ABOUT PEYRONIE'S DISEASE
WHY DOES THE PENIS BECOME BENT?
No man’s penis is entirely straight when erect, that is the way it is shaped. It may bend slightly upward, downward, to the left or to the right. It varies from man to man and does not usually affect one’s sex life, mood or self-esteem. With Peyronie’s disease, however, the curvature is so invasive that sexual intercourse can be both difficult and painful.
LET'S GET THE FACTS STRAIGHT
The bending is caused by a build-up of collagen in the penis. Collagen is one of the proteins used in the body as a structural material, along with bone, but unlike bone it is flexible.
Nobody knows why collagen is deposited in the penis like this - it might be a genetic condition, or it could be caused by scar tissue formation. The lump - or "plaque" - of collagen cannot expand when the penis becomes erect, and this causes the penis to bend.
- More common than you think
It is estimated that around 3-7 % of men have Peyronie’s disease, but it may be even higher than that.[2,3] Peyronie's disease is probably a lot more common than anybody thinks, especially amongst older men. For obvious reasons it is not the kind of subject that people talk about.
THERE IS HELP
Peyronie’s disease can be treated by both surgical and non surgical treatments. The latter include everything from food supplements to medicines injected directly into the plaque in the penis. However, treatments for Peyronie's disease are as variable in effect as they are plentiful. [4,5]
- NHS website http://www.nhs.uk/chq/Pages/875.aspx?CategoryID=61&SubCategoryID=61
- Bella AJ, et al. J Sex Med. 2007;4:1527-1538.
- Smith CJ, et al. BJU Int. 2005;95:729-732.
- Sherer MD et al. (2015) Expert Opinion on Pharmacotherapy, 16:9, 1299-1311.
- Culley C. Carson, Laurence A. Levine BJU Int 2014; 113: 704–713.