Who Is Affected?
Peyronie’s Disease affects men mostly 50 and older. In the US there are more than 200,000 cases each year of what many men refer to as the “bent penis syndrome.” Peyronie’s Disease effects approximately 6% of men between the ages of 40-70 years old. The number of suffers may be higher because many are embarrassed about the disease, and do not seek medical help.
What it is?
Peyronie’s Disease is where scar tissue, or plaque, builds up under the skin of the penis. The plaque causes lumps in the penis that can be felt, and the penis often will be bent. The degree of the penile bend depends on the severity of the Peyronie’s Disease. Often the condition comes with painful erections, and sometimes pain can occur even in a non-erect penis.
How did I get this?
The cause of Peyronie’s Disease is unknown. It is believed to be caused from penis injuries, or an inherited condition. Small injuries, like minor penis fractures, occurring during vigorous sex could increase your chance of Peyronie’s Disease. This disease can appear suddenly, or symptoms can appear gradually.
Does it go away?
Yes….and no. Sometimes Peyronie’s Disease can disappear as quickly as it came on, and require no medical attention. Other times it will not go away, and continue to get worse. Seeking a qualified men’s sexual dysfunction specialist to begin a treatment plan may be necessary. In some more rare cases, Peyronie’s will become a life-long condition. These patients will require extensive medical treatment, and may go through multiple avenues of treatment to find some relief.
Could I have prevented it?
Peyronie’s Disease still requires much more research to discover the exact cause of the condition. Because the cause is not well-defined, prevention of the disease is hard to advise patients on. Taking extra precautions to prevent penis fractures is the best available advice at this time to prevent this Disease.
Can I still have sex?
Yes, if it is not uncomfortable. Some patients have pain during an erection, so pursuing sexual intercourse may not be favorable. Often a patient suffering from Peyronie’s Disease has trouble even achieving an erection. This is the body’s way of preventing further damage to the penis. The bend in the penis, can be so severe that sex is physically not possible. If sex is comfortable and pain-free then it should not be avoided. Take extra precautions during sex to avoid vigorous activity that could result in a penile fracture.
Finding the right doctor
Locate a doctor in your area that specializes in the field of men’s sexual dysfunction. The occurrence of more than one sexual dysfunction problem is not uncommon so finding a qualified physician that is familiar with Peyronie’s Disease and erectile dysfunction can help you address the problems together. Googling “men’s dr near me” or “erectile dysfunction specialist near me” can help get you on your way to medical care. If you are in the Kansas City area, our team at the Kansas City Men’s Clinic invites you to give us a call. We specialize in men’s sexual dysfunction problems like Peyronnie’s Disease, Erectile Dysfunction, Low Testosterone, and Premature Ejaculation. Finding a doctor that is right for you the first step towards healing. Schedule an appointment with Kansas City Men’s Clinic today by calling (816) 533-4420 or schedule online.