What is Peyronies disease?
Peyronie’s disease (PD) is a connective tissue disorder which can result in penile deformity such as penile curvature and shortening. Plaques (segments of flat scar tissue) form under the skin of the penis. These plaques can cause the penis to bend or become indented during erections. The plaques can often, but not always, be felt through the skin, they may cause pain.
How common is it?
The prevalence of diagnosed PD has been estimated to be 0.5% in adult males.Peyronie’s disease is thought to happen in about 6 out of 100 men between the ages of 40 and 70. It’s rare in young men but has been seen in men in their 30s. The number of cases may be higher than the estimates because many men may be embarrassed and choose not to see their health care provider.
Peyronies Disease diagnosis is based on medical history, symptomatology, and identification of penile plaque by palpation. In some instances, imaging can also be used to identify the site and characteristics of the plaque.
Other signs that you may have Peyronie’s disease are:
- Bent/curved penis
- Lumps in the penis
- Painful erections
- Soft erections
- Having trouble with sex because of a bent/curved penis
Peyronie’s disease is likely caused by:
- Minor injury to the penis
- Loss of spontaneous nocturnal erections
- Genetic factors
- Health issues such as high blood sugar levels, tobacco use, or past pelvic trauma, may also lead to wound healing problems and hence may contribute to Peyronie’s Disease development.
There are solutions
Peyronie’s disease can make your quality of life worse. Over 75 out of 100 men with Peyronie’s disease are stressed and depressed because of it. Unfortunately, many men with Peyronie’s disease are embarrassed and choose to suffer in silence rather than get help. Help is available.
- Drug treatments
- Vacuum devices
- Ultrasound treatment
- Shockwave therapies
- Surgical treatments
What to expect when you have an appointment with Melissa?
Due to the complex nature of Peyronie’s expect to be asked lots of questions and you may have tests to arranged to determine causes of the problem and treatment regime. You will also require a physical examination, including that of the genitals.
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