Most men haven't heard of Peyronie's disease, i.e. unless they got it. Peyronie's is though more common than you might think. It is estimated that between 3 to 9% of all men have Peyronie's.
Any adult male can develop Peyronie's, though it is most common in men between the age of 45 to 65.
What Is Peyronie's Disease?
Peyronie's is not a typical disease, i.e. you do not catch it, nor can you give it to someone else.
Simply put, Peyronie's can be described as wound healing disorder because when you have Peyronie's, the healing process overcompensates.
Excess scar tissue forms in the layer (tunica albuginea) that surrounds the spongy erectile tissue (corpus cavernosum). This causes too much collagen to build up and form fibrous plaque (hard lump) in the penis.
The scar tissue (penis plaque) can prevent the straightening of the penis, resulting in penis curvature (bent penis). Other common penis problems in Peyronie's patients include penis pain, loss of girth, penis shrinkage, indentation, and erectile dysfunction.
In the worst-case scenario, the penis becomes severely deformed, making sexual intercourse difficult or even impossible.
There are two stages of the disease. The first stage usually lasts between 12 to 18 months and is called the acute or active Peyronie's stage.
This is when most changes to the penis occur but the progression of the disease stops when men reach the second and last stage of the disease, i.e. the chronic or stable Peyronie's stage.
All Peyronie's specialists now recommend starting non-surgical treatment as soon as possible during the acute stage, i.e. to prevent the progression of the disease.
What Causes Peyronie's Disease?
It is not known for sure what causes Peyronie's but some form of penis injury or trauma is believed to be the most common cause. Other possible reasons (not satisfyingly proven) could be low testosterone, diabetes and the use of certain medication (mainly beta-blockers).
One Study has indicated genetic link and there seems to be a link between Peyronie's and other genetic disorders, like Dupuytren’s contracture and Ledderhose's disease.
However, penis injury or trauma to the penis is the most likely and common cause. The penis trauma could be related to one-off incident, like sport accident or invasive penis procedure (e.g. prostatectomy). In those instances, the disease is likely to develop rapidly.
The penis injury could also be the results of number of minor traumas over time, e.g. through normal sexual intercourse. One of the reason could be that the erection were not firm enough (e.g. due to high blood pressure), causing the penis to be more prone to buckling.
What Are The Peyronie's Symptoms?
Penis pain is usually the first Peyronie's symptom men notice. Feeling hard lump (the penis plaque) forming in the penis usually follows. The penile plaque usually results in visible penis curvature with time.
In the worst cases the penis can become severely deformed, making sexual intercourse difficult, if not impossible. Erectile dysfunction is also quite common among Peyronie's patients.
The bottom line is that Peyronie's should always be taking seriously. Peyronie's disease can result in severe penis problems if not treated and the sooner you start your treatment, the better results you can expect.
Is Peyronie's Preventable?
Most Peyronie's specialists agree that it is unlikely that you could have done (or not done) anything to prevent getting the disease.
Is Peyronie's Curable?
There is currently no cure for Peyronie's but the disease can be treated. There is though no one universally approved treatment available as treatment that works well for some Peyronie's patients may not work for others.
There are however number of treatment options to choose from and the sooner you seek help, the more options you will have. Moreover, the sooner you start your Peyronie's treatment, the better results you can expect.
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Can Peyronie's Resolve Without Treatment?
It is estimated that Peyronie's disease can resolve or improve without any treatment in 5 – 15% of all cases.
I personally feel it is too risky strategy to "wait and see" and hope the situation gets better without any treatment. The "wait and see" approach can close the door of many of the treatment options, especially those least invasive.