ISSM's Sexual Medicine Reviews to be Indexed
How Might Peyronie's Disease Affect Female Partners?
Dear ISSM Members:
As Editor-in-Chief of Sexual Medicine Reviews (SMR), an official journal of ISSM, I am thrilled to share with you the news I have just received. SMR has been accepted by the National Library of Science to be indexed in MEDLINE/PubMed. Our publisher is working on setting up the content feed, so within weeks you should be seeing past and current manuscripts listed on PubMed.
I want to thank all of you who have supported SMR by writing, reviewing, and serving on the editorial board without knowing that we would eventually be indexed. Now we can move forward, assured that our journal will remain a vibrant contribution to the field of sexual medicine.
Congratulations to all,
Irwin Goldstein, MD
Editor-in-Chief, Sexual Medicine Reviews
Women whose partners suffer from Peyronie's disease often develop sexual problems of their own, according to Canadian researchers.
Their study, published online in May in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, involved 44 heterosexual couples who had been in a relationship for an average of 24 years. All of the men had Peyronie's disease. The women's average age was 53.
Both men and women completed questionnaires designed to assess their sexual satisfaction, relationship satisfaction, and emotional experiences. In addition, sexual function was evaluated with the International Index of Erectile Function (IIEF) and the Female Sexual Function Index (FSFI).
When comparing the women's scores to normative samples, the researchers found significantly lower levels of sexual satisfaction and lower mood. Average FSFI scores suggested female sexual dysfunction was present in the group.
However, average relationship satisfaction scores were in a normal range. It's possible that couples could still have strong relationships in spite of their sexual problems, the authors noted.
They encouraged clinicians to consider the impact of Peyronie's disease on the partner as well as the patient when treating such cases.
More details on the study are available here.