Nannan Thirumavalavan, MD

A study has found that COVID-19 survivors could develop short- and long-term sexual and reproductive health issues, including erectile dysfunction. COVID-19 has been detected in the testicle, so it could affect how your testicles work. It could affect both sperm production and testosterone production.

Researchers are unsure of the link between COVID-19 and ED. But several factors could lead to the potential onset of erectile dysfunction after COVID-19.

One of the factors is that the virus causes problems in the body’s blood vessels. The virus causes a high level of inflammation in the body as a defense response. The high level of inflammation can cause small blood clots to form, as well as inflammation of the lining of blood vessels. These two characteristics combined can disrupt blood flow – one of the most important factors in achieving an erection.

Dr. Thirumavalavan is a fellowship-trained urologist at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center who specializes in male infertility, microsurgery, sexual dysfunction, and men’s health. He is an expert in penile implants and microsurgical vasectomy reversals, and is the Chief of Male Sexual and Reproductive Health at University Hospitals, as well as an Assistant Professor of Urology at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.

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