COVID-19’s Impact on Erectile Dysfunction
As the COVID-19 pandemic progresses, so does research on the effects the virus has on our bodies as a whole. The COVID-19 virus is known to damage blood vessels, and evidence suggests this includes the vessels that supply blood to the penis.
While we’re still learning about the long-term damage the virus can cause, research shows that these three factors can lead to the potential onset of erectile dysfunction (ED) in men who have had the virus:
- Cardiovascular Problems – We know that the vascular system and reproductive system are connected. We also know that COVID-19 can affect heart health because it can cause inflammation in the heart and surrounding blood vessels and veins. As a result of this new or worsened vascular condition caused by the virus, the blood supply to the penis can become blocked or narrowed. The virus has also been linked to endothelial dysfunction. This is where, instead of expanding and contracting to allow blood flow, the inner wall of blood vessels remains stiff. This can affect how blood is pumped and carried through your body, including tissue in the penis. Having the blood supply to your penis disrupted can make it difficult to get or keep an erection.
- Psychological Impacts – Research finds that COVID-19-related stress, anxiety, and depression can be linked to poor mood, and since sexual activity is closely associated with mental health, this lowered mental health can possibly lead to ED.
- Overall Health Deterioration – Experts say ED is usually a symptom of an underlying medical condition. Since the COVID-19 virus can cause a plethora of health issues, having overall poor health could mean you’re more likely to have severe or unwanted symptoms from COVID-19, such as ED and other complications.
Evidence Behind COVID-19 Potentially Causing ED
Various studies have been done on men who have survived the COVID-19 virus to get a better understanding of the long-term effects. One study found that people infected with the virus were more than five times more likely to develop ED. When doing studies on two former COVID-19 patients who became impotent several months after their infection, researchers found coronavirus particles in the penile tissue samples taken from them. Further study revealed evidence of blood vessel damage in the penises of the COVID-19 patients, compared to two other men with ED who had never been infected. Experts believe the blood vessels malfunction and are thus unable to provide enough blood to enter the penis for an erection.
When compared to organ damage in the lungs, kidneys, and brain that’s been found in COVID-19 patients, doctors expect that the penis could also be affected permanently. However, it’s still too early to know for sure what the long-term effects of the virus are on sexual and reproductive health, and more research is still being done.
Contact Memphis Men’s Clinic for ED Treatment
Just like any other aspect of your health, sexual wellness is important, natural, and normal. If you are a former COVID-19 patient now suffering from erectile dysfunction, Memphis Men’s Clinic can help develop a customized plan that fits your needs.
Our ED treatment options include:
- Testosterone Replacement Therapy
- Platelet-rich Plasma Therapy (PRP)
- WAVE Therapy
- Other safe, effective treatment options
The professional, all-male staff at Memphis Men’s Clinic is passionate about helping men revitalize their sexual health and vigor. To restore your sexual self-confidence and start enjoying the excitement of sex again, contact us today!