Peyronie’s Disease & COVID-19
It is too early into the Coronavirus pandemic to understand the long-term implications for men’s sexual health as to date there is limited clinical experience and no clinical studies into the areas of Erectile Dysfunction, Peyronie’s Disease and Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome.
What we do know at this stage is that COVID-19 has as serious impact on the bodily systems system and in the future there will be studies and clinical trials to assess the effect of both recovered Covid-19 patients and long COVID.
COVID-19 effects the vascular system (system that carries blood, pumped by the heart throughout the body). Erectile dysfunction is often a predictor of heart disease, so both the vascular system and problems with the male reproductive system are connected. COVID-19 can also cause hyperinflammation in men effecting the heart and adjacent muscles. This can affect the blood supply to the penis. Blood supply to the penis is a crucial in order for a man to achieve and maintain an erection. In fact, over 20 times the normal amount of blood needs to flow into the penis.
A further area of future investigation, will be around the damage COVID-19 causes to the blood vessels that supply blood to the penis. These blood vessels can become clogged with fatty deposits and calcium deposits resulting in damage to the endothelium (lining), meaning they lose their flexibility and ability not only to allow a free flow of blood but also to expand and contract. Damage to these blood vessels and build-up of deposits can be a trigger in the development of Peyronie’s disease.
Successful intercourse is not just based on the vascular system it is also psychological. Impulses from our brain that travel via the central nervous system and tell our body to get aroused. An analogy would be a motor car. You need to turn the key or press a button to switch the ignition on (our brain) and make the fuel flow to the engine to make the car move (the blood). The central nervous system controls our sense of smell and taste, which are all symptoms of COVID-19. Future studies will show if there are any longer-term impacts to the Central nervous system. Another psychological impact is depression and the impacts of long-term social distancing and lockdowns have yet to be fully understood on people’s mental health.
People suffering conditions, such as diabetes and heart disease are far more vulnerable to Coronavirus. These conditions are strongly correlated to suffering erectile dysfunction and Peyronie’s disease. The medical community is at the very early stages of understanding what long term complications COVID-19 can cause as currently medical resources are geared towards prevention, vaccination and saving lives. In the future it will become much clearer what long-term complications will occur in people that previously had good health and are now suffering ED and PD.
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