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Can COVID-19 Cause Erectile Dysfunction?

COVID-19 is still very new to medical experts, who are finding more and more new information about it as time goes on.

One piece of new information regarding COVID-19 is that COVID-19 can cause erectile dysfunction.

How COVID-19 causes erectile dysfunction

Erectile dysfunction (ED) is the inability to obtain and keep an erection long enough for sexual intercourse and can be caused by a plethora of things:

  • Heart disease
  • Clogged blood vessels
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Poor diet and/or lack of exercise
  • Low testosterone levels (low T)
  • Prescription medications
  • Prostate cancer, enlarged prostate and/or treatment for these conditions
  • Injuries to the pelvis or spinal cord
  • Surgeries affecting the pelvis or spinal cord
  • Tobacco use
  • Alcohol and substance abuse
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Low self-esteem and confidence
  • Sleep disorders
  • Stress

Note the causes of erectile dysfunction can be both physical and mental and can take place in several areas of the body.

Likewise, COVID-19 can affect many different parts of the body — the heart, brain, and lungs, just to name a few — and many of those parts can affect sexual performance.

For example, COVID-19 attacks blood vessels, obstructing blood flow. Blood flow is what causes an erection in the first place, and any blockage in the penile blood vessels can be a major contributor to erectile dysfunction.

Also recovering from COVID-19 may have a serious mental toll, particularly for people who are still experiencing symptoms or side-effects months after initially recovering. This can lead to anxiety, depression, and add a great deal of stress to a person’s life. All of these things are common causes of erectile dysfunction.

How to protect yourself from COVID-19 erectile dysfunction

To avoid COVID-19-induced erectile dysfunction, it’s best to take preventative measures to avoid getting COVID-19 in the first place.

The following tips are based on the CDC’s COVID-19 guidelines

Wear a mask

Whenever you go out in the Fort Myers area, wear a mask that covers your mouth and nose. COVID-19 spreads through droplets that are produced when a person sneezes, coughs, or speaks.

Wearing a mask can prevent most of these droplets from spreading. While it’s not 100% perfect, it can prevent the spread for both you and your loved ones.

Social distancing

When out in public, be sure to keep a distance of at least 6 feet apart from other people. Combining this 6-foot distance with wearing a mask, you’re much less likely to catch COVID-19 and spread it to other people.

If you have come into contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19, you should quarantine yourself for up to 10 days. The CDC has specific guidelines for different quarantine situations, which you can review here.

Wash your hands

Washing your hands with soap is something you should be doing already, but if you’re not, now’s the time to start.

You should wash your hands when you:

  • Touch your eyes, nose, or mouth
  • Prepare or eat food and drinks
  • Touch a contaminated surface or object, especially if they’ve been touched by other people (i.e., gas pumps, door handles, handrails, shopping carts)
  • Blow your nose, cough, or sneeze into your hands (Tip: sneeze into the crook of your elbow instead of your hand. You’ll still want to wash your hands, but you’re less likely to spread germs this way.)
  • Care for someone who’s sick
  • Treat a cut or wound
  • Use the bathroom
  • Change diapers
  • Touch an animal (including pets), animal food, or waste
  • Touch garbage
  • Enter or leave a public place

Washing your hands should take at least 20 seconds — the time it takes to sing (or in public if you’re shy, hum) “Happy Birthday” twice. You should also be washing the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your fingernails.

If you are in a situation where you can’t use soap, keep an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. You can make sure you have that amount by carefully reading the product’s label.

Get vaccinated

As COVID-19 vaccinations begin to roll out and become more available in your area, it’s imperative that you get vaccinated as soon as possible. However, when you get vaccinated, it doesn’t mean that mask-wearing and social distancing goes away. You still need to be careful, for yourself and others. Keep in mind that one of the vaccines requires 2 doses with a 2-week waiting period in order to be effective. Don’t think that getting the first dose means you’re 100% in the clear, or that those around you are.

Shockwave therapy for COVID-19 erectile dysfunction

In the case that COVID-19 has weakened your penile blood vessels, shockwave therapy may be a solution.

Shockwave therapy is a minimally invasive, drug-free erectile dysfunction treatment. It works by using soundwaves to break up blockages in the penis’s blood vessels as well as weaker blood vessels. The body will then work to heal and improve the impaired or weaker blood vessels, which results in a better, stronger, and longer-lasting erection.

PhysioMD, a men’s clinic located near Fort Myers, FL, offers this groundbreaking treatment option that has vastly improved our patients’ sex lives.

Contact PhysioMD’s clinic near Fort Myers for more information

COVID-19 is still very new to medical experts, who are finding more and more new information about it as time goes on.

