COVID and Male Fertility: Does COVID Infection Impact Sperm Production?

Dr. Natalie Crawford, MD – double board certified OBGYN and Fertility Doctor discuss COVID and male fertility. Listen as a recent study is reviewed talking about sperm production and semen analysis after COVID infection. Literature review.

Questions reviewed:
Does sperm change after COVID-19 infection?
Does sperm concentration, motility, and morphology differ based on severity of COVID infection?
What should people trying to conceive know about male COVID infection?
Should men who get COVID get a semen analysis?
What should you do if you are in fertility treatment and male partner gets COVID infection?

*not reviewed in this study but resulted: SARS-CoV-2 not present in sperm samples

Study Reviewed:
Gacci M, Coppi M, Baldi E, Sebastianelli A, Zaccaro C, Morselli S, Pecoraro A, Manera A, Nicoletti R, Liaci A, Bisegna C, Gemma L, Giancane S, Pollini S, Antonelli A, Lagi F, Marchiani S, Dabizzi S, Degl’Innocenti S, Annunziato F, Maggi M, Vignozzi L, Bartoloni A, Rossolini GM, Serni S. Semen impairment and occurrence of SARS-CoV-2 virus in semen after recovery from COVID-19. Hum Reprod. 2021

*Information is for medical education, please ask your doctor for questions regarding your specific medical care.

Other resources discussed or for reference:

Guo L, Zhao S, Li W, Wang Y, Li L, Jiang S, Ren W, Yuan Q, Zhang F, Kong F, Lei J, Yuan M. Absence of SARS-CoV-2 in semen of a COVID-19 patient cohort. Andrology. 2021 Jan;9(1):42-47.

Patel DP, Punjani N, Guo J, Alukal JP, Li PS, Hotaling JM. The impact of SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19 on male reproduction and men’s health. Fertil Steril. 2021 Jan 1:S0015-0282(20)32780-1.

Corona G, Baldi E, Isidori AM, Paoli D, Pallotti F, De Santis L, Francavilla F, La Vignera S, Selice R, Caponecchia L, Pivonello R, Ferlin A, Foresta C, Jannini EA, Lenzi A, Maggi M, Lombardo F. SARS-CoV-2 infection, male fertility and sperm cryopreservation: a position statement of the Italian Society of Andrology and Sexual Medicine (SIAMS) (Società Italiana di Andrologia e Medicina della Sessualità). J Endocrinol Invest. 2020 Aug;43(8):1153-1157.

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Dr. Natalie Crawford, MD is a double board certified OBGYN and REI, and co-founder of Fora Fertility, a boutique fertility practice in Austin, Texas.

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