ESSM, ISSWSH Plan Meetings in February
Shockwave Therapy Can Improve ED, Study Says
2017 is off to a busy start with two important meetings taking place in February.
First, the 19th Congress of the European Society for Sexual Medicine (ESSM) will be held February 2 - 4, 2017 in Nice, France. This event will offer lectures, workshops, round tables and more, covering a wide range of topics. See the Scientific Program here.
Second, the Annual Meeting of the International Society for the Study of Women's Sexual Health is planned for February 23 - 26, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. This year's theme, "The Embodied Mind," aims to "explore the core components of the mind-body relationship as they relate to female sexual expression, physiological milieu, resilience, and change," according to the meeting website.
Click here to see the full program.
Are you thinking about attending a conference later in the year? You can always find the latest information on upcoming meetings on the ISSM events page.
Low-intensity extracorporeal shockwave therapy (Li-ESWT) can benefit men with erectile dysfunction (ED), according to a recent review and meta-analysis published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine.
Li-ESWT is an experimental ED treatment that uses energy from acoustic waves to trigger neovascularization (the creation of new blood vessels) in the penis.
The report discussed seven randomized controlled trials published between January 2010 and March 2016. Each study used the erectile function domain of the International Index of Erectile Function (IIEF-EF) to compare the results of Li-ESWT with a sham treatment. Higher scores on the IIEF-EF indicate better erectile function.
Six hundred two men with an average age of 61 participated in the studies.
Overall, the pooled change in IIEF-EF scores for men who underwent Li-ESWT was an increase of 6.40 points, compared to 1.65 points for men in the sham treatment groups.
Age, comorbidities, and duration of ED can all influence results, the study authors noted.
They recommended further studies with longer follow-up and different treatment schedules.
More details on this study are available here.