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What we know about corona disease and the size of the penis, as the man says, his genitals are shrinking

Anecdotal reports have emerged from men who said their penis size decreased after contracting COVID – but it is uncertain how widespread it is.

The topic was highlighted this week in How do I do it Slate’s Sex Advice podcast, in which a man called to say he lost “about an inch and a half” of penis length after contracting COVID.

“It appears to be due to the damage to the blood vessels, and my doctors seem to think it’s likely to be permanent,” he added.

It is not the only such report. A study was published in scalpel Last year, the medical journal looked at more than 3,700 people with confirmed or suspected long-term COVID-19 with illness lasting more than 28 days. She identified over 200 potential symptoms from several different areas of the body.

Among them were reports of ‘decreased testes/penis size’, although it was reported in a small minority of respondents – less than 10 percent.

Charles Welliver, M.D., a men’s health and urologist at Albany Medical College, said: How do I do it Podcast that COVID has been linked to erectile dysfunction, which itself is linked to reduced penis size.

He said, “Probably everyone with severe erectile dysfunction…maybe have some shrinkage. We see that, especially in men after they’ve cleared prostate cancer and gone from zero erections for 6 to 12 weeks. They all get shrunken.” .

Ashley J. Winter, a urologist with Kaiser Permanente Healthcare, also spoke on the podcast to explain that the negative effects of COVID on the penis may be related to something called endothelial dysfunction — a term that refers to poor functioning of the endothelial blood vessels.

This relates to the penis and erection because erections are blood flow events. “You get stiff because a whole lot of blood goes into your penis and stays there,” Winter said. “When those blood vessels get affected, you know, you can get erectile dysfunction.”

A study was published in May 2021 on COVID-19 and erectile dysfunction in International Journal of Men’s Health It concluded that it found evidence of COVID-19 in the human penis long after the initial infection had occurred, and suggested that the virus’s effect on penile blood flow could lead to impaired erectile function.

However, Williver noted that it is not known exactly how widespread the problem is because the total number of males infected with COVID is uncertain due to the asymptomatic cases.

Conversely, there was a report in 2020 of a man who experienced a prolonged erection for hours due to a blood clot linked to COVID.

A stock image shows a man with both hands on his crotch. Some urologists have linked COVID to erection issues.
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