Peyronie's Disease Guide
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Peyronie's (pa-ro-NEEZ) disease is the development of fibrous scar tissue inside the penis that causes curved, painful erections. A slightly upward curved penis can stimulate vaginas on the G-spot, but anything more than a slight curve and different direction is generally undesirable.
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What is the cause of Peyronie's disease?
It is consistently thought that Peyronie's disease normally develops after an injury or trauma which causes bleeding inside of the penis. But, while this kind of trauma might explain severe cases of Peyronie's disease, it doesn't explain the reason most cases will develop progressively and slowly (chronic cases), or what is the cause of the disease when there is no apparent accident or traumatic event. There may be a genetic component to Peyronie's disease.
What exactly happens with Peyronie's disease?
Peyronie's disease is a hard lump, or plaque, which forms on the erection tissue of the penis.
Fortunately, such plaque is non-cancerous (or benign) and will often begin as an inflammation which may develop further into a fibrous tissue.
In most cases, when the penis heals after a year or so, this plaque doesn't progress much beyond the initial inflammatory stage.
But, if the disease lasts for several years, the plaque frequently becomes a fibrous, tough tissue, and calcium deposits might form.
What are some symptoms and signs of Peyronie's disease?
While individuals might experience varying symptoms, the more common symptoms of Peyronie's disease will be:
Plaque: Which causes the penis to curve upward, if present near the top of the penis). Also, this plaque causes the penis to curve downward, if present near the underside of the shaft) .
Penis shortening: In instances where plaque develops on bottom and top, shortening and indentation of the penis might occur. bending, pain, and some emotional distress may prohibit sexual intercourse. Painful erections might happen.
Also, it should be noted that symptoms of Peyronie's disease might resemble other medical problems or conditions. Therefore, it is always recommended that you consult a doctor for a diagnosis.
What is the treatment for Peyronie's disease?
The objective of treatment is to allow the patient suffering from Peyronie's disease to remain sexually active. Providing information on the disease and it's course is usually included with the treatment plan. In select cases, treatment may not be needed, as Peyronie's disease can often occur in a very mild form which heals without any treatment in six to fifteen months.
Treatments can include:
Surgery: Surgery is usually the last resort and can be associated with high-risk of complications, side effects and costs.
Vitamin E: Various clinical studies have reported some improvements with oral vitamin E as prescribed by a doctor.
Drugs: In select cases, shots of various chemical compounds into the plaques have been used in a limited number of patients. But this method of treatment can have a strong chance of un-wanted side effects.
Radiation therapy: using this treatment method, radiation is shot at the plaque to help reduce pain, but doesn't affect the plaque directly; worsening of the disease or un-wanted side effects may occur.
Using extenders: Such as the PhalloGauge penis extender to completely correct a slight case of curved penis. Penis extenders were originally developed to help treat/cure Peyronie's disease. Not only are they effective in doing so, an unintended side effect was an increase in growth.
This extender is specifically made to treat Peyronie's.Peyronie's Disease: Myth vs. Reality
As with a lot of diseases and health disorders, there are several misconceptions and untrue assumptions and myths surrounding Peyronie’s disease (PD). Lets distinguish between fact and fiction.
Myth #1 - PD is a young persons' disease.
The Fact Is - Over 75% of all patients who suffer from PD are between the ages of 45 & 65. Also, there are people who believe Peyronie’s disease only afflicts males over the age of 50. The truth is- almost 10 percent of patients can present at or below age 40.
Myth #2 - PD is a ailment without known cause.
The Fact Is - It is true there is no single cause is responsible in each and every case of PD. Generally, it’s assumed that some sort of injury / trauma to the penis causes PD. Also, Peyronie’s disease is associated with diabetes and hypertension. Similarly, it is also linked with Ledderhoseis disease (plantar aponeurosis), knuckle pads, Dupuytrenís disease (palmar aponeurosis) and Pagetis disease. The disease seems to run in families as well, from generation to generation.
Myth #3 - PD will lead to cancer.
The Fact Is - Plaque developed in PD is benign, non-cancerous (non-malignant). It's not a tumor and it can't spread to adjacent body parts of tissue. Also, Peyronie’s disease isn't contagious (it can't be transmitted from person to person by any means) and it isn't known to be the result of any transmittable disease.
Myth #4 - The best option to completely cure every case of PD is surgery.
The Fact Is - Surgery is among the most risky, complex and expensive treatment option and is almost always stated as the final resort whenever other treatments don't work. Additionally, even the most successful surgeries can't guarantee the disease will not come back in the future. Similarly, not every surgery has shown 100 percent resolution of all signs and symptoms of PD.
Myth #5 - There isn't a link connecting erectile dysfunction and Peyronie’s disease.
The Fact Is - Even though both conditions may occur independently, PD is connected with erectile dysfunction (male impotency) in most cases. Recent research shows the link between erectile dysfunction and Peyronie’s disease is much clearer than was previously thought. Trials and Published studies have shown that as many as 30 to 80 percent of males may suffer from erectile dysfunction connected to Peyronie’s disease.
Other Resources on Peyronie's Disease
- MayoClinic: Peyronie's Disease
- National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) - Peyronie's Disease
- Association of Peyronie's Disease Advocates
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