Peyronie’s Disease, also known as curvature of the penis, is a condition in which your penis, when erect, bends abnormally. This is a rare cause of erectile dysfunction – a condition where a man has difficulty achieving or maintaining an erection. It is caused by fibrous scar tissue developing under the penis skin.
It is common for a man’s penis to curve slightly; considered of which to be normal. However, if the curve begins to cause you pain, or if the bend is severe, then it is a problem. Peyronie’s disease can undermine a man’s ability to have sex, and can also cause erectile dysfunction. Worrying about a curvature of the penis can cause stress and anxiety, which can lead to erectile dysfunction.
Symptoms of Peyronie’s Disease
Signs and symptoms of Peyronie’s disease may either emerge gradually over time or appear abruptly. The primary symptom is a considerable curvature of the penis – the penis bends, either sideways, downward, or upward, depending on where the plaques are.
Sometimes, the erect penis may become very narrow at a certain point. In some individuals, the bend slowly becomes more pronounced, for others, it slowly improves and, for others still, the curve stays the same. Other symptoms include:
What does Peyronie’s Disease feel like?
The feel of scar tissue which is under the skin of the penis. It feels like a band of hard tissue. For some, it may feel like flattened lumps.
Treatment Options for Peyronie’s Disease
The doctor will ask the patient questions about symptoms, how long they have been there, and how they developed over time. The patient will also undergo a physical examination. If the patient’s curvature is not getting worse, there is no pain or pain is very slight, and symptoms do not interfere with sex, the doctor will probably recommend watchful waiting – a wait and see approach. Having the individual observe changes, for at least 12 months, is generally asked before considering a surgical intervention. In more serious cases, the patient may be prescribed medication or advised to have surgery.
If you are suffering with Peyronie’s disease, or another form of erectile dysfunction contact us and we can help you determine the best treatment available.