“I have Covid dick. Can I…Grow it back…”. Understand: “I have the Sex Covid. Will it go back to its normal size?”. The question is asked by a 30-year-old who testified in the American version of Slate this Friday, January 14, about the erection problems he has encountered since being infected with Covid.
In this podcast, the man assures that his penis has shrunk significantly, by about 4 centimeters. “It’s thought to be related to the vascular damage caused by the disease, and my doctors say it’s probably permanent.” he indicates.
But is this patient an isolated case? Several studies on this type of disorder seem to show that these side effects are seriously taken into account. In May 2021, the Korean medical journal “World Journal of Men’s Health”, published results in this direction. It is thus indicated that Covid-19 can cause erectile dysfunction. “Our study is the first to demonstrate that Covid-19 is present in the penis long after infection in humans. Our results also suggest that endothelial dysfunction linked to Covid-19 infection may contribute to erectile dysfunction.“
“Mask to keep it straight”
L’Express reported on this phenomenon which would be linked to infection by Covid-19, of the endothelium, a layer of cells which covers all the vessels of the body and which is found in the surface of the corpora cavernosa, tissues that become engorged with blood during the erection phase. A scientific study published in the scientific journal “Science Direct”, specifies that “by contaminating and damaging this cell barrier, the virus disrupts blood flow, sometimes preventing the penis from erecting“.
The specialized medical journal “Andrology conducted a pre-study in Italy on the same theme. The cases of 100 men were studied, 75 of whom had contracted Covid-19. Among the infected, 28% of them experienced erectile dysfunction, compared to 9% in those who were not infected.Mask up to keep it up” (“Mask up to keep it straight“). The researchers indeed encourage men to use the mask and vaccination to prevent erection problems.