Penile plaque is the root cause of Peyronie’s Disease. You must dissolve the penile plaque in order to reduce the curve typical of the disease.
Chances are you have heard the world “plaque,” or about a “plaque build-up.” However, I would bet that you associate that with your gums, or maybe even cholesterol and heart disease, and not your penis!
However, there is something known as “penile plaque,” and it is the root cause of Peyronie’s Disease. Men with Peyronie’s Disease have a curved, bent, or crooked penis. That curvature is caused by “penile plaque,” or scar tissue that forms below the surface of the skin of the shaft of your penis.
Sometimes the curve does not interfere with normal sexual relations. In fact, I have had men with a curved penis tell me their partners even find it cute, or sexy. But, if the curve does not allow you to engage in normal sexual relations, if it is painful, or gets worse over time, it is likely caused by penile plaque and is a sign of Peyronie’s Disease.
Doctors are not 100% sure what causes the plaque to form that causes the uncomfortable curved penis typical of Peyronie’s.
The latest research on Peyronie’s disease seems to suggest that the plaque forms after some kind of repeated bending, bumping or other kind of trauma to the penis. Men with Peyronie’s often do not remember a specific injury, but are commonly involved in sports such as mountain biking, horseback riding, or motorcycle riding, which can contribute to the condition. Vigorous masturbation, or sexual activity has also been linked to Peyronie’s. There could be a genetic predisposition to developing Peyronie’s, and this could explain why some men heal fine from such injuries, and others develop the penile plaque typical of the condition.
Doctors researching Peyronie’s, have discovered that many men with the condition, also have high cholesterol, diabetes, and/or heart disease. Therefore, there may be a connection to the buildup of penile plaque in these men, to the same kinds of circularity difficulties that lead to buildup of plaque in the coronary arteries. It stands to reason that the diet and lifestyle that could lead to plaque in the coronary arties, can also lead to the buildup of the penile plaque typical of Peyronie’s. However, more research is needed before we can draw that definitive conclusion.
How Do I Know If I Have Penile Plaque?
If you have a lump or a bump on the shaft of your penis, you should see you doctor. While it is likely to be the penile plaque characteristic of Peyronie’s, there are some rare forms of cancer that could also start out as a bump or lump on the penis.
In addition, there are men who are simply born with a naturally curved penis. It is very important to be able to tell the symptoms of Peyronie’s Disease from a congenital curvature of the penis. Here are some of the ways to tell if you may have Peyronie’s Disease.
- The curvature to your penis seemed to happen very suddenly, and is getting more pronounced over time
- The curve in your penis is accompanied by pain or discomfort
- Your penis curves very noticeably and consistently turned to one side, up, or down
- The curve in your penis is accompanied by erectile dysfunction
- The Curve in your penis is interfering with your ability to engage in sexual relations
How Can You Dissolve or Get Rid Of Penile Plaque?
The various methods available to treat Peyronie’s Disease, all try to dissolve penile plaque one way or another. Some methods are more successful than others.
- Surgery – Peyronie’s Surgery can for the most part remove or dissolve all penile plaque, however, it is painful, invasive, expensive, and requires significant down time.
- Xiaflex – Xiaflex is currently the only prescription medication available to treat Peyronie’s disease. However, it has been found only to be able to dissolve about 60% -80% of penile plaque, and like all prescription drugs, has many side effects.
- ESWT – ESWT stands for “extracorporeal shockwave therapy.” It is a relatively new, non-invasive, and very safe and effective way to dissolve penile plaque. ESWT uses shockwaves to dissolve penile plaque, the same way that lithotripsy uses them to dissolve or break down kidney stones and gall stones. In many cases, ESWT may be as effective as painful surgery in dissolving penile plaque and correcting the curvature typical of Peyronie’s disease.
If you have Peyronie’s disease, and are concerned about its impact on your health, and/or sex life, contact our offices today, and see which of these methods for dissolving penile plaque is right for you!