Vaccine uptake among men must have been particularly low recently… The risk of developing erectile dysfunction is the latest reason that we should all do our best to avoid catching Covid, according to a medical student working on a new study of just four men (all over the age of 65). Sky News has the story.
A scientific research paper published in the World Journal of Men’s Health observed the difference in tissue composition between men who had contracted the disease and men who had not.
Covid can cause damage to blood vessels, which in turn can damage parts of the body the vessels supply, including the sponge-like tissue in the penis.
Ranjith Ramasamy, Associate Professor and Director of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine’s Reproductive Urology Programme, led the study.
He said that erectile dysfunction “could be an adverse effect of the virus”.
The study focused on four men who were having penile prosthesis surgery for erectile dysfunction.
Two had suffered with Covid, and two had not. They were all aged between 65 and 71 and of Hispanic ethnicity.
The pair who had the coronavirus were infected six and eight months before the observations, with one hospitalised for the virus and the other not.
Neither had a history of erectile dysfunction.
Remnants of the virus were observed in the penis tissue of the two Covid-positive men…
Dr Ramasamy said: … “Our research shows that Covid can cause widespread endothelial dysfunction in organ systems beyond the lungs and kidneys.
“The underlying endothelial dysfunction that happens because of Covid can enter the endothelial cells and affect many organs, including the penis.”
Eliyahu Kresch, a medical student working with Dr Ramasamy, said: “These latest findings are yet another reason that we should all do our best to avoid Covid.”
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