Infertile men after recovering from Covid-19 need to focus on nutrition, exercise, sleep and mental health care, and get early check-ups for effective treatment.
According to statistics in 123 countries, the death rate from Covid-19 in men is 1.5 times higher than that of women. Doctor Ngo Dinh Trieu Vy, Reproductive Support Center of Tam Anh General Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City, said that Covid-19 is one of the factors that negatively affect male fertility such as reducing sperm production. , acting on the testicles reduces testosterone.
The reason is that the SARS-CoV-2 virus enters host cells through receptors called ACE2 and the enzyme TMPRSS2 distributed on different tissues and immune cells. These receptors are abundant in the sex organs, including the testes, causing semen and testosterone levels to be affected. About 90% of patients with Covid-19 have low total testosterone levels, hypogonadism.
Men with Covid-19 are also 5 times more likely to have erectile dysfunction than the general population. When infected with Covid-19, the inflammation of the body increases the risk of small blood clots forming and damaging the lining of blood vessels, reducing blood flow in the arteries, hindering erectile function.
In particular, for infertile men, they also bear an additional psychological burden leading to fatigue, mystery and suffocation due to epidemics and social isolation. The infection as well as the post-Covid-19 sequelae can make men’s physical and mental health “fall down”.
According to doctor Trieu Vy, there are 5 things that men on the journey to “find children” should note after recovering from Covid-19:
Build a healthy dietMen need to ensure an adequate and balanced supply of essential substances for the body, giving priority to foods rich in zinc and selenium such as salmon, tuna, herring, beef, nuts, cereals whole grain… and increase green vegetables, fresh fruit.
Keep an active, healthy lifestyle: participating in fitness activities such as gym, jogging, swimming, playing favorite sports… Actively exercising while promoting metabolism, reducing fat, increasing muscle mass, and stimulating the body Men increase testosterone production.
Avoid substances that are harmful to the body: Men should limit the use of alcohol, smoking and other stimulant foods and drinks.
Mental health care: Besides increasing physical strength, mental strength is also extremely important. Men should get enough sleep, listen to music, relax and exchange information and share more with their partner and people around.
Timely examinationPatients with sexual and reproductive health problems are often shy, so they hesitate to go to the doctor. If you experience post-Covid-19 sequelae, especially reproductive health and sexual disorders, you should consult a doctor for timely treatment. If left for a long time, this situation can have a negative impact on mental health. Especially for men who are expecting children, time is always considered a golden factor in infertility treatment.
“Men who have had Covid-19 should not be too worried. We will check if the patient still has sperm, if so, we will perform IVF, if not, find the cause. In this case. In men with impaired spermatogenesis, we will come up with short-term and long-term plans to preserve the patient’s fertility,” added Dr.