Does Coronavirus Affect Male Fertility?
The Coronavirus pandemic is a fast-moving situation, and so new research is developing all the time. One question that has recently been asked by individuals and professionals is; does Coronavirus affect male fertility? Figures have already revealed that men are more affected by COVID-19 than women. Because of this, three-quarters of all Coronavirus deaths in critical care have been men. This has led to many questions and concerns about how Coronavirus could affect men in the long term.
Coronavirus And Male Fertility
One of the main reasons that people are beginning to question the effects on male fertility is because the testes express a receptor called ACE2. Researcher suggests that Coronavirus uses this receptor to enter the cells in the body. This means that COVID-19 could affect the testes, but the extent of this is not yet understood.
As well as this, there is some evidence to show that flu and high temperatures can lower the sperm count temporarily. Although this effect is short-lived, it still leads to questions about whether the same would be the case with Coronavirus. Many professionals believe that the impact of Coronavirus on male fertility is similar to other infections, so there may be short term effects.
Will Coronavirus Impact Male Fertility Permanently?
Some infections and diseases are known to have effects on fertility and foetal health. Most notably, Zika virus, which is a mosquito-borne illness. Because Coronavirus is not related to this disease, there are no linked effects.
Viral infections such as mumps can lead to permanent damage to male fertility because of the development of a disease called orchitis. Research shows that SARS can cause orchitis and damage to the testicles. Because SARS and Coronavirus have some genetic similarities, some researchers think that the effect on male fertility could be similar. There have not been any documented cases of testicular infections during the Coronavirus pandemic, and no findings from research.
Do You Have Concerns About Male Fertility?
Mr Suks Minhas is a specialist urologist and andrologist who can help address concerns about all aspects of male health, including fertility. If you’d like to book a consultation, please contact Mr Suks Minhas’ secretary on 020 7224 5089 or email – MrMinhasPa@hcahealthcare.co.uk.