ED and COVID-19
01 September, 2021 | Raja
The COVID-19 pandemic has been a global issue for more than a year and a half now. Despite all this time, we are still learning new details about the health-related problems among people suffering from Long COVID. Long COVID-19 is the term used to describe the symptoms that last for longer than four weeks after getting infected for COVID-19.
From the beginning of this
pandemic, doctors have suspected that COVID-19 can cause erectile dysfunction
during the infection and the Long COVID-19 period. The exact mechanisms behind
this are still being studied, but the link between COVID-19 and ED is
links between COVID-19 and Erectile Dysfunction
Although researchers are currently trying to determine the exact
relation between ED and COVID-19, we do, however, have some idea of how
COVID-19 can lead to Erectile Dysfunction, both while infected and during the
long COVID-19 period.
impact of COVID-19 on overall health
Erectile dysfunction can be an indication of further underlying health issues. Men with poor health are more likely to develop ED and experience any adverse reaction to COVID-19. Among young and healthy men, a sudden onset of ED after contracting COVID-19 is especially worrying.
Due to the wide range of
possible health complications of COVID-19, men should not suffer silently for
months and hope that the ED will go away on its own. It is critical to seek
medical attention in the early stages of Erectile Dysfunction, especially after
COVID-19. Early intervention can better address the problem and keep it from
Cardiovascular Impact of COVID-19
It is well known that the vascular system and the reproductive system
are closely linked together. COVID-19 has been shown to produce hyper
inflammation throughout the body, particularly in the heart and adjacent
muscles. The degraded performance of the cardiovascular system can cause the
flow of blood to the penis to become obstructed, which can lead to Erectile
impact of COVID-19 on blood flow
Inflammation can occur during or after a COVID-19 infection. It is one of the main factors that may cause Erectile Dysfunction during long COVID. As the immune system attempts to fight off the virus, many people tend to also experience hyper inflammation.
Hyperinflammation can lead to the development of small blood clots and inflammation of the endothelium(lining the blood vessels). This disrupts the normal flow of blood, leading to Erectile Dysfunction.
The blood flow concern has
risen to prominence among health practitioners, who now undertake further exams
on patients to check for any abnormality. Raman Tanwar, MBBS, MS, FMAS, MCh,
Department of Urology and Andrology, Jyoti Hospital, Gurugram, noted that "COVID-19 infection leads to widespread
dysfunction which means that the
linings of blood vessels do not function properly once infected. For erection,
the optimal function of blood vessel lining is needed, and many studies across
the world are finding an increased incidence of erectile dysfunction in positive
patients. Studies have also pointed out that those who have ED are more likely
to have COVID-19 infection".
function and the psychological impact of COVID-19
Sexual health is closely related to mental health and well-being.
Pandemic-related worries and anxieties can, therefore, cause erectile
dysfunction. Moreover, isolation and
financial struggles have also been magnified during the pandemic, leading to
more loneliness and depression, diminished sexual function, and subsequently
more erectile dysfunction.