What is Peyronie's Disease?

Peyronie's Disease

Peyronie's disease is one of the diseases of men that can cause problems during sexual intercourse. It is a condition that occurs during erection, when the penis is bent. In other words, during erection, the penis is bent rather than straight. Peyronie's disease (penile curvature) is a male disorder in which the scar tissue, called the plaque, forms inside the penis and under the skin of the penis. In fact, peyronie's disease is a rare form of erectile dysfunction that can cause painful erection in men. This, of course, depends on the severity of the disorder. Depending on the degree of curvature it may be aesthetically displeasing and painfully disrupt or even preclude sexual intercourse. Many men with a curved penis can have sexual intercourse, but for some men, it can be painful.

There is a thick elastic membrane inside the penis called the tunica albuginea. The tunica albuginea helps to keep the penis firm during an erection. The plaque builds up in the tunica albuginea. The plaque can occur anywhere along the penis. As the plaque develops, it pulls on the surrounding tissues. This process causes the penis to bend, especially during an erection. Curvature in the penis can cause erections painful, and depending on the degree of curvature, may make intercourse painful, difficult or even impossible.


Incurvate and Bent Penis as a Syndrome

Even though it is not apparent at first sight: hardly any penis is straight. Just as noses and faces, even the female breast, are hardly ever symmetrical. Yet, with no other body part, is a deviation so critical and results in not only aesthetic issues but affects the functionality. About 5% of men suffer from a significantly incurvate penis, which has a major impact on their sex life. It is extremely important to feel entirely comfortable in your body.


Cause of Peyronie's Disease

What Causes peyronie's disease? If we can answer this question convincingly and correctly, then this disease can be largely prevented. But the reality is that the causes of the disease are not even clear to doctors.

An innate incurvate penis develops in utero. Mostly due to hormonal influences, the tissue develops asymmetrically and the three cavernous bodies grow to different sizes. Sometimes a foreshortened urethra, a so called hypoplasia of the urethra, is present as well. The innate incurvate penis does not change in grown men.


Signs and Symptoms of the Peyronie's Disease

One might ask: What are the signs and symptoms of peyronie's disease? To answer this question, we should consider, since the main cause of peyronie's disease is the formation of flat scar tissue called plaque in the penis, so all symptoms related to the presence and act of plaque can be a sign of this disease in men. Although the scar tissue forms under the skin of the penis, it can generally be felt through the skin. Plaque usually forms on the upper side of the penis and causes the penis to curve upward during an erection. However, it should be noted that the upper side of the penis is not the only the bent penile plaque formation location and the plaque may also occur on the bottom or right and left sides of the penis.

Taken together, these details suggest that peyronie's disease signs and symptoms may include:

  • Hard masses formed on one or more sides of the penis
  • Feeling pain during an erection or during sexual intercourse
  • Formation of a curvature in the penis with or without an erection
  • Changes in penis shape such as narrowing or shortening
  • Erectile dysfunction (ED)

The acquired incurvate penis, also called Induratio penis plastica (IPP) can develop slowly or appear very quickly. During the beginning of this very stressful disease, pain during an erection is often one of the first signs. Most often, an upward curvature is seen, yet also a sandglass shaped constriction can be observed. IPP affects 3 to 7 percent of men, diabetics are affected more frequently. The acquired incurvate penis can be so severe, that it makes intercourse very painful or even impossible. The illness affects the whole man, as it severely diminishes his quality of life, personally and sexually.

If and man experiences any of these or similar symptoms, he would be better to take action for diagnose and treat his disease. Keep in mind, however, that the signs and symptoms of this disease may develop slowly or appear overnight.


Treatment for Peyronie's Disease

Surgical and non-surgical treatment can be considered for the cure of peyronie's disease.

Surgery is usually only taken into consideration, if the patient suffers from pain or major restrictions during intercourse. A correction for aesthetic reasons is normally not recommended, since, in some cases, the risk, that the delicate structures of the penis could be harmed and its specific functions could be restricted, is too high,

Additionally, during cosmetic surgery, only the longer cavernous body can be fitted to the shorter one, resulting in a shortening of the penis of several centimetres. Often, the penis is less aesthetically pleasing after surgery.
PHALLOSAN forte is therefore a true alternative to operative treatment. Due to the continous pull, the penis can be straightened or at least improved, without losing length, since the pull on the glans stretches the penis. The direction of the deviation is irrelevant.

Since causative treatment is not possible, a lessening of the symptoms through medication and treatment and a prevention of the disease and stopping the progress is the goal- (medication, injection of the active ingredient into the penis, shock wave therapy, Iontophoreses). For severe cases, surgery is the last resort to enable the patient to have a satisfying sex life again. No treatment method has ever been able to heal a patient in the sense that the curvature was completely cured).
With PHALLOSAN forte's mechanical treatment however, 640 patients have been successfully treated. PHALLOSAN forte is recommended as an alternative therapy or as a maintenance therapy for IPP  - especially when taking into consideration, that other therapies are not affected by it.


Final Thought

Peyronie's disease (PD) is one of the problems that affects about 5% of men. This disease causes the penis to curve during an erection. Men may experience a painful erection or a painful intercourse. The cause of this disease is still unknown. PD has no specific treatment, but for non-surgical treatments, the phallosan forte penis extender is recommended to correct penile curvature.


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