Further research is needed to confirm this, but it appears that there is another important reason for vaccination with a COVID-19 vaccine. It can help prevent erectile dysfunction.
As doctors realized that the virus was a threat to the intravascular system, they began to wonder whether COVID-19 infection could cause ED. And, unsurprisingly, ever since the pandemic began in March 2020, urologists like me have noticed an increase in the number of patients experiencing erectile dysfunction.
Although, I suspected that COVID and ED were related, it was not proven yet.
So, receiving the news that COVID can cause episodes of ED was great news for doctors like me, who were trying to convince vaccine skeptics about the benefits of getting the jab.
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And as a doctor helping men with erectile dysfunction points out, there’s no scientific evidence to support rapper Nicki Minaj’s 22.6 million Twitter followers claim this week that the COVID vaccine can cause impotence or “bloating” . I confirm. testicles. ”
In a study published in July, Italian researchers called more than 2,000 men and asked them a series of questions about health and ED. All the men tested positive for COVID-19.
As of now, 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 infection. Double worrying.
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 endothelium, the inner part of the artery. Endothelium are the cells that line the interior of arteries and veins.
For non-doctors, this means that these types of diseases affect the relationship between blood, blood vessels, tissues, and oxygen. 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 to prepare the immune system for a better response when the body is exposed to the virus. This means that if you are infected with COVID and are vaccinated, you will either have no symptoms or your symptoms will be significantly reduced.
Take measures to prevent heart disease
Keep in mind that COVID itself may not be the cause of erectile dysfunction, but it can be an additional factor in other conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, dyslipidemia and obesity.
In addition to vaccination, measures must be taken to prevent heart disease and related conditions, which are the leading causes of death for men and women across ethnic groups in the United States, according to the US Centers for Disease Control.
Doctors like me hope this early news is another tool that can be used to convince people who are hesitant to vaccinate and reevaluate the benefits of the COVID-19 vaccine. Is.
Dr. Marcos del Rosario Santiago is a urologist in the Mexican Navy (Armed Mexico), a member of the American Urological Association and a freelance writer. Follow him on Twitter: @ theologian1