ESSM Position Statements

Each year, the European Society for Sexual Medicine (ESSM) publishes position statements on sexual medicine related issues that are of interest to its members and the public. You can view our recent position statements by following the links below. If you have questions or comments, please email to

Position Statements

June 2020

European Society for Sexual Medicine Consensus Statement on the Use of the Cavernous Nerve Injury Rodent Model to Study Postradical Prostatectomy Erectile Dysfunction

Rodent animal models are currently the most used in vivo model in translational studies looking into the pathophysiology of erectile dysfunction after nerve-sparing radical prostatectomy.

April 2020

E-Sexual Health: A Position Statement of the European Society for Sexual Medicine

Opportunities and pitfalls of e-health have been described and assessed in various health domains, but in the field of sexual health, the respective literature is limited.

March 2020

Laser-Based Devices for Female Genitourinary Indications

Laser-based technologies have been commercially marketed as “wonder treatments” without a sufficient and adequate body of evidence. In addition, on July 30, 2018, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a warning regarding the safety of the use of laser-based devices for the following indications: vaginal “rejuvenation” or cosmetic vaginal procedures, vaginal conditions and symptoms related to menopause, urinary incontinence, and sexual function.

March 2020

Radiofrequency-Based Devices for Female Genito-Urinary Indications

Radiofrequency (RF)-based treatment has been introduced as an esthetic alternative treatment for various medical indications without the scientific backup of a satisfactory body of evidence. Furthermore, the United States Food and Drug Administration issued a warning regarding the safety of energy-based technologies for indications such as vaginal “rejuvenation,” cosmetic vaginal treatment, vaginal conditions related to menopause, and symptoms of urinary incontinence and sexual function on July 30, 2018.

March 2020

Sexual Desire Discrepancy

There is a lack of theoretical and empirical knowledge on how sexual desire functions and interacts in a relationship.

February 2020

Assessment and Hormonal Management in Adolescent and Adult Trans People, With Attention for Sexual Function and Satisfaction

There is a general lack of recommendations for and basic information tailored at sexologists and other health-care professionals for when they encounter trans people in their practice.

September 2019

Hormonal Contraception and Female Sexuality

Hormonal contraception is available worldwide in many different forms. Fear of side effects and health concerns are among the main reasons for not using contraceptives or discontinuing their use.

August 2019

Low-Intensity Shock Wave Therapy in Sexual Medicine — Clinical Recommendations from the European Society of Sexual Medicine (ESSM)

Low-intensity shockwave therapy (LISWT) has been investigated for the treatment of uroandrological disorders including erectile dysfunction (ED), Peyronie’s disease (PD) and chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome (CP/CPPS) with controversial findings.