There’s one effect of COVID-19 that seems to have fallen below the radar, and that’s erectile dysfunction or ED.
According to a study published in the July Journal of Endocrinological Investigation, several coronavirus survivors are suffering from ED following their illness.
Although rare, some experts fear it may become more common in anyone who has a severe COVID infection,” Judson Brandeis, a urologist in California tells HuffPost.
At issue is the virus’ impact on the blood vessels related to the cardiovascular system.
“Erectile dysfunction largely stems from issues with blood flow, so it’s no surprise that COVID-related vascular issues may be related to erectile dysfunction,” Dr. Christopher Kyle, a urologist in Oregon tells HuffPost. “Anything that degrades blood vessels or impedes how freely blood flows throughout all parts of the body will almost assuredly have an impact on the ability to achieve an erection.”
In an interview with NBCLX, Dr. Dena Grayson says the impact of ED can be long term.
"We now know that people can have long term health effects from this virus, neurologic complications, and now, for men who are watching this -- there is some real concern here that men could have long term issues of erectile dysfunction from this virus, bcause we know that it causes issues in the vasculature."