As more studies are being done examining the effects of COVID-19, more and more long-term side effects are being discovered. In fact, COVID-19 can cause long-haul symptoms that affect different parts of the body, including the penis, scrotum, and testicles.
Continue reading to learn more about the connection between COVID and erectile dysfunction.
COVID-19 is a type of coronavirus caused by SARS-CoV-2. It is highly infectious, spreading via airborne particles and droplets. A few common symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, chills, cough, fatigue, loss of smell or taste, and shortness of breath.
The severity of COVID-19 varies from person to person but older people and those with underlying conditions, such as diabetes, asthma, obesity, and heart disease are most at risk. COVID-19 primarily affects the lungs, however, it can damage other organs in the body, such as the heart, brain, and even the penis.
Erectile dysfunction is the inability to get or keep a penile erection firm enough to engage in sex. Many men across the world suffer from erectile dysfunction, however, the condition is most common in those aged 40 and above. Certain medications, underlying conditions, stress, and even viruses, such as COVID-19, can lead to erectile dysfunction in men.
So what is the connection between COVID and erectile dysfunction? Small studies have found that COVID-19 damages the blood vessels in the penis, resulting in restricted blood flow leading to severe erectile dysfunction six to eight months after infection.
When examining the penile tissue of two men who were experiencing erectile dysfunction, researchers found lingering coronavirus particles. One of the men had a severe case of COVID-19 resulting in hospitalization, although he did not have any underlying conditions.
The second man endured only a mild case of COVID-19, although he did experience high blood pressure and clogged arteries before becoming infected.
In addition to COVID-19 particles in their penile tissue, both of these men showed evidence of endothelial dysfunction, a condition in which the linings of small blood vessels are unable to provide adequate blood supply to areas of the body. In the long run, this can result in major health concerns across multiple body systems.
Luckily, if you suffer from erectile dysfunction, we at Lowcountry Male can help. Located in Charleston, Greenville, and Fort Mill, we are a full service clinic for men specializing in erectile dysfunction, along with other men’s health treatments including testosterone therapy, weight loss, hair restoration, and general wellness.
Our team of physicians will take a comprehensive look at your hormones and other factors that may be leading to your poor performance. Our goal is to get to the root of the problem whether it be COVID-19, low testosterone, or an underlying condition such as high blood pressure or diabetes that is causing the erectile dysfunction.We will then prescribe an individualized plan of action engineered to revitalize sexual function.
We offer a variety of treatments for erectile dysfunction including prescriptions medication, hormone therapy, the Priapus shot, shockwave therapy, natural remedies, and more. After deciding on a treatment plan, we will continue to monitor your progress and alter the plan if needed.
If you suffer from erectile dysfunction we highly recommend that you schedule a consultation with us so we can help you get your fulfilling sex life back on track.
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