The inflammation of blood vessels that typically takes place during a Coronavirus infection may limit the blood flow to the penis, leading to erectile disfunction, scientists have said.
According to Dr Ryan Berglund, a urologist at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, warned she has seen a jump in patients with erectile problems only after they had contracted Covid-19.
“The blood vessels that can become inflamed could cause an obstructive phenomenon and negatively impact the ability to get erections,” he told several US media outlets.
“I would suggests young people to get their vaccinations. If they want to have sex better get the vaccine,” Berglund added.
Other vascular diseases, such as coronary artery, high blood pressure and diabetes could also be risk factors for impotency.
Dr. Emmanuele Jannini, professor of endocrinology and medical sexology at the University of Rome Tor Vergata, who has written extensively on the subject, added that erectile dysfunction could be a symptom of ‘long Covid’, he reportedly said.
He warned it could last for months after the initial coronavirus infection. Other common symptoms of ‘long Covid’ are chest pain, heart palpitations, the loss of smell or taste and difficulty breathing.