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Frequently Asked Peyronie's Questions
This section offers answer to some of the most frequently asked Peyronie's questions. Clicking on the questions below will take you directly to the relevant Peyronie's question and answer.
If you are new to this website and / or Peyronie's disease, then I recommend reading through all the frequently asked questions about Peyronie's disease and view the associated articles (via the links provided in the answers).
- What Is Peyronie's Disease?
- What Are The Most Common Peyronie's Symptoms?
- What Causes Peyronie's Disease?
- Who Can Get Peyronie's Disease?
- How Common Is Peyronie's Disease?
- What Are The Peyronie's Stages?
- How Does Penis With Peyronie's Disease Look Like?
- Is Erectile Dysfunction Always Part Of Peyronie's Disease?
- How Do I Know If I Have Peyronie's Disease And Not Congenital Curvature?
- Can Peyronie's Resolve On Its' Own?
- Can Peyronie's Disease Be Cured?
- What Peyronie's Treatments Are Available?
- What Is The Best Treatment For Peyronie's Disease?
- Why Should I Start Treatment As Early As Possible?
- How To Choose The Right Peyronie's Treatment For Me?
- What Results Can I Expect From My Peyronie's Treatment?
- How Can I Compare Different Peyronie's Treatments?
- What Treatment Did You Go For?
- What Treatment Should I Try?
- What If I Decide Not To Go For Any Treatment?
- How To Live With Peyronie's Disease?
- Where Can I Seek Help?
- Whom Can I Trust?
- Why Should I Always See A Doctor About My Peyronie's Disease?
What Is Peyronie's Disease?
Peyronie's Disease is a scar tissue formation (plaque) in the penis that can cause various penis problems, most notably penis curvature as the scar tissue prevents the straightening of the penis.
Simply put, Peyronie's can be described as a wound healing disorder. For some unknown reasons the tissues in the penis do not heal as they should.
What Are The Most Common Peyronie's Symptoms?
Peyronie's Disease Symptoms include penile pain, penile plaque (hard lump), penis curvature (bent penis), deformed penis and even erectile dysfunction in the worst-cases.
Penis pain and penile curvature seem to be the most common symptoms experienced by men with Peyronie's disease.
What Causes Peyronie's Disease?
No one knows for sure what Causes Peyronie's Disease but some form of penis injury or trauma to the penis is believed to be the most common cause.
Most Peyronie's specialists agree that it is unlikely that you could have done (or not done) anything to prevent getting the disease.
Who Can Get Peyronie's Disease?
Any adult male can develop Peyronie's disease but it is most common in men between the age of 45 and 65. This may because the natural elasticity of the connective tissue declines with increased age.
Men of all ethnic groups can get Peyronie's disease. Though it seems to be more common in Caucasians men (but may also be that they rather seek medical assistance).
How Common Is Peyronie's Disease?
It is not know for sure how common Peyronie's disease is but most Peyronie's specialists believe it to be much more common than official figures tend to state.
Study from 1995 estimated that Peyronie's affected around 1% of all men, but more recent studies have estimated the figure to be somewhere between 3 and 9%.
Whatever the exact figure is, one thing is for sure, you are not alone.
What Are The Peyronie's Stages?
There are two Peyronie's Stages. The first stage is the acute or active Peyronie's stage, which usually lasts up to 12 to 18 months. This is when most of the changes to the penis occur, i.e. the disease is progressing.
The second phase is the chronic or stable Peyronie's stage, when the progression of the disease stops.
It is strongly recommended to start your Peyronie's treatment as soon as possible and ideally during the initial acute stage (as you can expect better results the sooner you start your treatment).
How Does Penis With Peyronie's Disease Look Like?
Penis curvature and penile deformity is the most noticeable symptoms of Peyronie's disease. The shape of the penis depends on the size and location of the penis plaque, i.e. the larger the plaque, the more noticeable your penis deformity will be.
