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2022 ◽  
Vol 7 ◽  
pp. 100127
Carolina Santos Souza Tavares ◽  
Sheila Jaqueline Gomes dos Santos Oliveira ◽  
Vanessa Tavares de Gois-Santos ◽  
Andreia Centenaro Vaez ◽  
Max Oliveira de Menezes ◽  

2022 ◽  
Vol 7 (2) ◽  
pp. 114-120
Zinat Ghanbari ◽  
Marzieh Hajibabaei ◽  
Elaheh Miri Ashtiani ◽  
Azita Ghanbarpour ◽  
Ali Montazeri ◽  

2022 ◽  
Vanessa Fuzeiro ◽  
Catarina Martins ◽  
Cátia Gonçalves ◽  
Ana Rolo Santos ◽  
Rui Costa

Introduction. The use of social networking sites (SNS) sometimes acquires an addictive-like quality, often referred to as problematic use of SNS. This condition overlaps with problematic (addictive-like) use of smartphones, as the latter are commonly used for online social networking in addition to other activities that may gain addictive-like qualities. There is ample evidence that problematic use of smartphones and SNS is associated with poorer mental health, but research on associations with sexual function is scarce. Thus, we examined if sexual difficulties are related to problematic use of SNS and smartphones. Methods: Data from four studies conducted in Portugal were collapsed, resulting in 946 women and 235 men providing data on sexual function and problematic use of smartphones, and in 536 women and 194 men providing data on sexual function and problematic use of SNS. Female sexual function was assessed with the Female Sexual Function Index (FSFI) and the Female Sexual Distress Scale – Revised (FSDS–R). Male sexual function was assessed by the International Index of Erectile Function (IIEF). Problematic smartphone use was measured by the Smartphone Addiction Scale – Short Version (SAS–SV). Problematic use of SNS was measured by the Internet Addiction Scale (IAT) specifically adapted to online social networking.Results: In women, problematic use of smartphones and SNS correlated with lower sexual arousal, difficulties lubricating, difficulties having orgasms, sexual dissatisfaction, coital pain, and greater sexual distress. In men, problematic use of smartphones and SNS correlated with lower erectile function. Men’s problematic use of SNS correlated additionally with lower desire, intercourse dissatisfaction, overall sexual dissatisfaction, and more difficulties having orgasms. In a subsample of 311 women and 94 men with data on use of smartphones and SNS, multiple regressions predicting sexual function domains from age, problematic smartphone use, and problematic use of SNS, were performed. In women, problematic use of SNS independently predicted lower arousal, dissatisfaction, pain, and more sexual distress. Problematic use of smartphones independently predicted more difficulties lubricating. In men, problematic use of SNS independently predicted lower erectile function, intercourse dissatisfaction, and overall dissatisfaction.Discussion: Addictive-like use of SNS might be a risk factor for sexual difficulties. Our findings corroborate previous research.

Menopause ◽  
2022 ◽  
Vol Publish Ahead of Print ◽  
Edward Mezones-Holguín ◽  
José Arriola-Montenegro ◽  
Víctor Cutimanco-Pacheco ◽  
Ali Al-kassab-Córdova ◽  
Roberto Niño-García ◽  

2022 ◽  
Vol 2 ◽  
Geetika Reichmann ◽  
Anna Beth Parlier-Ahmad ◽  
Lori Beck ◽  
Bhushan Thakkar ◽  
Meryl Alappattu ◽  

