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NSSM Scientific meeting October 27, 13.00 – 16.00 CET

This year´s topic: Sexual pain

The board of NSSM has the pleasure to invite all professionals in the field of sexology to an interesting afternoon on line.

To achieve the link to the meeting you must register by mail to . Attendance is free – nonmembers are also welcome and hopefully they will be inspired to apply for memberships.

We have decided to cast light on sexual pain from many angles: female, male, patient or partner by a multidisciplinary group of distinguished speakers from the Nordic countries. The afternoon will be in English.

The lectures will be recorded and are available for 14 days for attendees whereafter they will be deleted.

The program

13.00 – 13.05 Welcome, introduction by chair person MD, gynecologist Astrid Højgaard, (DK)
13.05 – 13.35 Helena Hallencreutz Grape, physiotherapist, (S). Pain from a physiotherapist point of view.
13.35 – 14.05 Ida Flink , psychologist (S). Pain psychology.
14.05 – 14.45 Charlotte Forstrøm, MD, head of Dept. of Functional Disorders. Pain as a function. Also participating in this talk: Malene L Neesgaard, psychologist and Amanda Legarth, physiotherapist.
14.55 – 15.25 Majken Højrup Wiborg, urologist. Urological causes of sexual pain in men.
15.25 – 15.55 Christina Damsted Pedersen, gynecologist. Vulvar pain.
15.55 – 16.00 Wrap up


Ida Flink
Professor in Psychology, Karlstad University
Lic. Psychologist and pain researcher working with CBT for chronic pain,
including vulvodynia.

Majken Højrup Wiborg
Master in Sexology, FECSM,
Specialist in Urology, senior consultant, Esbjerg, Denmark
Worked in urology for 15 years
Currently PhD student doing research in Peyronie´s disease.

Helena Hallencreutz Grape
MSc, Physiotherapist specialized in pelvic floor health, Urotherapist
Karolinska University Hospital, Sweden
PhD student, Karolinska Institutet. Researching chronic pelvic floor pain in men.

Christina Damsted Petersen
Private practice, gynecology, Copenhagen, Denmark
MD, Ph D, theme: The effect of Botox on Vulvodynia
Sexual Counsellor
Board member ECSVD (European Society for the study on Vulvar Diseases)

Charlotte Forstrøm
MD, Head of Center for Functional Disorders, Aalborg University Hospital, Denmark
Specialist in Family Medicine. Large experience in Social Medicine.

Malene L. Neesgaard
Psychologist in Center for Functional Disorders, Aalborg Universitetshospital, Denmark
Large experience in Social Medicine.

Amanda Legarth
Physiotherapist in Center for Functional Disorders, Aalborg University Hospital, Denmark.

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NSSM General Assembly 6/3 2023

Dear members,

we would like to invite you to NSSM General Assembly 6/3 2023, 18.00, Swedish time. Below you can see the agenda, please register your interest in participating in General Assembly to The meeting will be held through Zoom and the link will be sent at the day of the meeting.

Agenda NSSM General Assembly 2023

§1. Election of the assembly chairperson, secretary, and two adjusters. §2. Report of the board of directors

§3. Presentation of accounts

§4. Proposals received

§5. Election to the board of directors and auditors §6. Determination of yearly fee

§7. Other

Marta Piwowar


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Dicot Travel grant

This travel grant (2 x 8000 SEK) is intended for two researchers in the Nordic countries (Sv, Dk, Fi or No) in sexual medicine to be able to present their research at a scientific congress (ESSM, EAU or equivalent). Applications, in the form of an abstract for the scientific work, are sent to NSSM, which assesses the quality and suitability of the applications. It is not a general travel grant but intended to support researchers in the Nordic countries who need a little help to get out to present their research.


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)