We will preface this by saying that scientists don’t yet know much about the long-term effects of COVID-19, so much of what we may hear and read is speculative. The impact of COVID-19 also varies greatly from person to person; some people experience few if any symptoms, while others experience severe symptoms, sometimes resulting in death.
There have been no studies directly linking COVID-19 to erectile dysfunction. However, there is a literature search that suggests several means by which COVID-19 could trigger ED.
It has been established that the COVID-19 virus can cause long-term damage to blood vessels. Since vascular issues are a leading cause of ED, it’s reasonable to suppose that erectile dysfunction could be a long-term effect of COVID-19.
Testicular damage in COVID-19 might induce a state of hypogonadism, leading to decreased levels of testosterone. Low testosterone is linked to erectile dysfunction.
COVID-19 has been linked to PTSD and depression, both of which psychological causes of ED.
Although there is not yet any direct clinical evidence, there is good reason to suggest that COVID-19 can result in long-term erectile dysfunction in some patients.