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.
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.
The SMSNA is committed to planning a safe, in-person 22nd Annual Fall Scientific Meeting in Scottsdale, Arizona, from October 21-24, 2021. The health and safety of SMSNA members and the greater community are of the utmost importance. As such, the SMSNA has published its COVID-19 protocols/requirements for attendance to this meeting here: https://www.smsna.org/annual2021/covid-19.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.