Evaluation of Sexual Health in Post COVID-19 Infection Males

Document Type : Original Article


Department of Dermatology, Venereology and Andrology, Faculty of Medicine, Al-Azhar University, Cairo, Egypt


Background: There is not sufficient knowledge available at this point about how COVID-19 affects sexual behaviors. On the other hand, some cross-national research reported a shift in behavioral sexuality. It was reported that in men, COVID-19 recovery is linked to mood disorders and decreased sexual function.
The Aim of the work: This study aims to evaluate sexual functions in recovered COVID-19-infected males.  
Patients and Methods: This study was conducted on 500 recovered COVID-19-infected males. The data was collected in the form of an International Index of Erectile Function-5[IIEF5] validated questionnaire form all study patients recruited from Al-Azhar University Hospitals. All study participants were instructed to finish the IIEF-5 questionnaire twice; the first questionnaire depended on their prior experience before the COVID-19 infection, and the second questionnaire was according to their post-infection situation.
Results: A statistically significant difference was observed for total IIEF mean scoring six months before COVID-19 infection and four weeks after COVID-19 recovery among the studied subjects where the mean total IIEF was 23.5 ± 5.1 before COVID-19 infection and 16.2 ± 2.9 after COVID-19 [p <.0001]. The mean scoring erectile function domain was significantly higher in the studied subjects before COVID-19 infection compared with their mean after COVID-19 recovery with a p-value of <.0001. Also, the mean overall satisfaction domain was significantly higher before COVID-19 infection [p= 0.001].
Conclusion: There was a noticeable decrease in the sexual function, erection abilities domain, and overall satisfaction domain after COVID-19 infection.


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