Peyronie's disease is a acquired penile curvature at a particular stage in a man's life, usually after their 40s. It is often caused by traumas or microtraumas that occur during sexual intercourse, but it can also be a consequence of other medical conditions such as prostate cancer, impotence, cardiovascular disease, priapism and even diabetes.
Men who are born with Congenital Penile Curvature should also take extra care and seek guidance on prevention methods. Doing so, it will decrease the risks from this condition to evolve to an acquired curvature.
HOW TO FIND OUT IF I HAVE PEYRONIE'S DISEASE?
The first step to identify Peyronie's disease is to know the symptoms and make a prior evaluation. And also, you should periodically consult an urologist to ensure that your hormonal rates are up to date and receive professional guidance on how to proceed in each situation.
It is worth mentioning that there are treatments to Penile Acquired Curvature. The method applied will depend on the stage of the disease and on the evaluation of a specialist doctor. The sooner it is detected, the greater the chances of not aggravating the problem and controlling the situation, with or without the need of a surgery.
Read more about the stages of Peyronie's Disease and its characteristics below.
PEYRONIE DISEASE PHASES
The evolution of Peyronie's disease occurs in an average time of 6 months. Throughout this period it should be constantly observed to apply the appropriate treatment to the stage in which it is.
Learn how to identify which these moments are and what to do in each case.
Phase 1: Inflammatory
The inflammatory phase is characterized by progressive penile curvature, which may be associated with pain during erections or in the sexual act. The appearance of plaques or nodules under the penile skin, whether palpable or not, it is also a common symptom of this phase.
Although the pains and discomforts caused, the disease is not yet at an advanced stage and can be treated by anti-inflammatory and analgesics. These medications will help to stabilize the pathology, which leads the patient to the second stage of the disease, the healing stage. The degree of curvature gained after this stage will help the doctor to determine wether if it is acceptable or if a surgery will be necessary for correction.
Clinical treatment with medications, together with the specialist's general guidelines and a follow-up of the case, may prevent the disease from get worse. Early diagnosis is important because the treatment is started at this stage and it might increase the chances of cure.
Stage 2: Fibrosis or cicatrization
In the fibrosis phase, also known as cicatrization, the plaque is already present and the penile deformity is defined and stable. For this reason, clinical treatments are no longer efficient or necessary.
Most often the scar tissue is found in the distal region of the penis, causing the curvature up, down or to the sides. If the stabilized curvature is greater than 30 degrees or disrupts sexual intercourse, performing a surgery can be recommended to reverse the case.
Regardless the stage of life you are in, treating the penile curvature is important to avoid physical and psychological problems involving sex.
Whether for misinformation, fear or embarrassment, many men do not seek a specialized professional for treatment and end up compromising their relationships. And it is known that a healthy and happy sexual life brings many benefits to the man and his life’s quality.
So the advice that I give for you, from man to man, is to you do not give up on this important aspect of your life and to consult an urologist periodically to recognize and prevent disease.
You can take the first step right now. Please contact me through the button below and ask your questions and receive a pre-analysis of your case.
Dr. Paulo Egydio
MD, PhD, Dedicado no Tratamento da Doença de Peyronie, Pênis Curvo e Implante de Próteses Penianas. Doutor em Urologia pela USP, CRM 67482, RQE 19514. - Vencedor do Debate do Sobrevivente da AUA em 2019.