Most men were born with a normal penis. They grew up thinking (or hoping) that their penis has no problem and their sex life would be the same. Unfortunately, this is not the case. Nature always manages to find a way to make life a bit challenging. Have you heard about the Peyronie’s disease?
Some men think they are fine down there only to find out that the tissues that make up their penis got scarred so their fun stick started bending. This is the best way to describe Peyronie’s disease.
Unfortunately, one out of 10 men suffers from this condition. It can affect all men regardless of their race and age. However, it is observed mostly among Caucasian males who are at least 40 years old.
Peyronie’s disease was named after Francois de la Peyronie. He was the surgeon of Louis XIV of France and the man who introduced a treatment for the disease in 1743.
The cause of Peyronie’s is still unclear but the symptoms and how it works are well understood. Doctors usually start explaining the condition by discussing the tough layer of connective tissues called tunica albuginea. It contains the sponge-like corpora cavernosa. It contains the scar tissue, which prevent the normal expansion of an erect penis. This is why the penis bends to a side.
Pain is usually associated with Peyronie’s disease especially during the early stages. Fortunately, the pain goes away after a while. There is no need for treatment. However, the abnormal curvature may remain even if the pain is gone. With this condition, men may also notice that their penis in flaccid state is shorter than it used to.
While Peyronie’s disease could cause the penis to bend, patients can still have intercourse. Plus, the disease is not contagious.
Diagnosing Peyronie’s is very simple. Doctors would do physical examination. For treatment, urologists can prescribe medications with L-arginine and sildenafil. In severe cases, you can discuss surgery as another treatment option but the note that the penis normally heals on its own after 12 to 15 months.