An experienced advanced practice provider (APP) in the field of sexual medicine may have several strategies for providing quality sexual health care to patients. However, an APP at the start of their career or one who is working in another field of medicine may find it helpful to have a few techniques for overcoming barriers for providing sexual health care.
The SMSNA is proud to recognize its very own Dr. Rachel Rubin for her continued efforts in advocating for female sexual health care and research. This past month, Dr. Rubin was featured in both The New York Times and PBS News Hour to discuss her profession not only as a urologist, but also as a clitoris expert. When asked about the recent boost in exposure for the clitoris in mainstream media, Dr. Rubin stated, “It’s so exciting that female sexual medicine is getting some much-needed press.”
Dr. Bruno Nascimento discussed the evaluation of penile deformity in patients with Peyronie’s disease (PD) using 3D penile reconstruction imaging today at the ISSM/SMSNA Scientific Meeting on Sexual Medicine. He explained the feasibility and accuracy of 3D imaging as an assessment tool for PD, both of which were high according to a recent study of 4 PD patients undergoing penile surgery.
During the Surgery Abstracts session at the joint ISSM/SMSNA Scientific Meeting, Dr. Irwin Goldstein presented on an algorithm on the multidisciplinary step-care management and the outcomes of Tarlov cyst spine surgery for patients with persistent genital arousal disorder/genito-pelvic dysesthesia (PGAD/GPD). The management algorithm included the following steps:
Project SEXUS is a nationwide cohort study on sexual behavior and health in Denmark that launched in 2017. Dr. Christian Graugaard presented key findings from this study that shed light on the sexual landscapes of the general Danish population at the 23rd Annual Fall Scientific Meeting of SMSNA/23rd ISSM Scientific Meeting. Of note, 8 out of 10 respondents (and 9 out of 10 male respondents) indicated that a healthy sex life including masturbation was very important to them. However, just over half (55%) of the respondents rated their sex life as “good” or “very good.” These findings suggest that there could be a need for programs that enhance sexuality.
Erectile dysfunction (ED), or the consistent inability to get or maintain an erection that is firm enough for satisfactory sex, is a medical condition that can affect both a man and his sexual partner. When there is a change in one partner’s sexual functioning, it is important for the couple to acknowledge the change and communicate openly about how they would like to move forward. To do this, it is helpful for the two individuals to be on the same page.
The Sexual Medicine Society of North America (SMSNA) denounces the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade and supports the statement by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) which you can read here.
Ejaculatory disorders such as premature ejaculation (PE) and delayed ejaculation (DE) are often embarrassing and distressing concerns for patients and their sexual partners. Although less than 5% of men experience an ejaculatory disorder by the clinical definition, (i.e., an ejaculation latency time of less than two minutes for PE), more than 30% of men report experiencing PE. These men may feel that they have little to no control over when they ejaculate and find that they do so sooner than they wish to during sexual activity.
The SMSNA is proud to announce the 2022 Research Scholars award through the Urology Care Foundation and the AUA sponsored by the SMSNA!