Abnormal penis curvature and painful erections could be the symptoms of Peyronie’s disease (PD). According to the Peyronie’s Disease Institute, the condition is most common among men in the 45 to 60 age group.
A survey determined that 4.2 percent of a sample group of 4432 men suffer from PD. The condition affects mainly European men of Scandinavian descent though it could be experienced by members of other ethnic groups.
What is Peyronie’s Disease?
Imagine PD as a form of abnormal healing. The condition is characterized by the appearance of benign fibrous plaques or scars along the shaft of the penis. The accumulation of this plaque or scar tissue can lead to abnormal curvature and the painful erections that are so common for PD sufferers.
The severity of the condition will range. It depends mainly on the amount of scar tissue and its location. Some of the PD cases are so mild that patients will never know that they actually have the problem. In the most severe and painful instances, surgery would be needed to increase the patient’s quality of life.
How do I Know if I have Peyronie’s Disease?
Figuring out whether you suffer from Peyronie’s disease will depend on the assessment of the symptoms. In some of the mild cases, detection will be impossible since the condition will be asymptomatic.
You can be pretty certain that you have PD if you experience one or more of the following symptoms:
- The formation of scar tissue that can be felt underneath the skin of your penis
- Curvature in the penis that could be upward, downward or to the side
- Problems with erection and painful erection
- Shortening of the penis as a result of scar tissue formation
- Erectile dysfunction
As time passes and the condition remains untreated, the curvature of the penis could increase even further. Many men who suffer from PD experience a decrease in the pain after a couple of years. The problem with the abnormal curvature, however, will remain.
What Are The Risk Factors And The Most Common Causes?
Medical professionals are still to understand the exact cause of Peyronie’s disease. The rupturing of small blood vessels is one of the most common reasons for the formation of scar tissue.
Such damage could easily take place during intercourse or while a man is practicing sports. As the tissue heals, scar tissue forms there. Sometimes, the scar tissue formation will be insufficient to cause any of the problems connected to PD and the man will be capable of maintaining normal sexual function.
There are other risk factors associated with PD. The list includes the following:
- Hereditary factors and PD cases in the family
- Connective tissue disorders
- Age-related changes in tissue
- Some kinds of prostate surgery
In some men, PD will develop gradually. It will not be connected to trauma. This is why medical professionals are finding it difficult to pinpoint the exact cause of the condition.
Are There Any Non-Invasive Treatments?
There are non-invasive treatment possibilities for the less severe cases of PD. The use of penis extension and strengthening devices like the one developed by SizeGenetics is the simplest possible solution.
The Size Genetics device can be used to make the penis straighter and longer. As the extension device is put on the penis, it causes the appearance of micro-tears. The process forces cells to duplicate, which delivers penis extension.
The device is also maintaining the penis in a straight position, which allows for the curvature to be corrected.
What Other Treatments Can I Try?
More serious cases of PD will require other treatment possibilities. Surgery is one of the options for men that suffer from extreme pain or curvature that interfere with normal sexual activity.
During the procedure, the surgeon will shorten the unaffected side of the penis. As a result, both sides will be of the same length and the scar tissue will no longer be causing problems.
Alternatively, the surgeon can lengthen the side affected by PD or position an implant inside the penis. The penile implant is the best option for men that suffer from both PD and erectile dysfunction.