What Is Peyronie’s Disease And How Is It Treatedbalkanchronicle June 5, 2018 0 COMMENTS
I’m Dr. Arthur Burnett; I am an expert in Peyronie’s disease and every day I work with men and their partners to help them understand Peyronie’s and how they can manage their condition.
Peyronie’s is an uncomfortable disease that happens when the plaques (it is scar tissue) appears under the penis skin. The scar tissue can build up and lead to curved erections, which can be painful.
Peyronie’s disease often causes stress, anxiety and even depression in men. Some studies show that over half of men with Peyronie’s suffer from depression. If not diagnosed early, the disease can cause problems with erections and lead to less satisfying sexual relations. This, in turn, can cause problems with intimate relationships and make men feel like less of a man.
Many men don’t talk about it with their partners or friends, much less their doctor. This is unfortunate because the sooner you see your doctor, the better your chances for good outcomes.
Although we don’t know exactly what causes Peyronie’s disease, many believe it is a result of an injury to the penis. The condition is split into two stages:
- The active or short-term phase while the plaque forms and the bending begins;
- The chronic or long-term phase after bending is complete.
It is better to go see a doctor as early as possible. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, talk to your doctor:
- Your penis curves when erect;
- Shortening of the penis;
- Narrowing or hourglass of the shaft of the penis;
- Painful erections or pain during sex;
- Erections that aren’t firm enough for sex;
- Lumps in your penis.
If you suffer from Peyronie’s disease, find the urologists with expertise in this area. Your urologist can help you determine whether or not you are suffering from Peyronie’s and discuss treatment options.
Here is what men with Peyronie’s disease tell about this condition:
“I first noticed pain when I would get an erection. I didn’t want to think about what it could mean. Frankly, I hope it would go away. Unfortunately, as months went on, it was getting worse. In addition to the pain, it was clear to me that my penis recurves in a way that it hadn’t before. I was confused and embarrassed. So for the longest time, I didn’t do anything, I didn’t tell anyone.
It took me a while, but finally, I saw a doctor. Once I was with the urologist, who specialized in Peyronie’s disease, I felt a great sense of relief. I knew I wasn’t alone anymore. Working with my urologist, we found a treatment that works for me. I feel like me again. Talk to your doctor and start to take control of your life.”
“I couldn’t tell my wife. I was too embarrassed. So I started to withdraw. The first it was just from sex, then I pulled back from any form of intimacy. I was afraid of where it would lead, and I didn’t want to face what I thought was a failure as a man on my part. This impacted our overall relationship.
My wife knew something wasn’t right and eventually; I told her what I’ve been experiencing. She was very supportive and encouraging me to see a doctor. I finally did. We both wanted to find the answer to this problem. At first, I went to my regular doctor, who referred me to a urologist, who specialized in Peyronie’s disease. In all honesty, it isn’t a quick fix; it’s more of a journey. Although the solution took some time, we worked together and found a treatment that works for me. Working with the urologist and effective treatment over time made a big difference in our lives. Not only is our sex life back to normal, but the closeness and connection we had lost are back. I think this experience has brought us closer together”.
While treatment results may vary by patient, your urologist can work with you to determine, which options are best for you.
Because some men’s curvature corrects itself to some degree, your urologist may postpone treatment until after the active stage is over. Generally, dealing with Peyronie’s is not a quick fix, but it can be treated very effectively. Your best chances for success are to see a doctor as early as possible. That way you can get a diagnosis and start your journey to recovery as soon as possible.
Read more about Peyronie’s Disease on mayoclinic.