Peyronie’s disease is a disorder of connective tissues that lead to the creation of fibrous plaques. This condition often aggravates the male health and sexual function requiring professional medical aid.
Causes of Peyronie’s Disease
Some studies show that traumas or injuries to the penis, including those received during physical activity, a sex encounter or an accident, often cause the condition. Any penile bends or hits can lead to bleeding and tissue injuries. The healing process can leave scars and nodules resulting in penile curvature.
However, the National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Clearinghouse (NKUDC) says that Peyronie’s disease often occurs in men who have had no traumas to their penises.
Here is genetics that plays a vital role. If your grandfather or father suffers from the condition, you have a higher risk to get it.
Besides, age is of no little interest. With age, your body changes making your tissues more vulnerable and, thus, it is easier to damage and harder to heal them.
Men who suffer from Dupuytren’s disease – the contracture of a hand related to a palm fibromatosis, a connective tissue disorder – also have a higher risk to get Peyronie’s disease.
Symptoms of Peyronie’s Disease
The primary symptom of the disease is the formation of plaque, a tissue scar in the penis. The plaque usually appears on the upper side of the penis that can lead to upward bends of the penis when erected. However, it may also affect the lower side. Several scars lead to complex curvature.
You can feel these scar tissues through the skin when massaging your manhood. The plaque becomes hard as it absorbs calcium. It can cover the entire penis and create the so-called bottleneck or waist leading to the deformity.
Peyronie’s disease may cause problems in getting or keeping erections (as a result of a scar tissue or penile bends). You may experience soft or no erections during sexual arousal, or feel pain when erected.
Other symptoms also include a shorter penis, penile bends (especially during erections), and pain in the penis.
Diagnosing Peyronie’s Disease
If you have noticed the symptoms mentioned above, you are recommended visiting your health care provider to identify a condition that disturbs you. In most cases, a physical exam may be enough to find scar tissues and diagnose Peyronie’s disease.
Your physician should palpate the penis and take its measurements. They will later help define whether your penis becomes shorter if you suffer from the disease.
You may also undergo an ultrasound test to find out any penile abnormalities. In this case, the physician makes an injection to get an erection.
Treating Peyronie’s Disease
If the case is not severe, your health care provider may prefer watching your symptoms – it helps decide whether your condition gets worsened.
In severe cases – when your pain or curvature increases – you may be prescribed taking medications. Physicians usually recommend two types of drugs:
• Interferon (used to reduce fibrous tissues), and
• Verapamil (used to cure hypertension and certain heart rhyme disorders)
If less invasive methods do not help you and your condition is being worsened, you may undergo surgical treatment. But remember that the surgery should be the last instance, and the NKUDC recommends waiting at least a year before such a maneuver.
There are three types of surgeries to combat Peyronie’s disease:
• Shortening a healthy side of the penis. This surgery is performed when penile curvature is insignificant. The Nesbit operation allows cutting (or removing) longer tissues on the healthy side, and your penis becomes shorter;
• Lengthening scar tissues. This surgery applies a higher risk of erectile dysfunction;
• Penile implants. It allows implanting prosthesis within the corpora cavernosa and combating erectile dysfunction or impotence in men.
Peyronie’s disease may cause problems in bed and, thus, your intimate relations. Most men feel stressed, embarrassed and anxious, and do not want to discuss their problem. It usually sours the relations with your partner.
Forget about anxiety and embarrassment and talk to your partner. Discuss how the condition hampers you in bed, and visit your health care provider for professional advice when needed. It will help improve your intimate life.
Please remember that Peyronie’s disease may also lead to problems with getting or maintaining erections, pain during sexual activity, low sexual desire, and, as a result, fertility problems. If you experience such complications, you should immediately consult your health care provider to find out the best way out.
Improving Treatment of Peyronie’s Disease
Progress does not stand still: scientists carry out researches and studies that can help them better understand what causes the condition. They have proved that hydro penis pumps like Penomet and Bathmate treat Peyronie’s disease in men.
And now, when we are waiting for the improvements, you should pay more attention to your health and listen to your body. If you have any suspicions, try your best to support your health.