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Posted: Wednesday, January 19, 2022. 8:14 pm CST.

By Benjamin Flowers: Researchers are finding that an increasing number of men are experiencing problems related to their penis either during or following COVID-19 infection.

Recently doctors in Iran found the first patient in the world to suffer from deep dorsal penile vein thrombosis (a blood clot in the veins along the shaft of the penis). The 41-year-old patient reported minor discomfort progressing into immense pain after his last sexual encounter. The patient had tested positive for COVID-19 three weeks earlier, the New York Post reports.

But blood clots in the penis are not an entirely novel symptom of COVID-19, as Thrombosis in another vein, the superficial dorsal penile vein, has been reported previously in men with COVID.

Some patients have also reported a condition called priapism, a condition where the penis either erects without sexual stimulation or arousal or maintains an erection for hours after initial arousal, due to blood being unable to leave erection chambers. A 69-year-old man in Ohio, suffered a three-hour erection due to priapism, while another patient in France, also in his 60’s, had a four-hour erection. In both cases, doctors had to manually drain the blood from the penis for the erection to subside.

Even more unfortunately for some men, is that the reverse has been reported, with a rising number of patients reporting erectile dysfunction (an inability to achieve or maintain an erection) following COVID-19 infection.

One patient, an American man in his 30’s recently reported that after contracting COVID-19, his penis became shorter. Doctors have since confirmed that the condition, colloquially referred to as “COVID-d*ck,” is a real issue and while cases are rare, it is entirely possible for COVID-19 infection to cause shrinkage of the penis. Opinions are still divided at this time on whether the effect is irreversible or can be resolved with treatment.

Information on penis conditions relating to COVID-19 is still developing as more patients step forward to report their symptoms.

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