Peyronie’s disease is a physical condition that can affect a man’s reproductive health. If you’re lucky, it may go away on its own; but the percentage of men who heal naturally from Peyronie’s disease without medical intervention is very low. In the interest of your sexual health and self-confidence, see a skilled urologist if you suspect that you have Peyronie’s disease.
Let’s take a look at four of the most common symptoms of Peyronie’s disease and what you can do about it:
Symptom #1: Curving or Bending Penis
While penises differ in size and shape, with some that are naturally curved in appearance, a sudden change in the shape is definitely a cause for concern. The most common symptom of Peyronie’s disease is a bent penis, and the bend or curvature can be in any direction.
Symptom #2: Painful Erections
Another symptom is if you frequently experience a painful erection. The pain can kill the erection quickly, which makes sexual intercourse impossible. Often, men experience erectile dysfunction (ED) before other symptoms of the disease begin to appear.
Symptom #3: Penile Shrinkage
Men with Peyronie’s disease who are not receiving treatment may eventually see their penises shrink. This is a huge strike on a man’s confidence, which is bad for his emotional and mental health.
Stress and anxiety are therefore common in men with Peyronie’s disease. It can also affect romantic relationships due to the difficulty of maintaining an erection.
Symptom #4: Penile Lumps
If you have Peyronie’s disease and you try feeling around your penis, you may feel lumps. These lumps are due to plaque formation in the blood vessels in your penis, and these plaques are pulling the penis into the awkward shape. There may also be a tightening in the shaft of the penis.
Treatment for Peyronie’s Disease in Phoenix, Arizona
The successful treatment of Peyronie’s disease has a lot to do with early detection and receiving a medical diagnosis. During the first year after the onset of Peyronie’s disease, it may be treated with conservative (nonsurgical) methods.
If you intend to father children, Peyronie’s disease needs to be dealt with immediately before the condition worsens and becomes difficult or impossible to treat fully. Without the ability to maintain an erection, sex becomes impossible.
Our medical team here at Ironwood Urology provides the highest-quality urological care to patients with men’s health issues, including Peyronie’s disease. For best results, we recommend that you see us as soon as possible after you detect a change in your penile appearance and function.
Nonsurgical treatment methods we use include medication, intralesional injection therapy with Xiaflex® or verapamil, vacuum erection devices, and traction devices. Peyronie’s disease does not have to last forever if you seek treatment.
To schedule a consultation with Dr. Desi Avila at Ironwood Urology, contact our friendly staff today by calling us at (480) 961-2323 or request an appointment now by filling out our online form. We look forward to helping you feel like yourself again.