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This section is for health care providers looking for the latest info and news about topics in sexual health medicine.

Addyi: Information for Healthcare Providers

Addyi: Information for Healthcare Providers

The FDA requires a risk evaluation and mitigation strategy (REMS) to ensure that Addyi is prescribed and dispensed correctly.

New Penile Implant Type Could Benefit Men with ED

New Penile Implant Type Could Benefit Men with ED

Recently, a team of scientists from the Southern Illinois School of Medicine designed a pump-less penile prosthesis.

Testosterone Replacement Therapy Rarely Prescribed for Hypogonadal Men

Testosterone Replacement Therapy Rarely Prescribed for Hypogonadal Men

A recent study presented at the American Urological Association’s annual meeting last May suggests that providers aren’t prescribing TRT as often as we might think.

Delayed Ejaculation: Could Anandamide Help?

Delayed Ejaculation: Could Anandamide Help?

A new animal study out of Mexico suggests that the neurotransmitter anandamide might help.

Defining and Treating Premature Ejaculation

Defining and Treating Premature Ejaculation

How exactly, is premature ejaculation defined clinically? This question can be difficult to answer.

Suicide Risk among Genitourinary Cancer Patients

Suicide Risk among Genitourinary Cancer Patients

Researchers from the Medical College of Georgia-Georgia Regents University and Vanderbilt University Medical Center report that suicide risk among genitourinary cancer patients “poses a public health dilemma.”

Testosterone Controversy Continues

Testosterone Controversy Continues

Last week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced two labeling changes now required for prescription testosterone products.

Priapism

Priapism

Having a better understanding of priapism can help us explain it to our patients.

Vaginal Electrical Stimulation

Vaginal Electrical Stimulation

Can vaginal electrical stimulation (VES) be used to treat sexual dysfunction in women? Maybe, researchers say, although its effectiveness as a monotherapy isn’t totally clear.

Understanding Diabetic Neuropathy and Erectile Dysfunction

Understanding Diabetic Neuropathy and Erectile Dysfunction

Diabetic men are almost four times more likely to have ED. They also tend to develop it ten to fifteen years earlier and have more severe cases.

Restless Genital Syndrome and Restless Leg Syndrome

Restless Genital Syndrome and Restless Leg Syndrome

There might be a connection between restless genital syndrome and restless leg syndrome and a dopamine agonist could provide relief.

Making Pelvic Examinations Easier For Women

Making Pelvic Examinations Easier For Women

Today, we’ll look at some of the reasons women dread pelvic exams and offer some tips for making patients feel more at ease.

Estrogen, Metabolic Syndrome, and Erectile Function

Estrogen, Metabolic Syndrome, and Erectile Function

Estrogen might be more involved with erectile function than scientists thought.

Seed Brachytherapy and Erectile Function

Seed Brachytherapy and Erectile Function

In a recent study Australian researchers considered to what extent might brachytherapy patients experience ED

Peyronie’s Disease and Erectile Dysfunction

Peyronie’s Disease and Erectile Dysfunction

Study examines whether the degree of curvature and the direction of the curve had any role in vasculogenic ED in men with PD.

ED Drugs Before and After Prostate Cancer Diagnosis

ED Drugs Before and After Prostate Cancer Diagnosis

The degree to which prostate cancer patients use ED medications and the socioeconomic factors that drive this use have not been widely studied.

Erection Hardness Score

Erection Hardness Score

The Erection Hardness Score (EHS) can be a helpful tool to evaluate erectile dysfunction (ED) – a man’s inability to get or maintain an erection firm enough for sex.

Motivations for Labial Reduction Surgery

Motivations for Labial Reduction Surgery

What compels women to have this delicate, intimate surgery? A recent study in Sexual Medicine investigated women’s motivations.

Possible Causes of Early Onset Erectile Dysfunction (ED)

Possible Causes of Early Onset Erectile Dysfunction (ED)

Younger men develop ED, too. And the causes for this population might be different from those affecting their older counterparts.

Ospemifene for Vulvar and Vaginal Atrophy

Ospemifene for Vulvar and Vaginal Atrophy

Ospemifene offers postmenopausal women an alternative to estrogen treatments for VVA.

Testosterone Concerns

Testosterone Concerns

Testosterone therapy is not appropriate for every man. If your patients are thinking about taking testosterone, several concerns should be addressed.

Testosterone Gel and BMI

Some men replenish their testosterone through a prescription testosterone 2% gel. However, the effects of body mass index (BMI) on this type of therapy have not been widely studied.

Traction Therapy for Peyronie’s Disease

A recent study by Spanish researchers found that traction therapy had good results for men in the acute stage of Peyronie’s disease.

