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Latest News from the ISSM - February 1, 2013 Member Login
Women, Pubic Hair Removal, and Sexual Behavior

A new study has examined women's pubic hair removal practices and their effect on sexual behavior.

American researchers from Indiana University recruited over 2,400 women between the ages of 18 and 68 to provide daily online diary entries concerning pubic hair removal and sexuality. Diary entries for over 49,000 days were received.

About 15% of these days involved either shaving or waxing pubic hair. Shaving was by far the most common method used, accounting for 99% of pubic hair removal events.

Women were more likely to report sexual interest and use genital hygiene products on days they removed their pubic hair. They were also more likely to engage in certain sexual activities, such as vaginal fingering and having sex with a casual partner.

“Understanding how women feel about their genitals, and the ways that they manage, try to control, or try to otherwise change or enhance their genitals, can help clinicians, health educators, and sex educators interact with women on these topics with greater compassion and, hopefully, with greater effectiveness than in the past,” the authors wrote.

The study was published online in December in The Journal of Sexual Medicine. For more information, please click here

New Journal: Sexual Medicine

On January 10, the ISSM launched its newest journal, Sexual Medicine. Published by Wiley, this journal focuses on multidisciplinary clinical, basic, and epidemiological research to define and understand the basis of sexual function and dysfunction in diverse populations.

Sexual Medicine welcomes manuscripts on the following topics:

  • basic anatomy and physiology pertaining to human sexuality
  • pharmacology
  • clinical management of sexual dysfunction
  • epidemiological studies in sexuality, psychosexual and interpersonal dimensions of human sexuality
  • clinical trials

Sexual Medicine also acts as a venue for topics of regional or sub-specialty interest.

As an open access journal, Sexual Medicine will publish articles rapidly and make them freely available to read, download, and share. A publication fee paid by authors will defray the publishing costs.

To celebrate the launch of Sexual Medicine, all active ISSM members including joint APSSM, ESSM, ISSWSH, MESSM, SLAMS & SMSNA members are eligible to receive an 80% (!) discount on the article publication charge for a special introductory period!

Click here to learn more about publishing in Sexual Medicine. Further information about submitting a manuscript can be found here.

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