Despite having been almost 2 years since the Covid-19 pandemic hits, we still do not have full knowledge of the virus. While we have a basic understanding of some side effects from being infected by Covid-19, the virus continues to surprise us with new side effects.
Recently, a man in the United States has claimed that his penis had become considerably shorter after recovering from his Covid-19 infection, while he was speaking as a guest on the sexual health podcast How To Do It.
The 30-year-old man said “When I got out of the hospital, I had some erectile dysfunction issues. Those gradually got better with some medical attention, but I seem to be left with a lasting problem.”
“My penis had shrunk,” he said, adding that before he got sick, he was above average – not huge, but definitely bigger than normal.”
“Now I’ve lost about an inch-and-a-half, and have become decidedly less than average.”
While it may seem pretty crazy, medical experts do agree that such a depressing side effect is actually quite possible.
In the case of the man, the doctors think it may have to do with vascular vein damage in the erectile tissue of his penis.
“My doctors seem to think it’s permanent,” he said. “It shouldn’t really matter, but it has had a profound impact on my self confidence in my abilities in bed.”
Meanwhile, this is not the first case and the issues affecting penile health as a result of COVID-19 infections were first brought up and studied in 2021, with several male patients displaying blood vessel damage in their members.
According to a study published in the World Journal of Men’s Health, it was stated that after inspection with an electron microscope, coronavirus particles were discovered in their penile tissue. In addition, the study also found that both patients showed signs of blood vessel damage in their penises, compared with other patients who had erectile dysfunction but had never contracted the disease.
“We found that the virus affects the blood vessels that supply the penis, causing erectile dysfunction,” said Dr. Ranjith Ramasamy, the university’s director of the reproductive urology program, and senior researcher for the study.
“The blood vessels themselves malfunction and are not able to provide enough blood to enter the penis for an erection,” he added.
“We don’t think this is a temporary effect, we think this could be permanent.”
Having said that, it is best that we take care of ourselves and not look down on the effects of Covid-19 has on our bodies.