Prior to getting infected, he described his penis as "above average" in size, but now his penis had shrunk by at least an inch and a half.
There is still so much to learn when it comes to the side effects of COVID-19, but one man has claimed that the virus has made his penis shrink.
His phallus reportedly reduced by almost 4cm, and doctors say it can’t be fixed, according to News.com.au. Now, the anonymous person claims that the lasting effect of the pandemic has wreaked havoc with his self-confidence.
The strange revelation was made during the latest episode of Slate's How to Do It | Sex Advice with Stoya and Rick.
Prior to getting infected, he described his penis as "above average" in size. After he contracted the coronavirus in July 2021 and was hospitalized, the man noticed his penis had shrunk by at least an inch and a half, per Insider.
😂😂😂🤦♀️ COVID D* CK!— Sandra Weeden (@SandraWeeden) January 12, 2022
Anonymous male. Lost one and a half inches! (See, he’s looking for it, Peep Bo, where are you?)
‘Urologists say “Covid d*ck” is a real phenomenon, whereby the penis can reduce in size due to damage to blood vessels.’https://t.co/8eR6ajWlvO
"I seemed to be left with a lasting problem. My penis has shrunk," the man, who did not disclose his vaccine status, wrote. "It's apparently due to vascular damage, and my doctors seem to think it's likely permanent."
However, he is not the first one or the only one to face such issues. Urologists have found that several people found that their erections were affected after they tested positive for the virus. American urologist Ashley Winter explained that penile shrinkage after Covid is a domino effect of erectile dysfunction. She told 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.”
A smaller penis is worrisome only if the cause of erectile dysfunction is physical, such as cancer, explained Winter. Meanwhile, psychological causes of erectile dysfunction, such as anxiety around sexual performance or depression, are not linked to a shrinking penis.
Also, a small study published in August 2021 found some people who suffered erectile dysfunction after COVID-19 infection had some particles of the virus in their penis. The study authors wrote the infection may have restricted blood flow to the penis.
Here's a vaccine incentivizer https://t.co/5oM34N89c5— @realrogerboyce (@realrogerboyce) January 13, 2022
Also, it seems like all hope is not lost for the person, as Winter suggests there are things he can do to regain his size. Penis stretching using exercises or devices is commonly used as a treatment for people with smaller penises, such as a vacuum pump. It is basically a tube that fits over the penis and pumps out air, causing more blood flow to the area.
The other advice she had for the man was to simply accept his new penis the way it is. She said: “Penis length doesn’t define somebody. And the vast majority of the time dissatisfaction with penis length is really self-driven and not partner-driven.”