Update on COVID-19 and Histophysiology of the Male Reproductive System

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Javier Gutiérrez-Martín; Laura Robles-Gómez; Paula Sáez-Espinosa & María José Gómez-Torres


The recent COVID-19 pandemic has shaken up society, having a significant impact on the field of health and research. Given its relevance, studies have been performed on the effects of SARS-CoV-2 on human physiology. In particular, the possible presence and transmission of the virus through the male reproductive system could affect reproductive success. Knowing if the presence of the virus disrupts the organs responsible for the development and maturation of the cell lines involved in spermatogenesis could reveal its implications in sperm quality. For that reason, we proposed this review, in order to analyze the main scientific evidence on the effects of SARS-CoV-2 on the histophysiology of the male reproductive system and sperm fertilizing capacity.

KEY WORDS: COVID-19; Human sperm; Semen; Male infertility; DNA fragmentation.

How to cite this article

GUTIÉRREZ-MARTÍN, J.; ROBLES-GÓMEZ, L.; SÁEZ-ESPI- NOSA, P. & GÓMEZ-TORRES, M. J. Update on COVID-19 and histophysiology of the male reproductive system. Int. J. Morphol., 40(2):474-479, 2022.