Dyslipidemia Linked to Sexual Dysfunction in Women
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Italian researchers have determined that dyslipidemia - an impaired lipid profile - is an independent risk factor for female sexual dysfunction.
Their study, published last month in The Journal of Sexual Medicine, suggested that vascular issues associated with dyslipidemia could play a role. For example, atherosclerosis may lead to poor vaginal and clitoral engorgement.
The research team worked with 466 women between the ages of 42 and 58. A control group of 218 women had normal lipid profiles. The remaining women had at least one symptom of dyslipidemia.
The women completed questionnaires to evaluate sexual function, sexual distress, and mental disorders.
Based on these data, the women with dyslipidemia tended to have poorer sexual function and greater sexual distress.
The authors recommended cardiovascular screening for women with sexual dysfunction. In addition, physicians might consider asking women with cardiovascular risk factors questions about their sexual health.
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Fifteen travel stipends in the amount of USD 2,000 each are available for attendees of the 20th World Meeting on Sexual Medicine. The meeting will take place September 22-25, 2016 in Beijing, China.
Recipients will also receive free registration to the meeting. Allocation is based on need and applicants must meet specific criteria, including an abstract submission and written proof of a professional degree.
The application deadline is May 25, 2016. Complete details on the stipends may be found here.