Description: This workshop session will address a number of important aspects of sexual pharmacology about which all professionals working with sexual issues need to be informed. The session will begin with an overview of the physiological and neurohormonal bases of sexual response and how those responses are theoretically mediated. This will then carry into a review and overview of the chemotherapeutic interventions currently available for the treatment of sexual dysfunctions and disorders, including many treatments that are coming “down the pike.” Participants will then have the opportunity to discuss the sexual side effects of many of the more commonly used licit and illicit drugs, including those supplements purported to have pro-sexual effects. The final discussion of the session will focus on achieving an understanding of the need for comprehensive, integrated approaches to the treatment of sexual dysfunctions and disorders and the need for sexuality professionals to be better informed about the relationship between commonly-used substances and their impact on sexual functioning.
2 – 3 Neurohormonal and Physiological Modulation of Sexual Response
3-4Review of the various chemotherapeutic interventions in the treatment of sexual dysfunctions and disorders
4-5 Sexual side-effects of commonly used licit and illicit drugs, including those substances purported to have “prosexual” effects
5-6 Development of comprehensive approaches to treating sexual disorders