You can view Peyronie's Penis Photos here on MyPeyronies.com but you must confirm that you are over 18 years of age to do so.
Is Erectile Dysfunction Always Part Of Peyronie's Disease?
Erectile dysfunction is the persistent inability to achieve or maintain an erection sufficient for satisfactory sexual performance. Not all men with Peyronie's disease suffer from erectile dysfunction, but many do, either temporarily or permanently.
There are number of possible reasons for Erectile Dysfunction to occur and number of ways to address most of them. Most men with Peyronie's disease do find some ways to keep intimacy alive in their relationships.
How Do I Know If I Have Peyronie's Disease And Not Congenital Curvature?
It sounds relatively straightforward, one you are born with (Congenital Curvature), while the other one is acquired as the result of a penis injury (Peyronie's disease).
However, to be absolutely sure you should see your doctor for formal diagnoses.
Can Peyronie's Resolve On Its Own?
It is estimated that Peyronie's disease improves or resolves without any treatment in 5 - 15% of cases.
I personally feel it is risky strategy to “wait and see” if you get better without a treatment, especially as the sooner you start treatment the better result you are likely to get from the treatment.
Most professionals recommend starting some form of Peyronie's treatment during the acute phase and ideally within 6 months of noticing the first symptoms.
Can Peyronie's Disease Be Cured?
There is currently no cure available but Peyronie's disease can be treated.
There is though no single universally agreed Peyronie's treatment. However, there are number of treatment options to choose from though your Peyronie's condition may influence which treatments are suitable for you.
What Peyronie's Treatments Are Available?
There are number of Peyronie's treatments available. Non-surgical treatments include medication (oral and injections), medical devices (penis traction device and penis vacuum pump) among other more controversial treatment options.
Surgical treatments are reserved for the most severe cases and are only performed on Peyronie's patients that have reached the stable stage. Most men have exhausted the non-surgical treatment option prior to opting for penis surgery.
I recommend reading thoroughly about each Peyronie's Treatment option before deciding (with your doctor and partner if you have one) which treatment to go for.
What Is The Best Treatment For Peyronie's Disease?
There is no magic treatment for Peyronie's available. There are however number of treatment options. Some work well for some men but not for others.
Most Peyronie's specialist today recommend starting some non-surgical Peyronie's treatment as soon as possible and even combine number of treatments. One of them is Dr. Levine, one of the best-known Peyronie's specialists in the world today.
Dr. Levine recommends Combined Peyronie's Treatment Plan, which includes combination of oral treatments, injections and the use of external penis traction device.
Why Should I Start Treatment As Early As Possible?
Because the sooner you start your treatment, the more options you have and the better results you are likely to get.
How To Choose The Right Peyronie's Treatment For Me?
There are number of things that can influence what is the right Peyronie's treatment for you.
First of all your Peyronie's condition, as the milder your symptoms, the more options you will have. The same applies about the Peyronie's phase you are in, i.e. the sooner you start your treatment (acute phase), the more options you have.
You also have to decide what level of risk is acceptable to you but some treatment options have various, even considerable, side effects. You do not want to risk your overall health but you might be willing to suffer some side effects in order to improve your Peyronie's condition.
Then it is the cost involved, some treatments are significantly more expensive than others. It is important to consider the total cost of the treatment, i.e. make sure everything is included in the cost estimate from the beginning.
Remember, knowledge if power. The more you know about the Peyronie's disease and the different treatment options available to you, the better position you are in to take informed decisions about your Peyronie's Treatment plan.
What Results Can I Expect From My Peyronie's Treatment?
It is important to keep your expectations realistic and realize there are no guarantees. Peyronie's disease can affect men differently, at different pace and severity. This is why treatment that works well for one Peyronie's sufferer may not work for someone else.
The sooner you start your treatment and how dedicated you are to your treatment can affect the outcome.
It is recommended to Look For Satisfying Result, i.e. to stop the progression of the disease, maintain full sexual function and finally reverse the condition as much as possible (straighten the bent penis).
