There have been reports of ED occurring in individuals who have received COVID vaccines.
It is believed that the link between COVID vaccines and ED may be due to the body’s immune response to the vaccine. Vaccines work by stimulating the immune system to produce a response against a particular disease. In some cases, this immune response can cause inflammation and damage to blood vessels, leading to ED.
So… Can COVID vaccines really cause ED?
Several reports have suggested that COVID vaccines could cause ED in some men.
However, it is important to note that these reports are largely anecdotal and have NOT been substantiated by scientific studies.
It is also important to note that the COVID vaccines have undergone rigorous testing and clinical trials to ensure their safety and efficacy.
The CDC and AUA also advises people not to delay or avoid getting the vaccine due to concerns about ED or other sexual side effects.
Understanding erectile dysfunction
Erectile dysfunction is a condition that affects men’s ability to achieve or maintain an erection. It can have a wide range of causes, including age, psychological factors, and underlying medical conditions like high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart disease.
There are currently two bivalent COVID-19 vaccines in Singapore offered by the Ministry of Health (MOH) – the bivalent Moderna/Spikevax and the bivalent Pfizer-BioNTech/Comirnaty.
Bivalent vaccines work by stimulating an immune response against two viruses.
Both bivalent COVID-19 vaccines target the Omicron variant in addition to the original COVID-19 virus. It can therefore provide better protection against newer COVID-19 variants.
The Omicron variant targeted by the bivalent Moderna/Spikevax is the BA.1 subvariant, while the bivalent Pfizer-BioNTech/Comirnaty vaccine targets the BA.4/5 subvariant.
There is currently no evidence that a specific bivalent vaccine is better than the other in terms of protection against future variants. As such, either can used as a booster vaccination.
Is the bivalent vaccine a safer option?
On 2 February 2023, the HSA released a safety update that adverse effects after the bivalent COVID-19 vaccines are rare.
Singaporeans have received more than 482,600 doses of the Moderna bivalent vaccine, while Singaporeans have received over 200,000 Pfizer-BioNTech bivalent vaccines.
HSA received an adverse event reporting rate of 0.012% for the Moderna bivalent vaccine and a smaller 0.005% for the Pfizer-BioNTech bivalent vaccine.
Bivalent vaccines have similar safety profiles to the original monovalent vaccines.
Like other COVID vaccines, the bivalent vaccine may cause some side effects, including fever, fatigue, and soreness at the injection site. However, there is no evidence to suggest that they can cause ED or any other serious side effects.
The HSA continues to stress that the benefits of vaccination outweigh the risk of COVID-19 infection. Vaccines remain safe for Singaporeans.
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At Sire, we stand with the MOH and HSA that we stay updated with our COVID-19 vaccination status.
Updated COVID-19 vaccines like the bivalent vaccines are expected to offer broader immunity against circulating variants, while retaining critical protection against severe disease and death.
Keeping ourselves protected from the COVID-19 infection not only keeps us safe from the harmful impact the infection can have on our health but also protects the wider community.
According to MOH, the following people are recommended to receive a booster around 1 year after their last booster dose:
People aged 60 years and above
People who live in aged care facilities
People are medically vulnerable and at higher risk of severe disease who are aged 12 years and above.
The update bivalent vaccines are recommended for this.
If you are aged 12 to 59 and are healthy, you are at a lower risk of severe disease. However, the MOH offers an additional booster dose around one year after your last dose if you are eligible and keen to enhance your protection.
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Q: Is the bivalent vaccine safe for men’s sexual health?
A: Yes, the bivalent vaccine has a similar safety profile as the original monovalent vaccine.
Published studies have shown that COVID-19 vaccination does not affect male sexual functions including erectile function, orgasmic function, sexual desire, intercourse satisfaction and overall sexual satisfaction.
Q: What are the common side effects of the COVID-19 bivalent vaccine?
A: The most common side effects of the COVID-19 vaccine include pain and swelling at the injection site, fever, fatigue, headache, muscle aches, and chills. These side effects are usually mild and go away on their own within a few days.
Q: Does the COVID-19 bivalent vaccine increase the risk of stroke?
A: The Ministry of Health (MOH) reports that current data does not show an increased risk of stroke with both the updated Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech bivalent vaccines.
Q: Can I still contract and spread COVID-19 even after being vaccinated?
A: COVID-19 vaccines can prevent COVID-19 to a large degree. But you still can contract and spread the virus after vaccination. However, vaccinated individuals are less likely to experience severe symptoms or require hospitalisation if they do contract the virus.
Q: Is it safe to get the COVID-19 vaccine?
A: Yes, the COVID-19 vaccine is safe for most people. Clinical trials have shown that people generally tolerate the vaccine and it has few serious side effects. The benefits of you getting vaccinated far outweigh the risks of getting COVID-19.
Q: What should men do if they experience ED after getting the COVID vaccine?
A: Men who experience ED after getting the COVID vaccine should speak with their healthcare provider. It is important to note that ED can have many different causes, and a thorough evaluation is necessary to determine the underlying cause.