More Evidence, Covid-19 Can Stay on the Penis and Cause Erection Difficulty

KOMPAS.com – Looks like no body part can escape from corona virus SARS-CoV-2 penyebab Covid-19. When this virus enters the body, it will interfere with the work of the lungs, heart, brain, intestines, and penis.

In a small study, scientists at the Miami Miller University School of Medicine explained how the coronavirus that causes Covid-19 can be found in penile tissue long after the initial infection has cleared up.

In turn, experts believe this has the potential to impact capability erection.

An example of the so-called “schlong-COVID” (that’s not a scientific name) was recently documented at World Journal of Men’s Health.

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The researchers collected penile tissue from four patients who underwent penile prosthesis surgery because of this erectile dysfunction the severe one.

Two have no history of Covid-19, one volunteer previously had mild infections, and the other has been hospitalized for Covid-19 infection.

The two men infected with Covid-19 admitted that before being infected with the corona virus, their penile erectile function was normal.

SARS-CoV-2 was found in the penile tissue of both men who had Covid-19, but not in uninfected partners.

Reporting from IFL Science, Thursday (13/5/2021), the conditions were extraordinary because the two men had been declared cured of Covid-19 since six months ago. But half a year later, it turns out that the virus still lingers in the penis.

It may seem unexpected that SARS-CoV-2 can affect the erection ability of the penis. However, this has all to do with blood vessels.

Some evidence shows, SARS-CoV-2 can attack blood vessels and cause damage to the vascular system in many organs of the body. This also seems to apply to blood vessels that can be found with penile erectile tissue.

In order for the penis to become erect, blood flows into the spongy erectile tissue – called the corpus cavernosum – in the center of the penis, causing it to become stiff and hard like a balloon filled with air.

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In this study, the researchers noted that infected men had shown evidence of damage to the lining of the tiny blood vessels in the penile tissue, but men who were virus-free did not.

Based on all these observations, the study authors hypothesized that Covid-19 and damage to blood vessels in the penis could cause erectile dysfunction in some patients.

It has also been suggested that worsening of erectile dysfunction may be due to the presence of a virus in the penile tissue.

Remember, this study is only considered a pilot study and only features a very small sample size, so the findings should be taken with caution.

In other words, just because you have Covid-19 does not mean that the penile tissue has been infected and that you will continue to have problems in the bedroom.

Therefore, if you are worried that you won’t get an erection in the morning, you should check with your doctor.

“Our research shows that Covid-19 can cause widespread endothelial dysfunction in organ systems outside the lungs and kidneys. The underlying endothelial dysfunction that occurs due to Covid-19 can enter endothelial cells and affect many organs, including the penis, “Ranjith Ramasamy, study author and professor and director of the Miller School of Reproductive Urology Program, said in a press release.

“This shows that men who develop Covid-19 infection should be aware that erectile dysfunction can be a devastating effect of the coronavirus, and they should go to a doctor if they experience symptoms of erectile dysfunction,” added Dr Ramasamy.

Other research

In studies published in journals Andrology The issue of March 20, 2021, even states that Covid-19 can increase the risk of erectile dysfunction by up to six times in young men.

In men with a history of Covid-19, the estimated risk of developing erectile dysfunction was 5.66 higher, even after other factors were considered.

The research was led by Emmanuele A. Jannini, MD, professor of endocrinology and medical sexology, University of Rome Tor Vergata, Rome, Italy.

In contrast, data from the study also showed that erectile dysfunction also increases men’s susceptibility to SARS-CoV-2 infection.

Also read: Men infected with Covid-19 are at six times higher risk of experiencing erectile dysfunction

Men with erectile dysfunction are five times more likely to be infected with Covid-19.

According to Jannini, erectile dysfunction can be a short-term and long-term complication of Covid-19.

Covid-19 vaccination is important for men. Besides that, it is also important to wear a mask to protect yourself. The added benefit is preventing sexual dysfunction, ”he said.

He stated that older age, diabetes, high body mass index (BMI) and smoking increase the risk of contracting Covid-19. This, together with the risk factors for erectile dysfunction.

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