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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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CO2-Laser Therapy May Be Beneficial for Women With Genitourinary Syndrome of Menopause

Sexual Health Topics: Women’s Sexual Health

Genitourinary Syndrome of Menopause (GSM) is a condition that is estimated to affect about half of all postmenopausal women. It occurs when the decline in estrogen that accompanies menopause causes undesirable changes in the urogenital system such as vaginal and vulvar dryness, itchiness, burning, and frequent, urgent, and/or painful urination.

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Chronic Stressors and Their Impact on the Sexual Functioning of African American Women

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

In the short term, stressful situations prompt alertness and focus, allowing people to deal more effectively with the challenge at hand. However, ongoing stress can result in an overactive nervous system, which is disruptive to the body’s natural processes and can leave a person more vulnerable to mental and physical health issues.

The Impact of Social Connectedness on Mental Health for Transgender Youth During COVID-19 Pandemic

The Impact of Social Connectedness on Mental Health for Transgender Youth During COVID-19 Pandemic

Sexual Health Topics: Mental Health & Psychology, Sexual Orientation & LGBTQIA+ Health

Social support and social connectedness have been shown to be protective against mental health disorders like anxiety and depression because people are better able to deal with difficult situations when they have the support of others. Unfortunately, past research has shown that transgender people may have lower levels of social support than other individuals. What’s more, social connectedness for people around the world was negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, which necessitated social distancing to contain the spread of the virus.

The Role of Automatic Thoughts in Processing Sexual Stimuli for Women With Depression

The Role of Automatic Thoughts in Processing Sexual Stimuli for Women With Depression

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

There is a well-established association between depression and sexual dysfunction in both men and women. Although many factors influence this association, experts generally agree that depression affects individuals’ cognitive processes, altering their attention, perception, and evaluation of events, which has the potential to impair sexual experiences.

Is There an Association Between Migraine and Erectile Dysfunction?

Is There an Association Between Migraine and Erectile Dysfunction?

Sexual Health Topics: Men’s Sexual Health

A migraine is a neurovascular headache that is often characterized by severe throbbing pain, nausea, and sensitivity to light and sound. Sometimes, migraines are accompanied by other conditions such as depression, anxiety, gastrointestinal disorders, and/or chronic pain conditions. As they often recur in individuals, migraines can be disruptive and debilitating, leading to missed social engagements, lost time at work, and even a noticeable decrease in quality of life.

How Often Do Mental Health Care Providers Discuss Sexuality With Adolescent Patients?

How Often Do Mental Health Care Providers Discuss Sexuality With Adolescent Patients?

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

Ample scientific evidence suggests that youth who suffer from psychiatric disorders are more likely to experience difficulties during their sexual and gender identity development. Several factors may contribute to these difficulties, including feelings of low self-worth, trouble finding romantic partners, the sexual side effects of many psychotropic medications, and the higher-than-average prevalence of sexual trauma among individuals with mental health conditions. Nevertheless, sexuality remains an infrequently discussed topic between mental health care providers, adolescent patients, and patients’ parents.

Which Factors Influence Transmasculine Patients’ Preferences for Penile Reconstruction Surgical Technique?

Which Factors Influence Transmasculine Patients’ Preferences for Penile Reconstruction Surgical Technique?

Sexual Health Topics: Sexual Orientation & LGBTQIA+ Health

Phalloplasty and metoidioplasty are the two most common gender-affirming penile reconstruction procedures available to transmasculine patients at this point in time. For a phalloplasty procedure, the surgeon utilizes tissue from different areas of the patient’s body such as the forearm, thigh, and abdomen to construct a penis. Metoidioplasty involves releasing the clitoris from the tissues that hold it down and repositioning the genital tissues to create a neophallus, or “new penis.”

How Gender-Affirming Hormone Therapy Affects the Hormone Profiles of Transwomen Before Gender-Affirming Surgery

How Gender-Affirming Hormone Therapy Affects the Hormone Profiles of Transwomen Before Gender-Affirming Surgery

Sexual Health Topics: Sexual Orientation & LGBTQIA+ Health

Transgender individuals may decide to seek gender-affirming care to transition their physical characteristics to match their gender identity. Two standard gender-affirming treatment options are gender-affirming hormone therapy (GAHT) and gender-affirming surgery (GAS). Individuals may choose to use GAHT as a standalone therapy or in combination with GAS.

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