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Erectile dysfunction due to Covid is confirmed.


Erectile dysfunction

Erectile dysfunction due to Covid is confirmed.

Shortness of breath, sexual fatigue, erectile dysfunction, loss of libido ...

The virus that closed the world could have more impact on our sexuality.

The Covid-19 is definitely full of symptomatic surprises. Although it is now established that it causes loss of taste and smell, rashes and more discolorations of the fingers or toes, it also appears to be responsible for impaired erectile function.

Due to the disease, a number of men find it difficult, over an extended period of time, to achieve and maintain an erection sufficient for satisfactory sexual intercourse.

Why it's important to talk about it. Because male sexual health remains taboo. According to a survey carried out in May 2019, only 23% of men suffering from erectile dysfunction have ever consulted a healthcare professional about it.

Sexual rupture remains a sensitive subject even if it is frequent and is easily explained by various factors on which we can act.

Today, urologists, andrologists and sex therapists are alerting to a link between Covid-19 and erectile disorders and stress the importance of informing the male population of this consequence of the infection in order to offer them appropriate treatment. 

The Covid-19 has been shaking up our habits for nearly a year. And no part of our daily life is spared, not even sex.

Persistent symptoms, cardiovascular sequelae and the psychological impact of repeated childbirth can obviously have an impact on our sex life. We explain to you how the health crisis and its consequences could well be invited into our antics.

Long Covid, persistent symptoms and sexuality

This is especially the case for some patients who suffer from long covid or persistent symptoms. “I felt so exhausted after having sex with my partner for the first time since I fell ill,” says Aoife *, 25, for example in the UK edition of Cosmopolitan. “It affected our sex life a lot.

We haven't had penetrative sex in months because I'm so exhausted. Our sex life is just starting to get back to normal. Our version of normal, anyway, ”she continued.

Like her, 10 to 15% of people affected by Covid-19 suffer from persistent symptoms, in particular fatigue and breathing difficulties, which indeed have an impact on their daily life and therefore, their sex life.

“I didn't have my first sex until four weeks after I got sick. My physical limitations - especially shortness of breath, fatigue and dizziness - were really hurting me, ”says Alex, 21, in the same article.

But beyond a few testimonies scattered here and there in the media and forums on the Internet, the figures and scientific data are still lacking to know the impact of this Covid-long on sexuality, and more generally on the body.

Covid-19 and erectile dysfunction.

Moreover, these are not the only disorders caused by the virus. Dena Grayson, an American doctor specializing in infectious diseases, expressed her concerns about the impact of Covid-19 on erectile functions.

 "The coronavirus is known to cause problems in the vascular system [...] There is real concern that men may have long term problems with erectile dysfunction from this virus because we know it causes erectile dysfunction. problems in the vascular system.

This virus can not only kill you, but can also potentially lead to lifelong complications, ”she explained in an interview with NBC Chicago.

The impact of childbirth on sexuality

The fluctuations in desire induced by the different lockdowns - living behind closed doors for couples living together or the isolation of singles - can also have an impact.

Being locked up and having to juggle different identities (personal, professional, family) also affected sexual antics.

Thus, an Ifop survey carried out for the Charles.co health platform and published in May, revealed that the first confinement had a negative impact for 1 couple in 10.

Sex for a month. The second confinement, less strict, seems to have been more conducive to reconciliations.

Without forgetting, the stress inherent in the context of health crisis which has spread to the rooms of the French, disrupting sleep and libido.

“For people in a relationship, general stress and conditions of confinement - such as the lack of privacy, strong promiscuity or the constant presence of the partner - can also have had a negative impact on libido: a third of French people ( 32%) admit to having had a general decrease in their sexual needs during the second confinement ”, revealed a study * IFOP in partnership with Gleeden published at the end of the year.

Yet the figures show an upsurge in desire (and pleasure) since the end of the second lockdown.


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