New Treatment for Painful Penis Curvature
March 19, 2020
In recent years, NJGAINSWave has been proactive in providing men with the most current information about diagnosing and treating Peyronie’s Disease. Our doctors and staff fully understand that living with painful penis curvature can be among the most stressful experiences a man can have, especially when the disorder has affected their sexual performance. Research studies suggest that four out of five men seeking treatment for the disease report being distressed by the toll it takes on their romantic partnership; and about half of all men with Peyronie’s will experience symptoms of clinical depression. It is unfortunate that in today’s society anyone would feel less a man or be deeply ashamed by a medical condition that affects erectile function or penis health.
Although underdiagnosed as well as underreported, Peyronie’s Disease is not a rare condition. So, successful treatment for painful penis curvature begins with the individual taking ownership and seeking help from a men’s health professional. Since it is nearly impossible to know exact numbers due the embarrassment that keeps many men from seeking medical help, researchers estimate that up to one fourth of men between the ages of 40 and 70 may be affected by penis curvature. Fortunately, times are changing as both straight and gay men are learning about leading-edge treatment protocols designed to restore male sexual performance. It should be noted that some men with Peyronie’s Disease may also suffer from erectile dysfunction.
What is Peyronie’s Disease?
The penis consists of a hollow urethra, through which urine and semen are transported, and two spongy tubes (corpora cavernosa) that fill with blood to stiffen the penis during an erection. These tubes are encased in a tough outer sheath. When plaque or scar tissue forms under the sheath, it makes the penis less flexible and leads to problems, such as:
- Complex Curvatures – In more than half the cases of Peyronie’s Disease, plaque forms on top of the shaft causing the penis to bend up, down or to side when an erection occurs. Additional scarring can cause complex curvatures.
- Indentations or Divots – At times, men with Peyronie’s Disease can have more that one area of plaque deposits. Multiple pockets of scar tissue can cause divots or indentations to appear during an erection.
- Bottleneck or Hour-Glass Deformity – When plaque or scar tissue forms around the penis, it can create a hard, narrow band that causes the erect penis to look like the neck of a beer bottle or an hour glass.
- Shrinkage or Shortening – Scar tissue formations and hard plaque deposits in the erection chamber can cause the penis to shorten as the erection dramatically curves toward the side of the injury.
The presence of penile plaque, nodules or indurations are the main symptoms of Peyronie’s Disease. But, regardless of the form the disease presents, it will usually develop into painful penis curvature that can limit sexual pleasure and performance. Being open minded with your provider can help determine whether your Peyronie’s disease needs treatment and which options are suited for you.
Managing Erectile Dysfunction Related to Peyronie’s Disease
The most effective way of dealing with change in a sexual relationship is to communicate openly with your partner. Once erections become painful or difficult to maintain, you might discover that certain sexual positions work better and allow both parties to enjoy sexual interactions while avoiding issues with erectile dysfunction. Although most men suffering from Peyronie’s Disease can still have intercourse, their erection may not be as firm as it should be. Traditionally, “Safe Sex” meant protection from transmitted disease but today’s definition should include prevention of injury to the penis. Episodes of erectile insufficiency can lead to injury as the erection is not strong enough and too much bending occurs during normal intercourse. It is crucial that you do not let shame or fear keep you from getting treatment for Peyronie’s Disease or the erectile dysfunction that often accompanies painful penis curvature. Peyronie’s Disease seldom gets better on its own. If you suffer with painful penis curvature, make an appointment with NJGAINSWave. Our low-intensity, acoustic shockwave treatments enable men to regain normal intimacy without harmful, adverse effects of other treatment protocols.