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NEW ORLEANS: There are new findings about how coronavirus is causing some long-term side effects in men.
Doctors at the University of Miami find coronavirus in male penis tissue a few months after they recover. And in some, it is causing severe erectile dysfunction.
Tulane’s urologist and director of men’s health, Dr. Omer Raheem, is seeing patients who have ED after becoming infected with the coronavirus. He is also seeing other health issues in addition to erectile dysfunction, such as decreased testosterone, which is the male hormone. This causes men to become lethargic and have inferior sexual desire. The virus also invades the testicles. Research is still studying the effects on sperm quality, infertility, and pregnancy, as well as whether the virus can spread during sex.
“We know from data that the virus is actually present in the marine fluid. What involvement of this virus in the semen carried a woman, yet to be determined,” said Dr. Raheem.
Dr. Raheem says that erectile dysfunction after COVID is more likely to affect men with pre-existing conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity. It is not known whether the damage to the penis tissue is permanent or not. Some patients receive help with medications such as Viagra, but the two men in the study needed penis implants to have an erection.
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When asked how ED psychologically affects the quality of life and relationships of its patients, he replied, “I’ve seen many men who come from COVID and have many implications for their sexual mental health.”
Right now, in Louisiana, women are more likely to get the VOCID vaccine than men, and women account for nearly 57% of those vaccinated.
When asked if he believes this new scientific research will lead men to get vaccinated because sexual intimacy is so important, Dr. Raheem replied, “Absolutely.”
In addition to encouraging men to get a vaccine against COVID, Dr. Raheem says men, with any of these side effects, should consult a doctor for treatment.