All About Peyronie’s Disease and How to Treat and Cure It
Article by Gene Botura
Gene bringing you guys an educational article on Peyronie’s – it’s a disease that plagues a good deal of men.
So what exactly is it?
Well what happens is there are patches of scar tissue (fibrous plaques) develop along the penis shaft just under the skin.
This creates painful erections as well as unsightly curvatures in the Penis.
Not to mention that the penis does not stick out straight and makes sexual intercourse practically impossible.
Stretching, electrical treatment, lasers and surgery are other options. In rare cases, the condition may clear up totally but most men find that it either stays the same or becomes worse over time.
The options for treatment include medicines taken by mouth, or injections into the penis.
How would you define Peyronie’s Disease?
Fibrous plaques develop on the penis shaft causing permanent bending and painful erections.
These plaques cause the penis to curve or even to adopt a boomerang shape. The change in shape is usually only obvious when the penis is erect.
It is disgusting.
For more info on Peyronie’s Disease, see WebMD.
What Kind of Men End Up Getting it?
No one truly knows how many men have Peyronie’s Disease, and the thing to understand is: There are lots of varying degrees of Peyronie’s.
A good estimate is that it affects between 3-9 men out of a 100. It usually appears in men in their fifties. The congenital form is rare. A tiny number of teenagers also develop the disease.
Not the best time to get this disease.
What are the treatable symptoms of Peyronie’s Disease?
This might be followed by a fibrotic stage in which the pain settles but scarring goes on to develop and the distortion of the penis continues. About half the men who develop Peyronie’s disease also develop depression.
Depression is actually a worse sub-effect of Peyronie’s as it affects your libido and sex life.
You may notice that the penis begins to become curved, angled or distorted. This is most obvious when the penis is erect but can occasionally be seen even when it is soft (flaccid).
If you develop Peyronie’s disease, initial issue you may notice is painful erections and areas of thickening along the shaft of the penis.
This era of pain with erection typically lasts 18-24 months and is known as the inflammatory phase.
This usually persists until the patient is used to it.
Is there a primary cause for Peyronie’s Disease?
This triggers an assault by the body’s immune system, resulting in scar tissue.
The other proposed cause is genetics. But then again, a lot of people blame things on genetics, am I right?
‘Genetic’ means that the condition is passed on through families your DNA. There is also a form in which a baby is born using the condition (congenital) but this is not interpreted until sexual maturity develops.
The cause is not known but it has been suggested that one-off or repeated damage to blood vessels causes leakage into areas of the cock which do not usually come into experience of bloodstream.
I have Peyronie’s Disease. Are there any other conditions I’m susceptible to?
Peyronie’s disease is seen more frequently in those that have diabetes, high blood pressure (hypertension), hyperlipidaemia, conditions affecting the heart muscle and Dupuytren’s contracture (a thickened band of fibrous tissue develops across the palm).
It really is seen much more commonly in people who smoke or drink a lot.
How would my doctor diagnose Peyronie’s?
The typical symptoms of painful erection quality and curvature, angulation or deformity of this shaft are usually enough for a physician to suspect that you have the disease. The doctor will usually wish to gauge the bend or distortion of the penis whilst it is erect.
Typically a doctor will examine the penis angle and determine the severity of your Peyronie’s.
Additionally he will also determine the quantity of the plaques in your penis shaft to help in his diagnosis.
This is typically done by feeling the shaft.
Your doctor may ask you to complete a short questionnaire to assess how much the condition is impacting on your life.
In most cases it is not necessary to do any various other tests but, occasionally, perhaps you are asked to undergo a style of scan called a duplex ultrasound which shows up the blood circulation of the penis.
What Options Can Do I have to Treat This Awful Condition?
You may decide that you do not want any treatment if:
- You don’t have that much plaques and the disease is not that bad.
- You’re not experiencing any pain.
- Sex isn’t that much different even if you were to get treatment.
There are numerous non-surgical treatments available for Peyronie’s disease but research has thus far failed to prove they tend to be guaranteed to work in all people.
Vacuum devices: these work in a similar way to traction products by creating a vacuum across the penis, which stretches the shaft.
Medicines injected into the scar tissue (fibrous plaques): various medicines have been tried, including verapamil, interferon and a substance known as clostridial collagenase (recently approved by the FDA into the American). Research studies have reported some improvement in pain, the size of the plaques and the amount of bend of the penis after these injections.
Medicines taken by mouth: medicines tried in the past for this condition include para-aminobenzoate, colchicine, propoleum, pentoxifylline, vitamin e antioxidant, tamoxifen and acetyl-L carnitine. Only para-aminobenzoate has the backing of European guidelines and a UK licence to be used for this condition.
Stretching: the technical name for this is external penile traction. It involves using a device which stretches the penis. It features shown some effect in improving the length of the penis and lessening deformity.
Electrical currents: the technical term for this treatment is iontophoresis. A medicine is applied to the surface of the penis and a mild electrical current is applied. The idea behind this is to help the medicine penetrate to the much deeper cells of the penis, where they will have the greatest impact. Some research studies report that this method has some advantages whilst others say it has little effect.
Medicines applied to the surface of the penis: topical verapamil has been utilized with some success in reducing the amount of curvature and thickening of the fibrous tissue. However, it has to be used for about nine months to have any significant effect.
The Last Resort to Extreme Peyronie’s: Surgery
Ok, here’s the big drastic measure that you can take:
The strange thing is, despite it’s risk, it’s the only procedure that works to curing Peyronie’s.
However, the CDC doesn’t really recommend it.
But the relapse period is about 12-18 months. So you won’t be fully cured until about a year after the surgery.
Some people can feel knots or stitches under the skin. You should start thinking about all these issues carefully before consenting to surgery.
Surgery is not without risks and include shortening of the penis and a chance that the distortion will return.
Of course surgery is risky and not to mention expensive. Therefore you should make sure your doctor is well trained and equipped. Check his history and experience with past patients before working with him.