Social environmental impact of COVID-19 and erectile dysfunction: an explorative review

Pizzol, D., Shin, J.I., Trott, M., Ilie, P., Ippoliti, S., Carrie, A.M., Ghayda, R.A., Lozano, J.M.O., Muyor, J.M., Butler, L., McDermott, D.T. ORCID: 0000-0001-7005-6446, Barnett, Y., Markovic, L., Grabovac, I., Koyanagi, A., Soysal, P., Tully, M.A., Veronese, N. and Smith, L., 2021. Social environmental impact of COVID-19 and erectile dysfunction: an explorative review. Journal of Endocrinological Investigation. ISSN 0391-4097

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Abstract

Background: To date, no attempt has been made to collate literature on the relationship between the social environmental impact of COVID-19 and erectile dysfunction. The aim of this explorative review was to assess and compare the prevalence of erectile dysfunction (ED) in male healthcare workers and males during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Methods: A systematic review of major databases from inception to February 2021 was conducted. Prevalence data were extracted, and a random-effects meta-analysis was undertaken.

Outcomes: The pooled prevalence of ED amongst healthcare workers working in COVID-19 specific environments, and non-healthcare during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Results: Of 52 initial studies, six were included for the final analysis. The pooled prevalence of ED in healthcare workers working in a COVID-19 environment was 63.6% (95% CI 20.3–92.3%), and in non-healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic was 31.9% (95% CI 19.5–47.6%).

Conclusion: The prevalence of ED in healthcare workers working in COVID-19 environments was higher than representative samples and is of concern. Sexual health (and by extension, overall health), should be a priority when considering ways to care for this population. Considering the social environmental impact of COVID-19 on sexual health and in particular on ED, it is important to provide adequate psychological support systems and to promote quality of life with particular attention to sexual health.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Journal of Endocrinological Investigation
Creators: Pizzol, D., Shin, J.I., Trott, M., Ilie, P., Ippoliti, S., Carrie, A.M., Ghayda, R.A., Lozano, J.M.O., Muyor, J.M., Butler, L., McDermott, D.T., Barnett, Y., Markovic, L., Grabovac, I., Koyanagi, A., Soysal, P., Tully, M.A., Veronese, N. and Smith, L.
Publisher: Springer Science and Business Media LLC
Date: 24 September 2021
ISSN: 0391-4097
Identifiers:
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10.1007/s40618-021-01679-1DOI
1476903Other
Rights: Post-prints are subject to Springer Nature re-use terms
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Laura Ward
Date Added: 11 Oct 2021 15:56
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2021 15:56
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/44401

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