Man Claims Penis Looks Smaller After Contracting Covid
If there was ever going to be a reason for men to worry about getting Covid, this is it. One man claims his penis shrunk after contracting Covid with doctors confirming it is a possible side effect and can be permanent.
The US man says his penis has shrunk by almost 4cm due to Covid, and doctors say it can’t be fixed. Before getting sick, he said his penis was average length.
While it sounds unbelievable, Urologists say shrinkage is a real phenomenon and the penis can reduce in size due to damage to blood vessels. Speaking on the podcast How To Do It, the man said: “I’m a heterosexual man in my 30s. 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 (3.8cm) 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.”
However, American urologist Ashley Winter explained that penile shrinkage after Covid is a follow on effect of erectile dysfunction. She explained on the podcast: “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. Men are only at risk of a smaller penis if the cause of their erectile dysfunction is physical”, Dr Winter explained, such as cancer.
Dr Winter said “when Covid enters the endothelial cells of the blood vessels found in the penis, it can prevent proper blood flow. This stops it from hardening as effectively. University College London conducted a study into long Covid symptoms, identifying 203 symptoms in patients from 56 countries. Almost 5 per cent of men suffered a “decrease in size of testicles/penis.”