What is Peyronie’s disease?

A severely curved penis caused by fibrous scar tissue

Peyronie's Disease include a penis that bends at more than a 30° angle and painful erections

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What is Peyronie’s disease?

Peyronie’s Disease is caused by a build-up of fibrous scar tissue in the penis. This tissue can make your penis curve and cause painful erections. And Peyronie’s Disease usually gets worse with time. If your penis bends at more than a 30° angle or you experience painful erections or pain during sex, talk to your doctor as soon as possible. Severe Peyronie’s Disease can increase your chances of injuring or even breaking your penis. You can get Peyronie’s disease from repeated injury to the penis, and Peyronie’s is more common among older men (55+).

It’s important to remember that a curved penis is totally normal. Many men have a moderate curve to their penis. It’s only when the curve becomes extreme, or when the curve causes painful erections that it becomes a problem.

How can you treat Peyronie’s disease?

The American Urological Association (AUA) has guidelines for treating penis curvature with Xiaflex in patients who are stable (Peyronie’s has active and stable phases). But it’s a long, complicated process that can take up to 6 months complete with injections, modeling, and multiple doctor visits. However, the degree of curvature isn’t the only thing to worry about. One of the common side effects of Peyronie’s Disease is erectile dysfunction.

Can Peyronie’s disease get worse?

Pay attention to the curve of your penis and talk to a doctor at the first signs of pain or discomfort when you get an erection or even when you pee because Peyronie’s can get worse with time. Ignoring the signs only makes it more difficult to treat. Erections shouldn’t be painful. You don’t have to live with Peyronie’s Disease.

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