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How Biases Can Impact Patient Outcomes

Today at the SMSNA Annual Fall Scientific Meeting during the APP Symposium, Lutricia Harrison, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, spoke on the topic of explicit and implicit biases and how they may impact patients.

How Biases Can Impact Patient Outcomes

Supporting Patients With Sexuality in the 4th Trimester

Often, health care professionals provide soon-to-be parents with a surfeit of information on what to expect during a pregnancy. However, once the baby is born, the flow of information pertaining to the parents’ health tends to fall off as the attention generally shifts to the well-being of the newborn.

Supporting Patients With Sexuality in the 4th Trimester

An Overview of the Sexual Response Cycle

For health care providers, it can be useful to have a general understanding of the sexual response cycle to properly diagnose, support, and treat patients who are dealing with sexual dysfunctions like erectile dysfunction, female sexual dysfunction, and anorgasmia.

An Overview of the Sexual Response Cycle

SMSNA Program at AUA2021 cancelled

The American Urological Association (AUA) recently announced that the AUA2021 is going virtual. In light of this change, the SMSNA has decided to cancel its 27th Annual Scientific Program from the virtual AUA2021 meeting. We are looking forward to a very successful 2022 AUA Annual Meeting with SMSNA Annual Scientific Program in New Orleans, LA in May 2022.

SMSNA Program at AUA2021 cancelled

The Penile Ultrasound: How Advanced Practice Providers Can Perform This Important Diagnostic Test

The penile doppler ultrasound (PDU) is a dynamic, noninvasive imaging modality that allows the depiction of normal penile anatomy and real-time measurement of pathologic changes. PDU can also provide insight into the arterial and venous hemodynamic condition of the penis. Thus, PDU is a valuable tool for evaluating and diagnosing various conditions such as Peyronie's disease (PD), erectile dysfunction (ED), penile trauma, and priapism. Advanced Practice Providers (APPs) are good candidates to perform this diagnostic procedure to establish appropriate medical management for patients.

The Penile Ultrasound: How Advanced Practice Providers Can Perform This Important Diagnostic Test

Guide for Taking a Sexual Health History

Sexual health is an important part of one’s overall health. A comprehensive sexual history can help a provider screen for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and other sexual health conditions and share information about risk reduction and family planning when appropriate. However, it may be more difficult to broach a conversation with a patient regarding sexual health than it is to discuss other health topics. Though each patient’s situation is unique, the following guide provides an example of approaching and obtaining a patient’s sexual health history.

Guide for Taking a Sexual Health History

Call for Volunteers - SMSNA Medical Student & Resident Committee

Call all student and resident members!

Recently the SMSNA leadership has made the decision to form a Medical Student & Resident Committee to help with serving the best interests of our student and resident members, including initiatives to improve education and networking opportunities, and guidance on pursuing a career path in sexual medicine. This committee will be comprised of student/resident members, under the advisement of Drs Amy Pearlman (Young Clinicians Committee Chair) & Hossein Sadeghi-Nejad (Immediate Past-President).

Call for Volunteers - SMSNA Medical Student & Resident Committee

ISSM 2020 Journal Impact Factors

Elsevier, the publisher of ISSM’s journals, has announced the latest impact factors for 3 of the publications. Impact factor is a ratio of the citations to a journal in the most recent year to a count of articles and reviews published in the journal in the prior two years.

ISSM 2020 Journal Impact Factors

Diagnosing Testosterone Deficiency in Men

Testosterone is the main male hormone and plays a significant role in a man’s health and wellbeing. Sometimes, men develop testosterone deficiency (TD) (or male hypogonadism), which can be caused by advancing age, medications (opioids), genetic disorders, obesity, and comorbid conditions like metabolic syndrome which can affect the hypothalamic-pituitary-testicular axis resulting in decreased testosterone production. TD often results in reduced libido, fatigue, depression, sexual dysfunction, body composition changes like increased body fat and/or muscle mass loss, and bone density changes, but symptomology varies from person to person.

Diagnosing Testosterone Deficiency in Men

SMSNA Publishes Position Statement on Restorative Therapies for ED

Current non-invasive treatments for erectile dysfunction (ED) include oral medications, intracavernosal injections, and vacuum-assisted devices. Though these therapies work well for many, a subset of patients have contraindications or are unsatisfied with these options. Restorative therapies for ED are a new frontier of treatments focused on regenerating diseased tissue and providing a potential “cure” for ED.

SMSNA Publishes Position Statement on Restorative Therapies for ED

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