Peyronie’s disease is often described as a painful lump in the shaft of your penis which causes curvatures when it is erect. However, these symptoms are not always present at the same time, and sometimes the appearance of a curvature in your penis may be quite sudden. For this reason, it is always wise to consult with your doctor to ensure that it is nothing more than a fibrous plaque.
What causes Peyronie’s?
Your penis is essentially made of 3 cylinders that are covered by sheaths of tissue and skin. Running along both sides of your penis are spongy structures called corpora cavernosa which typically become engorged with blood when your penis is erect. Now surrounding these structures is the tunica albuginea which allows the corpora cavernosa to expand and become rigid. And it is in this particular area of your penis that the curvature occurs.
Trigged by the simplest of things, such as a penile fracture or the accidental bending of an erect penis, fibrous plaques can appear in the tunica albuginea which when erect can cause your penis to inflate unevenly and give the appearance of a curvature. And unfortunately this is as painful as it sounds.In fact for many men, the degree of their curvature has been found to inhibit their ability to attain/maintain an erection and prevent penetration altogether.
What can I do?
First it is best to consult with your doctor so that they can confirm whether or not you are suffering from peyronie’s. Next they will offer the following forms of treatment:
If your lump has been present for a long, hasn’t changed and isn’t causing you pain, then your doctor may recommend no treatment and tell you to only come back if it gets worse.
If your curvature is causing impotence, pain or making it difficult for you to penetrate, then your doctor will refer you to an urologist, who may recommend surgery in order to treat the deformity.
Now this is only wise in cases of stable peyronie’s which has been around for a year and which hasn’t changed for 3 months, as surgery on new cases can actually cause more complications. For this reason try to avoid surgery if possible.
Types of surgery include:
- Plaque excision and grafting plaque incision and grafting
- Drugs – if your lump is still developing (this can take up 12 months), then your doctor may prescribe you a drug to help deal with the pain.
- Vitamin E and potassium aminobenzoate – these have been found to reduce pain in 30-60% of men
- Tamoxifen – found to improve pain in 80% of men, 30% also reported a reduction in lump size and curvatures (in men showing early onset peyronie’s)
- Steroid injections – injecting steroids directly into the plaque has been found to have some effect on reducing pain and the size of the lump.
- Extracorporeal shockwave therapy – not as scary as it sounds, extracorporeal shockwaves are directed at the plaques and have been found to reduce penile deformity in established cases (this is performed outside of the body).
- Penis extenders – penis extenders may traditionally be associated with penis enlargement; however many of your leading penis extenders were first designed to treat peyronie’s.
Applying traction to the corpora cavernosa in your penis, this causes cells to break away and duplicate. As these cells accumulate, this enables your penis to hold more blood and benefit from harder erections, penile increases of inches and curvature reductions of up to 20%.
In fact penis extenders provided by Size Genetics are specifically made using MDA (Multi Directional Angling) Technology, to enable you to wear the device in a diversity of different angles enabling you to influence the angulations of your penis.
As you can see from the examples above, there is a diversity of treatments available to you. However, before you begin any, speak to your doctor and see what treatment advice they recommend. Penis extender, surgery or pain management, you do not have to let peyronie’s control your life.