Although sexuality is a part of Indian culture, it is still viewed with shame and stigma in Indian homes. Most people who are dealing with sexual health concerns or seeking information on sex tend to use unverified online sources and follow the advice of their friends.
lucidremarks.com has a weekly sex column called ‘Let’s Talk Sex’ that is published every Friday to address widespread misinformation regarding sex. Through this column, we hope to start conversations about sex and address sexual health concerns with scientific insight.
This column is written by Prof Saransh Jain, a Sexologist. Today’s column features Dr Saransh Jain discussing Erectile Dysfunction post-COVID-19, and the possible causes.
There is not enough evidence to show that COVID-19 and erectile dysfunction are related. In some cases, however, patients may experience erectile dysfunction during or after their COVID-related COVID period.
Researchers are still trying to understand the link between them, but experts believe that the possible onset of Erectile Dysfunction can be caused by a combination of several factors that result from COVID-19.
OBSTRUCTION OF BODY FLOW
Inflammation, which can occur during or after COVID infection, is one factor that could cause Erectile Dysfunction. Many patients experience hyper inflammation due to an overactive immune system fighting the virus.
Hyperinflammation can lead to small blood clots, inflammation of the endothelium (the lining of blood vessels), which can result in blood flow disruption, which is crucial for erection.
Erectile function can predict heart disease. We know this because the vascular system is connected to the reproductive system. COVID-19, which can cause hyper inflammation in the body, is known to be particularly dangerous for the heart and the muscles surrounding it.
The virus can cause a blockage or narrowing of the blood supply to the penis, which can lead to Erectile Dysfunction.
Mental health is closely linked to sexual activity. The stress, anxiety, and depression that can be caused by the pandemic and virus can cause poor mood and sexual dysfunction. Consequently, ED can be triggered and influenced by mental health issues such as depression. This could adversely affect the patient’s self-image.
Mental health assistance is available to help patients with Erectile Dysfunction.
OVERALL HEALTH DETERIORATION
ED is often a sign of underlying health problems. Poor health is associated with a higher risk of developing ED or having a severe reaction. General poor health is a concern as the virus can cause a variety of health problems.
This can indicate something more serious, especially in young, healthy men who suddenly experience erectile dysfunction.
It is important to seek medical attention as soon as possible after COVID.
Do NATURAL REMEDIES REALLY WORK?
Professional help is always recommended. Erectile Dysfunction can often be a serious condition that requires medical attention. It is not a good idea to rely on only natural remedies.
L-arginine rich foods such as peanuts, pumpkin seeds, brown rice, and oats can be used to support erectile dysfunction. For two months, sufferers can take three spoonfuls of honey and ginger extract.
Walking is a great way to exercise and Kegel can help strengthen the perineum muscles. You can also try Drumstick flowers, Ashwagandha and Shatavari, Walnut, and Tulsi seeds in a specific way that will improve blood circulation and reduce ED risk.