Further research is needed to confirm that, but there seems to be another important reason for vaccination with the COVID-19 vaccine. It can help prevent erectile dysfunction.
As soon as doctors realized that the virus was threatening the intravascular system, they began to wonder if COVID-19 infection could cause ED. And, anecdotally, since the pandemic began in March 2020, urologists like me have noticed an increase in the number of patients experiencing erectile dysfunction.
However, I suspected that COVID and ED were related, but it had not yet been proven.
Therefore, getting the news that COVID can cause episodes of ED was good news for doctors like me trying to convince vaccine skeptics about the benefits of getting a jab.
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And as a doctor helping men with erectile dysfunction, there is no scientific evidence this week to support rapper Nicki Minaj’s claim to 22.6 million Twitter followers that the COVID vaccine can cause impotence or “swelling.” I affirm. Testicles. ”
In a study published in July, Italian researchers called more than 2,000 men and asked a series of questions about health and ED. All men tested positive for COVID-19.
So far, this is just one study, but the evidence strongly suggests a strong link between ED and COVID-19. COVID-19 appears to increase the likelihood of developing erectile dysfunction, which appears to be a marker of increased susceptibility to infections. Double wormy.
ED is often a symptom of other health problems
Why are they related? COVID affects the microvascular system of the lungs. Erectile dysfunction often reflects other health problems. For example, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and coronary artery disease all affect the interior of the artery, the endothelium. The endothelium is the cells that line the interior of arteries and veins.
For non-doctors, it means that these types of illnesses affect the relationship between blood, blood vessels themselves, tissues and oxygenation. The prevalence and severity of ED and COVID are higher in men with a history of hypertension, obesity, diabetes, and vascular disease. We hope that vaccination with COVID can prevent the onset of ED.
When it comes to vaccines, it helps prepare the immune system for a better response when the body comes into contact with the virus. This means that if you are infected with COVID and vaccinated, you will either have no symptoms or your symptoms will be significantly reduced.
Take steps to prevent heart disease
Keep in mind that COVID itself may not cause erectile dysfunction, but it may be an additional factor in other conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, dyslipidemia, and obesity.
In addition to being vaccinated, according to the US Center for Disease Control, measures must be taken to prevent heart disease and related conditions, which are the leading causes of death for men and women in the United States, across ethnic groups.
Doctors like me hope that this preliminary news is another tool that can be used to convince people who are hesitant to vaccinate and reassess the benefits of the COVID-19 vaccine. is.
Dr. Marcos del Rosario Santiago is a urologist in the Mexican Navy (Armadade Mexico), a member of the American Urological Association, and a freelance writer. Follow him on Twitter: @ theurologist1