What Does Peyronie’s Disease Look Like?

Mayo Clinic states that Peyronie’s disease may cause deformity to the penis. Such deformity may include:
  • A significant bend in the penis, either upward, downward, or to the side
  • Shortening of the penis
  • Indentations in the penis
  • Narrowing of the penis
  • An hourglass-like shape to the penis shaft
In addition to the above possible deformities of what Peyronie’s disease looks like, PD disease is often very painful. The pain and deformity may both contribute to a restricted or non-existent sex life and, if untreated, these effects may lead to more significant emotional and psychological conditions.

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Causes of Peyronie’s Disease

Healthline states that Peyronie’s disease may be the result of genetics or age. Additionally, acute or chronic trauma to the penis may cause Peyronie’s disease, according to Mayo Clinic. Some of the circumstances where a penile injury may occur include:
  • During an athletic event, specifically, if an object strikes a man in the penis and causes trauma
  • During sex, whether the injury results from a single event or repeated trauma over time
  • Any circumstance where a man’s penis is injured
Whether because of injury or genetic condition, Peyronie’s results in the buildup of plaque and scar tissue in the penis that can cause deformity and resulting pain.

Known Risk Factors for Developing Peyronie’s Disease

According to the Mayo Clinic, several factors may increase a man’s odds of developing Peyronie’s disease. Some of these risk factors include:
  • Genetic predisposition
  • Smoking
  • Prostate surgery
  • Health disorders such as Dupuytren’s contracture and other connective tissue disorders
  • Aging, which can weaken penis tissue and increase a man’s risk of injury
Regardless of the cause of Peyronie’s disease, it’s critical that men seek treatment with minimal side effects.

Choosing the Right Treatment for Peyronie’s Disease

Peyronie’s disease directly affects the penis, which can, in turn, affect romantic relationships that may be essential to a man’s happiness. When Peyronie’s is left untreated, the pain and lack of romantic involvement can lead to more serious conditions. According to an article published in the Asian Journal of Andrology, the effects that result from Peyronie’s can diminish a man’s psychological and emotional health. A few of the consequences that may be caused by PD disease may include:
  • Depression
  • Low self-esteem
  • Difficulty maintaining a romantic relationship
If men are suffering from Peyronie’s disease, and especially if they developed a more serious condition such as depression, it’s important that they weigh their options for treatment and make the decision that has the lowest risk and greatest potential benefit.

Possible Side Effects of Peyronie’s Disease Surgery

According to the University California San Francisco, surgeries designed to correct Peyronie’s can lead to serious side effects, including:
  • Impotence, or the inability to get or maintain an erection
  • Nerve injury, which may also affect a man’s ability to get or maintain an erection
  • Anesthesia-related complications
A man may not have to put himself at risk of suffering these side effects. There are non-surgical treatment options for treating Peyronie’s disease.

Shockwave Therapy is Safe and Effective Treatment for PD Disease

Shockwave therapy is one non-surgical treatment option for treating Peyronie’s disease and resulting erectile dysfunction. Before choosing shockwave therapy, it’s important that men speak with their doctors to treat any underlying conditions that may have caused their PD. Once they are ready to address the symptoms of Peyronie’s disease, they should consider shockwave therapy.

Shockwave Therapy Uses Soundwaves to Improve Sexual Health

Shockwave therapy consists of low-intensity soundwaves that break down scar tissue in the penis. Shockwave therapy may also increase blood flow while targeting scar tissue, with the end effect being the reduction of any unnatural curvature of the penis. A treatment of this kind may alleviate the symptoms that have characterized a man’s erectile dysfunction to date. Urologist Daniel Stokes testifies to the effectiveness of shockwave therapy for treating erectile dysfunction in the Cleveland Clinic’s digital publication. He states that shockwave therapy promotes blood growth in the penis that may result in strong, lasting erections. He adds that shockwave therapy has a track record of being both safe and effective in treating erectile dysfunction. A study published in the International Journal of Impotence Research echoes those findings. The study concludes that most patients with Peyronie’s disease experienced pain relief after undergoing shockwave therapy. A different study published in Translational Andrology and Urology supports the effectiveness of soundwave therapy as a treatment for Peyronie’s disease.

Men Can Call a GAINSWave® Treatment Provider Today

Men don’t have to accept their Peyronie’s disease as a fact of life, and risky surgeries aren’t the only option for treatment. Men with PD disease can learn more about alternate treatments for Peyronie’s disease with little to no known side effects by calling a GAINSWave® therapy provider today.

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What Is A Peyronies Disease?

What Is A Peyronies Disease?

Peyronie’s disease is a disorder in which scar link tissue, called plaque, forms under the skin of the penis—the male organ used for urination and sex. The plaque builds up inside the penis, in the thick elastic membrane called the tunica albuginea. The tunica albuginea helps keep the penis stiff during an erection.

What Is the Main Cause of Peyronie’s Disease?

What is the main cause of Peyronie’s disease?

The cause of Peyronie’s disease isn’t completely understood, but a number of factors appear to be involved. It’s thought Peyronie’s disease generally results from repeated injury to the penis. For example, the penis might be damaged during sex, athletic activity or as the result of an accident.

How Is Peyronie’s Disease Diagnosed?

How is Peyronie’s disease diagnosed?

A diagnosis of Peyronie’s disease usually can be made by taking a detailed medical history and conducting a thorough physical examination. Your doctor will check for and discuss any symptoms that are related to the disease. In some instances, an ultrasound scan may be used to identify the hardened plaque in the penis.

Is Peyronie’s Disease for Life?

Is Peyronie’s disease for life?

Unfortunately Peyronie’s is a permanent condition, and even with treatment you will not get the penis back you once had. However, there is treatment available to help with the painful stage (if you get it). If the curve or changed shape does not interfere with having sex, there is no need do anything.

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