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J Endocrinol Invest. September 24, 2021. doi: 10.1007 / s40618-021-01679-1. Online ahead of print.

ABSTRACT

BACKGROUND: To date, no attempt has been made to collect the literature on the relationship between the social environmental impact of COVID-19 and erectile dysfunction. The objective of this exploratory review was to assess and compare the prevalence of erectile dysfunction (ED) among men and healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

METHODS: A systematic review of the main databases from their creation until February 2021 was carried out. Prevalence data were extracted and a random effects meta-analysis was undertaken.

RESULTS: The pooled prevalence of erectile dysfunction among healthcare workers working in COVID-19 specific environments and outside of healthcare during the COVID-19 pandemic.

RESULTS: Of 52 initial studies, six were included for final analysis. The combined prevalence of ED among healthcare workers working in a COVID-19 environment was 63.6% (95% CI 20.3-92.3%) and among non-healthcare workers during the pandemic of COVID-19 was 31.9% (95% CI 19.5-47.6%).

CONCLUSION: The prevalence of ED among healthcare workers working in COVID-19 environments was higher than that of representative samples and is of concern. Sexual health (and by extension, overall health) should be a priority when considering how to care for this population. Considering the social environmental impact of COVID-19 on sexual health and in particular on ED, it is important to provide adequate psychological support systems and to promote quality of life with particular attention to sexual health.

PMID: 34559402 | DOI: 10.1007 / s40618-021-01679-1