If you’re worried about having Peyronie’s Disease, then know this: it only affects a tiny percentage of men. Well, estimates range from 1% to 23%, with the real prevalence probably ranging somewhere under 10%.
Why don’t we know how many men have Peyronie’s Disease?
Surveys can be carried out, but they are problematic because many men don’t even recognize the symptoms in many cases. When symptoms are mild, they often don’t even seek medical attention so are not counted in hospital statistics, either.
In any case, Peyronie’s Disease is not a common problem. Those most at risk are men between the ages of 45 and 60 who have a family history of PD and who are of Northern European descent.
When you get Peyronie’s Disease, it won’t start out severe. It will simply be a small swelling…but then a hardened lump will begin to develop. This lump can be on the upper or the lower part of the penis. It can usually be felt when the penis is flaccid.
The symptoms are hard to pin down precisely because they may appear differently in different men. Sometimes the lump develops quickly and sometimes it develops more slowly over time.
The lump can even be painful and definitely reduces the penis’s ability to be flexible. The bend can cause the penis to become shortened. In some cases, the penis develops an hourglass shape when it’s erect.
In other cases, the men discover that it’s difficult or impossible to get an erection or if they do get one, to keep one. It seems that the scar tissue that develops on the penis acts as a blocker to blood that normally would engorge the entire penis. The result is a half-hard penis and everything beyond the scar area remains flaccid.
Self-diagnosis of Peyronie’s Disease isn’t advised. If you merely suspect that you have PD, see a doctor. He or she will be able to tell right away that there’s a problem using ultrasound and identifying the scar tissue in the scan.
Another reason to see a doctor if you think you have Peyronie’s Disease is to check for side effects of having this deformation.
Here are a few:
Peyronie’s Disease runs in the family, not that this sort of thing comes up in conversation very often. Plus, if it skipped a generation, good luck discussing such a thing with Grandpa. Besides, what’s it going to prove, if you do in fact find out someone in your family had this condition?
Knowing it’s possibly lurking in your genes will only destroy your mind for a while…at least until you get over the fear and anxiety and decide to live life anyway, come what may.
But having extremely unfortunate genes isn’t the only way to get Peyronie’s Disease. You can also be unlucky in other ways. Trauma is another possible cause of Peyronie’s Disease (PD). Accidents where your penis gets hit and bends, resulting in internal bleeding, can cause PD.
While that type of injury seems as though it would be memorable, many men simply can’t recall having injuries even though they did. Old sporting accidents that happened years ago and have been forgotten could well be the cause of PD…you just never know (and neither do the doctors).
Having pelvic surgery or urologic surgery has also been known to possibly trigger Peyronie’s Disease as well. Surgery, after all, is a type of trauma itself.
Another type of trauma that can happen to the penis is sexual activity. Without realizing it, men can injure their penises by pushing them too hard and against their partner’s pelvic bone. This can cause severe bending too.
Sometimes the body just turns on itself, resulting in autoimmunity disorders. While it’s not clear that the body is specifically attacking the penis and singling it out, changes in body parts can result when the body is generally suffering an autoimmunity attack.
It’s advised to seek help from your doctor if you think you have PD, but in cases where someone truly has this condition, it’s usually not a problem. This is because the simple fact that not being able to have sexual intercourse any more is so alarming it sends men directly to see the doctor.
Not only that, but painful erections and the deformity alone are enough to prompt most men to seek medical attention.
What will the doctor suggest, in terms of treatment?
Here’s what to expect:
PD sometimes goes away on its own after several months. However, if PD has persisted for more than a year the treatment might be surgery. In some extreme cases, it’s the only way to restore sexual function.
The downside of course is that it’s surgery on your penis.
There are complications to any surgery, but penis surgery brings terrible outcomes if anything goes wrong. Therefore, surgeons are hesitant to perform surgery on anyone except those who’ve had PD for at least a year, and for whom the curvature of the penis is really extreme.
Since surgery is risky and complicated (not to mention expensive), patients and doctors prefer non-surgical methods like traction.
Traction devices for stretching out the penis are called Penis Extenders and are already in use by patients with PD. There is clinical evidence that it works, it’s far safer than surgery, and it can be self-administered by the patient at home. In every way, using penis extenders to treat PD is a superior treatment to surgery.
A study carried out in 2002 and presented at the 2nd European Congress of Andrology showed promising evidence of the efficacy of penis extenders to straighten out the curvature in penises of 10 men with Peyronie’s Disease.
Each participant had been suffering from unchanged PD for at least three months and the study lasted for 6 months. The participants used penis extenders for at least 4 hours a day and at the end of the study penile curvature was significantly decreased. Not only that, but there were no severe complications in any of the men.
Based on this study and others like it, doctors are now recommending penis extenders for their PD patients. If you suspect you might have PD, see your doctor and ask about treatment via a penis extender.
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