Do you have a curved penis when erect? It’s pretty typical for most men to experience slight left or right curvature of the penis when erect. However, if the bend is more significant, it can often lead to pain and/or difficulty during sex.
A pronounced bend of the penis can be a symptom of a more serious condition called Peyronie’s disease, which affects 1 in 10 men over the age of 40 but can happen at any age. This non-cancerous condition results from fibrous scar tissue that develops on the penis. It is generally thought that Peyronie’s disease results from repeated injury to the penis. For example, the penis might be damaged during sex, physical activity or as the result of an accident. But for most men suffering from Peyronie’s disease, no specific trauma is usually determined. Heredity, connective tissue disorders, and age are all considered risk factors for Peyronie’s.
5 Signs That It’s Peyronie’s Disease
- Scar tissue: If you can feel a flat bump or a band of hard tissue under the skin of the penis, it could be a sign of scar tissue known as plaque often associated with Peyronie’s disease. It is rare for one to have more than one plaque with Peyronie’s.
- Penis bends significantly when erect: Your penis may bend upward, downward, to the right, or to the left, which is noticeably pronounced when erect. If your bent penis is accompanied by pain with or without an erection, then this could also be indicative of Peyronie’s.
- Problems with erections: If, in addition to the presence of a significant bend, you are struggling to achieve or maintain an erection, you may have Peyronie’s disease. In many cases, men who develop Peyronie’s disease experience erectile dysfunction before other symptoms present themselves.
- Penile shortening: Have you experienced any noticeable shortening of the penis? Peyronie’s disease can cause shortening of the penis due to plaque buildup.
- Other deformities of the penis: In some instances, men with Peyronie’s disease experience a narrowing in the erect penis, indentations, and even an hourglass appearance. For others, there might be a narrow, tight band around the shaft.
What to do if you think you have Peyronie’s disease?
Peyronie’s disease rarely goes away on its own. For most men, the condition will remain as is or worsen over time. That’s why the earlier you seek treatment for Peyronie’s the greater your chances are of preventing it from getting worse and the greater your chances are of possibly improving your symptoms.
If you have long suffered from what you suspect is Peyronie’s disease, it’s never too late to seek treatment as it may help with bothersome symptoms like pain, curvature, and penile shortening.
Don’t Wait! Contact Dr. Alter today to learn more about your treatment options for Peyronie’s disease today.