Peyronie’s disease is a condition that can result in a curved penis that can impede sexual intercourse and cause painful erections. This condition can be the result of penile scar tissue that resulted from previous trauma to the penis or other contributing health factors. The scar tissue (called plaque) causes the penis to curve and can prevent a man from achieving an erection firm enough for sex. Peyronie’s disease can result in significant psychological distress and erectile dysfunction.
While there’s no cure for this disease, there are many emerging treatments designed to alleviate its symptoms. Many men are turning to GAINSWave® therapy, which uses high-frequency, low-intensity soundwaves to break down penile scar tissue.
Understanding Peyronie’s Disease
Many men have penises that have a slight curve or bend. However, the diagnosis behind Peyronie’s disease is that the shape of a man’s organ poses a challenge to sexual activity. Severe curvature of the penis can be a sign of poor blood flow and the presence of excessive scar tissue. The penis can become shorter, deformed, and quite painful.
The exact number of patients suffering from Peyronie’s disease isn’t fully known. Some men find discussing their condition with a doctor awkward or embarrassing. A study released from the Albert Einstein Medical Center reported that in their test group, out of 500 men, only 44% discussed issues surrounding their sexual health to a doctor. The University of Utah notes that Peyronie’s disease affects 4% to 13% of the male population. Yet, because of underreporting, this statistic is likely to be much higher.
Scar Tissue and Curving of the Penis
Reviews in Urology notes that a sudden traumatic injury to the penis (or the occurrence of smaller injuries), can cause scar tissue to form underneath the skin. Patients diagnosed with this disease can often feel small lumps on the organ. The more the scar tissue collects within the penis, the tighter the member becomes. It can lose its elasticity and start to curve.
Research from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) reports that other health conditions may put some men at a higher risk of developing this condition than others. The presence of diabetes, high blood pressure, and obesity are all underlying issues that can add to this disease. Additionally, age, genetics, and connective tissue disorders can also play a contributing factor.
The Korean Journal of Urology notes that by breaking down penile scar tissue, issues related to Peyronie’s disease can be treated. There are multiple ways to remove damaged tissue, including medications, surgery, and psychological therapy. However, based on an individual’s overall health condition, these therapies may not be right for everyone.
Peyronie’s Disease Treatments
The International Journal of Clinical Practice states that when a man is diagnosed with Peyronie’s disease, his medical caregiver may provide a “wait and see” approach before administering treatment. For men with mild cases of this condition, they may see a slight improvement in their penile shape over time. However, those with severe cases may see their sexual health decline and may wonder what their treatment options may be.
Treatment options may include:
- Oral medication. These drugs are designed to increase blood flow to the penis and help the user maintain erections. However, these medications can cause adverse side effects in men who are on nitrates.
- Depending on the severity of a man’s condition there may be grounds for invasive surgery. Inserting a penile prosthesis, skin grafting, or reconnecting blood vessels are operations designed to restore erectile function.
- Psychological therapy. Many men affected by Peyronie’s disease may also be experiencing co-occurring mental illnesses that are affecting their ability to perform sexually. Speaking with a therapist may be able to help them work through any stress and depression that may be impacting their sexual capabilities.
Only a medical professional can determine what course of treatment best suits a patient’s personal needs. Men can consult with a GAINSWave® treatment provider to learn more about their options.
GAINSWave® Therapy is a Viable Option for Treating Peyronie’s Disease
Another option for treating Peyronie’s disease is GAINSWave® therapy. This treatment uses high-frequency, low-intensity soundwaves to break down scar tissue and promote an improvement in sexual health. By increasing blood flow to the penis, GAINSWave® therapy encourages the growth of penile tissue and targets the affected areas that prevent a firm erection.
This in-office procedure takes no longer than 30 minutes and is pain-free. The number of treatments needed depends on the severity of the condition.
Some of the benefits men have noted after completing their GAINSWave® treatment regimen include:
- Stronger orgasms
- Firmer erections
- Higher sexual stamina
- Boost in overall confidence and mood
- Better sexual satisfaction
For more information about this revolutionary procedure, contact a GAINSWave® therapy provider today.