What are Peyronies Disease Causes and How to Treat it

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I received a question from a reader on my blog about what are the most common Peyronie’s Disease causes, and how can he straighten his bent penis.  He wasn’t sure how he got it, how to fix this embarrassing condition.

A man with Peyronie’s Disease symptoms doesn’t want to feel self conscious about his crooked penis.  He may fear his partner will reject him, due to this erection problem.

I decided to answer this question in this post.


What is Peyronie’s Disease?

What is peyronie's disease

A bent or crooked erect penis is due to a condition called Pyronie’s Disease.  This is named after an 18th century French surgeon, Fancois Gigot de La Peyronie, who discovered this condition.

This condition causes a curvature of the penis. Peyronies is not life threatening, but it can do the following:

  • can hinder the appearance of the penis.
  • cause discomfort.
  • in extreme cases can make sex difficult or even impossible.
  • can affect confidence and self-esteem.

If you think you may have a curvature of the penis, Click here to see examples of men with this condition.  This condition can develop over time or appear suddenly, due to the level of trauma.  Here is how to fix it.

This non-life threatening condition is caused by scar tissue, called plaques or bumps that form along the shaft of the penis in the corpora cavernosa, which are the three sponge-like chambers that become engorged with blood to help a man achieve and maintain an erection.

What are Peyronie’s Disease Causes?

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Doctors are not sure what are the  Peyronie’s Disease causes.  They often believe it is due to some sort of injury to the penis.  This can cause internal bleeding in the tissue i the penis.

This results in scarring and plaques build up as the injury heals.  This results in the curvature of the penis when erect.

The National Institutes of Health estimates bent penis syndrome effects around 1% of all men.  This condition predominantly affects middle age men age 30-65.  The healing of the damaged Corpora Cavernosa tissue causes scar tissue or bumps, called plaques to form, which results in the penis bending when erect.

There is no sign of the condition when the penis is non-erect or flaccid.


What Are the Symptoms

The Peyronies Disease symptoms can range from mild to severe.  In mild cases, this condition does not significantly impact a man’s ability to get an erection or engage in sexual intercourse.  The pain associated with this disease will usually decrease or disappear over time, yet the curved penis may remain.

Studies have shown that in approximately 5% – 19% of cases of bent penis syndrome,  will correct itself over time.

Men with mild to moderate Peyronie’s Disease symptoms are able to achieve an erection, but may feel some pain and discomfort where the plaques have formed, or may feel pain during sexual intercourse, due to the curvature of the penis.  A penis traction device will help reverse the penis curvature.

In rare cases, the disease causes significant disability in a man’s ability to achieve an erection suitable for sexual intercourse, called erectile dysfunction.

This curvature of the erect penis can cause severe discomfort, and thus can prevent a man from engaging in sexual intercourse or having an enjoyable sex life.


Peyronie’s Disease Treatment Options

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Peyronie’s Disease Treatment options can vary including:

  • No treatment required
  • Medication to soften the hardened plaque in the shaft of the penis, such as Vitamin E
  • Surgery to remove plaque from the corpora cavernosa
  • Prosthetic implant to straighten the penis


How a Penis Extender Works

Many doctors today recommend waiting anywhere from one year to two years to see if the condition corrects itself.  They recommend this is the best way to treat Peyronie’s Disease.

Most doctors believe Peyronie’s will correct itself fully or the symptoms will subside enough that no formal treatment, such as surgery,  is required.

In cases where a man’s penis curvature doesn’t correct itself or the curvature is not fully corrected, you should use a penis extender.  This penis traction device stretches and straightens the penis.  The stretching exercises cause the plaques and scars

If Peyronie’s Disease develops rapidly, a biopsy of the tissue can be performed.  This will help ascertain the cause of the condition.

For moderate Peyronie’s Disease, treatments can include oral medication, topical cream, electrical therapy, ultrasound therapy, manual penis extender and locally injectable steroid agents into the effected area to help break up the plaque.

In severe case of Peyronie’s Disease, treatment options can include surgery.  This will remove the plaque or shorten the unaffected side of the penis (plication).

This can lead to a shortening of the length of the penis, which many men may find unacceptable.  In some cases, men can use a device to manually straighten a curved penis in the privacy of their home, or a surgeon can medically insert a penile prosthesis may be used to help maintain a straight penis during erection.


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