If you have a curved penis, you may rightfully think you have Peyronie’s disease.
If you notice a bend in your penis, or begin experiencing painfully curved erections, a lot of questions will likely go through your mind, not the least of which is, “I think I might have Peyronie’s disease, what do I do now?”
But, before we answer that question, first a little background. Like most things in nature, men’s penises vary in size and shape. It is not unusual to have a slightly curved penis when erect, and it isn’t necessarily a cause for alarm. 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.
What Causes Peyronie’s Disease?
The causes of Peyronie’s are still not 100% clear, but the most commonly held belief 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.
How Do I Know If I Have Peyronie’s Disease?
Some curvature of the penis can be normal. However, you have reason to think you might have Peyronie’s disease if:
- The bend to your penis developed suddenly, and seems to worsen over time
- The bend to your penis is associated with scar tissue. Often the scar tissue of Peyronie’s can be felt as lumps below the skin of the penis
- The bend to your penis is significant, to one side, up or down
- The bend to your penis is accompanied by erectile dysfunction
- The bend to your penis is accompanied by pain
- The bend to your penis makes it difficult, or impossible to enjoy normal sexual relations
Peyronie’s Disease and Sexual Activity
There are men with Peyronie’s disease who do just fine sexually. Some men with Peyronie’s have even reported that their partners find the curve “unique and interesting.”
But for others, Peyronie’s can make it difficult, or painful to have intercourse. Peyronie’s can be embarrassing, and cause stress and anxiety. It can lead to erectile dysfunction for both physical, and “emotional” reasons.
Treatments for Peyronie’s Disease
Now, to the titular question: “I think I might have Peyronie’s, what do I do?” The very first thing you need to do is see a doctor who treats Peyronie’s disease, and receive a definitive diagnosis. Then, if it is Peyronie’s disease, and it is interfering in your quality of life, you need to discuss Peyronie’s disease treatment options.
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 treatment options available.
If you find yourself saying, “I think I have Peyronie’s, what do I do?” the most important thing is not to panic. Take a deep breath, and know you are not alone, and that help is available, then contact our office for an appointment.