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The APP’s Quick Reference Guide to the Updated Priapism Guideline

Priapism is a condition that results in a prolonged penile erection that lasts for hours after sexual activity or is not related to sexual stimulation. In 2021, the Sexual Medicine Society of North America (SMSNA) collaborated with the American Urological Association (AUA) to update the clinical guideline for the diagnosis, evaluation, and treatment of acute ischemic priapism.

The APP’s Quick Reference Guide to the Updated Priapism Guideline

SMSNA Supports USPATH Statement

The Sexual Medicine Society of North America (SMSNA) promotes, encourages, and supports the highest standards of practice, research, education, and ethics in the study of human sexual function and dysfunction. As such, The SMSNA Board of Directors believes it is important to take a stand regarding recent statements by the State of Texas that equate gender-affirming care in youth with “child abuse”. The SMSNA agrees with and stands in solidarity with the United States Professional Association for Transgender Health (USPATH*) and its statement from February 24, 2022.

SMSNA Supports USPATH Statement

An APP Can Do That! How the APP Can Be a Valuable Partner in a Urologic Practice

Advanced practice providers (APPs) such as advanced practice nurses (APNs)/nurse practitioners (NPs) and physician assistants (PAs) can significantly enhance a urologic or sexual medicine practice. According to the results of the 2018 National Survey of Demographics and Clinical Roles in Urology, 72.5% of urologists have used the services of an APP in their practice.

An APP Can Do That! How the APP Can Be a Valuable Partner in a Urologic Practice

2021 Virtual Residents Arena

Join us on Wednesday, November 3 for the Residents Arena, at which the 10 best scoring abstracts submitted by residents to the 22nd Annual Fall Scientific Meeting of SMSNA will be presented by the residents. The 3 best presentations, based on a combination of audience vote (50%) and judges’ scores (50%), will each win $1,000!

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2021 Virtual Residents Arena

The Utility of Mindfulness in Sexual Function

At the SMSNA Annual Fall Scientific Meeting today, Lori Brotto, PhD, R Psych, expounded on the benefits of mindfulness for improving sexual function, particularly in women with sexual interest/arousal disorder.

The Utility of Mindfulness in Sexual Function

Genital Cosmetic Surgery Session Highlights

Today, the attendees of the Genital Cosmetic Surgery session of the SMSNA Annual Fall Scientific Meeting enjoyed a lively discussion on the potential benefits and risks/burdens of genital cosmetic surgery, ranging from penile enlargement surgery to labiaplasty and more.

Genital Cosmetic Surgery Session Highlights

Life Lessons from the Animal Penis

Emily Willingham, PhD, the keynote speaker of the 22nd Annual Fall Scientific Meeting of the SMSNA, sought to contextualize the human penis within the greater world of animal penises in her lecture, “Life Lessons from the Animal Penis.”

Life Lessons from the Animal Penis

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

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What Is Jelqing, and Does It Actually Work?

The term “jelqing” refers to a set of penis stretching exercises that some believe can make the penis bigger. Although the practice has gained attention and popularity in blogs and internet forums in recent years, there is no scientific evidence that it is an effective way to permanently increase the size of one’s penis. In fact, in some cases, jelqing may actually cause damage to the penis, so it is a good idea to get all the facts before setting off to try it.

What Is Sensate Focus and How Does It Work?

Sensate focus is a technique used to improve intimacy and communication between partners around sex, reduce sexual performance anxiety, and shift away from ingrained, goal-oriented sexual patterns that may not be serving a couple.

What Is the Average Penis Size?

If you have ever wondered how your penis compares to others in terms of size, you are not alone. Many men are curious to know how their penises stack up compared to the average. Unfortunately, general curiosity can sometimes give way to full-on obsession and anxiety about penis size. This can be an unhealthy and often unnecessary fixation, especially because most men who think their penises are too small have perfectly normal-sized penises.

What Is Edging and Why Do People Do It?

Edging is the practice of stopping sexual stimulation before reaching orgasm to prolong a sexual experience. The term stems from the concept of approaching the metaphorical “edge” of orgasm but stopping before going over the edge.

Can Sex Reduce Menstrual Cramps?

The SMSNA periodically receives and publishes ‘guest editorials.’ The current article was submitted by Mia Barnes, a freelance writer and researcher who specializes in women's health, wellness, and healthy living. She is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Body+Mind Magazine.

Having sex while you experience menstrual cramps is healthy and can provide significant benefits. While it might not be the first activity that comes to mind when your PMS or period cramping begins, many people enjoy sex to reduce menstrual cramps, experience increased pleasure and benefit from other advantages. Learn more about having sex while menstrual cramps are happening and how it can help your body.

Can Sex Throw off Your Vaginal pH Balance?

The SMSNA periodically receives and publishes ‘guest editorials.’ The current article was submitted by Mia Barnes, a freelance writer and researcher who specializes in women's health, wellness, and healthy living. She is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Body+Mind Magazine.

Your vagina is a pretty powerful organ. It is a pathway for menstrual blood and babies. It also is a main player in sexual intercourse. You might hear about your vagina’s pH and worry that yours is at risk. Here’s what to know about vaginal pH, including the impacts sex could have.

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