In what could be deemed a sensitive subject both literally and figuratively one US doctor has come out with a warning, that according to recent research, of which the doctor admits more research must be done, men who get COVID-19 in their late 20's through mid-'30s may be at risk for becoming infertile and developing erectile dysfunction. This statement flies directly in the face of the rumor that the COVID-19 vaccine may "cause erectile dysfunction and male infertility."

Dr. Ranjith Ramasamy of the University of Miami recently contributed an article to the online website named The Conversation where he stated that:

Contrary to myths circulating on social media, COVID-19 vaccines do not cause erectile dysfunction and male infertility. What is true: SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, poses a risk for both disorders.

Dr. Ramasamy and others in the medical field published a May 2021 report in a Human Reproductive academic journal that goes through a recent study done on men who died after contracting COVID-19 and those that didn't and discovered that in many cases the men who suffered from COVID-19 showed signs of infertility and erectile dysfunction.

Much like other viruses, like "mumps and Zika viruses [which] can enter the testicles and cause inflammation. Up to 20% of men infected with these viruses will have impaired sperm production" COVID-19 in some cases shows the same prevalence of impairing sperm production in some men.

ULTIMATELY (I wrote that big because it's important) the author, Dr.  Ramasamy said it best when he said that "research is only a first step on how COVID-19 might affect male sexual health; the samples were small. Studies should continue."

You can read the academic journal report, here, or simply read the online more laymans version from The Conversation here. 

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