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Latest News from the ISSM - October 17, 2014 Member Login
World Meeting a Success!

The World Meeting on Sexual Medicine concluded on October 12th, 2014. We were joined by more than 800 attendees representing 49 countries! Our attendees included urologists, primary care physicians, psychologists, physician assistants, advanced practice nurses, sex counselors, OB/GYNs, and other clinicians currently treating patients with sexual health issues.

Prizes Awarded at World Meeting on Sexual Medicine

We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2014 ISSM prizes awarded last week at the World Meeting on Sexual Medicine in São Paulo, Brazil: 

Zorg​niotti-Newman Prize

"Dyspareunia and sexual dysfunction following vaginal delivery in Thai primiparous women with second degree perineal tear: a prospective cohort study"

Authors: C. Chayachinda, A. Ungkanungdecha, J. Veeragul, and J. Jisabai

Emil Tanagho Prize

"Icariside II ameliorates erectile function in a rat model of bilateral cavernous nerve injury: Implications for activation of endogenous ste"

Authors: Y. Xu, R. Guan, H. Lei, H. Li, Z. Gao, and Z. Xin

Best Abstract Prize Male
"Cardiovascular risk associated with testosterone boosting medications: a meta-analysis of the available evidence"

Authors: G. Corona, E. Maseroli, G. Rastrelli, A. Isidori, and M. Maggi

Best Abstract Prize Female

"Development and validation of the PROMIS vulvar discomfort with sexual activity scales"

Authors: K. Flynn, K. Weinfurt, L. Lin, D. Jeffery, J. Reese, J., PROMIS Sexual Function Domain Group

Congratulations to all the winners on their excellent work!

FDA To Discuss Female Sexual Health October 27-28

On October 27th and 28th, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will conduct workshops on female sexual dysfunction. The October 27 meeting will be open to the public, giving patients and providers a chance to share their perspectives.

As leaders in sexual medicine, we need to take this opportunity to be politically active.

We have seen first-hand the benefit of medical treatments for male sexual dysfunction over the years. Those same benefits are much needed and deserved for female patients. Here is the chance for each of us to engage the FDA.

Take this opportunity to print out and post the announcement  for the workshop.

Attendees may show up in person or participate via webcast. Simply click here to register for attendance. This link also provides a list of discussion topics for the October 27 meeting.

Please note that the registration deadline is October 20, 2014.

Please encourage your patients to participate.

Multimorbidity Has a "Cumulative Effect" on Older Women's Sexual Health

American researchers report that having many chronic health conditions can have a "cumulative effect" on sexual health for middle-aged and older women.

In other words, the more chronic health conditions a woman has, the more likely she is to have sexual dysfunction.

The study focused on 1,997 women from California, USA (mean age 60.2 years). Each woman had a short physical exam and filled out questionnaires on her overall health and sexual health.

Seventy-one percent of the women had at least two chronic health conditions. Nineteen percent had five or more. Hypertension, hyperlipidemia, and arthritis were the most common conditions.  

Women with more than one condition were more likely to report low desire, low satisfaction, and less than monthly sexual activity. 

“These findings suggest that clinicians and researchers need to take into account the cumulative effects of chronic conditions on women’s sexual quality of life in middle and older age, rather than simply considering individual conditions in isolation,” the authors wrote.

The study was first published online in August in the Journal of Sexual Medicine. Please click here for more details. 

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