- Some COVID-19 survivors develop erectile dysfunction.
- Some survivors are unable to orgasm following a COVID-19 infection.
- Psychological distress connected with COVID-19 might cause premature ejaculation in men.
- The best way to avoid COVID-19 is to get vaccinated and keep wearing a mask in crowded spaces.
The COVID-19 pandemic is such a complex event that it has even affected our sex lives. Many people experience desire disturbances, while others engage in behaviors that are riskier than ever.
Some of those risks are new. What many of us don’t realize is that a COVID-19 infection could lead to complications in the bedroom. Getting the vaccine, using masks, and taking other protective precautions will help you avoid the disease and potential intimate problems. Here’s what you need to know about COVID-19 and male sexual health.
COVID-19 and Erectile Dysfunction
As unlikely as it may seem, ED can be a side effect of COVID-19. When you think about it, it makes sense. The infection could cause cardiovascular problems and make your existing heart condition worse. The penis relies on unobstructed blood flow to get erect. Any problems with circulation, and you may not be able to get hard enough for intercourse.
Doctors have documented cases of erectile dysfunction in COVID-19 patients. These men developed erectile problems several months after infection. Unfortunately, some of the patients had permanent damage and needed a penile prosthesis to regain sexual function.
While we still don’t have enough evidence on the link between COVID-19 and ED, it is possible that some men will have temporary erectile dysfunction after their infection. Modern medication, such as Viagra or Cialis, could help you regain your sexual functioning.
COVID-19 and Orgasm
While evidence is still sparse, we have reason to suspect that a COVID-19 infection might lead to temporary anorgasmia (inability to orgasm) in men.
One scientific paper described two cases of male patients treated for coronavirus at the hospital. In the weeks following their release from medical care, the men complained about inability to have an orgasm.
In both cases, the problems resolved without any medical or psychological intervention. More research is needed to understand this phenomenon and how many men it affects.
COVID-19 and Premature Ejaculation
The impact of COVID-19 goes beyond physical damage. The anxiety and uncertainty of the illness combined with the loss of income due to lockdowns and other protection measures can lead to mental health problems.
Premature ejaculation (PE) is often linked to psychological factors. One paper covering three cases of COVID-19 patients suggests that the worsening of existing PE or the onset of this sexual dysfunction might be caused by depressive mood.
Stay Safe and Find Help for Sexual Problems
COVID-19 remains a mystery to science. Every month we learn about new, long-term implications of the disease. We don’t know whether the negative effects of the infection on men’s sexual health will be long-term. For now, the best thing you can do is avoid getting sick.
Whether to get vaccinated or wear a mask are personal decisions, but know the risks COVID may present to your sexual functioning before making up your mind.
If you started having sexual health issues such as ED following a COVID-19 infection, talk to your doctor about available treatments, or speak to one of ours. eDrugstore offers a free online consultation with a licensed physician, who will help you choose the right medication for you and fill your prescription. Virtual health visits and shipping are always free. Check out our medication guide, or click here for more details.
Anka Grzywacz is a sexologist, reproductive health expert and Certified Sex Coach