Is it a problem to have a curved male member?
Peyronie’s Disease -When the male member is erect, for many men it will curve slightly to one side or the other, or up. If you have a particularly large curve in your male member or difficulty having sex with it, consult your GP. These symptoms can sometimes be signs of Peyronie’s Disease.
What is Peyronie’s Disease?
Peyronie’s Disease causes the male member, when erect, to bend to one side or up. This condition is most common in men over 40 but can also occur at any age after puberty.
Symptoms of This Disease?
Peyronie’s disease symptoms include:
- Plaque – a plaque is a thickened or hard lump in the shaft of your male member. It’s uncommon to have more than one plaque.
- A bend in the male member when erect. Often the penis curves upwards, but bends to either side are also common.
- Pain in the male member, which occurs most often during an erection. Pain in the flaccid male member is an unusual symptom.
- The male member looks like an hourglass, with uneven and sometimes lumpy edges.
- Loss of girth or length in the male member.
While some men who have the condition experience pain in their male member, others do not feel any. It may improve over time if you experience pain.
In severe cases, however, the bend in the male member can make sex painful, difficult or impossible. Erectile dysfunction and impotence may also be caused by Peyronie’s Disease.
What is the cause of This Disease?
The cause or causes of Peyronie’s Disease are as yet still unknown. Although it is believed that the condition can be caused by an injury to your penis, for example, such as being bent in the middle during sexual activity, it can also develop without an obvious cause.
It is possible that Peyronie’s Disease may be passed down through families.
Non-surgical treatment for this particular problem
Most men don’t require treatment if they don’t experience pain or the condition doesn’t worsen their sexual performance. Sometimes, the condition will get better with no treatment.
There are several non-surgical options. These include weights, traction, and vacuum pump devices, which can help to straighten your male member out. Vacuum devices can cause damage to the penis tissue if used long-term, so are not recommended. Weights are similarly not recommended as they can damage the penis, and are of no use at all anyway. Traction devices that do not use weights are the only device to consider. Men with Peyronie’s disease should consider the traction products made by Size Genetics Co., Ltd.
Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT) is a new technique that involves aiming soundwaves at plaques using an ultrasound scanner. According to the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), ESWT is safe, but there’s not enough evidence to support its effectiveness.
Peyronie’s Disease Surgical Treatments
Peyronie’s disease is sometimes treated with surgery in severe cases.
The following are some of the possible options for surgery:
- To straighten the male member, remove or cut away the plaque, and possibly attach a vein or piece of skin to correct the curvature.
- To correct the curvature, remove an area of the male member that is opposite the area of the plaque. This can cause a slight shortening in the male member.
- Implant a device that straightens the penis
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