What is Peyronie's Disease
Peyronie’s disease is an inflammatory condition of the penis which causes scar tissue to form inside the shaft. The scar tissue causes an abnormal curvature of the penile shaft.
Penises vary in shape and size, and having a curved erection isn’t necessarily a cause for concern. But Peyronie’s disease causes a significant bend or pain in some men. Peyronie’s disease can make sexual intercourse painful, difficult, or impossible. In extreme cases, scar tissue may cause shrinkage or shortening of the penis.
The main symptom of Peyronie’s disease is the formation of flat scar tissue underneath the skin of the penis. The scars, called plaques, can feel like lumps to the touch.
The scarring limits blood flow and in some cases, the penis cannot stay erect beyond the location of the plaques.
Peyronie’s disease is most prevalent in men between 40 and 70 years of age. Though it can affect younger men, the occurrence is rarer.
The Causes of Peyronie’s Disease
The cause of Peyronie’s disease isn’t completely understood, but a number of factors appear to be involved.
It’s thought Peyronie’s disease generally results from repeated injury to the penis. For example, the penis might be damaged during sex, athletic activity or as the result of an accident. However, most often, no specific trauma to the penis is recalled.
During the healing process, scar tissue forms in a disorganized manner, which might then lead to a nodule that you can feel or development of curvature. In Peyronie’s disease, when the penis becomes erect, the region with the scar tissue doesn’t stretch, and the penis bends or becomes disfigured and possibly painful.
In some men, Peyronie’s disease comes on gradually and doesn’t seem to be related to an injury. Researchers are investigating whether Peyronie’s disease might be linked to an inherited trait or certain health conditions.
Peyronie’s disease is a benign condition that is not contagious, cancerous or related to sexually transmitted diseases. Milder cases may even go away on their own. “Watchful waiting” may be considered an effective approach if symptoms are not severe.
Treatment Options and Other Services
There is no cure for Peyronie’s disease, but it is treatable and may go away on its own. Treatment options include both medication and surgery.
We highly encourage you to discuss your options with your doctor.
P-SHOT FOR MEN
PRP therapy is as effective for men (the P-Shot) as for women (the O-Shot). The use of a man’s own blood factors to boost sexual response carries no heart-related risks. The injection floods the penis with regeneration cells that immediately begin revitalizing muscle, tissue and nerves. The therapy is non-invasive, with no side effects.
MEN’S SHOCKWAVE THERAPY
Sexual dysfunction can be treated with low intensity shockwaves that open constricted blood vessels in the penis. The treatment restores the blood flow that allows for spontaneous erection upon arousal, with no drugs or side effects.
Mental and emotional health can be key factors in sexual wellness. Stress, anxiety or depression can impact libido, and a man or woman’s ability to engage with their partner. Seeking assistance from a mental health professional may help alleviate the underlying causes of the condition. The Elna Sexual Wellness Center offers sex therapy services.
Testosterone replacement therapy (TRT), is a hormone replacement therapy often prescribed to counter the effects of male hypogonadism, or low testosterone production. When the body no longer produces sufficient amounts of testosterone, replacement therapy is an option.