Autumn HYBRID meeting of the Nordic Society for Sexual Medicine

28.10.2022 Turku, Finland

Nordic society for Sexual Medicine in cooperation with the University of Turku and the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology of Turku University Hospital

Venue: University of Turku, Alhopuro-auditorium (for 235 persons), Medisiina D –building, Kiinamyllynkatu 10, Turku, Finland  /

Online Live Stream zoom

9.00-9.30 Coffee and registration

9.30-9.40 Welcome and introduction of the program of the day

9.40-10.10 Sexual emotions in the brain and body
Lauri Nummenmaa, Prof.
The Human Emotion Systems laboratory at Turku PET Centre and Department of Psychology, University of Turku

10.00 – 10.15 Discussion

10.15 – 10.45 How to make sex great again – combination of the results of the FINSEX and the book ”Between sexual desire
and reality”

Osmo Kontula, Prof.
Member of the Advisory Committee of the World association for Sexual Health

10.45 – 11.00 Discussion

11.00 – 11.30 Sexual compliance and perceived consequences for the individual and the relationship — results from large-scale Finnish data”
Annika Gunst, PhD (Psych), Project researcher
Department of Psychology
Åbo Akademi University

11.30-11.45 Discussion

11.45- 12.45 Lunch (at one ́s own expence)

12.45-13.30 Premature ejaculation
Patrik Jern, Prof.
University of Åbo Akademi

13.30-13.45 Discussion

13.45- 14.30 Education on sexual medicine in medical school of Finland – Results from The SexMedU -research group
Sanna-Mari Manninen, Master of Health Care PhD Candidate
Anna Aromaa, Specialist in Ob/Gyn PhD Student

14.30- 15.00 A brief overview of the teaching of sexual medicine in the basic training of the doctors in the Nordic Countries
Silja Vastera, medical student, University of Turku
Sanna-Mari Manninen, Master of Health Care PhD Candidate

15.15 Closure of the day

Articles, General

History of Nordic Society for Sexual Medicine

History of Sexual Medicine societes in Europe dates back to 1995, when ESIR (European Society for Impotence Research) started its activity in a meeting in Porto Carras, Greece. Due time the society’s name changed first to ESSIR (European Society for Sexual and Impotence Research) and finally in 2003 to ESSM (European Society for Sexual Medicine). The changes in the society’s name reflected well the rapid development of the Sexual Medicine from male erectile dysfunction to broader field of Sexual Medicine, both male and female. (For details see:

Several national affiliated societies started their activity in Europe during these years. In the year 2005 Scandinavian Society for Sexual Medicine (SSSM) was born, thanks to the activity of Sexual Medicine experts from Sweden, Norway and Denmark. Three years later, in the year 2008 Finnish Society for Sexual Medicine (FSSM) started its activity.

Both SSSM and FSSM were quite small societies, but they shared the same purpose and principles. Bot were also affiliated member of ESSM. In October 22nd 2020 a contact between the presidents of the SSSM Astrid Højgaard and the FSSM Juhana Piha was formed and discussion about a new Nordic Society for Sexual Medicine was started. Very soon the boards of both societies showed a green light to the collaboration of the SSSM and the FSSM. General Assemblies of both societies accepted the plan. As Astrid wrote, putting the forces together will increase our relevance in Europe. Both of us thought that the voice of ESSM is increasingly non-European and we need our special cultural background to be put forward – we have much to be proud of.

Finally, the brand new Nordic Society for Sexual Medicine (NSSM) was formed in 15th of February 2022. The board consists of  two members of each Nordic coutries.

Juhana Piha

Board member (FIN)