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Will I Get Permanent Results With Peyronie's Traction Therapy?
I have been reading your website with interest. I have never had any issues with peyronies or any other health issue.
About a year ago I noticed a slight upward curve on the lower end of my penis when erect. I paid little attention. But the bend increased gradually and now the lower end of my erect penis is distinctly upturned. I realised this was getting worse so I began searching the net and discovered Peyronies. So far I do not experience pain, but I feel an unpleasant tightening.
Every expert says the same thing: no cure. See a doctor? They will repeat the conventional wisdom: no cure, wait and see, it is not life-threatening, its normal, sorry no solution, we can do tests.
Your website is a revelation. Thanks a million for taking time and effort to share a solution to this miserable problem. Otherwise I’d have none.
Anyway, after lengthy procrastination I decided to take action. I purchased an Andropenis. I have been using it for some weeks. This device is simple but ingenious. However, it is quite awkward and hampers physical activity. It is almost too narrow for my flaccid penis and when I erect a little bit it can become really uncomfortable. It is only comfortable when I stand or walk. As you say, it has to be removed every 2-3 hours to relieve the penis. The supplied silicon band that goes around the penis is in my opinion too narrow. It ought to be twice as wide in order to cover more of the penis. To think I’m going to have to wear this for 6 months! Anyway, I’m prepared to stick it out to get my erections straight again. I hope I will succeed. I have a few questions:
1. First, once a penis gets straightened out is it stable or will it be likely to get bent again? Are some men more prone to peyronies? It seems to be a problem for older men. What can be done to avoid it?
2. Are the other parts of the solution really necessary? I mean the vitamin E and the injections? What, honestly, was the main cure for you? Mostly the injections are described as “possibly’, “maybe” helpful. Non-committal comments like these suggest the injections are an expensive waste of time.
3. Once the problem is solved, as much as it can be, can I throw away the Andropenis, or do I have to keep using this contraption forever?
4. For upward curve, folding away from the torso is recommended. Also you recommend looping the silicon straps through the inner upper holes. Am I right in saying the outer upper holes are just as good.
Thanks in advance for your reply.
My Peyronie's Answer
I'm sorry to hear about your condition but pleased that you have decided to take action. I will answer each of your questions (thank you for being so organized) and attach links to the relevant articles on my website for further information.
After you have reached the stable phase of the disease the condition will stop progressing further. So the results you get when you stop treatment after reaching the stable phase will be permanent. However, men can still get Peyronie's again in the future, i.e. if they experience further penis trauma.
The exact cause of Peyronie's is not fully known but some kind of trauma to the penis is considered most likely, e.g. the penis buckling during intercourse. There may also be genetic link. It is estimated that around 30% of Peyronie's patients also suffer from Dupuytren’s or Ledderhose's disease.
Peyronie's disease is more common among older men though men of all ages can get it. The reason for it being more common among older men may be because their erection quality is not as good (high blood pressure, medication, etc), making their penis more likely to buckle during intercourse.
So what can you do to reduce the risk of aggravating or reactivating the disease? The purpose of seeking treatment is to be able to continue to have healthy sex life. And sex as such will not make the Peyronie's worse but there are things you can do or have in mind when having sex with Peyronie's disease.
This is a bit tricky question. There is no cure for Peyronie's, only treatment options. And what works well for one man may not necessarily work for others. Some treatment options are though considered more likely to work than others are and some have better scientific backing than others do.
This article compares the most common treatment options today and links to each for more details.
Most specialists today consider little or no value in taking Vitamin E for Peyronie's. There is however more scientific backing for injections, like Verapamil and Xiaflex. However, they are expensive and more invasive options.
Many doctors now do recommend combination of treatments, e.g. Dr. Levine. But each man must make his own decision about his treatment plan.
You don't say how severe you curvature is but for men with mild curvature in the acute phase, traction therapy on its own may be good option. For men with more severe curvature, they may want to consider combined treatment to increase their changes of reducing the curvature as much as possible.
I only used traction (and Vitamin E as then recommended). I feel fortunate that it worked fine for me but this is my Peyronie's story.
Yes, when you stop treatment (and have reached your stable phase) the condition will remain as it is and you can as such throw the device away.
Just few words about traction therapy in general. It is better to use traction for more hours per day for shorter period (say 8 hours per day for 6 months) than for fewer hours for longer (say 4 hours for 12 months). This article contains links to all my articles about traction therapy for men with Peyronie's.
I also want to recommend this article about what results can you expect from your Peyronie's treatment.
You do say you are using Andropenis but as it has only 2 holes. So I'm assuming that you are using Andropeyronie as it has 4 holes. You are right it is recommended to use the inner holes for upward curvature. However, if you cannot use them due the width of your penis then it is better to use the outer upper holes than nothing at all.
But I recommend you contact Andromedical directly and ask them for advice on this one. You can e-mail them or call them. They also offer Live Chat on regular basis.
I hope I have answered all your questions satisfyingly and wish you all the best with your treatment. Traction therapy does require serious commitment but hopefully it will all be worth it in the end. There are no guarantees but the more you use it the more likely you are to get results.