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Covid-19 can seriously damage your sperm.
Following research showing that Covid-19 causes erection problems, the virus has delivered men another kick in the nuts.
Research from Belgium shows that after Covid-19 sperm is 'suboptimal' for at least three months. Sperm count was down 37% in the first month after infection. A small number of men - 2.5% - developed antisperm antibodies which can seriously affect fertility longer term.
There was no link between the severity of symptoms and the effect on sperm suggesting that even mild infection could still seriously affect a man's fertility.
The researchers estimated the recovery time as three months, but further follow-up studies are under way to confirm this and to determine if any permanent damage occurs.
The one piece of good news was that sperm was not infectious meaning Covid-19 probably cannot be passed on in this way.
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Men appear more likely to get Covid-19 and far, far more likely to die from it. The Men's Health Forum are working hard pushing for more action on this from government, from health professionals and from all of us. Why are men more affected and what can we do about it? We need the data. We need the research. We need the action. Currently we're the only UK charity doing this - please help us.
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