Some new research has come out that is not good news for men or their wives.
As time passes, researchers are gaining new insights into the long-term health effects of the coronavirus.
One study recently looked at men’s sexual and reproductive health.
Researchers are piecing together that surviving COVID-19 may be associated with erectile dysfunction (ED). The research points to three factors that can lead to the potential onset of ED in men who have had the virus:
1. Vascular effects. Erectile function is a predictor of heart disease, so we know that the vascular system and reproductive system are connected. We also know that COVID-19 can cause hyperinflammation throughout the body, especially in the heart and surrounding muscles. Blood supply to the penis can become blocked or narrowed as a result of a new or worsened vascular condition caused by the virus.
2. Psychological impact. Sexual activity is closely associated with mental health. The stress, anxiety and depression caused by the virus and pandemic can be linked to sexual dysfunction and poor mood.
3. Overall health deterioration. ED is typically a symptom of an underlying problem. Men with poor health are at greater risk for developing ED and also for having a severe reaction to COVID-19. Since the virus can cause a plethora of health issues, general poor health is cause for concern both for ED and other complications.Cleveland Clinic
Long-Term Damage is a Mystery Right Now
Doctors are beginning to piece together some of COVID-19’s long-term complications like blood clots, neurological issues, heart damage, and lung and kidney damage. The medical community is also noting some patients take months to fully recover – even when they had good health before the coronavirus.
Over time, researchers will continue to study how the coronavirus affects men’s sexual health also.