Peyronie’s Disease (Bent Penis): Causes, Symptoms & Best Treatment Options

Peyronie’s disease (PD) also known as “penile curvature“, “curved penis” or “bent penis” is a benign (noncancerous) disorder of the penis that tends to afflict about 4% to 16% of men worldwide between the ages of 20-70.

Curved penis is more common among white males, which occurs between 3-4% of the total population. On the other hand,  it is less common in African males and virtually unheard of among Asian males.

Most men with a slight curve in the penis can still have sex for as long as there is no pain. They do not need to see a doctor because the condition can fade on its own. However, some men develop a more serious curve, which causes pain, interferes with sexual performance, and erectile dysfunction.

The disease was named after the French physician François Gigot de la Peyronie, in 1743.

There are treatment options available and devices such as “penis extenders” which help straighten the bent penis.

What is Peyronie’s Disease?

Peyronie's Disease

Image: The British Dupuytren’s Society

PD is a progressive formation of a palpable scar or hard plaque (scar tissue) along the shaft of the penis or specifically  in the penile tunica albuginea area – the tough lining of the erectile tissue capsule enclosing the corpora cavernosa which holds most of the blood in the penis during an erection.

It usually begins with an inflammation, or swelling, which can  later become a hardened scar.  These accumulated plaques can cause the penis to bend or curve and  can shorten the size of the penis when an erection occurs.

In most cases, you may feel the scar tissue at the point where the penis curves as a painful lump or unusual firmness during an erection.

Having a crooked penis, sexual intercourse can be quite difficult as a result of the curvature and make intercourse less enjoyable, and even impossible.  Bent penis can be physically and psychologically frustrating for men and can also negatively impact intimate relationships.

Contrary to other people’s beliefs, PD is not a tumor and not a contagious caused by any sexually transmitted disease. However, men having an underlying health condition called Systemic Lupus Erytematosus are more likely to develop curvature of the penis.

 

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