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Challenging the Stigma Around Breath Play

Challenging the Stigma Around Breath Play

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

The BDSM (bondage-discipline, dominance-submission, and/or sadism-masochism) community has often faced stigma for their sexual preferences. In fact, past and present medical literature has described BDSM (or kink) as “bizarre,” “unusual,” and even indicative of a mental disorder or dysfunction.

How Might E-Cigarettes Affect Erectile Function?

How Might E-Cigarettes Affect Erectile Function?

Sexual Health Topics: Men’s Sexual Health

Electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, have become an increasingly popular method of consuming nicotine in recent years, especially among young adults. Designed to look similar to actual cigarettes, e-cigarettes are electronic devices that hold a solution containing nicotine and other flavored ingredients. This solution is turned into vapor when people activate the device and inhale, which is why the practice is known as “vaping.”

Transgender Men May Be Interested in Internal Erectile Prostheses but Have Concerns

Transgender Men May Be Interested in Internal Erectile Prostheses but Have Concerns

Sexual Health Topics: Sexual Orientation & LGBTQIA+ Health

Phalloplasty is a surgery in which the surgical team creates a penis and scrotum for the patient, the creation of which is known as a neophallus. This surgery may be used for men who have lost their penises due to injury or illness, but it is also a type of gender-affirming surgery for transgender men who wish to transition their genitals to align with their gender identity.

Could Chamomile Vaginal Gel Improve the Sexual Function of Postmenopausal Women?

Could Chamomile Vaginal Gel Improve the Sexual Function of Postmenopausal Women?

Sexual Health Topics: Women’s Sexual Health

Many women experience changes in their sexual function as they undergo menopause and the drop in estrogen that menopause causes. Estrogen is one of the main female sex hormones that supports vaginal lubrication and healthy vaginal tissues. As such, postmenopausal women may be more prone to vaginal dryness, decreased vaginal elasticity, vaginal itchiness, and discomfort or pain during sexual activity due to their decreased levels of estrogen.

How Can Sexual Medicine Become More Inclusive of Transgender and Non-Binary People?

How Can Sexual Medicine Become More Inclusive of Transgender and Non-Binary People?

Sexual Health Topics: Sexual Orientation & LGBTQIA+ Health

Many experts acknowledge that sexual function is an important component of a person’s overall health and therefore something that should be assessed and treated by health care providers. Nevertheless, most medical definitions of sexual function and the validated tools used to measure sexual function remain very cisgendered and heteronormative (i.e., dealing only with cisgender heterosexual sex). This situation highlights a major gap in the evaluation and treatment of sexual dysfunction in transgender, non-binary, and other gender diverse individuals.

Is Inflammatory Bowel Disease a Risk Factor of Erectile Dysfunction?

Is Inflammatory Bowel Disease a Risk Factor of Erectile Dysfunction?

Sexual Health Topics: Men’s Sexual Health

Erectile dysfunction (ED) is associated with several other medical conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, and more.

Sexual Imagery About a Long-Term Partner May Increase Desire and Infatuation

Sexual Imagery About a Long-Term Partner May Increase Desire and Infatuation

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

Declining sexual desire for one’s partner is a common, though sometimes frustrating part of long-term relationships. For individuals who wish to increase their sexual desire for their long-term partner, it may be helpful to have a few strategies at hand.

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Pornography Use in a Highly Religious Area

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

Pornography use has become more common in recent years, despite the fact that the majority of religious institutions do not approve of individuals using pornography. Within the context of most religions, pornography is thought to be a sin and is forbidden. Plus, many religious leaders discourage the members of their faith from viewing pornography.

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The Average Time It Takes to Regain Orgasmic Function After Vaginoplasty

Sexual Health Topics: Sexual Orientation & LGBTQIA+ Health

Gender-affirming vaginoplasty is a surgery to create a vaginal canal and vulva (including the clitoris) for transgender, non-binary, or gender diverse individuals who wish to align their physical characteristics with their gender identity. People who undergo gender-affirming vaginoplasty may have different goals or priorities related to their gender expression, the appearance of their genitals, and/or their sexuality when it comes to surgery. For some, the ability to orgasm after vaginoplasty is an important goal.

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How Might Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy for Prostate Cancer Impact Ejaculatory Function?

Sexual Health Topics: Men’s Sexual Health, Cancer & Sexual Health (Oncosexology)

Radiation therapy is a common treatment for prostate cancer. Unfortunately, it has been shown to negatively affect a man’s sexual function in some cases. In particular, the association between prostatic radiotherapy and erectile dysfunction (ED) is well documented, despite it generally showing better sexual health outcomes than radical prostatectomy (surgery to remove the prostate and surrounding tissues) in the short term.

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Prevalence of Gender Dysphoria in Japan, According to a Population-Based Survey

Sexual Health Topics: Sexual Orientation & LGBTQIA+ Health

Gender dysphoria is the distress that an individual may feel due to their gender identity not matching the sex they were assigned at birth. While gender dysphoria typically affects transgender and gender diverse individuals, it is important to note that not all transgender and gender diverse people experience it, nor does everyone seek gender-affirming care.

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The Impact of Refraining From Alcohol on Erectile Function

Sexual Health Topics: Men’s Sexual Health, Sexual Health Management & Treatments

The association between alcohol abuse and erectile dysfunction (ED) is well-documented in medical literature. Healthy erectile functioning relies on signals being passed effectively through the body’s nervous system and good blood flow to the penis, which are two processes that alcohol consumption can hamper (at least temporarily). In particular, chronic alcohol abuse has been shown to lead to an increase in erectile difficulties in men, though luckily these effects may be reversible.

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