Endometriosis

According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, endometriosis occurs in about 10% of women of reproductive age. Because of the pain and discomfort involved, endometriosis can interfere with all aspects of a woman’s life.

STAGE Technique for Congenital Penile Curvature

Dr. Paulo H. Egydio and Dr. Franklin E. Kuehhas, both from the Advanced Center for Penile Curve Treatment located in Brazil and Austria, developed a new procedure designed to treat congenital penile curvature.

Natural Orifice Transluminal Endoscopic Surgery (NOTES)

Natural Orifice Transluminal Endoscopic Surgery (NOTES)

Today we’re going to look at a study that examines transvaginal organ extraction using NOTES and how it affects women.

PSA Test and Hypogonadism

PSA Test and Hypogonadism

Can a test used to screen for prostate cancer be used to confirm hypogonadism in men with sexual dysfunction? It’s possible, according to new research published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine in July 2013.

Romantic Partners’ Reponses to Entry Dyspareunia

Dyspareunia – painful intercourse for women – can be devastating for couples who want to have a happy intimate relationship.

Men with Infertility

A closer look at the extent of sexual problems affecting men with infertility.

Sexual Function in Childhood Cancer Survivors/Project REACH

Researchers from the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Harvard Medical School set out to learn more about how pediatric cancer and its treatment affect the sex lives of patients when they grow up.

Men’s Adherence to Erectile Dysfunction (ED) Drugs

How can we help patients adhere to their ED medication plan? To answer this question, it’s helpful to consider reasons why they don’t.

Tadalafil and Sexual Problems that Accompany BPH/LUTS

Men with sexual problems associated with an enlarged prostate might have some good news on the horizon.

Summit on Medical School Education in Sexual Health

A Crisis in Medical School Education in Sexual Health

Biology and Psychology of Erectile Dysfunction

What causes ED? There are a number of potential causes, some biological, some psychological. In this post, we’ll discuss some of the more common causes.

Prostate Removal and Continued Sexual Satisfaction

Feelings of anxiety, depression, and sexual dissatisfaction are common among men who have been surgically treated for prostate cancer, even a year after treatment, according to recent research from the Mayo Clinic.

AAP Recommendations on Circumcision

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) revised its 1999 policy on circumcision.

Good Vibrations Sex Summit

Sex isn’t always easy to talk about and it takes practice to get the conversations going.

Addressing Fertility and Sex Health Issues for Veterans

Addressing Fertility and Sex Health Issues for Veterans

New bill proposes more research into long-term issues and improved access to fertility treatments, including IVF

Performance-Enhancing Drugs and Sexual Health

Performance-Enhancing Drugs and Sexual Health

PEDs have a wide range of side effects and health risks, from acne to heart problems.

The Looming Crisis in Sexual Health Education

Less than half of American medical schools have formal sexual health curricula and physicians don’t feel prepared to address sexual issues with patients.

Discussing Sex with Female Patients

To what extent do clinicians discuss sex with their female patients? The results of one study may surprise you.

Taking a Look at BPH

Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) – an enlarged prostate – is a common condition for older men. According to the American Urological Association, more than half of men have an enlarged prostate by the time they’re 60 years old. About 90 percent will have BPH by age 85.

Recommending sources of info

Health information is plentiful. Patients can access it through a variety of media, not just the Internet. TV, radio, newspapers, and magazines are all full of information.

Discussing Sex with the Elderly

There seems to be a disconnect between sex and the older generations, an assumption that the elderly don’t have sex or aren’t interested in it.

Talking to Patients About Marijuana Use

It’s not uncommon for healthcare providers to discuss sensitive subjects with their patients. But handling two or more sensitive subjects at once, like sexual health and marijuana use, can be a challenge.

Treating Patients from Different Cultures

Discussing sex with patients can be awkward and uncomfortable even in the best of circumstances. But if patients come from a culture different from your own, that can pose another challenge.

Understanding HSDD

Did you know that hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD) affects about 1 in 10 women? It’s the most common of female sexual dysfunctions, but it’s underdiagnosed and undertreated. Many practitioners aren’t sure of how to approach it with their patients.

Treating Prostate Cancer: Will It Come Back?

If you work with prostate cancer patients, you’re probably familiar with the fear and anxiety they face. Understandably, they want to know how serious their condition is and whether their cancer has metastasized.

Treating Diabetes: Talking about sex?

Treating Diabetes: Talking about sex?

If you treat a man with diabetes, you might want to ask how his sex life is going. That’s because there’s a strong link between diabetes and erectile dysfunction (ED).