One piece of new information regarding COVID-19 is that COVID-19 can cause erectile dysfunction.

How COVID-19 causes erectile dysfunction

COVID-19 virus shown at a microscopic level

Erectile dysfunction (ED) is the inability to obtain and keep an erection long enough for sexual intercourse and can be caused by a plethora of things:

  • Heart disease
  • Clogged blood vessels
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Poor diet and/or lack of exercise
  • Low testosterone levels (low T)
  • Prescription medications
  • Prostate cancer, enlarged prostate and/or treatment for these conditions
  • Injuries to the pelvis or spinal cord
  • Surgeries affecting the pelvis or spinal cord
  • Tobacco use
  • Alcohol and substance abuse
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Low self-esteem and confidence
  • Sleep disorders
  • Stress

Note that the causes of erectile dysfunction can be both physical and mental and can take place in several areas of the body.

Likewise, COVID-19 can affect many different parts of the body — the heart, brain, and lungs, just to name a few — and many of those parts can affect sexual performance.

For example, COVID-19 attacks blood vessels, obstructing blood flow. Blood flow is what causes an erection in the first place, and any blockage in the penile blood vessels can be a major contributor to erectile dysfunction.

Also recovering from COVID-19 may have a serious mental toll, particularly for people who are still experiencing symptoms or side-effects months after initially recovering. This can lead to anxiety, depression, and add a great deal of stress to a person’s life. All of these things are common causes of erectile dysfunction.

How to protect yourself from COVID-19 erectile dysfunction

To avoid COVID-19-induced erectile dysfunction, it’s best to take preventative measures to avoid getting COVID-19 in the first place.The following tips are based on the CDC’s COVID-19 guidelines.

Wear a mask

Masks used to prevent the spread of COVID-19

Whenever you go out in the Fort Myers area, wear a mask that covers your mouth and nose. COVID-19 spreads through droplets that are produced when a person sneezes, coughs, or speaks.

Wearing a mask can prevent most of these droplets from spreading. While it’s not 100% perfect, it can prevent the spread for both you and your loved ones.

Social distancing

When out in public, be sure to keep a distance of at least 6 feet apart from other people. Combining this 6-foot distance with wearing a mask, you’re much less likely to catch COVID-19 and spread it to other people.

If you have come into contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19, you should quarantine yourself for up to 10 days. The CDC has specific guidelines for different quarantine situations, which you can review here.

Wash your hands

Washing your hands with soap is something you should be doing already, but if you’re not, now’s the time to start.

You should wash your hands when you:

  • Touch your eyes, nose, or mouth
  • Prepare or eat food and drinks
  • Touch a contaminated surface or object, especially if they’ve been touched by other people (i.e., gas pumps, door handles, handrails, shopping carts)
  • Blow your nose, cough, or sneeze into your hands (Tip: sneeze into the crook of your elbow instead of your hand. You’ll still want to wash your hands, but you’re less likely to spread germs this way.)
  • Care for someone who’s sick
  • Treat a cut or wound
  • Use the bathroom
  • Change diapers
  • Touch an animal (including pets), animal food, or waste
  • Touch garbage
  • Enter or leave a public place

Washing your hands should take at least 20 seconds — the time it takes to sing (or in public if you’re shy, hum) “Happy Birthday” twice. You should also be washing the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your fingernails.

If you are in a situation where you can’t use soap, keep an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. You can make sure you have that amount by carefully reading the product’s label.

Get vaccinated

As COVID-19 vaccinations begin to roll out and become more available in your area, it’s imperative that you get vaccinated as soon as possible. However, when you get vaccinated, it doesn’t mean that mask-wearing and social distancing goes away. You still need to be careful, for yourself and others. Keep in mind that one of the vaccines requires 2 doses with a 2-week waiting period in order to be effective. Don’t think that getting the first dose means you’re 100% in the clear, or that those around you are.

Shockwave therapy for COVID-19 erectile dysfunction

In the case that COVID-19 has weakened your penile blood vessels, shockwave therapy may be a solution.

Shockwave therapy is a minimally invasive, drug-free erectile dysfunction treatment. It works by using soundwaves to break up blockages in the penis’s blood vessels as well as weaker blood vessels. The body will then work to heal and improve the impaired or weaker blood vessels, which results in a better, stronger, and longer-lasting erection.

PhysioMD, a men’s clinic located near Fort Myers, FL, offers this groundbreaking treatment option that has vastly improved our patients’ sex lives.

Contact PhysioMD’s clinic near Fort Myers for more information

For more information about erectile dysfunction and shockwave therapy, contact PhysioMD’s Fort Myers clinic for more information or to schedule an appointment.

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