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My Husband's Nightmare
don't Know What To Do Now

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We have been married for 36 years and are 54 and 55. High school sweat-hearts, five kids and still love each other.

Middle age couple supporting each other

Two years ago we both noticed a drastic curve in his penis. Our primary said there was no treatment. I didn't stop there. I found a doctor in Boston Dr. Munarriz that specialized in Peyronie's disease.

My husband has had 3 rounds of shots 6 in all 6 weeks apart. he still has 90% curve and a much shorter penis. I'm thinking, why did we have any treatment?

It was recommended to get a penile extender and we haven't gone there yet. Just don't know what to do. Any comments or info would be great.

Thanks K

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  1. Birgir 27th July 2015

    I'm very sorry to hear about your husband's condition. But I have to start by saying how lucky he is to have such a supportive wife. I personally know how important that is. I also know from some of the men that have contacted me that such support is not given. Peyronie's disease has wrecked many marriages but it has also made some good marriages even stronger.

    I'm sorry that his treatment to date has not worked for your husband. You don't say which shots he has had but injections (like Xiaflex and Verapamil) have helped many men but they do not work for all. This is the problem with Peyronie's disease, there is no cure and there is no one treatment that works for all Peyronie's patients.

    As your husband has had his condition for 2 years, he should be in the stable phase of the disease, i.e. his condition will not get worse (unless he has new trauma that can cause new onset of Peyronie's… which is why good erection quality is so important).

    90 degrees is severe curvature and must be affecting your sex life drastically. You don't say what his doctor is recommending now. Have you discussed surgery with him?

    Penis surgery is the best way to get the penis straight but there are some potential serious side effects that are important to be aware of. However, surgery can be the best and only option for some men and many have had great success.

    This section offers overview of the main surgical options used to treat penile curvature. As your husband curvature is > 60 degrees, then the surgery for him would be grafting (if erection achievable), or implant (if erection not achievable).

    Peyronie's Conditions Plication Grafting Implants
    Erection Achievable Yes Yes No
    Curvature < 60 degrees > 60 degrees
    Stretched Length > 10 cm < 10 cm
    Narrowing No Yes

    One of the most common side effects of penile surgery is penile shortening. You mention that the penis is already shorter due to the curvature. And you say penile extender has been recommended.

    There is no question that traction does lengthen the penis if used for prolonged period of time. That is just how traction works (think of long neck Kayan women in Burma). Traction therapy however does require serious commitment, men need to wear the device for up to 8 hours per day… for few months for best results.

    Men can realistically expect between 0.5 – 1 cm in penile length per month of use. So to increase the penile length by 1 - 2 inches (2.5 – 5 cm) men are likely to have to use penis traction device for 6 - 10 hours daily for 3 - 6 months.

    Traction has also helped many men with reducing their penile curvature (I'm one of those fortunate men). There are though no guarantees and your husband curvature is quite advanced.

    Saying that, you may find Bob's story inspiring. Bob had 90 degrees bend and had lost 2 inches but with the use of traction, he got the curve down to 45 degrees and gained back 1.5 inch in seven months. But as he says, it took serious commitment but it should be worth it.

    You may also find Dr. Levine Traction Video Opens in new window symbol inspiring. It is the first video under Physician Videos (you may have to register to view it).

    The best curvature correction he has witnessed was in a man with 70 degrees calcified plaque that in 6 months managed to get the penis straight. I must admit, I would have found that hard to believe if coming from anyone else than Dr. Levine.

    For your information, this article (my answer) contains links to all my articles about traction therapy for men with Peyronie's disease.

    So traction therapy might be something worth considering for your husband. It is relatively cheap treatment options (compared to most others) and even though there are no guarantees, it could help. It will definitely help him gain back some length and it may help with his curvature.

    I still recommend talking to his doctor again, i.e. to find out what else he recommends at this stage. This article compares the most common Peyronie's treatments today. It may help you and your husband to identify which options you would like to find out more with his doctor.

    Again, your support is so important and your husband is very fortunate man. However, it is sometimes forgotten that Peyronie's does not only affect the men, it affects those around him as well, and especially the partner.

    I hope this section can aid you in getting through Peyronie's together. And this article looks at how Peyronie's partners can best support their man.

    I wish you and your husband all the best and if either of you want to "talk", then you know where I am.

    Kind regards,



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