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What is Peyronie’s disease?

Peyronie’s is a medical condition characterized by the growth of scar tissue in the penis. This can cause curvature of the penis, and painful erections. The disease gets its name from Francois Gigot de la Peyronie. He was a surgeon for King Louis XV of France. While this disease affects less than 5% of the male population, it can cause great distress to those afflicted with it. The disease is more common in men over the age of 40. The reasons why it is more common in older men are not completely known. It may be related to changes the body goes through as it ages.

While a curved penis is not uncommon and isn’t necessarily a cause for concern, some men experience significant curvature and pain in the penis. For men suffering from a curvature of the penis, especially if it is accompanied by pain, this may be a symptom of Peyronie’s disease. This can also lead to discomfort and pain during sex and difficulty achieving and maintaining an erection. Men who suffer with Peyronie’s disease also typically experience elevated levels of stress, anxiety and even depression.

What causes Peyronie’s disease?

The cause of Peyronie’s disease is not fully understood. Peyronie’s may be caused by different things, but one widely held view of thought is that the penis may have been injured, resulting in the rupturing of blood vessels. During the healing process, blood cells can become trapped at the site of the injury, leading to the build-up of scar tissue. When the penis becomes erect, this tissue does not stretch normally, which causes an abnormal curvature of the penis. This can be extremely painful, and affect the person’s ability to enjoy sex. Fortunately, not all men who experience a penis injury develop Peyronie’s disease. Even though a person has been diagnosed with Peyronie’s, it does not necessarily mean their condition is severe enough to require medical treatment.

It is also believed that genetic traits play a role in the development of Peyronie’s disease in individuals. Researchers are investigating a possible connection between Peyronie’s disease and certain immune system disorders.

What are the symptoms of Peyronie’s disease?

Peyronie’s disease can develop quickly, or gradually over time. Patients typically experience a change or hardening of the tissue below the skin in certain areas along the shaft of the penis. Curvature, in combination with pain, can also be considered symptoms of the disease.

Possible symptoms and signs of Peyronie’s disease may include:

  • A significant bend to the penis
  • Shortening of the penis
  • Pain
  • Difficulty having sex due to pain or erectile dysfunction

Can Peyronie’s disease be treated?

Although the symptoms of Peyronie’s disease may go away for some men, requiring no medical treatment, others may experience severe curvature of the penis and pain. Without treatment, these men may experience a worsening of the disease over time. Contact a male clinic operated by American Male Medical today.

Several treatment options exist to help reduce the symptoms of Peyronie’s disease:

Surgery

Your doctor may recommend surgery if the deformity to the penis is severe or if the pain prevents you from having sex. Doctors typically will not suggest surgery until other treatment options have been tried. Not all patients are suitable for surgery.

Medication

While some oral medications exist to treat Peyronie’s disease, they may not be as effective as surgery. Drugs injected directly into the penis however, may be effective in reducing pain and the curvature of the penis caused by Peyronie’s disease. 

Talk to your doctor if you are experiencing pain or an abnormal curvature of the penis during an erection or while having sex.

American Male Medical wants you to be informed about this potentially damaging condition, so you can lead a happier, healthier life. Contact American Male Medical today if you have any questions or concerns.