Although sexuality is a part of Indian culture, it is still viewed with shame and stigma in Indian homes. Most people dealing with sexual health issues and trying to find out more about it are therefore not alone.
Many sex addicts rely on unreliable online sources and follow the advice of friends.
News18.com has a weekly sex column called Let’s Talk Sex 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.
Sexologist Prof. Saransh Jain is writing the column. Today’s column features Dr. Saransh Jain, a Sexologist who has discussed male infertility after COVID and offered some natural remedies that can help (alongside medical assistance) to treat the condition.
Research has shown that Covid-19 can also cause damage to the other organs and physiological conditions. Although there isn’t any conclusive evidence to support this, it has been observed that COVID-19 is also affecting male fertility. Many doctors agree.
Patients with Covid were urged to get fertility tests as soon after they are diagnosed.
COVID-19 infection may cause damage to the testicles and affect the production of sperms. COVID-19 can cause depression and stress in men due to long periods of isolation, medication, or suffering. It can also reduce sperm count, affect sexual prowess, and lead to male infertility.
It is possible that there may be a temporary increase in the semen parameters. It is not yet clear if these issues will persist or if they will resolve on their own. Four ways is Covid-19 likely to impact male fertility:
It is a concern that the testis has high levels of ACE2 receptors, the virus’s favorite entry-point, which are expressed in high numbers. SARS-CoV-2 infection could be a target because of the presence of the ACE2 receptor in germ cells, Leydig and Sertoli cells within the male genital system. Covid-19 reduces Leydig cells and Sertoli cells may become inflamed or detached. These cells are vital for reproductive health, sperm production, and general well-being.
Covid-19’s effects, and the resulting inflammation, could lead to permanent or temporary damage to the reproductive tissues. Erectile dysfunction may also be caused by hyperinflammation in the heart and the surrounding muscles. According to research published in July, Covid-19 may increase the risk of cardiovascular disease and increase the likelihood of having sexual and reproductive problems.
Orchitis is a severe form of inflammation that affects the testicles. The report states that orchitis may be caused by the immune system’s excessive response called cytokine thunderstorms. This is in addition to high fevers. It can lead to permanent reproductive dysfunction damage.
The system-wide inflammation caused by Covid-19 can also cause disruption to the endocrine systems. This can lead to a disruption in testosterone levels and other sex hormones, which can result in a decrease in fertility.
Pandemic-related stress and anxiety, as well as depression, can cause mood changes. This can also impact sexual health, according to studies. Research shows that infertile men have between 25-60% more anxiety and depression than their fertile counterparts. Scientists aren’t sure which one came first: stress or infertility.
Some stress is normal. However, living with stress and dealing with stressful life events can lead to a decrease in serotonin and dopamine production. This can have a negative impact on your sexual health and fertility.
HOW DO I RECOVER OR BOOST MY SPERM COUNT
Although not all infertility problems can be resolved by themselves and should be addressed by a medical professional, lifestyle changes and natural remedies may help to support hormones that regulate sperm quality. This could aid in the healthy development and increase sperm count.
A diet high in antioxidants can increase sperm counts. Antioxidants reduce free radicals, which are molecules that can damage your sperm. Increased intake of antioxidant foods can improve your sperm count.
It is important to get enough Vitamin C, D and E. Vitamin C and vitamin D are great for immunity. These nutritional supplements increase the sperm count and decrease the number deformed sperm cells. Lycopene is a key ingredient in tomatoes, which increases sperm production and quality. COQ-10 can be found in citrus, strawberries, cauliflower, nuts, and beta carotene in sweet potatoes and carrots. These substances are helpful in increasing sperm count.
The Omega 3-Fatty Acids found within almonds and walnuts can also be helpful in increasing sperm counts. Ashwagandha, a herbal remedy with many health benefits, may also prove to be beneficial. It is a natural remedy that can help reduce stress and anxiety, fight depression and increase testosterone in men.
It is important to cut out junk food and replace it with whole grains-based, fresh fruits and vegetables. For increasing sperm count, certain foods like walnuts, citrus fruits and most fish are great.