Researchers continue to learn more about COVID-19’s long-term impact on the body.
Currently, there is a consideration that there may be a link between coronavirus and erectile dysfunction (ED). ED is the name when a man has a difficulty getting or keeping their penis firm enough to have sex.
Researchers think three things may trigger ED in COVID-19 survivors:
Cardiovascular problems. ED can be an early sign of heart disease, and it’s been shown that COVID-19 can affect heart health based upon inflammation in various parts of your body. This includes the heart, blood vessels and nearby veins.
COVID-19 has also been linked to endothelial dysfunction which is when the inner lining or wall of blood vessels are stiff instead of elastic which allows the blood to flow.
This affects the healthy flow of blood as it is pumped and carried through your body, including tissue in the penis. Disrupted blood supply to your penis can make it difficult to get or maintain an erection.
Mental issues. COVID-19-related stress, anxiety, and depression may affect sexual health and may possibly lead to ED.
Poor overall health. Experts say ED is usually a symptom of another medical condition. If you are in poor health, you are more likely to have severe or unwanted symptoms from COVID-19, such as ED.