Peyronie’s Disease Home Treatment | Curved Erection
Peyronie’s Disease Home Treatment, Symptoms, Causes & Pictures:- Now this is a big topic, but I thought I’d run through with you the symptoms of Peyronie’s disease, the cause, and some of the treatments that have the best evidence in 2020.
This won’t be everything, but hopefully, I can give you an easy-to-understand overview. So let’s get started!
What Is Peyronie’s Disease? Curved Erection
Peyronie’s disease is when you have a curved or bent penis, that usually only affects the erect penis.
It was first described by a French surgeon in 1743, who named the condition after himself.
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What Are The Symptoms Of Peyronie’s Disease?
Usually, the first thing men notice is that they have painful erections. Then, over a few months, the penis starts to curve or look bent when it’s erect but looks normal when soft.
The bend can happen upwards, downwards, or to the side. After a year or so, the bending of the penis will stop and stay the same.
At this point the pain usually resolves. In about 13% of men, the symptoms go away completely without any treatment.
Who Gets Peyronie’s Disease & When? Age?
For whatever reason, it tends to start around the age of 52 to 57 years. However, Peyronie’s disease may present at any time in adulthood and has been reported in patients as young as 21.
It used to be thought that Peyronie’s disease is very rare affecting about 0.4% of men. Nowadays studies have shown that it happens in 3 to 9 percent of all men.
What Causes Peyronie’s Disease? Curved Erection
Scar tissue forms along the shaft of the penis which changes the shape of the penis while erect.
Why this happens is still unknown, but a common theory is that there has been a history of trauma to the penis or repetitive micro-trauma. Which can happen just with sex.
Also, Peyronie’s disease is seen more commonly in people who have: diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, Dupuytren’s contracture, which is where you get a band like thickening on the palm of your hand.
Smoking (in people who smoke) and people who drink too much alcohol. It’s also seen in men who have hypogonadism, which is when the body does not produce enough testosterone.
Lots of research has been done into whether there is a genetic link for Peyronie’s disease. But scientists have not identified it yet and this does not mean that there is not a genetic link.
But it probably hasn’t been discovered yet.
3 Types Of Treatment Of Peyronie’s Disease.
Right, onto treatments! I want to break down the treatments for you into three easy categories. Which are devices, medicines, and surgery.
There are traction devices, which are usually made of metal and plastic that are worn for about two to eight hours a day in order to gradually straighten out the curved penis.
These haven’t been well studied unfortunately and tend to be uncomfortable to use. However, they are not invasive so are very safe and it might be something you want to try.
Next up are vacuum devices, which are similar to traction devices and are worn at home. It gradually straightens out the penis.
Again, there aren’t many decent studies that have looked at whether vacuum devices actually help Peyronie’s disease.
But there are a few but there aren’t any risks with them. So a trial with or without other treatments would be reasonable.
Finally, there is shockwave therapy, which sounds scary but it’s not. It’s also known as ESWT. This uses sound waves produced by a very large machine and is done in a hospital or in a clinic situation.
There are no randomized studies that support the benefit of shockwave therapy in improving the penis shape or plaque size. However, it may speed up the recovery from pain in early Peyronie’s disease.
These come in the form of tablets, topical treatments to the skin, and intralesional injections.
Tablets. There is a heap of them that have been researched for Peyronie’s disease and unfortunately none of them work. So please don’t waste your time using them.
Topical treatments. This is where a medicine like verapamil is applied to the skin and the evidence for this treatment again is pretty weak, and I would not be rushing out there to try it.
Intralesional Injections. This is where proteins or enzymes are injected into the bent part of the penis which breaks down the plaques that cause that curve.
Some of these treatments are beneficial. Verapamil, interferon-alpha 2B, and the strongest evidence of all is for collagenase, which tradename is Xiaflex. These intralesional injections help both with pain and curvature. ‘
Surgery is usually offered to men when the symptoms have been there for at least three to six months and there has been a change in the shape of the penis, that limits sexual intercourse.
There are various surgical options, with the most common procedure being something called “Tunic Plication“. I’d recommend that you speak to an experienced Urologist if you are thinking about surgery.
As each operation carries the risk for you as an individual and you want to see a specialist who does a lot of these procedures regularly.