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Latest News from the ISSM - February 5, 2021 Member Login
Next ISSM Webinar Focuses on Oncosexuality

Sexuality in cancer survivors is the subject of the ISSM's next webinar.

ISSM President Annamaria Giraldi will introduce the session at 2 PM UTC on Thursday, February 25, 2021. 

Moderated by Sharon Bober, the webinar will include presentations by the following sexual medicine specialists:

- Lisanne Hummel (cancer survivorship and female sexual health)

- Eric Chung (cancer survivorship and male sexual health)

- Daniela Wittmann (the role of psychotherapy in patients with cancer and sexual dysfunction)

There will be a 30-minute Q & A session following the final presentation. 

We hope you'll join us!  Register today! 

Temperaments Affect Lifelong Vaginismus, Study Finds

Lifelong vaginismus is a "couple problem," say the authors of a recent Journal of Sexual Medicine study. And men's and women's affective temperaments may influence how they experience it. 

Vaginismus is caused by involuntary muscle spasms in the vagina that start upon penetration, making intercourse difficult or impossible. 

The study included 56 women with lifelong vaginismus and their male partners. A control group of 44 couples was also involved. 

All the participants completed questionnaires that assessed their sexual satisfaction, any symptoms of depression and anxiety, and affective temperament. 

Compared to their control group counterparts, women with lifelong vaginismus were more likely to have anxiety, depression, and sexual dysfunction. Male partners of women with vaginismus had higher anxiety levels and lower sexual satisfaction than men in the control group. 

The researchers also found that certain combinations of temperaments were associated with worse sexual function. Find out more.

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