Sep 15, 2022
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How does the COVID-19 vaccination affect erections?

While the new coronavirus vaccines are safe and effective, some people fear that the vaccine causes impotence. The researchers decided to find out if this is the case – whether vaccination against SARS-CoV-2 is associated with a higher risk of erectile dysfunction in men aged 45 years and older.

The present study evaluated the risk of developing erectile dysfunction after vaccination against COVID-19. American adults were surveyed anonymously using the Amazon Mechanical Turk (MTurk) platform. Participants aged 45 and older who self-identified as biological males without physician-diagnosed erectile dysfunction completed sixteen questions from a special questionnaire.

Respondents provided information on past COVID-19 diagnoses, vaccination history, and current erectile function. About 47% of the men were vaccinated with the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, 38.3% with the Moderna vaccine, and about 14% with the Janssen vaccine. Data analysis showed that COVID-19 vaccination was not associated with an increased risk of erectile dysfunction. Erectile function was not statistically different between vaccinated and unvaccinated participants.

Taken together, these findings could have far-reaching implications for public health decision-making and immunization, amid continued challenges from vaccine hesitancy and new SARS-CoV-2 mutants.

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