Like everybody else in the world, we’re spending a lot of time reporting on the COVID-19 pandemic. The novel coronavirus that apparently began in the Wuhan province of China and rapidly spread across the world has upended pretty much every aspect of human civilization. Because this is a totally new virus that hasn’t been observed in humans prior to late last year, doctors are still figuring out its effects on the body. However, one study in Canada reveals that the pandemic might be leading dudes to injure their genitals.
Researchers from the University of British Columbia are hypothesizing that the social isolation caused by COVID-19 quarantine could be leading men to damage their genitals. After six men reported cases in a single week, doctors noticed that something unusual was happening. In an article published in the Canadian Urological Association Journal, the authors note that they typically only see a few cases like this every year.
The six injuries included two penile fractures suffered during intercourse with a partner on top, along with a case of penile pain from frequent masturbation and a few other accidents. They speculate that the cases are in partly encouraged by the pandemic, writing “It is difficult to say whether these injuries would have occurred without the societal changes in the pandemic. One can speculate that the increased time at home may have led to higher rates of sexual intercourse, with potentially increased riskier sexual practices.”
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