How Can I Compare Different Peyronie's Treatments?
The treatments on offer vary greatly so it can be difficult to compare them... however, not impossible.
You must compare the benefits and downside of each treatment, including possible side effects and the health risk involved. You must also evaluate the reported results (with your common sense glasses firmly on) and look for scientific support for the claims of success. And when looking at the cost it is important to look at the total cost of the treatment.
I go through all those issues in detail for each Peyronie's treatment option. I have also prepared Peyronie's Treatment Comparison table that you can download.
However, at the end of the day you have to make a judgment call... just make sure it is your call.
What Treatment Did You Go For?
I used penis traction device to successfully treat my Peyronie's disease. I say successfully as Peyronie's does not rule my life anymore. My penis is still slightly bent but it does not limit my sex life or affect my life in any other way.
You can read My Peyronie's story in full detail.
What Treatment Should I Try?
The only thing I can recommend is that you do thorough research on the different treatment options available to you. Weigh the pros and cons of each option and especially consider the possible side effects and risk involved.
Then consult with your doctor and your partner (if you have one) before deciding which treatment to go for.
If you are in the early stage of Peyronie's disease (acute phase) then it makes perfect sense to consider the least invasive treatments first. Surgery is never considered during the acute phase and only in the stable phase if your condition is considered severe.
Whatever you do, don't do nothing. Do your research and then take your own informed decision.
What If I Decide Not To Go For Any Treatment?
That is of course your decision and you have full right to do so. Just make sure it is an informed decision.
It is estimated the Peyronie's disease only improves or resolves without treatment in minority of men (estimated 5-15%).
However, if your Peyronie's condition is not too severe, i.e. not affecting your sex life, relationship, or quality of life in general, then not undergoing treatment might be the right option for you.
This is especially valid if you have already reached the stable stage. If you are still in the acute phase, then your condition will continue to deteriorate. It would make good sense to try to stop the progression of the disease, many men have been successful in doing so (myself included).
How To Live With Peyronie's Disease?
Peyronie's disease does not only affect the body, it does also affect the mind. It is important not to overlook the emotional side of the disease. It is estimated that around half of men with Peyronie's disease experience clinical depression that warrants medical evaluation.
Popular saying says something like "Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional". This can easily be the case when dealing with Peyronie's disease. Pain is what the disease does to you; suffering is what you do to yourself as a result of the disease.
There are number of Coping Strategies that may help you (and your partner) to deal with your Peyronie's disease.
Where Can I Seek Help?
There are many Peyronie's Resources available now a days, offering information, advice, and support to men with Peyronie's disease and their partners.
You can find wealth of valuable information and advice on-line, as well as get in touch with fellow Peyronie's sufferers in on-line forums. There are also numbers of good books on offer.
You should though always see a doctor about your Peyronie's disease and the sooner the better. Researching Peyronie's on-line does not substitute seeing a Peyronie's specialist in person.
Whom Can I Trust?
You will have to keep your eyes open for Peyronie's Treatment Scams. Unfortunately, there is always someone willing to take advantage of other people and it is especially the case when people are suffering from “private / embarrassing / emotional” health conditions such as Peyronie's disease or infertility.
Always take everything you read, or hear, about Peyronie's disease with a pinch of salt in the beginning. Double check the information, look for confirmations.
And remember the old saying. If something sounds too good to be true... it probably is (not true that is).
Why Should I Always See A Doctor
About My Peyronie's Disease?
Peyronie's disease is a medical condition so you must see a Peyronie's specialist, a doctor that specializes in treating men with Peyronie's disease (Urologist).
The better prepared you are for your visit, the better result you will get from your meeting. Good preparation will help you to ask the right questions and understand better the answers and explanations your doctor gives you.
I help you to Prepare For Your Visit to your doctor.
You might also want to check out what some of the best-known Peyronie's specialists in the world have to say in an Exclusive Interview with My Peyronie's.