A male’s penis is an important part of his identity as a man and serves a critical role in urinary function and physical pleasure, emotional bonding, and procreation through sexual enjoyment. Urologists New York at the URO Center caution that the penis is susceptible to injuries and problems just like any other part of the body and some of these injuries may actually have an impact on a man’s sexual enjoyment.
One such problem that has been gaining attention during recent years is Peyronie’s disease, a condition in which painful, hard plaques form underneath the skin of the penis resulting in penile curvature. If you have pain and penile curvature, the following information may help you understand your condition.
What are the symptoms?
Since there are many variations in this condition, men with Peyronie’s disease may experience a variety of symptoms such as:
- Penile curvature;
- Lumps in the penis;
- Painful erections;
- Soft erections;
- Difficulty with penile penetration due to curvature.
How common is Peyronie’s disease?
It is estimated that Peyronie’s disease can be found in up to 20% of men between the ages of 40 and 70. The condition is not as common in young men but has been reported in men in their 30s.
What causes this condition?
Most urologists New York believe that Peyronie’s disease is a consequence of minor trauma to the penis. The most common source of this type of penile trauma is thought to be vigorous sexual activity, although injuries from sports or accidents may also play a role. Certain health conditions such as diabetes, smoking, or a history of pelvic trauma may also contribute to the development of Peyronie’s disease.
How is the disease diagnosed?
A physical examination by an experienced urologist New York is normally sufficient for the diagnosis of Peyronie’s disease, as the hard plaques can usually be felt with or without erection. It may be necessary to induce an erection via a direct injection of a medication that causes penile erection.
What are treatment options for Peyronie’s disease?
In approximately 13% of cases, Peyronie’s disease disappears without treatment. Many urologists recommend non-surgical treatment for at least the first 12 months after symptoms are present. Men who have small plaques, and experience minimal penile curvature, no pain, and satisfactory sexual function do not require treatment.
For those who need treatments, oral medications are often prescribed. Another option is penile injections directly into the plaque. Surgery is reserved for men who suffer from severe, disabling penile deformities that prevent satisfactory sexual intercourse.
For more information regarding Peyroni’s disease – don’t hesitate – call the URO Center for expert advice from urologists New York Drs. Blavais and Purohit today to schedule a confidential consultation.