A bigger-than-average fella from America was riding high until he took some Covid in the peen – now he’s less equipped than he was and is understandably devastated
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The anonymous man has been warned by doctors that the effects on his member could be irreversible.
The devastated man, thought to be an American in his 30s, is reported to have been blessed with an above-average johnson before the drama began – now he’s just a regular joe.
A University College London study of 3,400 people found the symptom is rare among the 200 who developed long Covid.
Read on for what the unfortunate chap said, and an expert’s view on the science behind ‘Covid penis’.
What happened to the man whose penis shrunk from Covid?
Speaking on the podcast How To Do It, the patient said: “I’m a heterosexual man in my thirties. In July of last year, I contracted Covid and was very sick.
“When I got out of the hospital, I had some erectile dysfunction issues. Those gradually got better with some medical attention, but I seem to be left with a lasting problem.
“My penis has shrunk. Before I got sick, I was above average, not huge, but definitely bigger than normal. Now I’ve lost about an inch-and-a-half and become decidedly less than average.
“It’s apparently due to vascular damage, and my doctors seem to think it’s likely permanent.
“It shouldn’t really matter, but it has had a profound impact on my self confidence in my abilities in bed.”
Can your penis shrink from Covid?
Speaking on the podcast, US urologist Ashley Winter MD, said: “It is true that having erectile dysfunction leads to shortening.
“You have this period of time where the penis is not stretching itself out, where it’s not, you know, getting all this full blood into it, and that can lead to scarring of the penis and shortening of the penis.
“And that’s probably what you know your caller is referring to now.”
The Sun reports that the risk of a shorter piece from erectile dysfunction is possible if the cause of the issue is physical, rather than psychological.
An example of a physical cause could be cancer.
The man’s case is potential evidence that Covid can get into the penis’ bloodstream. Dr Winter said that proper blood flow to the penis can occur from the virus, which in turn can cause erectile dysfunction.
Dr Winter also referenced a urologist’s study that found two men who had completely recovered from the virus still had traces of it in their penises. Both had regularly operating members before they caught the virus.
Both men went for penis implant surgeries months after they had been infected.
There is hope for all these poor chaps, however, because on the podcast experts said there are treatments for erectile dysfunction which might be able to help them recover from the traumatic experience.