Poor welcome to the world of Peyronie’s disease
It seems that most men cannot clearly or fully understand the scope of the problem when they are first given a diagnosis of Peyronie’s disease.
Obviously, when a man goes to the doctor for the first time it is because he is having a problem of some type with “his plumbing.” It might be the sudden or gradual appearance of pain, a lump or nodule, curved penis or distortion of some type, or reduced sexual ability, that brings him to see his doctor or surf the Internet. While he knows he is having a few Peyronie's disease symptoms that were not there until recently, he is surprised to learn there is actually a medical condition that causes his problem.
After being given the diagnosis, a common first mental question often is, “If there is this problem that can so cruelly affect a man, why on earth have I never heard of Peyronie’s disease before today?
It has been recently estimated that after the age of 40, there are about four to six cases of Peyronie’s disease for every 100 men around the world. That is a lot of men and a lot of cases of Peyronie’s disease. For such a common condition, why is it that no one seems to know about PD until it is too late?
There are a few answers to this question, and they are all important to any man dealing with Peyronie’s disease:
- No one likes to admit he has a problem, or is less than perfect, when it comes to his sexual apparatus and his sexual ability.
- No one wants to the subject of teasing or to be pitied.
- There is often such social restriction limiting discussion of sexual matters that prevents open and free information that limits the discussion of Peyronie’s disease or similar topics.
This is indeed unfortunate because if there was more knowledge of Peyronie’s disease there probably would be less of it. Additionally, if there was more knowledge and comfort discussing this problem we would probably be a lot closer to a genuine Peyronie’s treatment than we are now.
If more young men were given more information, such as how trauma is associated with the start of Peyronie’s disease in over half of the cases, it is more likely that reasonable caution and defensive measures would be taken. It is very difficult to avoid a problem if you do not know it exists. This is why in “Peyronie’s Disease Handbook” I spend a fair amount of time describing how men should talk to their sons about this problem.
To learn more about Peyronie’s disease, please go to the Peyronie’s Disease Institute website for information about cause, progression and Peyronie's natural treatment.