While the evidence showing that male fertility could be lowered as a result of a COVID-19 infection grows—the virus impacts sperm health and production—that's not the only way the virus can affect males. Getting infected could also increase the risk for erectile dysfunction (ED). Here's how the evidence is shaping up a firmer picture of the role COVID might play in your love life.

What we know

A surprising number of studies show evidence COVID could lead to erectile dysfunction, and doctors are taking note.

"There have been multiple studies demonstrating a decline in erectile function in patients previously diagnosed with COVID-19," said Joshua Gonzalez, M.D., a urologist and sexual medicine specialist in Los Angeles. "One Italian study found the risk of developing erectile dysfunction (ED) is nearly six times higher for people who have had COVID-19. What's even more concerning is that the men in many of these studies are younger