Can COVID-19 Cause Erectile Dysfunction?

COVID-19 being a lethal virus have affected millions of people and took so many lives in the past few months.

Common symptoms of Covid-19:

It is known to cause fever, respiratory, digestive, or neurological symptoms commonly. Among the respiratory symptoms are cough, shortness of breath and pneumonia. Neurological symptoms include loss of taste and smell and if Phrenic nerve is damaged it can lead the patient to ventilator. Digestive symptoms are loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, weight loss, bloating e.t.c.

Besides these obvious symptoms, recent studies show the incidence of cardiovascular pathologies among the COVID-19 patients and in some people it can exist even after the recovery from the virus.

Less common symptoms of Covid-19:

Not a common symptom of Covid-19, but many cases with the virus have problem obtaining and maintaining an erection, which means that covid-19 although not directly cause erectile dysfunction but can affect the circulation in some way so that inhibiting blood flow to the genitals.

Possible ways, how covid-19 can cause erectile dysfunction:

Erectile dysfunction is a serious sexual problems in men with old age specifically, but can occur a any age owing to different pathologies. The pathophysiology underlying erectile dysfunction is the lack of oxygenated blood flow to the genitals as result of inability of smooth muscles relaxation and vasoconstriction. Following are the ways that could lead a covid-19 sufferer experience erection problems.

Cardiovascular side effects:

Covid-19 can pose serious cardiovascular pathologies that can effect the blood flow to the erectile tissues, as a result causing erectile dysfunction.

The virus is responsible for immunosuppression and hyper-inflammatory response in the body that could damage the blood vessels and hence reduce the flow of oxygenated blood to the genitals.

Psychological problems:

There is high prevalence of stress, anxiety and depression among covid-19 patients. Due to this psychological stress there is a possibility of loss of interest in intimate life. Moreover, the fear of transferring the virus to the spouse can also elicit symptoms of withdrawal and failure of erection in men.

Testosterone production:

According to some researches, covid-19 can cause damage to the testes, the organs producing testosterone hormone. A reduction in the blood testosterone level can also effect erection in men.

Medication side effect:

The erectile dysfunction during or after the Covid-19 can be due to medications side effect. Covid-19 patients use anti-hypertensive and beta blocker medication, both of which have side effects related to sexual dysfunctions.

Immobility and rest:

Prolonged bed rest and lack of physical activity can be another factor for the incidence of erectile dysfunction in covid-19 patients, more specifically those who are older than 40 years of age.

Treatment for Covid-19 caused erectile dysfunction:

The aim of treating erectile dysfunction is to improve circulation to the genitals to make erection possible.

In case of covid-19 patients, the erection deficit may resolve with in few days after the covid-19 ends, but the symptoms may persist for longer duration.

Erectile dysfunction usually resolves with improvement in physical activity and starting exercise after you get recovered from covid-19.

If the symptoms persists for longer than expected, then you need to consult a physician to get a prescription for your erection problem.

There are drugs available I stores and online for erectile dysfunction, one of these is apcalis oral jelly which is helpful in improving circulation to the genitals.

Other drugs that can induce the same effect are Viagra, Kamagra jelly, Levitra and Cialis. All these drugs are Phosphodiesterase type-5 inhibitors and their function is to do vasodilation and smooth muscle relaxation in the penis to increase the flow of oxygenated blood to the genitals

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