In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, many people are worried about their fertility. Men and women alike are concerned about how the virus could impact their ability to have children in the future. While there is still a lot we don’t know about how COVID-19 affects fertility, there is some information available that can help people understand the risks. In this blog post, we’ll discuss what we currently know about COVID-19 and male fertility and provide tips for protecting your fertility during this time.

What is male infertility and what are the risks associated with it?

Male infertility is typically caused by problems with the sperm. This can include low sperm count, poor sperm motility, or abnormal sperm shape (morphology). Some of the other causes of male infertility can include blocked tubes due to infection, previous surgery, injury, or a varicocele (a mass on the testicle that can affect sperm production). Factors like these can impact your ability to conceive. 

How does COVID-19 impact male fertility levels?

COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified in 2019. To date, there is limited information on the impact of this virus on male fertility levels. However, preliminary studies suggest that COVID-19 may have a negative effect on sperm quality and function. This could potentially lead to an increase in cases of male infertility.

In males, it was found in this study that becoming infected with COVID-19 may be associated with a short-term decline in fertility for 60 days after infection. It is also important to note that the COVID-19 vaccination did not impair fertility in either partner.

What are some steps that couples can take to increase their chances of conception during this time?

There are a few things that couples can do to increase their chances of conception during this time period. First, it is important to have regular intercourse and be mindful of the 60-day window in which sperm motility may be lower. Don’t be discouraged! Additionally, couples may want to consider using fertility treatments if natural conception doesn’t seem to be working. Vaccinated individuals are more protected against the COVID-19 virus, which would also protect them from the short-term decrease in sperm motility.

Are there any long-term effects of COVID-19 on male fertility levels that still need to be studied further?

There are still some long-term effects of COVID-19 on male fertility levels that need to be studied further. However, it is important to note that the full extent of the virus’s impact on fertility is not yet known. It’s possible that there could be long-term effects of COVID-19 on sperm quality, but that remains to be seen. 

How can people get more information about COVID-19 and male infertility if they have additional questions or concerns?

People can get more information about COVID-19 and male infertility by contacting their healthcare provider. Additionally, there are several online resources available that provide up-to-date information on the virus and its impact on fertility. Couples may also want to consult with a fertility specialist if they have additional questions or concerns about male infertility

Male fertility levels may be impacted by the virus, so it’s important for couples who are trying to conceive to take some extra precautions at this time, such as receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. Our physicians are here to help answer any questions you have and provide guidance on how to increase your chances of conception. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.

Why New Hope?

New Hope Fertility Center is home to world-renowned fertility specialists. We custom design fertility treatments for the individual to increase the chances of a successful pregnancy. Our specialists believe in putting the patient first and being with them through every step of the fertility journey. Our team is well versed in helping women of all ages reach their fertility goals and we are passionate about educating, and supporting our patients throughout their journey. If you want compassionate fertility care, New Hope is the right place for you. Call us at (347) 970-8479 or schedule your initial consultation today!