The diagnosis of Peyronie’s disease can seem a bit daunting, especially when considering whether you should seek medical treatment or just let the condition run its course to see if it will repair itself. Peyronie’s disease is characterized by the significant curvature of the penis. Those affected typically experience painful erections or notice that their penis curves. This can cause pain during intercourse, becoming a significant hindrance to your sex life if left unchecked.
It is important to keep in mind that not all curvature of the penis is a cause for concern. Peyronie’s disease generally develops from injury to the penis, be it from athletic activity, an accident, or even damaged during sexual activity. The condition, however, can still develop without any specific trauma.
You should be particularly concerned of course if you notice a significant bend to your penis. This would be due to the scar tissue underneath the skin of the penis. You would be able to feel the bumps and bands of hard tissue under the surface, which is one thing to look for during regular examination. You also might experience erection problems, meaning you might not be able to maintain an erection or you might feel pain when you do.
If you, at this point in your condition, have decided to wait it out and see if you will ‘grow out of it,’ keep in mind that there can be severe risks associated with ignoring the problem without seeking medical attention. Yes, Peyronie’s disease sometimes does go away on its own, but in most cases, it can worsen – or at the very least stabilize. As soon as the bending of the penis is affecting your chances at successful intercourse, you will need to seek medical attention.
Complications that can arise from you waiting to be treated can affect not only your livelihood but also your fertility. Waiting to see if the condition will worsen or get better on its own could affect your anxiety and stress levels significantly, you and your partner’s sexual relationship, and also make it more difficult to start a family.
By consulting with a urologist, they can help you decide whether the condition is far along to a point where medication will be involved in reversing the issue. If it has indeed progressed beyond medication, your doctor’s last resort would be to make you go under the knife to repair the deformity and break up the scar tissue.
A board-certified urologist specializing in men’s health is no stranger to conditions such as peyronie’s disease, and you should not feel isolated and afraid of seeking help. To learn more about Peyronie’s disease, call Dr. Avila today for a medical consultation. Contact Ironwood Urology at (480) 961-2323 to schedule your appointment, or request one online.