vision, tremors, lack of coordination, unsteadiness, problems with bladder and bowel function, and sexual dysfunction.

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The Interplay of Substance Use, Depression, and Sexual Dysfunction in a German Population

Sexual Health Topics: Men’s Sexual Health, Women’s Sexual Health, Medications & Sexual Health, Mental Health & Psychology

Introduction

Depression is one of the most frequent health disorders in the world, according to the Global Burden of Disease (GBD). In fact, a 2017 GBD study revealed that approximately 258.2 million people worldwide were diagnosed with major depressive disorder (MDD) at the time of the study, and this number is almost certainly lower than the actual count, as depression is an underreported/underdiagnosed condition.

The Role of Attachment and Childhood Maltreatment in Provoked Vestibulodynia Treatment Outcomes

The Role of Attachment and Childhood Maltreatment in Provoked Vestibulodynia Treatment Outcomes

Sexual Health Topics: Women’s Sexual Health

Introduction

Provoked vestibulodynia (PVD) is the most common form of vulvodynia, occurring in an estimated 8%-10% of women of all ages worldwide. It is a chronic pain condition that results in painful sexual intercourse because PVD causes sharp, cutting, or burning pain for a woman whenever pressure is applied to the vestibule (PVD can even make putting in a tampon painful).

Problematic Pornography Use May Amplify Individual Differences Leading to Distress

Problematic Pornography Use May Amplify Individual Differences Leading to Distress

Sexual Health Topics: Men’s Sexual Health, Women’s Sexual Health, Mental Health & Psychology

Introduction

In recent years, there has been much debate in the medical/scientific community regarding the potential addictiveness of pornography. While some experts argue that pornography consumption can become an addiction in the form of a compulsive sexual behavior, others disagree and assert that pornography does not involve all of the components of an addiction and that the term “addiction” is too ill-defined to accurately describe this behavior. However, regardless of whether or not it can be addictive, there are instances in which excessive pornography use leads to personal and/or relational distress. For the purposes of the present study, this is referred to as problematic pornography use.

Differences in Sexual Response for Men During Partnered Sex and Masturbation

Differences in Sexual Response for Men During Partnered Sex and Masturbation

Sexual Health Topics: Men’s Sexual Health

Introduction

Sexual function is typically assessed within the context of partnered sexual activity for both men and women. Nevertheless, masturbation is a very common sexual activity that could provide valuable information about an individual’s sexual response/function. For example, determining if/how a person’s sexual response differs during partnered sex versus masturbation could have big implications regarding the potential causes of and possible treatments for any sexual dysfunctions. To this end, the authors of a recent Journal of Sexual Medicine study explored the differences in sexual response during masturbation and partnered sex for a large, multinational sample of men with and without sexual dysfunction.

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