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Latest News from the ISSM - July 5, 2013 Member Login
New Issue of Sexual Medicine Reviews Now Available

The ISSM is pleased to announce that the July issue of Sexual Medicine Reviews is now available online.

This issue includes articles on a variety of topics, including penile prosthesis implantation and chronic priapism, low-intensity extracorporeal shock wave therapy, erectile function after prostate cancer treatment, coronary artery disease and erectile function, and animal models in the study of female sexual dysfunction. 

This issue also includes a history of the ISSM, which we know members will not want to miss. This article discusses the organization's beginnings and growth, biennial meetings, key leaders and officers, publications, prizes, and awards.

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Men's Self-Esteem Improves With PDE5i ED Treatment

A recent study by French researchers has found that men's self-esteem improves as their erections do. This can lead to a better quality of life for partners. 

The study examined the impact of three months of treatment with phosphodiesterase type 5 inhibitors (PDE5is).

Four hundred seventy-eight men with erectile dysfunction (ED), along with their partners, were involved in the study. They completed questionnaires to assess their self-esteem and sexual quality of life.

Researchers used the Erection Hardness Scale (EHS) to evaluate the degree of ED.  EHS rates erections on a scale of 1 to 4, with 4 indicating the most rigid erections.

Most men saw their EHS scores increase one or two points. By the end of the study, 58.3% of the men had an EHS score of 4.  Better erections correlated with better self-esteem and confidence.

The quality of sexual life for partners correlated with the patients' self-esteem scores and erection hardness.  Men were more compliant with their treatment when their partners were involved.

The study also examined the role of 229 general practitioners (GPs). The GPs were given training on ED before the study began and gave feedback on their experience at its conclusion.

Eighty-three percent of the GPs said the study had "changed their practice for the therapeutic management of patients with ED."

The study was published online in May in the Journal of Sexual Medicine.  Please click here to learn more.

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