Do you know the warning signs of Peyronie’s disease?
The outward symptoms of Peyronie’s disease include:
a thickened area or hard lump (plaque) in the shaft of the penis (it’s rare to get more than one plaque)
a curve in the penis when it’s erect (usually it curves upwards)
pain in the penis, usually during an erection (pain in the non-erect penis is rare)
the penis looking misshapen, like an hourglass
loss of length or girth of the penis
Some men with the condition get pain in their penis, while others get none. If you get pain, it may get better over time. However, in severe cases, the curve in the penis can make having sex difficult, painful or even impossible. Peyronie’s disease could perhaps lead to erectile dysfunction.
In Peyronie’s disease, fibrous keloid develops in the deep tissues of the penis. The cause of this fibrous tissue is often not known. It can occur spontaneously.
Fracture of the penis (injury during intercourse) can lead to this circumstance. Men are at higher risk of developing curvature of the penis after surgical procedure or radiation treatment for prostate cancer.
Peyronie’s disease is uncommon. It affects men ages 40 to 60 and older.
Curvature of the dick can occur along with Dupuytren’s contracture. This is a cord-like thickening across the palm of one or both hands. It is a fairly common disorder in white men over age 50. However, only a very small number of people with Dupuytren’s contracture develop curvature of the penis. Other risk things have not been found. However, people who have this condition have a certain type of immune cell marker, which indicates that it may be inherited. Newborns may have a curvature of the penis. This may be part of an abnormality called hypospadias, which is different from Peyronie’s disease
The Severe Curve: Peyronie’s Disease
Peyronie’s disease is seen as the curvature of the penis and painful erections and most common among men ages 40 to 60, or older. Plaque builds up in the penis, which then progresses to hardened fibrous scar tissue under the skin, according to Medline Plus. Risk factors for this condition include penis injury while having sex and surgery or radiation treatment for prostate cancer. The condition is also connected with Dupuytren’s contracture, which is a cord-like thickening across the palm of one or both hands. Doctors do speculate the condition may be inherited, since patients tend to have a certain type of immune cell marker.
Most men do not become fully aware of the severity of their condition until they have sex. According to Dr. Duana C. Welch, an expert in developmental psychology and author of Love Factually: 10 Proven Steps from I Wish to I Do, a curve that hits a woman’s G-spot can enhance sex. However, she told Medical Daily in an email, “but with Peyronie’s, the curve is often so pronounced, it can keep the penis from becoming fully erect, and such a curve can even prevent penetration altogether.”