Male infertility may be a new symptom of long COVID

WASHINGTON — Long COVID symptoms like brain fog or lingering heart issues are becoming common ailments coronavirus patients deal with after their infection. Now, doctors fear infertility could be a new problem long COVID patients experience. Researchers in India have found that male fertility issues may occur post-COVID infection as well.

Scientists say their findings suggest even mild-to-moderate cases of COVID-19 can result in detrimental protein-level changes in relation to male reproductive functions. These findings are preliminary, but no less concerning. While studies show the SARS-CoV-2 virus mostly targets on the human body’s respiratory system, it’s also clear that our immune response to infection can wreak havoc all over the body. Prior research has also suspected that men may face fertility issues after recovering from the illness, with scientists finding the coronavirus in male reproductive organs.

So, Firuza Parikh and Rajesh Parikh at Jaslok Hospital, Sanjeeva Srivastava at the Indian Institute of Technology and their colleagues set out to determine if COVID-19 can really cause long-term changes in male reproductive functioning. To that end, the team compared protein levels within the semen of men from two groups: Healthy men who never had COVID-19 and men who recovered from a mild or moderate bout with the virus.

More specifically, scientists analyzed semen samples from 10 healthy men and 17 men who had recently recovered from COVID-19. All participants were between the ages of 20 and 45 years-old, and none had any prior history of fertility issues.

The men who had recovered from COVID-19 showed a significantly lower sperm count and reduced sperm motility in comparison to the others. Additionally, these men also had fewer “normally shaped sperm.”

COVID has a wide-ranging impact on reproduction

When scientists analyzed semen proteins using liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry, they noted 27 proteins at higher levels and another 21 proteins at lower levels among recovering COVID patients in comparison to the control group. Many of those proteins are directly involved in reproductive function, study authors say.

For example, men who recovered from COVID displayed much lower levels within their semen (less than half) of two specific fertility-related proteins (semenogelin 1 and prosaposin) in comparison to the control group.

All in all, the research team says this work strongly indicates SARS-CoV-2 indeed inflicts direct or indirect changes on male reproductive health, with the effects lingering long after recovery. Additionally, this research may help answer questions regarding the pathophysiology of human reproduction in recovered men.

What’s the next step? Study authors are hoping further studies will feature larger groups to confirm these initial results. It would also be helpful to include a control group of men who recently recovered from other flu-like illnesses in future projects as well. That will ensure future findings are relevant to COVID-19 specifically.

The study is published in ACS Omega.

Comments

  1. If the damage and clotting is caused by the novel spike… then maybe using the same spike as a preventative measure is a bad idea?

    Congrats, you might not get as sick, but are your little fellas collateral?

    1. the jabs are not a vaccine – there was no covid virus in 2020 and everyone becoming ill is due to jabs destroying their immune system vaids, including sterilization

      every media tells you is a lie

      1. After looking at substantial amounts of real-world data, and scientific studies, I’m convinced you are correct. They seem to be committing redirection cognitive conditioning on the population to have them convinced that what is actually a “vaccine” induced problem is caused by other things.
        Whats the list at?

        -Referee whistles
        -juice diets
        -eggs
        -covid19
        -shoveling snow
        -Global warming
        -Climate change

        just to name a few.
        Everything, but the “vaccine”.
        Its right out of the Big tobacco playbook on misdirection conditioning methodology.

  2. How fascinating, since the spike proteins in vaccines apparently have some affinity for reproductive organs also.

  3. If Covid itself can do that, imagine the damage the vaccines do, when they generate 100 times more spike protein in your system than the actual virus does.

  4. Nice try trying to normalize infertility and throw people off the Shot trail. Idiots injecting themselves with COVID 19 spike protein will forever alter their fertility and if they do conceive, their offsprings genetics as well. But hey, you got to post those great pics on Instagram and Facebook with your vax card, so yeah maybe you think it was worth it.

  5. Pure propaganda as usual from the msm. Guess what is really causing infertility, heart issues, cancer, neurological damage, you name it? You get one guess and I’ll bet you will be correct.

  6. you publish non peer review by paid shrills – the jabs caused the long covid and the sterilization and you are nothing but an utter fkn fraud

  7. Post covid, or post “vaccine”? This wasn’t even mentioned as a data point, a serious lack of investigation. Topic null until addressed.

  8. Good, for all those libs who got these experimental shots. If they can’t procreate, and they are doing abortions left and right, the Democrats will self eradicate.

  9. Good grief people!!! Wake up! The spike in the shot is 1000’s more times in your bodies. This is an elementary study. All anyone has to do is ask anyone who comes in for infertility or to hospitals with illnesses if they are vaxxed or not!!! The stupidity is killing me.

  10. Already been approached by many younger women looking for a “pure blood” older man. Who knew a fake virus would work wonders for your love life?

  11. If there was a 100% fertility loss, the CCP would go from villain to hero.
    And millions of men could avoid the pregnancy trap.

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