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Latest News from the ISSM - December 20, 2013 Member Login
ESSM-EFS Congress Begins January 29 in Turkey

The European Society for Sexual Medicine (ESSM) and the European Federation of Sexology (EFS) will hold a joint congress in Istanbul from January 29 to February 1, 2014.

The scientific program offers four days of lectures, workshops, symposia, and round tables for sexual medicine professionals. Important sexual medicine exams will also be given at this time. 

Registration is open now.  Please click here for more details on the congress.

ISSWSH Meeting Planned for February in San Diego

The International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health (ISSWSH) will hold its 2014 annual meeting February 20 - 23 in San Diego, California, USA.  

The meeting program is still being finalized at this time, but updates will be posted here.  Attendees would like to register early may do so here.   

2014 Membership Renewal

As 2014 approaches, we would like to again thank you for your continued support and loyalty to the International Society for Sexual Medicine. It is you, the membership community, who drives and shapes the ISSM.

In order to ensure that you will have uninterrupted access to all of ISSM's membership benefits, including the Journal of Sexual Medicine, we kindly ask you to pay your ISSM membership dues for 2014 in a timely manner either through one of our affiliated societies or directly with us through this link. Of course, if you have already paid your membership dues, we thank you.

Also, if your contact information has changed, please take a moment to update it through Your ISSM Membership.

Low Prolactin and Sexual Problems in Older Men

European researchers suggest that low prolactin levels in older men may contribute to sexual problems.

Their study, which was published online in October in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, investigated the clinical, psychological, and sexual effects of prolactin on participants in the European Male Aging Study (EMAS).  

Almost 3,000 men between the ages of 40 and 79 participated.  Their mean age was 60 years.

The men completed questionnaires to assess quality of life, level of depression, adverse life events, and sexual function. Researchers also measured levels of prolactin, testosterone, HDL cholesterol, triglycerides, and glucose.

Lower levels of prolactin were found in men with higher body mass indexes and higher glucose levels.  Men who felt unhealthier and those who got little physical activity also had lower prolactin levels. 

In this study, lower levels of prolactin were associated with sexual problems, especially the enjoyment of orgasm. This finding contrasts with previous research, which has found that higher prolactin levels impaired sexual function.

To learn more about this study, please click here.

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