Peyronie’s disease is the development of fibrous scar tissue inside the penis that can create a significant bend in the sex organ. It can also cause pain during an erection.
It doesn’t necessarily pose a concern if you have a curved erection. However, if you also experience pain, you might have Peyronie’s disease – in which case medical attention is needed so the condition doesn’t become worse. It often results in the inability of a man to maintain an erection, also known as erectile dysfunction (ED).
Can Peyronie’s Disease Heal Without Treatment?
Peyronie’s disease sometimes goes away on its own. But in most cases, it will remain stable or worsen if medical treatment is not sought.
The prevalence of Peyronie’s disease is estimated to be up to 3% of men. However, this figure might actually be higher because many men do not see a doctor about the curvature, so it goes underreported.
Symptoms of Peyronie’s Disease
The most common signs and symptoms of Peyronie’s disease include the following:
- If you feel scarring of tissues, also known as plaques, under your skin. It might look and feel like flat lumps or a band of hard tissue.
- If you notice that your penis might be curved upward, downward, or bent to the side. There are also cases where an erect penis might have a slight hourglass shape.
- If you are starting to have problems having and maintaining an erection.
- If you also feel penile pain, with or without an erection.
- If your penis is becoming shorter.
The curvature of the penis due to Peyronie’s disease might worsen over time, but it typically stabilizes at some point. Meanwhile, pain during erections usually improves within one to two years, but the scar tissue and curvature often remain.
Why Does It Start?
Peyronie’s disease might appear suddenly or develop gradually. Many doctors believe that this penile condition might be due to injury which has caused fibrous scar tissue in the penis.
Various factors can contribute to poor internal wound healing and scar tissue buildup, and these factors include the following:
- It tends to be hereditary. If one of your family members has this condition, you have an increased risk of having Peyronie’s disease.
- Men who have a connective-tissue disorder like Dupuytren’s contracture appear to have an increased risk of developing Peyronie’s disease.
- The prevalence of Peyronie’s disease increases with age. The risk of having this medical condition increases among men who are over 55 years old.
- Lifestyle also plays a major role. If you are a smoker and have had prostate surgery, this combination can increase your risk of having this condition.
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