A team of scientists from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine has found that the coronavirus invades the tissue of the testicles and may affect male fertility. The results were recently published in the The World Journal of Men’s Health magazine.
After analyzing the autopsies of six men who died of COVID-19, experts found that some of them had impaired sperm function.
In this sense, the study proposes that the “male reproductive tract, specifically the testicles, can be targets of infection by covid-19”. Furthermore, it suggests that the presence of the new coronavirus in the semen of infected patients could have important implications in sexual transmission of the disease.
Presence of the virus in the testicles
On the other hand, the experts also identified SARS-CoV-2 in “a man who underwent a testicular biopsy for infertility, but who had a history of covid-19.” Although the patient was already recovered, without symptoms and had even already tested negative, “he still showed the presence of the virus inside the testicles,” said one of the authors, Dr. Ranjith Ramasamy.
The researchers state that the virus has an affinity for angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE2-2) receptors, which are found in many of the body’s organs, such as the kidneys, lungs, heart, and testes, which would explain your findings.
Finally, Ramasamy suggested, through a statement quoted by local media, that men of all ages who suffered from the disease and experience testicular pain should see a urologist, as he considers that between about 20% to 30% of patients may have playback problems in the future.
“Testicular pain along with other symptoms could be a sign that covid-19 has entered the testicle, and if men are thinking about fertility  they should evaluate their testosterone levels and sperm parameters with a semen analysis, “added the author.
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