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Latest News from the ISSM - January 26, 2018 Member Login
Why Might Women Have Vaginismus (Vaginal Pain)?

Women with vaginismus experience involuntary muscle spasms in the vagina at the start of penetration, making it difficult or impossible for intercourse to occur.

Experts have linked sexual abuse and relationship conflict to this condition, but new research in the Journal of Sexual Medicine suggests that these causes might not be as prominent. 

In the study, scientists compared both physical and psychological factors in 20 women with vaginismus and 235 women who did not have vaginismus but did have other forms of sexual dysfunction. 

In many ways, the two groups were similar, but women with vaginismus tended to have more pain and a greater likelihood for histrionic (e.g., emotional) traits.

Learn more about the study here. 

Get Ready for the World Meeting on Sexual Medicine!

With just a few weeks left before the World Meeting on Sexual Medicine, many of us are busily preparing for our trip to Lisbon. These links can help you plan: 

Registration. ​You can still take advantage of lower registration fees if your payment is received by February 14, 2018. 

Hotels. ​We have reserved rooms at several Lisbon hotels that are convenient to the meeting venue. 

Scientific Program. ​Browse the many workshops, symposia, and other sessions and add your choices to your calendar.

Practical Information. ​Get details on visiting Lisbon, including transportation, currency, visas, and health information. 

We're looking forward to seeing you all February 28 - March 3, 2018!  And remember, you can always find the latest updates on the meeting website. 

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