The coming summer will not be a ‘hot’ summer. According to an online survey conducted by the Italian Society of Andrology (Sia) of over 1,000 men, 60% reported decreased desire and decreased sexual activity during the months of restrictions. The reopenings are not sweeping away the inconveniences: the pandemic and isolation have left signs that persist even with the gradual return to normal, so much so that 24% of men continue to have difficulties under the sheets. In short, a season of desire is not waiting for us, the SIA experts underline, specifying that “finding sexual serenity is now more important than ever for male well-being, with the end of the emergency that seems closer”. For this reason he returns for the second consecutive year, to which from tomorrow and throughout the month of June it will be possible to contact every day from 10 to 19. Palmieri (Sia), ‘prevalence of erectile dysfunction in those who have contracted the virus’ Andrologo ‘, active on the toll-free number 800-995125, is dedicated not only to the 4 million Italians who already suffer from sexual disorders, but also to all those who may have andrological disorders under the sheets following Covid which, the andrologists point out, more and more data indicate that it is responsible for an increase in the prevalence of erectile dysfunction in those who contracted the virus. “The pandemic from Covid and the social distancing measures implemented to contain it – explains Alessandro Palmieri, president of Sia and professor of Urology at the University Federico II of Naples – have imposed a drastic change in lifestyle habits, creating situations of psychological and sexual distress. tions will allow Italy a gradual resumption of normal relational habits, but the Italian male will not overcome his problems when he returns to normality, in many cases after having contracted and defeated Covid “. Palmieri (Sia), ‘we hypothesize an increase in andrological problems’ “All the available data – underlines Palmieri – suggest an increase in the incidence and duration over time of andrological problems, which may be evident already in the summer months, when however it is It is possible that there is greater difficulty in accessing visits due to the restrictions on non-urgent activities of the past months, which have lengthened the waiting lists “. Numerous data also suggest that the pandemic over time may take a higher price to pay for the sexual well-being of men who have been infected. In fact, studies suggest that the infection can lead to an increased risk of erectile dysfunction, with a direct action of the virus on the functionality of the corpora cavernosa of the penis through a decrease in the production of nitric oxide, the main mediator of erection. “As for many aspects of this new disease still little known, it is not yet known – says Palmieri – which is the mechanism by which the virus produces the damage, whether with a direct effect or as a consequence of fever and inflammation, nor is it known which it will be the evolution over time of these complications of the infection “.