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Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic & Vaccines on Men's Sexual Health

with Dr. Ranjith Ramasamy

Dr. Ranjith Ramasamy explains the known effects of the COVID-19 virus and the pandemic on testosterone levels, vasculogenic erectile dysfunction, male fertility, and sexual practice patterns. Additionally, Dr. Ramaswamy uses evidence-based medicine to debunk myths about the adverse effects of the COVID-19 vaccine on men’s health.

Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic & Vaccines on Men's Sexual Health with Dr. Ranjith Ramasamy on the BackTable Urology Podcast)
Ep 19 Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic & Vaccines on Men's Sexual Health with Dr. Ranjith Ramasamy
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BackTable, LLC (Producer). (2021, October 20). Ep. 19 – Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic & Vaccines on Men's Sexual Health [Audio podcast]. Retrieved from https://www.backtable.com

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Dr. Ranjith Ramasamy discusses Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic & Vaccines on Men's Sexual Health on the BackTable 19 Podcast

Dr. Ranjith Ramasamy

Dr. Ranjith Ramasamy is the Director of Reproductive Urology as well as an Associate professor at the University of Miami in Florida.

Dr. Aditya Bagrodia discusses Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic & Vaccines on Men's Sexual Health on the BackTable 19 Podcast

Dr. Aditya Bagrodia

Dr. Aditya Bagrodia is an associate professor of urology and genitourinary oncology team leader at UC San Diego Health in California and adjunct professor of urology at UT Southwestern.

Show Notes

In this episode of BackTable Urology, Dr. Aditya Bagrodia and Dr. Ranjith Ramasamy discuss the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and COVID vaccines on various men’s health topics, including testosterone levels, erectile dysfunction, and male fertility.

First, Dr. Ramasamy discusses the effects of COVID-19 on hypogonadism. He notes that in the initial stages of the pandemic, many providers attributed low testosterone levels as result of a sedentary and less active lifestyle because of the lockdown. However, it was later discovered that the SARS-CoV-2 virus binds to the ACE2 receptor, an important receptor present on the surface of testosterone-producing Leydig cells. Thus, temporary testosterone deficiency is a direct impact of COVID-19 infection. Dr. Ramasamy advises his recovered patients to naturally increase their testosterone levels by eating, exercising, and sleeping well.

COVID-19 is also linked to higher rates of erectile dysfunction. Dr. Ramasamy explains that the cause of ED may not be psychogenic, as the SARS-CoV-2 virus affects endothelial cells lining blood vessels. Studies have also shown that the virus can be present in penile tissue seven to 9 months post-infection. As a result, Dr. Ramasamy urges urologists to differentiate between psychogenic and vasculogenic erectile dysfunction.

Next, the doctors discuss the impact of COVID-19 on fertility. Research has shown that a COVID-19 infection may decrease sperm count in semen three to six months post-infection. Most patients have normal sperm counts after 6 months. Although birth rates have declined due to the uncertainty during the pandemic, Dr. Ramasamy notes that more male patients have requested fertility consultations with him as a proactive family planning measure.

Finally, Dr. Ramasamy uses evidence-based medicine to debunk myths about the mRNA COVID-19 vaccination on male sexual and gonadal function. He cites his most recently published article, “Sperm Parameters Before and After COVID-19 mRNA Vaccination” (JAMA) and emphasizes that there is no link between the vaccine and declining sperm count.

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