Fertility, Health, Sex

Ask About the Curve – Living With a Curved Erection; Peyronie’s Disease

Like a lot of men’s health issues, Peyronie’s disease is something that until recently wasn’t largely talked about. Most likely, this is because men don’t often like to bring attention to problems “below the belt” or “in the bedroom,” so to speak.

However, research shows that approximately 5 percent of men have Peyronie’s disease (and that number could be higher for reasons mentioned above).

What is Peyronie’s disease? What are Causes and Symptoms?

Because of the somewhat rarity of diagnosis, and the fact that it isn’t often openly discussed, many men or their partners aren’t even sure what Peyronie’s disease is. Peyronie’s disease is a condition of the penis that causes it to curve and feel painful when erect.

Men with Peyronie’s disease, according to Ask About the Curve, may develop the condition through an injury to the penis (i.e. during sex) that results in abnormal scarring and the development of scar tissue. “The scar tissue that forms is not stretchy, so it changes the shape of your erection.”

Ask About the Curve also mentions that there could be a genetic link in developing Peyronie’s disease.

Curved penis

In terms of symptoms of Peyronie’s disease, the most obvious is, of course, the curvature of the penis. However, the scar tissue that forms will feel like a small bump directly under the skin of the penis. If you begin to feel any bumps or irregularities on the shaft of your penis, be sure to schedule an appointment with your doctor.

So why is it important to start talking about Peyronie’s disease? Because this condition has many implications on men’s health beyond just sexual, including:

  • Social stigmatism
  • Isolation
  • Negative self-image
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Anxiety

Watch this video for additional information about Peyronie’s disease.

Taking Action

It’s extremely important for men with symptoms of Peyronie’s disease to talk to their doctor and discuss treatment options. If not, Peyronie’s disease can cause worsening curvature in the penis.

For more information about Peyronie’s disease, visit www.askaboutthecurve.com and schedule an appointment with your doctor.

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Author: Alex Orton

Alex Orton is the Communications Director at Men’s Health Network (MHN), a Washington, D.C. based national non-profit whose mission is to reach men, boys and their families where they live, work, play and pray.

In addition to his role at MHN, Alex is also the managing editor of Talking About Men’s Health (TAMH), a resource for men, their families, and other interested parties about the latest men’s health public policy, health and fitness information in additional to research, parenting and other relevant issues.

Alex received his bachelor’s in communications: public relations from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. He enjoys exploring our nation’s capital, hiking, and finding the best (most affordable) restaurants in D.C.

Follow Alex on Twitter: @ajo23

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