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Curved Penis: When to Seek Treatment

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Does your erect penis have a curve? You’re not alone. Penile curvature affects thousands of men. It may not be a medical concern, but it’s always good to learn more about the health and function of your penis.

These questions can help determine if you require medical treatment for a curved penis:

  • When did you first notice a curve in your penis?
  • Can you feel a lump or new mass in your penis?
  • How severe is the curve?
  • Does your penis hurt when it becomes erect or you engage in sexual activity?

Why is my penis curved?

Adolescent males may discover that their erect penis is naturally curved. If this is something you’ve lived with as far back as you can remember, it’s probably not a medical condition that requires treatment. 

Your physician may tell you that you are among the 1% of men with congenital curvature of the penis. In other words, your penis has always had a slight curve.

If you experience pain, or the curve in your penis negatively impacts your sexual performance, you should seek medical help. 

Peyronie’s Disease: Sudden Formation of Plaque / Scar Tissue

If the curvature of your penis is a more recent development – especially if you’re dealing with pain – you should schedule an appointment with your doctor (ideally a urologist).

You may be struggling with a condition known as Peyronie’s disease – the sudden formation of fibrous scar tissue (plaque) in the penis.

The cause of Peyronie’s disease is unclear. It may result from trauma to the penis, although this isn’t always the case. Researchers believe there may be genetic or environmental risk factors that could increase your risk for developing this condition, but more research is needed.

Symptoms of Peyronie’s Disease

The first thing you’ll notice is an unusual lump or stiffness in the shaft of your penis. Over a period of time (usually 3-12 months) this lump will get larger as the plaque (soft scar tissue) continues to form. Eventually it will stabilize (stop increasing in size).

The penis will bend around the scar tissue. The severity of the bend varies based on the size and location of the scar tissue. Shortening of the penis has also been reported in some cases.

You may experience pain, especially when engaging in sexual activity. 

How to fix a curved penis:

In the majority of cases, men will not require medical treatment for a curved penis. However, if an individual is experiencing erectile dysfunction (ED), pain or discomfort as a result of their curved penis, there are treatment options available:

Acoustic Wave Therapy for Peyronie’s Disease

For decades physicians and men’s health clinics have offered non-invasive acoustic wave therapy to break apart plaque and restore blood flow (the most common cause of erectile dysfunction). 

We’re still learning about the impact of Acoustic Wave Therapy on Peyronie’s disease. Multiple peer-reviewed case studies indicate that patients can experience improved function and relief from Peyronie’s disease. This is exciting news, because the alternatives are invasive and have the potential for complications or adverse side-effects.

Penile Reconstruction Surgery for Peyronie’s Disease

There are two phases in Peyronie’s disease. The acute phase is the period of time when the plaque / scar tissue is forming in the shaft of the penis. Most urologists recommend waiting to perform surgery until it has progressed to the chronic stage, once the scar tissue has stabilized and is no longer growing. 

TL;DR

Congenital Penile Curvature is a condition where the penis has always had a slight curve – affecting approximately 1% of males. It does not require medical attention unless you are experiencing difficulty or pain. 

Peyronie’s Disease is a condition where soft scar tissue (plaque) suddenly forms in the shaft of the penis (sometimes after an injury). Eventually the formation will stop growing and stabilize.  The formation of plaque causes the shaft of the penis to curve – sometimes to an extreme angle. A medical examination is recommended – especially if you are experiencing painful erections or have difficulty getting an erection. Treatment options include penile prosthesis surgery or acoustic wave therapy.

You should seek medical treatment if you are in pain or experience difficulty getting an erection.

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