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Latest News from the ISSM - December 21, 2012 Member Login
2013 Membership Renewal

On behalf of the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee, we would like to thank you for your continued support and loyalty to the International Society for Sexual Medicine. It is you, the membership community, who drives and shapes the ISSM.

In order to ensure that you will have uninterrupted access to all of ISSM's membership benefits, including the Journal of Sexual Medicine, we kindly ask you to pay your ISSM membership dues for 2013 in a timely manner either through one of our affiliated societies or directly with us through this link. Of course, if you have already paid your membership dues, we would like to thank you very much.

Please don't forget to share your news with us and we truly enjoy getting your feedback on our events and activities! Also, if any of your contact information has changed, don't forget to update it through Your ISSM Membership.

Happy holidays and all the best in the new year!

Depression and Sexual Function During Pregnancy

Depression may affect sexual function during early and late pregnancy, say Taiwanese researchers.

Their study, published online in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, examined data from 555 pregnant women in Taiwan.

Using the Taiwanese version of the Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale (CES-D), the researchers evaluated the women's depressive symptoms. Sexual function was assessed with the Female Sexual Function Index (FSFI), focusing on desire, arousal, lubrication, orgasm, satisfaction, and pain.

Overall, the researchers found that depressive symptom scores were “significant negative predictors of overall sexual function and of all FSFI domains.”

For women in early pregnancy, higher CES-D scores were associated with lower scores on the overall sexual function, arousal, lubrication, orgasm, and pain domains of the FSFI.

Women with higher CES-D scores during late pregnancy had lower FSFI scores in the sexual desire and satisfaction domains.

To learn more about this study and see more detailed results, please click here.

Q & A: Sex and Pregnancy

Many patients have questions about sex and pregnancy and we addressed some of them in our website's Q & A section this week:

How does pregnancy affect sex?

Will having sex during pregnancy hurt the fetus?

What sexual positions might be more comfortable for pregnant women?

Do you have a suggestion for a Q & A topic? Feel free to e-mail it to us at QandA@issm.info.

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