ABOUT PEYRONIE'S DISEASE
WHY DOES THE PENIS BECOME BENT?
No man’s penis is entirely straight when erect, that is the way it is shaped. It may bend slightly upward, downward, to the left or to the right. It varies from man to man and does not usually affect one’s sex life, mood or self-esteem. With Peyronie’s disease, however, the curvature is so invasive that sexual intercourse can be both difficult and painful.1
LET'S GET THE FACTS STRAIGHT
The bending results from a build up of connective tissue in the penis – made of collagen – which normally helps build our hair and fingernails. This tiny lump of tissue presses on the penis causing it to bend.
- More common than you think
Some health problems are difficult to talk about and deal with, especially when they affect our “private parts”. It is estimated that around 3-7 % of men have Peyronie’s disease, but it may be even higher than that.2,3
This makes Peyronie's disease a common and at the same time not so commonly discussed health problem among men.
THERE IS HELP
Peyronie’s disease can be treated by both surgery and non-surgical treatments. The latter include everything from food supplements to injections directly into the plaque. However, treatments for PD are as variable in effect as they are plentiful.4,5
- NHS website http://www.nhs.uk/chq/Pages/875.aspx?CategoryID=61&SubCategoryID=61
- Bella AJ, et al. J Sex Med. 2007;4:1527-1538.
- Smith CJ, et al. BJU Int. 2005;95:729-732.
- Sherer MD et al. (2015) Expert Opinion on Pharmacotherapy, 16:9, 1299-1311.
- Culley C. Carson, Laurence A. Levine BJU Int 2014; 113: 704–713.