As if the pandemic’s effects couldn’t grow any worse or continue any longer, we are now learning that having COVID puts you at risk for a variety of sexual dysfunctions and challenges.
The immediate effects of living through the COVID era on your sex life have been covered in other publications (both positive and negative). If you’ve experienced COVID, here’s what to look out for in the future.
1. Erectile Dysfunction
Erectile Dysfunction occurs when a man can’t get or keep an erection firm enough for sexual intercourse.Erectile dysfunction can be a sign of a physical or psychological condition. It can cause stress, relationship strain and low self-confidence.The main symptom is a man’s inability to get or keep an erection firm enough for sexual intercourse.Patients suffering from erectile dysfunction should first be evaluated for any underlying physical and psychological conditions. If treatment of the underlying conditions doesn’t help, medication and assistive devices, such as pumps, can be prescribed.
Studies have shown that as a man who has had COVID-19 before, there is a three-time more likely chance you will develop erectile dysfunction later on, perhaps even sooner than is typical.
2. Decreased Sperm Production
Men who have had COVID have been observed to have lower sperm counts after having had COVID than before having COVID. This could have long-term negative implications on fertility and the ability to conceive, though more research is needed to confirm this.
3. Mental Health Problems
COVID, or simply living through the COVID era, can induce or exacerbate mental health problems. So there you have it. After COVID, depression, anxiety, OCD, and even ADHD can worsen or become more invasive. Each of these conditions can affect your ability to become aroused, stay aroused, stay involved in sex, attain orgasm, or even desire sex. COVID has the potential to exacerbate these consequences. I’ve been working with people who have been more careful owing to germs or hesitant about touching others, and it’s had an impact on their relationships as a result of the pandemic.
4. Irregular Menstrual Cycles
Many women have already observed alterations in their menstrual cycle while using COVID and for a long time afterward. While this does not necessarily imply sexual dysfunction, it is crucial to remember that an irregular menstrual cycle entails a disrupted rhythm of ovulation, hormone production, and all of the biological processes and desires that are influenced by hormone production. This could have an impact on both sex drive and fertility.
5. Long COVID Breathing Problems
Numerous examples of “extended COVID” have already been reported, in which the infectious and critical time of COVID has passed but individuals still have symptoms or sequelae. Breathing issues, dyspnea, or being short of breath are among the most common of these. This could hinder a person’s sex satisfaction by affecting stamina, position options, and recuperation times.
6. Chain Reactions of COVID, Symptoms, Medications, and Side Effects
Although this is a more indirect effect, it is still important to consider. COVID-19 has been linked to the long-term worsening or even causation of heart issues in patients. Medications like beta-blockers are commonly used to treat these disorders, but they might have adverse effects like erectile dysfunction.
7. Decreased Testosterone Production
Men who have had COVID have had statistically significant decreases in testosterone levels, which can lead to decreased arousal and interest in sex. According to a study headed by Dr. Joseph Katz, D.M.D. at the University of Florida, It has been discovered that the virus lowers testosterone levels, so consult your doctor if you have any worries.
8. Brain Fog & Chronic Fatigue
Long after being diagnosed with COVID, studies found evident effects of COVID on a person’s energy levels and weariness, as well as a persistent “brain fog.” Chronic fatigue, like other indications of chronic fatigue syndrome, has a significant impact on how much a person wants sex and how long a person can participate in sex before becoming too fatigued to be interested. Long-COVID “brain fog” has been described as difficulties connecting thoughts together, being easily confused, and slowing cognitive speed. A person’s interest in or enjoyment of sex could be influenced by any combination of these elements.
So, aside from having something new to worry about, what can you do with all of this information? To begin with, you now know what to look for and what to keep track of. If you (or your partner) see patterns of changes in your arousal, enjoyment of sex, capacity to orgasm, or general health and well-being, don’t ignore it; it could be a long-term COVID side effect. More importantly, each of the problems described above has cures or answers. The first step towards solving a problem is to recognize that you have one. If you think you’re having a long-term reaction to COVID, make an appointment with your doctor.
If you suspect you’re having sexual problems as a result of having COVID or simply living through a pandemic, you should see your doctor.