Warning over ‘Covid d***’ after man claims he lost 1.5 inches from penis


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The man said he had not got back to normal six months after catching Covid (Picture: Getty)

Doctors have warned that catching Covid-19 can affect penis size and ability to become erect.

It comes after a man in his 30s described how he lost 1.5 inches in length after contracting the disease six months ago.

The man says the problem has still not resolved and both his ‘length and girth’ have reduced.

Writing into the podcast How To Do It, he said that he had been very unwell with the virus in the summer of 2021.

‘When I got out of the hospital, I had some erectile dysfunction issues,’ he said.

‘Those gradually got better with some medical attention, but I seemed to be left with a lasting problem.’

He said that before catching Covid, he was ‘not huge, but definitely bigger than normal’.

But ‘now I’ve lost about an inch and a half and become decidedly less than average’.

He wrote into the sex advice podcast to ask if they had any pointers on coming to terms with his changed body as he had suffered a loss of confidence, fearing that the loss was irreversible.

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Covid-19 can cause long lasting changes to the penis (Picture: Getty)

Two doctors were also interviewed on the podcast and were asked if this was something that was a recognised symptom of coronavirus.

They responded that ‘Covid d***’ was indeed a real thing, though they said that there could be ways to treat it.

The issue has not been extensively discussed in the media until the man’s comments, but in May last year a study was published that linked severe erectile dysfuntion with Covid-19.

Researchers found the virus could be found in penises ‘long after the initial infection’ and suggested that ‘widespread endothelial cell dysfunction from Covid-19 infection can contribute to ED’. 

A separate study published in March last year prompted authors to urge ‘Mask up to keep it up’.

They surveyed 100 Italian men, 75 of whom had contracted Covid-19 and 25 who hadn’t.

Those who had caught Covid appeared significantly more likely to experience ED (28%) compared to those who hadn’t (9.33%).

Researchers concluded that ‘erectile dysfunction, as the hallmark of endothelial dysfunction, could be a short- or long-term complication of Covid-19’.

In October 21, a group of urologists joined together to make a video warning of the risks, and encouraging people to get vaccinated.

‘Do it for your penis,’ they urged.

Erectile dysfunction is known to affect penis size if it is due to physical rather than psychological factors, as it prevents the organ from stretching out fully.

This is why some can find themselves with shrinkage after Covid – while some went the other way and suffered from priapism due to the virus, which is a prolonged erection which can be dangerous.

Urologist Charles Welliver told the Slate podcast that Covid-19 could cause ‘significant vascular issues’ for men.

Dr Welliver said that experiencing lasting shrinkage after infection was not ‘very common’ but was definitely a possibility.

He offered some hope to people that rehabilitation was possible, however, saying that stretching devices, vacuum erection devices or a low dose of Viagra could help.

Urologist Ashley Winter was also consulted on the podcast and confirmed that ‘we totally know that Covid d*** is a real thing, and people aren’t just making it up’.

She said this was due to the virus affecting the cells that line blood vessels.

Men with prostate cancer often experience shrinkage due to ED, she said – but she also stressed there were options available to counter it, such as the stretching device RestoreX.

For those who don’t want to try and increase the size by taking medication or using a device, she stressed that ‘being a good sex partner really doesn’t have anything to do with your penis length’ and is much more to do with how responsive you are to your partner as well as ‘other talents’.

To hear the full podcast click here.

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