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How Different Modes of Vaginal Delivery Affect Postpartum Sexual Function

How Different Modes of Vaginal Delivery Affect Postpartum Sexual Function

Sexual Health Topics: Women’s Sexual Health

A woman’s sexuality can change over the course of her life as a result of different life phases and/or life events. Pregnancy and childbirth have been shown to have a big impact on a woman’s sexual function. Research indicates that sexual function declines during pregnancy and typically does not fully recover to pre-pregnancy levels until about 12 months postpartum (Chayachinda, 2015).

Most Frequent Gender-Affirming Surgery Aftercare Needs

Most Frequent Gender-Affirming Surgery Aftercare Needs

Sexual Health Topics: Sexual Orientation & LGBTQIA+ Health

Transgender individuals, or people whose gender identity does not align with the sex that they were assigned at birth, may choose to transition through gender-affirming hormone therapy, gender-affirming surgery (GAS), or both. A recent survey of 27,715 transgender participants in the United States indicated that 25% of the respondents had undergone at least one GAS such as chest surgery (breast augmentation or mastectomy) or genital surgery (phalloplasty or vaginoplasty).

The Association Between Adult Separation Anxiety and Sexual Pain

The Association Between Adult Separation Anxiety and Sexual Pain

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

Vaginismus is a sexual pain disorder characterized by involuntary vaginal spasms that can make vaginal penetration difficult and painful. Although it was defined by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 4th edition (DSM-IV) as a distinct condition, the 5th edition (DSM-5) combines vaginismus and dyspareunia (painful intercourse) into one condition known as genito-pelvic pain/penetration disorder (GPPPD).

Could Frequent Pornography Use Affect a Person’s Sexual Health?

Could Frequent Pornography Use Affect a Person’s Sexual Health?

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

Pornography has become widely available in recent years with the advent of free online porn streaming sites. Its increased availability has sparked debate as to whether or not viewing pornography has an impact on a person’s sex life/sexual health. While some suggest that frequent pornography use may have a detrimental effect on a person’s relationships, sexual satisfaction, and even mental health (possibly contributing to depression), the research thus far has been limited in scope and often contradictory.

Erectile Aids: How Helpful Are They for Prostate Cancer Patients?

Erectile Aids: How Helpful Are They for Prostate Cancer Patients?

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

For many men who experience erectile difficulties after undergoing treatment for prostate cancer, erectile aids (EAs) such as oral medications (PDE5i), vacuum erection devices (VED), and intra-cavernosal injections (ICI) offer a means of achieving an erection post treatment. However, even though the majority of prostate cancer patients experience erectile difficulties for months, years, or indefinitely after treatment, some choose never to use EAs, and some who use EAs ultimately end up abandoning them.

Healthcare Experiences of People With Persistent Genital Arousal Disorder/Genito-Pelvic Dysesthesia

Healthcare Experiences of People With Persistent Genital Arousal Disorder/Genito-Pelvic Dysesthesia

Sexual Health Topics: Women’s Sexual Health

Persistent Genital Arousal Disorder/Genito-Pelvic Dysesthesia (PGAD/GPD) is a condition characterized by persistent, unwanted, and intrusive feelings of genital arousal that are not related to sexual desire. Symptoms may include lubrication, tingling, throbbing, and swelling of the genitals, and/or the feeling of being on the verge of orgasm. These sensations might be constant, or they may come and go, lasting for hours to days at a time.

The Effect of Mindfulness Training on Sexual Function of Iranian Breast Cancer Patients

The Effect of Mindfulness Training on Sexual Function of Iranian Breast Cancer Patients

Sexual Health Topics: Women’s Sexual Health, Cancer & Sexual Health (Oncosexology), Mental Health & Psychology, Sexual Health Management & Treatments

Breast cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer in the world. While it can affect both men and women, it occurs more frequently in women. It is the third leading cause of death in Iran, causing an average age of death in one’s 40s or 50s, but early detection and treatment can increase the survival rate of breast cancer patients.

Mental Healthcare Utilization of Transgender Youth and Their Cisgender Siblings

Mental Healthcare Utilization of Transgender Youth and Their Cisgender Siblings

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

Transgender individuals are people whose gender identity or expression does not align with the sex they were assigned at birth.

How Penile Cancer Impacts Sexual Function and Health-Related Quality of Life

How Penile Cancer Impacts Sexual Function and Health-Related Quality of Life

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

A cancer diagnosis of any kind can be very distressing for an individual, and the repercussions of such a diagnosis can have a significant impact on all aspects of a person’s life. What’s more, although cancer treatments can prevent the cancer from spreading and possibly eliminate it altogether, they often have negative short- and long-term consequences for patients. Patients who are aware of the possible side effects before undergoing treatment may be better equipped to manage them with the support of primary care physicians, oncologists, mental health specialists, and other health care professionals.

Is Appearance Satisfaction Linked to Sexual Function?

Is Appearance Satisfaction Linked to Sexual Function?

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

People who are satisfied with their appearance may have fewer sexual problems, suggests a recent Journal of Sexual Medicine study. 

Study Highlights Social Effects of COVID-19 on People Living With HIV

Study Highlights Social Effects of COVID-19 on People Living With HIV

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

During the COVID-19 pandemic, people living with HIV (PLHIV) may experience disruptions in care, poor mental health, economic insecurity, and discrimination, according to a recent review article in AIDS and Behavior. 

Helpline Could Benefit Potential Sex Offenders

Helpline Could Benefit Potential Sex Offenders

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

A telephone helpline may be an effective way to assist individuals at risk for committing sexual offenses, according to a new Journal of Sexual Medicine study.

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