Signs & Symptoms of Peyronie’s Disease
Peyronie’s disease signs and symptoms might appear over time or develop gradually. Usually, the disease begins as a small swelling or inflammation of the penis which hardens into a plaque causing pain and forcing the penis to curve or bend during erection
When the penis is soft, you can’t see the bent penis, but the scar tissue hampers flexibility.
The most common symptoms of Peyronie’s disease may include:
- A bent or curve in the penis during erection
- Shortening or shrinking of the penis size
- Painful erections
- Erection problems – difficult to get or keep an erection
- Palpable hard lumps on one or more sides of the penis
- Premature ejaculation
Which Sides Does Your Bend Penis Lean?
Almost 70% of the plaques form on the top of the penis or the dorsal side. [See illustration “dorsal Peyronie’s plaque“]
When plaques in the tunica albuginea form on the bottom or the side of the penis, the curve will be downward or sideways when erect.
On the other hand, when the plaques are less flexible, the penis will bend upward during erection.
In some cases, some men have more than one plaque on the sides of the penis, which may cause complex curves such as “hour glass” or “bottlenecking” deformity or constriction to one side of the penis.
Some men with Peyronie’s disease, the plaque become hardened and reduce flexibility. They may also notice that their penis has gotten shorter.
What are the Complications of Peyronie’s Disease?
Possible complications of Peyronie’s disease may include:
- Depression or anxiety due to bent penis appearance
- Stress on a relationship with a partner
- Difficulty of fathering a child
- Difficulty achieving or maintaining a solid erection (ED)
- Inability to perform sexual intercourse