ESSM: “high quality information on sexual health topics is a top priority”

The European Society for Sexual Medicine (ESSM) is a multidisciplinary pan-European organization focusing on sexual health. This is reflected in our newly formulated mission statement which states that the ESSM will promote Sexual Health and the Highest Standards of Evidence Based Sexual Medicine Clinical Care Through Education, Research and the Formulation of Health Care. Our membership is comprised of all genders, nationalities, ages, beliefs, and professions united by this purpose.

We consider the differences between our members as a great strength as they make us able to span the large and complex field of sexual medicine, which is not constricted to traditional boarders of professional knowledge. From an organizational standpoint, the ESSM is run by an executive committee who meets several times a year to discuss matters of the society. In addition the society has both a scientific committee and an educational committee which focuses on organizing our annual courses as well as several important professional educational events for clinicians of all kinds. Among these the ESSM School of Sexual Medicine held annually in Budapest is a crown jewel for the society.

In addition to supporting research and education for health care professionals, the ESSM believes that public information on sexual health is of outmost importance. Sexual health and especially sexual dysfunctions have traditionally been considered taboo topics. Therefore, there is a general lack of high quality information available for the public. This is in sharp contrast to the importance sexual health has for wellbeing, relational issues, and quality of life in general. Therefore, the ESSM welcomes the collaboration with Menarini regarding the present website. The ESSM has committed to ensure the quality of information provided and we have helped to fill the Advisory Board with experienced and knowledgeable clinicians from our ranks. We are very happy to see the website flourish and we hope that the information will prove valuable to those who visit.

On behalf of the European Society for Sexual Medicine,

Yacov Reisman, MD, PhD, FECSM
President of the European Society for Sexual Medicine
Ziekenhuis Amstelland, Department of Urology, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Mikkel Fode, MD, PhD, FECSM
Chairman of the Educational Committee of the European Society for Sexual Medicine
Department of Urology, Herlev and Gentofte Hospital, Herlev, Denmark