ISSM Offers Scholarships to ESSM School of Sexual Medicine & Advanced Course
BDSM Play Triggers Physiological Changes
Applications are now being accepted for 10 ISSM scholarships to the ESSM School of Sexual Medicine or the Advanced Course!
The ESSM School offers participants the opportunity to learn more about sexual medicine and clinical practice. Experienced clinicians can build their knowledge and skills in the Advanced Course.
These programs will be held November 6 - 15, 2020 in Budapest, Hungary.
ISSM members in good standing who are first-time attendees of either program may apply for the scholarships, which cover the full registration fee (tuition fees, meals, and accommodations). Attendees will cover their own travel expenses.
Application materials must be received by June 15, 2020. More information and instructions are available here.
BDSM play appears to affect levels of cortisol and endocannabinoids in its participants, a recent Journal of Sexual Medicine study reports.
However, the changes might be different depending on whether participants take on dominant or submissive roles.
The study focused on 35 couples who were observed during play at a BDSM club. Their blood test results were compared to 27 people who did not engage in BDSM or other sexual activity.
Researchers found that cortisol levels increased in submissive participants but not in dominants. Endocannabinoid levels also increased for submissives.
Dominant participants had higher endocannabinoid levels during power play activities only.
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