Official publications of the International Consultation on Sexual Medicine (ICSM):
The main objectives of the consultation are to help transform evolving new data into knowledge, knowledge into recommendations and recommendations into improved patient care. The publications will be the result of evidence based medicine, complimented by vast clinical experience and our enhanced understanding of disease processes, which can impact sexual health.
At this part of the ISSM Online University, you will find the official webcasts, presentations, official publications and links to the abstracts/full publications in the Journal of Sexual Medicine for the topics of the International Consultation on Sexual Medicine (ICSM).
Mission Statement ICSM
To develop an authoritative comprehensive all-encompassing consensus document highlighting state of the art knowledge and management for male and female sexual health issues; based on the peer-reviewed medical literature and expertise of experts worldwide.
The consultation on Sexual Medicine is divided into 16 various topics, see below. Each topic is dealt with by an international and multidisciplinary committee of experts under the leadership of 1 or more chair(s).
Each committee has gathered and reviewed published articles and prepared a final draft to be presented at ISSM meetings or meetings from ISSM affiliated societies. The current updates are available on the ISSM University through viewing the webcasts and/or presentations and the final publications.
List of committees:
- Current definitions, classification and epidemiology of sexual dysfunction in men and women (Committee 1)
- Psychological and interpersonal dimensions of sexual function and dysfunction in both sexes, ethical and socio-cultural aspects (Committee 2)
- Clinical evaluation and symptom scales used in assessment sexual dysfunction in men and women (Committee 3)
- Experimental models for the study of women’s and men’s sexual function (Committee 4)
- Sexual health and illness (focusing on radiation, CVD, DM, depression and cancer) (Committee 5)
- Current and future diagnostics and treatment targets for sexual dysfunctions (including stem cell based therapies) (Committee 6)
- Standards for clinical trials in women’s and men’s sexual dysfunction evaluating research designs and outcomes assessment (Committee 7)
- Physiology and pathophysiology of men’s sexual arousal and penile erection (including endocrine aspects) (Committee 8)
- Priapism, Peyronie’s Disease, penile trauma and reconstructive surgery (Committee 9)
- Disorders of orgasm and ejaculation in men (Committee 10)
- Implants, mechanical devices and vascular surgery for erectile dysfunction (Committee 11)
- Pharmacotherapy for erectile dysfunction, testosterone deficiency and sexual rehabilitation after treatment for prostate cancer (Committee 12)
- Physiology of women’s sexual function, role of testosterone and pathophysiology of women’s sexual dysfunction (Committee 13)
- Women’s sexual desire, orgasm and arousal disorders (Committee 14)
- Women’s sexual pain disorders (Committee 15)
- Existing and future educational needs and platforms (Committee 16)
The 1st Consultation held in Paris in 1999 was truly historical and represented a landmark event for the field of sexual medicine. More than 120 world experts were assigned to 18 committees which assembled the most extensive and up-to-date information in the field. The resulting publication was a major contribution and an important reference source for researchers, physicians and patients. The success of the 1st Consultation generated great interest in both basic and clinical research in male and female sexual dysfunction.
The 2nd Consultation in 2003 was an equally exciting and significant event. Again over 100 world experts were assigned to committees which again assembled the most current information in the field of sexual medicine. The committees’ work contributed much to an updated understanding of the basic mechanisms of sexual function and improved care of patients with sexual dysfunction.
The 3rd Consultation held in 2009 in Paris, had 125 internationally recognized invited experts who worked on topics covered by 25 committees. The resulting meeting output of enduring materials was again the most important reference in sexual medicine at that time.
The 4th ICSM took place on June 19-21, 2015 in Madrid, Spain. Over 300 specialists in the field of Sexual Health from all over the world attended the consultation.
As of 2018 it was decided not to organize consultation meetings every 5-6 years, but instead cover 2-3 topics per year in order to stay more up-to-date.