The long and the short of COVID Dick – is it real?


There’s been a lot of talk recently of COVID Dick – virus-induced shrinkage of the penis. Also erectile dysfunction due to catching COVID-19. So what do doctors say?

The discussion really kicked off following an anonymous letter to the Slate advice podcast How to Do It. QNews would normally ignore anything based on an anonymous letter, but in this case, medical professionals bought in on the topic.

The letter

“I’m a heterosexual man in my 30s. In July of last year, I contracted Covid and was very sick. When I got out of the hospital, I had some erectile dysfunction issues. Those gradually got better with some medical attention, but I seemed to be left with a lasting problem.

“My penis has shrunk. Before I got sick, I was above average. Not huge, but definitely bigger than normal. Now I’ve lost about an inch and a half and become decidedly less than average. It’s apparently due to vascular damage, and my doctors seem to think it’s likely permanent.

“It shouldn’t really matter, but it has had a profound impact on my self-confidence and my abilities in bed. I know you can’t give me back my missing length and girth. I was wondering if you could give me any advice on what to do now.”

Signed, Coming Up Short.

Director of Men’s Health at Albany Medical College Charles Welliver told the podcast COVID Dick is indeed a thing. He said COVID sometimes led to significant vascular issues in men. He said that could go two ways. Some guys ended up with priapism, a prolonged erection. Others suffered from erectile dysfunction.

Use it or lose it

On the subject of shrinkage, Dr Welliver compared the situation to that of men who suffer erectile dysfunction after prostate cancer.

“They have their prostate out for cancer and have zero erection for six to 12 weeks. They all get shrinkage.”

Importantly Dr Welliver said there is something sufferers can do.

“So the original step was to try and use at low dose daily Viagra or something along those lines. But more recently, we started looking at stretching or traction devices. There’s one called RestoreX, which is used that the data is actually very good at about regaining length and maintaining length. And there are other ones called vacuum erection devices, which are been used forever, which also have some potential benefit there, too.”

Another urologist, Dr Ashley G. Winter, told the podcast that “it is really important actually for the health of your penis to bring the blood flow in.

“So a typical regimen would be… starting something like Viagra or Cialis… Another thing would be to buy a penis vacuum device and what we call penis exercise, or penis push-ups.

“People put a constriction band a.k.a. cock ring, at the base of their penis, and they put the vacuum device on and they pull blood into the penis, make it hard and have sex.”

Penile rehab – no cock ring

“But if you use it for penile rehab, you don’t use the constriction band. You just put the thing on, suck blood into the penis to stretch it out.

“Those are two options. And then the last thing is using traction, and that’s essentially you buy a device that you put on your penis and it holds it in stretch. The one that I recommend to most patients is RestoreX. I have absolutely no financial relationship with them, but it’s a great device and they actually have their data on their website, and they’re showing men with shortening of the penis from erectile dysfunction or other chronic diseases that they can improve penile length by one to two centimetres with consistent use.”

So there you have it. COVID Dick is a thing but you can do something about it.


If you haven’t yet, get vaccinated – stop ignoring facts, listening to bullshit that reinforces your current prejudices and read some information from real doctors. Think about all the people in the world now vaccinated whose only side-effect has been staying alive.

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