Men have a historic reputation for being particularly mindful of a certain part of their body. The penis has been scrutinized by just about every man who has lived. Various characteristics, such as a slight lean or curve, can make a man self-conscious and even concerned that his anatomy is somehow abnormal. In most situations, a minor curvature or lean to one side indicates nothing more than that, a curve or lean. However, if a man also experiences pain or sexual dysfunction related to a curved penile shaft, he may benefit from a thorough conversation with his doctor.
Peyronie’s Disease: What is It, Exactly?
The term Peyronie’s disease is used to describe an obvious curve in the penile shaft. According to research, this condition has been more commonly diagnosed in men between the ages of 40 and 70. However, experts have suggested that there could be many cases involving younger men that simply haven’t been formally diagnosed. Until recently, there hasn’t been much talk about the way the penis may curve or understanding of why this may happen to some men.
Scientific data demonstrates that Peyronie’s disease is a condition that involves either scar tissue or the accumulation of thick plaque in the tubular membrane that assists erectile function. When thick tissue forms on one side of the penile shaft, the erection will be shorter on that side, causing it to curve, sometimes uncomfortably, to the shortened side. It is believed that plaques and scar tissue both relate to a previous injury to the penis, either when erect or when flaccid.
Symptoms of Peyronie’s Disease
The most recognizable symptom of Peyronie’s disease is the sharp curvature of the penile shaft. Additionally, men may develop symptoms including:
- A hard lump or area of thickened tissue on one side of the penis
- An hourglass-shaped penile shaft
- Loss of penile girth or length
- Painful erection and/or sexual intercourse
- Erectile dysfunction
Treating Peyronie’s Disease
A board-certified urologist should be consulted for the diagnosis and treatment of Peyronie’s disease. A thorough medical evaluation can identify the stage of disease, acute or chronic, and viable treatment options that align with the stage of disease and a man’s preference for care. While it is possible and sometimes ideal to treat Peyronie’s disease with surgery, recent advances in treatment include an injectable that dissolves the plaques that are causing shaft shortening on one side.
It is no secret that many men tend to tackle problems without asking for help. Peyronie’s disease is not an instance in which you want to do this. Get the help you need by calling our Chattanooga urology office at (423) 778-5910.