What is Peyronie's Disease

If you notice a significant curve to your penis, especially with an erection, you may have Peyronie’s disease, indicating that years of trauma may be catching up with you.

Peyronie’s disease is caused by the development of scar tissue inside the penis. The condition can cause painful erections, erectile dysfunction, and cause the penis to significantly curve. This doesn’t necessarily mean that every penis that curves is the reason to see a doctor, but any trauma to the penis should be a cause for concern.

Symptoms of Peyronie’s disease may appear suddenly or occur gradually over time, as scar tissue builds up due to trauma to the penis. This trauma can be the result of injury during sex, contact sports, or accidents.

In a penis unaffected by Peyronie’s, increased blood flow stiffens the penis, causing an erection. However, a penis affected by Peyronie’s will curve significantly due to the disorganized manner of scar formation under the skin of the penis, making it difficult and painful to achieve an erection. 

When do you know if you need to seek out medical treatment? Doctors say that the condition is officially a cause for concern if it is hindering your ability to achieve an erection and have sex without pain. While you may be able to live with the condition if its progression has stabilized, it will likely only get worse.

How do you know it is Peyronie’s disease and not just a normal curvature of the penis? For one, you should be able to feel with your fingertips the scar tissue under the skin of the penis. If it is something you have not felt there in the past, then that could be a sign the condition is progressing. The most telltale sign of Peyronie’s disease is the indicative bend to the penis during erection.   

Another sign of Peyronie’s is having issues experiencing an erection or maintaining it. Again, if this is a common occurrence for you and you are not experiencing any other symptoms of the disease, this is not a reason to panic. It is really the combination of penis curving during erection, with or without pain, that most easily points to it being Peyronie’s disease. But you should definitely seek out a medical professional’s opinion before attempting to diagnose yourself. 

If you suspect you might be suffering from Peyronie’s disease, speak to a medical professional as soon as possible. Call Urology Specialists of Milford at (508) 473-6333 or schedule your appointment now.

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