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Peyronie’s Disease (PD) is an inflammatory condition of the penis that affects up to 10% of men. Causing deformities of the penis and painful erections, this condition can have a significant impact on men’s self-confidence and sexual health. Fortunately, with proper understanding of symptoms, causes, and knowledge of treatment options, men can usually manage their PD and continue to enjoy sexual intimacy with their partner.
What Is Peyronie’s Disease?
Peyronie’s Disease typically affects men between 40 to 70 years of age. The cause is an inflammation of the penis that can lead to scar tissue forming, causing the penis to curve when erect. Potential causes include genetic predisposition, injury to the penis, or aging. This can be embarrassing and uncomfortable for those affected. The severity of symptoms ranges greatly and can even be mild to the point of being unnoticeable. More severe cases may lead to difficulty with or inability to engage in sexual activity, or even erectile dysfunction.
Symptoms & Diagnosis of Peyronie’s Disease
If you are experiencing curvature of the penis, painful erections, or other symptoms of PD, it is important to speak to a medical professional. Symptoms may include:
- Pain or discomfort during sex or erections
- Bumps or other deformities on the penis
- Loss of length or width of the penis
In order to diagnose PD, many medical professionals may suggest a physical examination and discussion of symptoms, as well as an ultrasound to confirm the presence of any plaque or scarring.
Treatment Options For Peyronie’s Disease
Thankfully, new treatments are being developed and tested that can help men manage PD and return to a sexually satisfying life. These include:
- Prescription medications such as injectable collagenase and topical ointments and creams
- Surgery to reduce the scar tissue and correct the deformity of the penis
- Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT) which uses sound waves to break down the plaque responsible for the curvature
- Non-invasive treatments like platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections, to help reduce inflammation and promote healing
It is important to discuss all available options with your medical professional to determine the best path for you.
Peyronie’s Disease & Mental Health
Having PD can be mentally and emotionally overwhelming and can affect men in a variety of ways. The physical deformity resulting from PD can lead to feeling less attractive or even inhibited. It is important to speak with a mental health professional if you are feeling anxious, depressed, or have trouble in communication and relationships due to PD.
Managing Peyronie’s Disease and Enjoying Life
If you or a loved one has been recently diagnosed with PD, it can be difficult to understand the situation and make decisions about treatment options. However, with proper understanding, education, and help from medical professionals, men can manage this condition and continue to live happy and fulfilling sexual lives.