American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT)
Provides referrals throughout the country to Certified Sex Therapists and Certified Supervisors who are also licensed mental health professionals. Also certifies sex educators. Holds annual conventions; publishes an informative bimonthly online newsletter, Contemporary Sexuality.
American Medical Association
The AMA provides resources for contraception information and many web links, as well as articles and abstracts by leading women’s health authorities.
American Psychological Association
The national professional organization for psychologists, providing a wealth of information about psychological topics, professional training and education programs. Its annual convention draws
more than 15,000 attendees. The website is filled with excellent information about psychological insights, resources and links for both the general public and professionals in psychology.
American Social Health Association (ASHA)
A nonprofit organization dedicated to the prevention of sexually transmitted infections and their consequences. ASHA has a mission “to stop sexually transmitted diseases and their harmful consequences
to individuals, families, and communities.” Its excellent website includes links to counseling referrals, herpes testing and much more.
Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
An excellent resource that includes an easy-to-use A-Z listing of hotlines addressing specific STIs such as genital herpes, hepatitis, and more..
The Kinsey Institute
The Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction, affiliated with Indiana University, is a leader in interdisciplinary research on human sexuality, houses a world-renowned library, and offers a minor in sexuality for those enrolled in a PhD cognate program.
National Vulvodynia Association
A non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of women with vulvodynia, a spectrum of chronic vulvar pain disorders.
New View Campaign
A grassroots network that challenges the medical community’s simplistic approach to resolving complex female sexual concerns, with particular criticism directed at the pharmaceutical industry.
North American Menopause Society
The North American Menopause Society promotes women’s health during perimenopause, menopause and beyond.
Planned Parenthood Federation of America
Provides low-cost reproductive health care, family planning services and sex education, including contraception, sterilization, infertility and abortion services. The website provides information
and referrals to local centers throughout the United States. It offers many links to other websites as well.
Sex Information and Education Council of the United States
A national, nonprofit organization dedicated to the promotion of comprehensive sex education and an advocate for responsible sexual choices. The SIECUS website provides access to a library of
resources on a wide range of sexual topics, including sex education, contraception, sexual abuse, and assault. It is especially strong in sex education materials.
The Society for Sex Therapy and Research (SSTAR)
A national organization whose multi-disciplinary members have clinical or research interests in human sexual concerns and hold annual conferences to facilitate communication between those involved in research and those serving as primary providers of patient care.
The Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality (SSSS or “Quad S”)firstname.lastname@example.org
A multidisciplinary organization of psychologists, physicians, anthropologists, biologists, sociologists and others. Holds annual conventions and publishes The Journal of Sex Research. Visit the website for information about professional conferences and activities. Members receive discounts on a variety of professional journals related to sexuality.
World Association for Sexual Health (WAS)
A world organization with strong ties to the World Health Organization (WHO) and other major sexology organizations. Publishes newsletter and holds an international conference every two years. Attendance is a great way to network internationally and travel to many continents.