Coronavirus and Male Fertility – “Coronials”

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Coronavirus affects Male Fertility


COVID-19: One must respect small things in large numbers (Courtesy: Wikipedia)

Flu season typically wreaks havoc on my male fertility practice. A solid flu, complete with fevers and body aches, drops sperm counts like a brick. But only temporarily. Things usually bounce back within 2-3 months. In contrast, the common cold doesn’t affect male fertility. This leads us to believe that the fever’s the thing. Fevers heat up the body and testicles and bring sperm production to a grinding halt. This is the same concept behind the effects of hot baths and tubs on sperm counts. Heat hurts male fertility.

Coronavirus Concerns

Ah, but what about the novel COVID-19 virus that is now uprooting our lives? Can it impact male fertility the way it has the stock market? Like any other seasonal virus, COVID-19 will temporarily impair sperm production if it is associated with fevers. But, there has also been recent mention (and then immediate retraction) in the Chinese press of the “theoretical possibility” that male fertility could be heavily impacted with COVID-19 since the virus infects us through the same receptor (ACE2) that is found in the testicle. My opinion: True, true, unrelated. The testicles share hundreds of the same receptors found elsewhere in the body, including taste, so the relevance of this factoid is questionable at best. Besides, we haven’t any evidence of a permanent impact of a seasonal flu virus on male fertility since time immemorial. Although no cause…

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