Introduction to Medical Sexology


Sexology is the interdisciplinary study of human sexuality, including human sexual interests, behaviors and function. The main goal of this course is to provide medical students with training in the multiple aspects of human sexuality, skilled to promote sexual health.
At the end of the CU, students should have:
• Acquired  theoretical knowledge on: anatomy and sexual development, physiology of sexual response, sexual orientation, gender identity and its disturbances, paraphilias, problems related with violence and sexual addition, male and female sexual dysfunction, aging and sexuality, sexual and reproductive health (contraception, sexually transmitted infections), sexuality in chronic illness and disability, consequences of medical therapeutics and other health issues in sexuality, ethics in clinical sexology.
• Achieved the following skills:  Deal comfortably with sexual issues, be able to collect patient´s medical   history, provide patients with effective and appropriate sexual information, identify and distinguish common sexual problems of those who demand specialized treatment, referral to specialized resources when indicated.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Prof.ª Doutora Fátima Serrano


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Teaching language





Basson R. Women's sexual dysfunction: revised and expanded definitions. CMAJ.2005 10;172(10):1327-33.’s_Sexual_Dysfunction_Revised_And_Expanded_Definitions.pdf
Gonçalves-Pereira M, Sampaio D. Trabalho com famílias em psiquiatria geriátrica. Acta Médica Portuguesa, 2011; 24(S4): 819-826.
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Sexual Medicine. Sexual Dysfunctions in Men and Women. Montorsi, Basson, Adaikan et al eds, 2010.
The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorder  (5th ed)  DSM–5  American Psychiatric Association, 2013. 
Wedding D, Stuber M.L. Behavior Medicine. 5th Ed. Hogrefe Publishing, 2010
“Sexologia Médica” 1º ed, 2014. Nuno M Pereira Coord. Lidel Edições Técnicas, Lda. ISBN: 978-972-757-607-4

Teaching method

The UC occupies 13 weeks and is organized in 10 modules of theoretical sessions and 3 Workshops:
• Lectures on the most important themes in sexual medicine. Each module starts from the adequate theoretical framework safeguarding the necessary articulation with the subsequent, ensuring coherent progression in learning. They aim the systematisation of the key concepts of UC.
• Workshops: Student’s oral presentations (literature reviews, selected scientific papers analysis, clinical cases), followed by debate by a panel of teachers. Frequency of at least 2/3 of Workshops is mandatory.

Evaluation method

Final classification is in a scale of 0 to 20: 
• Workshop assessment (0-20 points) = 40%: Will consider aspects such as quality of the presentation (accuracy and objectivity), discussion and theoretical knowledge.
• Written test (0-20 points) = 60%: Multiple choice test with 30 questions to be answered in 30 minutes in MedQuizz platform.
For approval at UC a minimum 9.5 classification value in the workshop and in the written test is mandatory. The disapproval in the workshop makes the realization of the written test unfeasible.

Subject matter

History of human sexuality study; Sex determination and differentiation; Construction of gender identity; Gender roles and sexual orientation; Body image and Sexuality; Male sexual response and male sexual dysfunctions; Female sexual response and female sexual dysfunctions; Female Genital Mutilation;  Sexual and reproductive health (contraception, sexually transmitted infections, family planning, adolescent pregnancy); Gender dysphoria; Paraphilias; Sexuality and specific groups (adolescence, menopause, chronic disease, disability, infertility, LGBT); Marital counseling; Sexual Violence; Ethics and medical Sexology.


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