Introduction: Chronic pain brings complexity to opioid use disorder (OUD). Psychosocial and neurobiological risks for Chronic Pelvic Pain (CPP) and OUD overlap. The primary objective of this exploratory study is to compare sex-specific prevalence of CPP and sexual dysfunction between individuals receiving buprenorphine for OUD and a comparison group receiving treatment for other chronic medical conditions (CMC).Methods: Participants from an OUD treatment (n = 154) and primary care clinic (n = 109) completed a survey between July 2019 and February 2020 assessing reproductive and sexual health. Sex-stratified CPP and pain interference measures were adapted from the Brief Pain Inventory for females, and for males, the Brief Male Sexual Function Inventory and NIH Chronic Prostatitis Symptom Index. The Male and Female Sexual Function Index assessed sexual dysfunction. Prevalence of CPP and sexual dysfunction between groups were compared using Pearson χ2 and Fisher's Exact tests.Results: Participants were 54.4% female and 75.0% Black with almost half having a psychiatric diagnosis. Among OUD females, the highest pain severity reported was for menstrual-related pain, and for OUD males, testicular pain. CPP most interfered with mood in OUD females vs. sleep and enjoyment of life in OUD males. There were no differences in prevalence for global sexual dysfunction with 91.6% of females and 84.2% of males screening positive across groups.Discussion/Implications: CPP and sexual dysfunction are important components of wellness and may play a role in OUD recovery trajectories. The value of addressing CPP and sexual dysfunction in tailored comprehensive, sex-informed OUD treatment approaches should be further investigated.

Sexes ◽  
2022 ◽  
Vol 3 (1) ◽  
pp. 20-39
Sean M. McNabney

With approximately two-thirds of the United States adult population classified as overweight or obese, obesity remains a critical public health concern. Obesity not only contributes to several health complications including type 2 diabetes mellitus and cardiovascular disease, but the condition is also associated with sexual dysfunction in both women and men. Despite evidence linking obesity and its concomitant pathophysiology to sexual problems, the potential roles of psychosocial factors such as body image are understudied. This narrative review evaluates the research linkages between obesity and sexual dysfunction, with particular attention to the potential effects of body image dissatisfaction. A literature search of biomedical and psychological databases was used to identify research pertaining to obesity, sexual function, and/or body image constructs. The pathophysiological effects of obesity on sexual function are well-documented in mechanistic studies and animal trials, often with corroboration in human clinical samples. However, very few studies examine obesity, body image, and sexual function in tandem. Body image dissatisfaction appears to independently impinge upon the sexual response cycle and mental health outcomes, irrespective of body weight. While obesity is often associated with negative body image appraisal, it is unclear whether these constructs exert additive, synergistic, or antagonistic effects on sexual responsivity. Additionally, overweight/obese individuals who exhibit higher levels of body image satisfaction or self-confidence appear to be protected from the deleterious effects of obesity on sexual satisfaction, at least to some extent. Greater reliance upon conceptual/theoretical models from the body image literature may better clarify the relationships between these constructs.

Barbora Heřmánková ◽  
Maja Špiritović ◽  
Hana Šmucrová ◽  
Sabína Oreská ◽  
Hana Štorkánová ◽  

Only a few studies have addressed sexual health in patients with systemic sclerosis (SSc). This study aimed to compare female sexual function and pelvic floor muscle function in SSc patients with healthy controls (HC) matched by age, and to identify the potential implications of clinical features on sexual function. Our cohort included 90 women with SSc and 90 HC aged 18–70 years that completed six well-established and validated questionnaires assessing sexual function (Brief Index of Sexual Function for Women, Female Sexual Function Index, Sexual Quality of Life Questionnaire–Female, Sexual Function Questionnaire) and pelvic floor function (Pelvic Floor Impact Questionnaire–Short Form 7 and Pelvic Organ Prolapse/Urinary Incontinence Sexual Questionnaire Short Form). Results from women with SSc and HC were contrasted and correlated with relevant clinical features. The prevalence of female sexual dysfunction was 73% in SSc patients (vs. 31% in HC). Women with SSc reported significantly worse pelvic floor function and sexual function than HC. Impaired sexual function was correlated with higher disease activity, the presence of dyspnea and interstitial lung disease, increased systemic inflammation, reduced physical activity, functional disability, more severe depression, more pronounced fatigue, and impaired quality of life. We demonstrate that sexual dysfunction is highly prevalent among women with SSc. This aspect of the disease deserves more attention both in clinical care and at the level of international research collaboration.

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