Do you suffer from Peyronie’s disease ? Is your friend one of the victims and want to know how it is treated or how you can avoid it? Here are some details about this disease that every man would dread of.
What Is Peyronie’s Disease?
Peyronie’s disease is characterized by a lump or plaque in the erection tissues of the penis. It is non-cancerous but can cause extreme discomfort to the patient.
The disease begins as an inflammation that may affect the fibrous tissues. During this stage, it can be treated to avoid going beyond the initial inflammation. The Peyronies treatment can take up to a year. After the treatment, the plaque or lump may harden and may produce calcium deposits in the fibrous tissues.
Can You Avoid Peyronie’s Disease?
Knowing what causes it is probably the best way to avoid Peyronie’s disease. Studies show that it is caused by trauma from an injury. Physical trauma to the penis can cause internal bleeding. So far, science does not have explanations about chronic cases and those where there is no traumatic event involved.
What Are the Symptom?
It is important to diagnose and treat Peyronie’s disease early on so you may want to keep in mind the following common symptoms:
Plaque on top of the shaft that causes the penis to bend upward or downward if it is underneath the shaft
Plaque on top and bottom of the shaft causing the penis to shorten
Bending of the organ
Pain especially during erection
Diagnosis of Peyronie
Peyronie’s can be diagnosed through complete assessment of your medical history and physical examination. You can consult a doctor if you are having difficulty or feel pain during erection and intercourse.
Aside from physical examination, doctors may suggest ultrasound of the penis. Ultrasound is a diagnostic device that uses high frequency sound waves to produce images of the organs. Another diagnostic technique for this disease is the Color Doppler Examination, which is actually a type of ultrasound test but it will check the blood flow instead of the organ.
Note that most of the symptoms of Peyronie’s resemble those of other genital conditions. A physician can help you identify the problem.
Can It Be Treated?
Peyronie’s disease is not fatal but most men who suffer from it seek treatment as it can prevent them from having sexual intercourse. Interestingly, cure for Peyronies is not required. The plaque will gradually subside and vanish after six to 15 months.
For those who cannot wait that long, there are treatments available. Doctors may suggest vitamin E therapy since clinical trials show great improvements with higher levels of vitamin E. Your physician may also consider drugs or chemical agents that will be injected to the plaque. This is not usually prescribed due to the side effects. A similar treatment option is radiation therapy. Radiation will not have effects on the plaque but it can reduce pain.
Your doctor may also recommend using traction-based penis extenders instead. They are safe and economical. When every treatment for Peyronies disease fails, you may also talk to your doctor about surgery. It is the last resort and typically considered if your organ does not heal after more than a year.