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Tarlov Cysts May Be Linked to Persistent Genital Arousal Disorder (PGAD)
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On August 28, during the World Meeting on Sexual Medicine, the ISSM will hold elections to fill the following vacant positions on the Board of Directors: President Elect, Secretary General, and two (2) Members-at-Large.
Below, you'll find statements from each candidate, addressing his or her professional and educational background, qualifications for leadership, and reasons for wanting to serve the ISSM:
Wayne Hellstrom, USA
Annamaria Giraldi, Denmark
Watcharaphol Kamnerdsiri, France
Luiz Otavio Torres, Brazil
Member at Large
Tarek Anis, Egypt
Gregory Broderick, USA
Emmanuele Jannini, Italy
Michal Lew-Starowicz, Poland
Kwangsung Park, Korea
The elections will take place during the ISSM business meeting on August 28 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the Chicago Ballroom VI / VII. The results will be announced immediately.
Tarlov cysts - fluid filled sacs that form on the sacral area of the spine - may be a cause of persistent genital arousal disorder (PGAD), according to American researchers.
Women with PGAD feel an ongoing sense of genital arousal, but without sexual interest. The condition can last for hours or days and usually causes distress.
The cause of PGAD is unclear. In this study, however, researchers found that two-thirds of their participants, women with PGAD, also had Tarlov cysts. Future research could investigate this link as a possible cause, the authors suggest.
The study was published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine. Click here to learn more about PGAD, Tarlov cysts, and the authors' findings.