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Sexual pain disorders in women

By Dr Prithy Ramlachan Sexual pain is a multifaceted, complex perceptive experience, involving psychological and relational meanings, and becomes increasingly important with the chronicity of the pain. It may be nocioceptive or neuropathic and is almost never ‘psychogenic’. Vaginismus and dyspareunia are both sexual pain disorders. Dyspareunia is a recurrent or persistent genital pain associated […]

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Using the Penis as a Barometer to General Health

Rory du Plessis A standard feature of male sexual health articles is the description of the penis as a barometer of overall health. This is supported by findings that link failing erections with common medical ailments, including obesity, high cholesterol levels, hypertension, diabetes and heart disease. More specifically, the penis is deemed a barometer of […]

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Defining/Constructing Sexual Addiction

Rory du Plessis Sexual addiction is predominantly used as a model to explain frequent or increased sexual urges and activities that are unrelenting and lead to feelings of losing control. However, the phenomenon of sexual addiction has received a number of diverging opinions from sexologists, specialists and other health practitioners as to whether it constitutes […]

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The Relationship between ED and Bicycling

Dr Elna McIntosh  Cardiovascular exercise such as jogging, soccer, running, swimming and tennis has been associated with decreased prevalence of erectile dysfunction (ED). While bicycle riding is a form of cardiovascular exercise, it is associated with an increased prevalence of ED. The primary problem with bicycle riding is the bicycle saddle. While the rider is […]

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Sexual Function in Hypertensive Men

Dr Prithy Ramlachan Erectile dysfunction (ED) is a common disorder of the male population, affecting both patients and their partners, creating distress, reduced relationship satisfaction, quality of life and wellbeing. In the landmark Massachussets Male Aging Study, 30% of men who responded as having ED also reported a history of hypertension. Some published data have […]

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How to Identify and Treat Genital Warts

Dr Rakesh Newaj, Dermatologist Genital warts are abnormal growths that occur in the anogenital region, as a result of an infection by the human papillomavirus (HPV). Once present, these lesions can cause immense distress and affect both the sexual and mental wellbeing of the person. The prevalence of genital warts is increasing, irrespective of whether the person […]

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HPV Vaccines: SA’s Docs Asleep at the Wheel?

Uptake of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine among the private medical profession has been dismal, leading to unnecessary deaths every day, according to Johannesburg gynaecologist and obstetrician, Dr Peter Koll. “Penetration into the target patient population has been huge elsewhere in the world – up to 80% in some European countries. In SA, it is certainly […]

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Docs can Improve Diabetics’ Sex Lives

Dr Lorraine Becker “Health, more than age, tends to affect people’s sex lives; men and women who said their health was poor were less likely to be sexually active.” (American Sexual Aging Survey [ASAS]). “Sexual health, when it begins to deteriorate, can be an important early warning sign of more profound health problems.” (Dr Stacy Tesser […]

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Genital Skin Rash: Is Sexual Transmission the Only Cause?

Dr Rakesh Newaj Not all skin manifestations in the genital region are due to sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) or infections. In fact, most skin diseases that manifest on the rest of the body, can also affect the genitalia, causing much distress. Local factors, including warmth, moisture, friction as well as the effects of body fluids, are […]

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Sexual Health: Pregnancy and Postpartum

Dr Prithy Ramlachan Sexual health and its contribution to quality of life and wellbeing is an integral part of overall health. Pregnancy, childbirth and the postpartum is a special period in a woman’s life, involving significant physical, hormonal, psychological, social and cultural changes that may influence both her sexuality and the couple’s sexual relationship. A couple […]

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