The disease which is characterized by unusual bending of the penis has been observed for decades before it was clinically studied by Francois de la Peyronie in 1743. He is the first to conduct research and publish a report discussing the possible causes of the condition. This is why it was named after him.
A Rare Condition More Common Among White Men
Probably next to erectile dysfunction, the Peyronie’s disease is among the most bothersome health issue for men. It is not a common condition though. Plus, it is a condition that goes away after a while.
It is estimated that only 10 percent of men suffer from Peyronie’s. The results of a study in Germany showed that it is more common among middle aged men but younger or older men can also be affected. When it comes to race, the same study suggests that white men particularly the ones with Northern European ancestry are more prone to Peyronie’s than African-American and Asian men.
Do You Have Penile Curvature?
Peyronie’s disease is characterized by penile curvature or bending. Plaque can occur on the top or bottom of the shaft. It blocks blood flow so the penis bends. In severe cases it bends way too much that the penis resembles the letter J.
In worse cases, the plaque may form on both sides. It will not cause bending but shortening of the love muscle even when erect. Pain may also indicate that you need treatment right away.
Peyronie’s Treatment and Complications
Treatment is not required for Peyronie’s. Patients can wait for the plaque or fibrin buildup to be gone. However, it may take more than a year in some cases. Some severe cases that are left untreated may also lead to physiological and possibly psychological complications.
Moreover, it was observed that about a third of men with Peyronie’s disease also develop hardened tissue or plaque in other parts of their body like hands and feet. It can lead to other conditions such as the Dupuytren’s contracture.
If the plaque is larger, the urethra may also narrow down. There are a few cases where the curvature causes a curve around the urethra. Both may result difficulty in urination that may lead to urethral stricture.
Peyronie’s disease can also lead to probably the most dreaded condition of men – impotence. It is characterized by inability to get or keep an erection for intercourse. Some men are just too embarrassed for how their penis appearance leading to psycho-social complications, which can cause deterioration of sexual intercourse and an unhappy social life.
Peyronie’s disease is bothersome penile condition that can lead to several complications. It is a chronic condition that can heal without any medication but those who want a faster treatment to avoid embarrassment and other complications can use safe penis devices like a penis extender.