If you have noticed a bump on the shaft of your penis, or a curve during erection, do not ignore it. It could be Peyronie’s disease.
Peyronie’s disease is characterized by a curved penis. It is not unusual to have a slightly curved penis when erect, and it isn’t necessarily a cause for alarm. The natural curve to the penis is what we call a “congenital curve.” That simply means it is a normal curve to the penis that you were born with, and is nothing to worry about.
However, men with Peyronie’s disease have a significant bend or curvature to the penis, often accompanied by pain. Peyronie’s disease is characterized by the development of fibrous scar tissue inside the penis. It is this scar tissue that causes the curved, painful erections associated with Peyronie’s. That scar tissue may first appear as a lump or a bump below the skin on the shaft of the penis.
What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Peyronie’s Disease?
It is very important to be able to distinguish the signs and symptoms of Peyronie’s Disease from a normal curvature of the penis. Some curvature of the penis can be normal.
It is only Peyronie’s and a possible cause for concern if:
- The curvature to your penis developed suddenly, and seems to worsen over time
- Your penis curves significantly to one side, up, or down
- The curve in your penis is accompanied by erectile dysfunction
- The curvature of your penis is accompanied by pain
- The bend to your penis makes it difficult, or impossible to enjoy normal sexual relations
Not all the problems with Peyronie’s Disease are physical. Men with a curved penis can be embarrassed, which can cause a lack of self-confidence leading to performance anxiety and erectile dysfunction. The issues surrounding Peyronie’s disease can also often cause depression, performance anxiety, and low self-esteem.
What Causes Peyronie’s Disease
The causes of Peyronie’s are still not 100% clear, but the most commonly held belief for the cause of Peyronie’s disease is that it occurs from repeated injury to the penis. For example, from damage during vigorous sexual activity, sports such as mountain biking, or as the result of an accident. However, most often, when presenting with the condition, patients usually do not recall a specific trauma occurring to their penis.
Sometimes Peyronie’s does come on gradually, and does seem to occur without injury. Research is currently underway to determine if there are genetic factors or other disease conditions that could contribute to the development of Peyronie’s disease.
How Is Peyronie’s Disease Diagnosed?
If the degree of curvature is such that you suspect you may have Peyronie’s, in most cases, a physical exam is all that is required for a skilled physician to make a diagnosis of Peyronie’s Disease. Touch is usually sufficient to feel the scar tissue, and confirm that the curvature is Peyronie’s Disease. On rare occasions, if the lumps feel unusual, your doctor may request an ultrasound or other imaging technique to rule out cancer or some other abnormality.
Are There Treatments Available for Peyronie’s Disease?
In some rare instances, Peyronie’s disease goes away on its own. But in most cases, the condition stays the same, or may worsen. If your Peyronie’s is having a significant impact on your ability to perform sexually, there are currently treatment options available. Traditionally, Peyronie’s disease was only treated via various surgical interventions.
More recently, a prescription drug, known as Xiaflex has been introduced to treat Peyronie’s Disease. However, the drug is not 100% effective and like all prescription medications, it has a laundry list of possible side effects and complications.
We are using platelet rich plasma, or (PRP therapy for Peyronie’s Disease) for the treatment of men with Peyronie’s. PRP for Peyronie’s is a drug-free, surgery-free treatment for Peyronie’s Disease. Originally developed as an ED treatment, PRP injections for Peyronie’s, not only help cure ED, they reduce the curvature typical of the disease.
If you are struggling with the impact of Peyronie’s disease, and would like an alternative solution to drugs and surgery, contact our offices today.