Studies have shown that men who have recovered from COVID-19 have decreased sperm mitochondrial energy, which can reduce reproductive function.
The influence of the coronavirus was found even at the level of genetic research
According to RBC with reference to the chief freelance gynecologist of the Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation, Leila Adamyan, the sperm of men who have had coronavirus have genetic abnormalities that negatively affect reproductive function. “The energy of mitochondria turned out to be reduced, which indirectly suggests that these men may have reduced reproductive activity in the future,” said Adamyan.
She explained that the researchers took two groups of men - those who had recovered from the coronavirus and who were vaccinated. They had a spermogram before and after they got sick or vaccinated, and they also had RNA sequencing. It turned out that COVID-19 even affected simple sperm counts, Adamyan says. According to her, the influence was found, including "at the level of in-depth genetic research."
At the same time, the gynecologist noted that no changes were found in the vaccinated either in the general status or during RNA sequencing. In July last year, Minister of Health Mikhail Murashko said that there was no data on the impact of coronavirus on infertility at that time. But by that time, experts were just starting to conduct the first studies on this topic, the head of the Ministry of Health specified.
Later, scientists at the Israeli Sheba Medical Center conducted a study, according to the results of which coronavirus particles were found in the semen of 13% of men with COVID-19. Experts pointed out that even with a mild form of the disease, sperm motility was reduced by 50%. In addition, 12 patients showed changes in testicular cells responsible for sperm development and testosterone production.