Covid-19 infection likely to affect male fertility: Study

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Men with moderate Covid infections tend to have a decrease in overall sperm quality including sperm concentration and motility compared to men without infection, research undertaken by Crysta IVF revealed.

According to the research, men with novel Coronavirus infections had elevated levels of luteinizing hormone (LH) and decreased ratios of testosterone and follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), compared to healthy men.

Crysta IVF found that men with the infection also had a 50% reduction in semen volume.

In females, however, damage to the reproductive system due to Covid infection has not been ascertained because most of the findings are in very early stages.

But there is significant evidence that female reproductive processes such as follicular development, oocyte maturation and ovulation have connections to ACE2 receptors (Renin-Angiotensin System).

Dr Ruchi Malhotra, an IVF Consultant and Infertility Specialist said, “Post Covid there has been a temporary decrease in fertility among men because of the impact of the virus on the semen parameters.”

Dheeraj Jain, Founder, Crysta IVF said the research was initiated as a lot of ambiguity and misconceptions related to the impact of Covid on fertility were being observed.

“Crysta IVF took a step forward to understand the precise impact and the research conducted under the professional guidance of qualified and experienced doctors have enabled us to pave the way ahead to analyze the relationship between Covid infection and fertility,” Jain said.

“The predictive analytics research sing machine learning resulted in identifying possible ways in which it is SARS-CoV-2 might also affect female fertility in terms of attacking ovarian tissue and granulosa cells, and decrease ovarian function and oocyte quality, and resulting in infertility or miscarriage or by damaging endometrial cells thereby affecting embryo implantation success. We continue to collect more data and carrying forward further research to all our centers,” he added.

Crysta IVF is one of India's most trusted fertility chains, co-founded by Dheeraj Jain, Harshita Jain and Preeti Agarwal in 2019.


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