Peyronie’s disease signs and symptoms might appear suddenly or develop gradually. The most common signs and symptoms include:
- Scar tissue.
– The scar tissue associated with Peyronie’s disease is called ‘plaque’. It is a different from plaque that can build up in blood vessels. It can be felt under the skin of the penis as flat lumps, or a band of hard tissue.
- A significant bend to the penis.
– Your penis might curve upward or downward or bend to one side.
- Erection problems.
– Peyronie’s disease might cause problems getting or maintaining an erection (erectile dysfunction). Often men report erectile dysfunction before the beginning of Peyronie’s disease symptoms.
- Shortening of the penis.
– Your penis might become shorter as a result of Peyronie’s disease.
– You might have penile pain, with or without an erection.
- Other penile deformity.
– In some men with Peyronie’s disease, the erect penis might have narrowing, indentations or even an hourglass-like appearance, with a tight, narrow band around the shaft.
The curvature and penile shortening associated with Peyronie’s disease might gradually worsen. At some point, however, the condition typically stabilizes after three to 12 months or so.
Pain during erections usually improves within one to two years, but the scar tissue, penile shortening and curvature often remain. In some men, both the curvature and pain associated with Peyronie’s disease can improve without treatment.
When to see a doctor
See your doctor as soon as possible after you notice signs or symptoms of Peyronie’s disease. Early treatment gives you the best chance to improve the condition — or prevent it from getting worse. If you’ve had the condition for some time, you may wish to see a doctor if the pain, curvature, length or other deformities bother you or your partner.
Aside from the physical pain and changes caused by Peyronies disease, the symptoms and other related potential difficulties can cause psychological problems. It could be trying to adapt your condition in your relationship and sex life, or maybe it is interfering with your sex life. For the man living with Peyronies it is important to work as a team with your partner to overcome the effects of Peyronies disease. If you are single, then it is important that you hold a healthy self-esteem to be able to address any difficulties that may arise with any casual partners. Dave Wells can support you through, locating appropriate referral to medical staff who specialise in Peyronies Disease, whilst supporting your psychological journey, and any difficulties that arise from having the condition.
Adapted from : Porterbrook Clinic and Sheffield Hospital Andrology Service Information on Peyronie’s disease.