Recently there has been a worldwide buzz about ‘covid penis‘. This name describes the long-term consequence of COVID-19, which manifests itself in a shorter penis. Unfortunately, urology specialists confirm these reports and inform that SARS-CoV-2, detected in the tissues of the penis, is to blame for erectile dysfunction.
aaaFor more than two years now, COVID-19, has been a constant in our lives. However, despite the increasing knowledge of the virus, its effects on the human body are still being explored. In particular, the long-term effects of the disease are still being studied and documented in the scientific literature.
One of the effects that has recently attracted worldwide attention is the so-called ‘covid penis‘. Urologists confirm that this is one of the effects of COVID-19, the most common symptom is erectile dysfunction, which occurs due to reduced blood flow to the penis.
Problem of a man from the USA
It all started with a new episode of the ‘How to Do It‘ podcast hosted by Rich Juzwiak and popular adult production star Stoya, which aired on January 9.
During the program, the hosts read a letter from one of their listeners, a 30+ year old man who contracted Covid and had to be hospitalized due to severe symptoms. The man initially had problems with erectile dysfunction that gradually improved but he was left with another problem, his penis had shrunk.
“I was above average. Not huge, but definitely bigger than normal. Now I’ve lost about an inch and a half and become decidedly less than average. It’s apparently due to vascular damage, and my doctors seem to think it’s likely permanent.” wrote the man.
Blood flow restriction problem
The effect of COVID-19 on the penis is not a new discovery, first studies on this subject appeared last year. However, the link between the disease and the male reproductive system is still not fully known and requires further research. Studies published so far, however, point to a preliminary link between the virus and erectile dysfunction.
Back in May last year, a study was published in the World Journal of Men’s Health, the results of which led researchers to conclude that a virus can restrict blood flow to the genitals, which over time can result in difficulty achieving an erection.
In a study or case study, given the small scale, conducted by researchers at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, they examined penis tissues in 4 men who had previously contracted the virus. As it turned out, traces of the virus can still be found in the genitals even months after infection.
Othr results were published by the University College London in July 2021 that catalogued long-term Covid symptoms. Among the more than 200 symptoms experienced by more than 3,500 people in the study, reproductive system disorders also appeared.
Among some study participants, women experienced earlier menopause and irregular menstrual periods, and men reported reduced penis and testicular size.
Fortunately, during the podcast, Dr. Charles Welliver, urologist and director of men’s health at Albany Medical College, said that there may be ways to treat ‘covid penis‘. While it was initially thought that taking regular small amounts of erectile dysfunction medication might help, doctors now believe that penis pumps, which stimulate blood flow, have some potential benefit.
What is a penis pump?
Penis pumps, also known as penis enlargers or vacuum pumps, are devices that have been around for many years. They are used to increase blood flow by creating a vacuum around the penis. The blood then fills the blood vessels, causing them to swell, making the penis – temporarily – bigger and harder.
Pumps in combination with cock rings have long been suggested as a way to solve erectile dysfunction problems, although they can also be used solely for sexual stimulation.
For those with erectile dysfunction, pumps are much less expensive and generally, when used correctly, much safer than other alternatives. What is also important is, that penis pumps can be used along with medications such as Viagra.
The only question that remains to be asked is whether this means that as knowledge grows about ‘covid penis’, its long-term effects and, more importantly, the exact cause of its occurrence, penis pumps will become devices commonly used to prevent it? Time will tell what the answer to this question will be.
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