The adverse impact of COVID-19 on men's health

Justin M. Dubin*, Nelson E. Bennett, Joshua A. Halpern

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Purpose of review The COVID-19 pandemic has led to devastating health outcomes across the world. Initially thought to primarily affect the respiratory system, there is now clear and abundant evidence that COVID-19 can impact upon the male genitourinary system and overall men's health. In this review article, we explore the potential mechanisms by which COVID-19 specifically affects men and we review the literature examining the adverse effects of the disease on men's health Recent findings Studies suggest that men are at higher risk for severe COVID-19 infection and death. COVID-19 infection has a negative impact on men's health including worsening semen parameters, potentially lower testosterone levels, and an increased risk of erectile dysfunction. Summary COVID-19 is a highly pathogenic virus that exerts adverse effects upon the male genitourinary system in myriad ways. The COVID-19 infection can impact serum testosterone, fertility, sexual function, and mental health. Fortunately, the COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective in preventing COVID-19 infection and many of these sequelae.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)146-151
Number of pages6
JournalCurrent Opinion in Urology
Volume32
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2022

Keywords

  • COVID-19
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Male fertility
  • Testosterone
  • Vaccine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Urology

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