Women’s Health: Long COVID

Mar 16, 2021

As we celebrate (celebrate?) the one year anniversary of Covid lockdown, I’d like to explore one of the more mysterious, worrisome, and poorly understood Covid outcomes — long covid. Why do some people, sometimes called long haulers, experience covid-like symptoms for months, even after their covid tests come back negative. What do we now know about long Covid? What are the potential treatments? Is a Covid vaccine a possible cure? Watch for my latest Instagram live at https://www.instagram.com/dr.felicegersh


Jennifer Landa, M.D., a specialist in hormone therapy, has said masturbating might strengthen the body’s natural defense forces.

“Masturbation can produce the right environment for a strengthened immune system,” Landa told Men’s Health. 

Men’s Health also cited a 2004 study that showed men had more white blood cells 45 minutes after they had a solo orgasm. For those who don’t know, white blood cells are part of the body’s immune system that help fight infection and other diseases. 

According to the study by the Department of Medical Psychology, University Clinic of Essen, Germany, “these findings demonstrate that components of the innate immune system are activated by sexual arousal and orgasm.”

Touching oneself might not prevent infection, but orgasms generally help people relax and elevate mood that is key to a healthy immune system. 

Dr. Felice Gersh, a gynecologist and obstetrician who specializes in women’s health, said chronic masturbation might not prevent COVID, but “it’s not going to create harm.” 

“I think the takeaway message is that there are no negatives from it,” Gersh said.

Further research needs to be done to see if masturbation can supercharger the immune system and provide an extra layer of defenses against viruses. 

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