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Study: Catching Coronavirus Makes it Harder for Men to Have Kids

COVID can kill off sperm and cause inflammation in the testicles — a possible disaster for reproductive ability.

Jan 29 / Dan Robitzski
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Just in case the coronavirus still wasn’t ominous enough, now there’s evidence that it’s even capable of reducing male fertility and damaging sperm cells.

It turns out that COVID-19 is capable of killing off sperm and causing inflammation in the testicles, potentially to disastrous ends as far as people’s ability to reproduce is concerned, according to a new study published Friday in the journal Reproduction.

“These effects on sperm cells are associated with lower sperm quality and reduced fertility potential,” lead study author Behzad Hajizadeh Maleki, a Ph.D. student at German’s Justus Liebig-University said in a press release. “Although these effects tended to improve over time, they remained significantly and abnormally higher in the COVID-19 patients.”

However, experts who aren’t affiliated with the research caution against drawing overbroad conclusions about fertility, especially in the long term.

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“Men should not be unduly alarmed,” said Alison Campbell, director of embryology at the CARE Fertility Group in Britain, according to Agence France-Presse. “There is currently no definitive evidence of long-lasting damage caused by COVID-19, to sperm or male reproductive potential.”

But the fact that there’s confusion over the data at all — especially amidst a wider decline in fertility — means that this is an area doctors and scientists should continue to pay very close attention to.


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