If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with Peyronie’s disease, this means a clinician has identified scar tissue in the penis that results in an irregular shape, even when erect.
While some men may have lived for years with this condition without realizing that it is a medical condition capable of being treated, Peyronie’s disease can significantly impact your sexual health and relationships with sexual partners. Unfortunately, Peyronie’s disease is not a widely known men’s sexual health condition, and delays in identifying and treating this condition can lead to worse outcomes.
To help educate men and their loved ones about this little-known condition, we’ve pulled together answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about Peyronie’s disease.
What are the Symptoms of Peyronie’s Disease?
While symptoms may vary from one patient to the next, the most common symptoms of Peyronie’s disease include:
- A pronounced bend or curve in the penis , as well as other deformities such as indentations or narrowing of the penile shaft.
- Difficulty producing and maintaining an erection.
- Pain during an erection—and, in some cases, even when flaccid.
- Scar tissue developing as hardened spots on the penis.
What Causes Peyronie’s Disease?
The cause of Peyronie’s disease isn’t clear to medical experts. However, injury is believed to be the most common cause of Peyronie’s disease, or a contributing factor to cases of the condition. While a single case of trauma could produce scar tissue resulting in Peyronie’s disease, repeated injuries, such as small amounts of damage occurring during sex.
How Common is Peyronie’s Disease?
Because Peyronie’s disease is significantly underdiagnosed in adult men, the actual rate of this condition is much higher than the official rates. The official rate of Peyronie’s disease in adult males in the United States is about 1 in every 100 men, but experts estimate that more than 10 percent of all men in the United States actually suffer from this condition.
Is Peyronie’s Disease Painful?
The pain experienced by men with Peyronie’s disease can vary from one patient to another. While some men experience no pain at all from this condition, others may suffer from regular pain when developing an erection. In severe cases, pain may be chronic even when the man is not sexually aroused.
At What Age is Peyronie’s Disease Most Common?
Peyronie’s disease can occur at any age, but it is typically more prevalent in men ages 40 and above, with the risk of the disease increasing as men advance in age.
Can I Have Sex if I Have Peyronie’s Disease?
In most cases, Peyronie’s disease will not inhabit your ability to have sex. You may, however, experience pain during sex, and this pain may reduce the pleasure of sexual activity and even deter you from having sex in the future. For men with severe cases of Peyronie’s disease, the pain and/or disfiguration could be a significant barrier to having sex.
Is Peyronie’s Disease Permanent?
While Peyronie’s disease is treatable, it is impossible to know whether the condition is permanent under attempting treatment interventions. In general, Peyronie’s disease is more easily treated the sooner after this scar tissue develops. The longer you wait before getting treatment for this condition, the more likely it is that Peyronie’s disease will be permanent.
Even in cases where you have a permanent case of this condition, keep in mind that treatment can alleviate the severity of the condition, and the ongoing presence of Peyronie’s disease will not necessarily stop you from having and enjoying sex and sexual intimacy throughout your life.
Does Peyronie’s Disease Affect the Length of My Penis?
In some cases, men may experience a shortening of the penis as a result of the scar tissue hardening and contracting the penile shaft. Peyronie’s disease
treatments may be able to restore some or all of the length lost from this scar tissue.
How to Get Rid of Peyronie’s Disease
If you want to treat and remedy your Peyronie’s disease, it’s important to meet with a men’s sexual health specialist to undergo an evaluation and explore potential treatment plans.
Treatment plans can vary based on the severity of the patient’s Peyronie’s disease, as well as whether past treatment interventions have been attempted. While oral medications may be prescribed to alleviate certain symptoms of the condition, it’s likely that you will need to explore injections, or minimally invasive or noninvasive treatments such as low-intensity shockwave treatments, which can break down scar tissue over time and restore the shape and function of your penis.
A sexual health specialist can review the best treatment options for your specific circumstance.
If you think you or a loved one has an undiagnosed case of Peyronie’s disease, it’s important to connect with a men’s sexual health clinic as soon as possible. By expediting diagnosis and treatment, you can improve your odds of a healthy outcome, and improve both your sexual health and your overall quality of living.