Peyronie’s Disease Basics

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shutterstock_28679755Not to be indelicate, but have you had a hard time functioning properly in the bedroom lately, men? Are you suffering from erectile disfunction, an oddly-curved penis, and a lot of pain? Has your penis actually gotten smaller—either in length or width? If you have any or some or even all of these symptoms, come talk to a urologist about Peyronie’s disease.

What Causes Peyronie’s?

Peyronie’s disease occurs when scar tissue or plaque builds up in the penis. This is often caused by any kind of injury or autoimmune disease. These injuries are often not remembered but are often incurred through sports or even (especially) intercourse. Essentially, the scar tissue causes the penis to curve, as that area no longer stretch during an erection.

If you are suffering from any of the symptoms above, especially to the point that the pain is intense and/or you cannot engage in sexual intercourse, see your urologist as soon as possible.

What Does It Lead To?

Besides that fact that left untreated, Peyronie’s can be very painful and seriously interfere with the physical aspect of your sex life, this condition can lead to many more serious problems. Sometimes men suffering from Peyronie’s have difficulty having children. And perhaps just as importantly as the physical aspects, a dysfunctional and unaesthetic penis can lead to serious emotional and psychologiacl problems, such as anxiety, stress and strained emotional relationships with sexual partners.

What Are Your Treatment Options?

Although there is a small chance that your Peyronie’s will go away on its own, that is not a chance you should take. You don’t want to be living in pain forever, especially since about half of sufferers only get progressively worse as time goes on.

After some tests, including the possibility of an ultrasound, the doctor will recommend some treatment options. These may include:

  • Xiaflex, the only FDA-approved drug to treat Peyronie’s disease.
  • Surgery, including straightening and implants.
  • Electrical currents
  • Shock wave therapy

And many other options, including Vitamin E, vacuums, injections, and even counseling for the more emotional issues.

Come talk to us about these very personal matters at Collin County Urology. We can help you feel like yourself again.

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