A man has claimed that his penis has shrunk by an inch and a half due to Covid, and doctors say it will not be repaired.
The man, who did not want to be named, said the long-term impact of the virus had damaged his confidence.
Previously, the 30-year-old American said his penis was above average in size.
Urologists say that “penis swelling” is a real phenomenon whereby the penis can decrease in size due to damage to blood vessels.
Eg, research Out of 3,400 people led by University College London showed that of the 200 people reported to have long Covid symptoms, a smaller penis was one of the more rare.
Call into podcasts “How to do it”, the man said: “I am a heterosexual man in my 30s. In July of last year, I contracted Covid and was very ill.
“When I got out of the hospital, I had some erectile dysfunction problem. Those gradually got better with some medical care, but I seem to be left with a lasting problem.
“My penis has shrunk. Before I got sick, I was above average, not huge but definitely bigger than usual. I’ve lost about an inch and a half now and have become below average.
“It was clearly caused by blood vessel damage, and my doctors seemed to think it could be permanent.
“It didn’t really matter, but it had a profound impact on my confidence in my abilities in bed.”
Ashley Winter MD, a urologist in the US, explains that post-Covid penis shrinkage is a domino effect of erectile dysfunction.
She told the podcast: “It is true that having erectile dysfunction leads to shortening.
“You have this period where the penis doesn’t lengthen on its own, you know, it doesn’t get all the blood into it, and that can lead to scarring of the penis and shortening of the penis.
“And that’s probably what you know your callers are referring to now.”
Dr. Winter explains that men are only at higher risk if the cause of erectile dysfunction is physical, such as cancer.
Psychological causes of erectile dysfunction, such as anxiety about sexual performance or depression, are unrelated to penile retraction.
Evidence suggests that the virus can in fact enter – and thus potentially damage – the blood vessels of the penis.
Penis length does not define someone. And most of the time dissatisfaction with penis length is really your own fault
Ashley Winter MD
Dr Winter said when Covid enters the endothelial cells of blood vessels found in the penis, it can block proper blood flow.
This effectively prevents it from hardening.
Dr. Winter was referring to a study whereby urologists found particles of coronavirus in the penises of two men with erectile dysfunction after they had completely recovered from the disease.
Both men had “normal erectile function” before contracting Covid, according to results published in World Men’s Health Magazine.
But seven to nine months after the infection, they managed to surgically implant the penis.
However, Covid is not sexually transmitted.
Is there hope?
The poor guy who wrote to the podcast is desperate for advice on his unfortunate problem.
Fortunately, experts say not all hope is lost as there are treatments for erectile dysfunction and its side effects.
Penis lengthening with exercises or equipment is commonly used to treat people on the small side – naturally or due to pathology.
An example is a vacuum pump – a tube that fits over the penis and pumps air out, allowing more blood to reach the organ.
These types of therapies are given to men during their erectile dysfunction episodes to prevent lasting damage, says Dr. Winter.
Her other advice to callers is to find a way accept his new penis size.
She said: “Pile length does not define someone. And most of the time dissatisfaction with penis length is really self-driven, not partner driven.”
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