According to the latest statistics, around 9% of men suffer from Peyronie’s disease. Yet, relatively few men or women have ever heard of this debilitating condition.
Below we explain what it is. As well as tell you how to seek treatment for Peyronie’s Disease.
What is Peyronie’s Connective Tissue Disorder?
During sexual activity, it is possible for the penis to be injured, as it is impacted repeatedly at the same point. It is also possible that activities such as cycling can have a similar effect.
The initial injury is so slight that the man usually is not even aware of it. But, over time, the trauma builds and starts to have a very negative impact on the tissue. When that happens, there is a buildup of plaque on the inside of the penis. Specifically, in the gap between the sheath and the shaft of the penis. This plaque is stiff and hard in comparison to the surrounding tissue. That puts the penis shaft under tension, and it can begin to curve.
The Side Effects of Peyronie ´s Disease
Naturally, this is quite distressing. The penis no longer looks normal. It may also be painful. This combined with the fact that the penis is no longer straight can make sexual intercourse difficult. In some cases, impossible.
Occasionally, the penis will shorten as well as begin to curve. This exacerbates the problem and can have a negative impact on sexual performance.
Most men experience pain only while their penis is erect. But, over time, the condition can worsen, at which point the pain can be there all the time.
Fortunately, there are several treatment options available.
Medications and Supplements
There are several drugs that can be used to treat a penis that is curving. For example, Auxilium, which works by breaking down the excess collagen in the penis. This treatment plan targets the plaque directly.
Some doctors prescribe Verapamil. This drug relaxes the blood vessels so that the blood flows more freely. The idea is that this enables the body to breakdown the plaque and carry it away.
Unfortunately, some men experience unpleasant side-effects from using these medications. Plus, not all men experience a full recovery with these treatments.
Physical Therapy and Devices
It is also possible to use a vacuum device to perform penile traction. Using a consistent gentle pressure, the penis is kept straight while the device is in place. But it can take many months before any improvement is seen. You can find out more here.
Applying low-intensity shockwaves to the plaque is another option. Over time, this softens the scar tissue, enabling the body to break it down and carry it away. It also significantly improves blood flow to the area, which has many beneficial effects.
Where to Find Out Even More
If you would like to find out more about penile curvature and how to prevent it, you can do so by clicking here. When you do, you will be taken to the website of the National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney Diseases, which is a good source of information for all urology related issues.