Peyronie’s disease is a condition that causes abnormal penile curvature due to hardened scar tissue. It can be caused by an injury to the penis and genetics may play a role in its development, but the exact cause of the disease is still unknown. Peyronie’s disease can cause penile pain, relationship stress, the inability to have sexual intercourse and erectile dysfunction. It rarely goes away on its own, so getting treated as soon as possible is advised. However, if you only experience mild curvature of the penis and you aren’t dealing with any complications, observation may be recommended. It’s best to get it checked out by a professional either way.
The good news is multiple treatment options are available, but many men avoid telling their doctor about their symptoms due to embarrassment. It’s important to understand that you have nothing to be ashamed of if you experience symptoms of Peyronie’s disease, and you aren’t alone. Your doctor will be able to discuss the best treatment plan for you depending on how long you’ve been experiencing symptoms, so let your doctor know as soon as you notice any changes. Treatment depends on whether intervention occurs during the acute phase or chronic phase of the disease.
Treatment options include:
- Oral medications
- Injection treatments
- Penile traction therapy
If Peyronie’s disease is left untreated, it can cause long-term problems when it comes to sexual satisfaction, stress, anxiety and penile pain. It can also eventually lead to a worsening of symptoms, including the inability to achieve an erection, shortening of the penis and increased curvature. Getting it treated can significantly reduce the troubling symptoms of Peyronie’s disease, so don’t suffer in silence. Talk to your healthcare provider and take the first step toward feeling like yourself again.
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