What can we do for our sex life after Peyronies gave me a 90 degree curved penis?

I was diagnosed by Dr. Levine about 7 years ago with Peyronies disease when I was 51 years old. When I told him I did not want to be cut on he politely told me he could not do anything more for me. I have read way too many horror stories about Peyronie surgery. Like I think I read on your website it does not make sense to operate on something that has already shown it is going to heal with an abnormal amount of scar tissue.

What I want to know is what can we do for our sex life after Peyronies has left me this way? My wife and me have had to be very careful about our sex life because my upward curve is close to 90 degrees, so there is a lot we can't do any more. We have learned to be satisfied with limited contact because my bent penis prevents complete entry. I am a lucky guy to have a wife who has stayed with me in spite of all this.

Thanks for all that you do.

W.

Greetings W.,

What I have written many times on the PDI website is that a man should be extremely careful and reluctant to undergo Peyronies surgery because of the increased risk of developing even more scar tissue and a worse case of Peyronie's disease after being cut on.  I have warned that before agreeing to undergo penis surgery it is very prudent to first use all of the possible non-surgical and non-drug options possible for at least a year before even thinking about being cut on to remove the PD scar tissue.  I am not against Peyronies surgery; I am against hasty and premature surgery as though it is the only option, and as though it is a simple and sure-fire cure for this terrible problem.  It is not. 

You ask for advice about your limited sex life, but I must back you up a bit and suggest that you might not have a limited sex life if your curve was improved or reduced.  This is a good place to start to help your sex life, by working to improve your Peyronie's disease.  It sounds like you have not tried to increase or support your ability to get rid of your PD on your own.   I suggest that you read How to start Peyronies treatment.

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The subject of sexual problems when Peyronies is in the bedroom is huge, and the subject of possible solutions is complicated.  There is so much to be said about improving sexual performance and compatibility in spite of a curved penis that must refer you to the book, “Peyronie's Disease and Sex.”   I wrote this book a few years back to address this problem that affects most couples who deal with Peyronies;  few couples are exempt; sex problems are common and just a matter of degree.  What I can tell you since writing this book is that almost all people who read it and follow the ideas in it will improve their sexual ability and regain either a small or large degree of their lost sexual pleasure.  As an outside observer in this area I can tell you that I have yet to find a couple whose sex life is not helped by using this book; some to a great degree and some to a small degree but everyone seems to gain something.   TRH      

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Does Bill Clinton have Peyronie’s disease or a curved penis?

Not every curved penis is Peyronie's disease

To offer a definitive and accurate answer to the question “Does Bill Clinton have a curved penis or Peyronie’s disease?” would require the presence of several pieces of clinical information determined by direct medical examination:

1. History of pain while erect, or less commonly pain while flaccid, or both
2. A mass or nodule of foreign scar tissue located below the surface of the penis shaft, detected by manual palpation or ultrasound examination
3. Structural deviation of the shaft of the penis during erection, (bending or curvature, hourglass, bottleneck, rotation or torque, or indentation deformity)
4. Erectile dysfunction, either total or partial, caused by the internal Peyronie’s scar material interfering with the pneumatic mechanism that creates a normal erection

Since none of the above information has been presented in any factual way, the curious public has only to rely on hearsay and innuendo.  Taking the sketchy information and various unconfirmed newspaper reports as credible, the only safe conclusion at this time is that former President Clinton does not have Peyronie’s disease.

A diagnosis of Peyronie’s disease can be complicated.  Peyronie’s disease is not determined solely on the presence of a curved penis, any more than the absence of penile curvature indicates a man does not have Peyronie’s disease.  Simply because a penis is curved does not support the conclusion that the cause is Peyronie’s disease, especially when the presence of the curvature is solely based on the observation of a layperson.

However, whether Mr. Clinton has Peyronie’s disease, or even a curved penis, cannot be confirmed in any meaningful way at this time due to the legal maneuvering and sealing of many court documents in which this question has been apparently asked and answered under oath.  As such, the presence or absence of a curve in Mr. Clinton’s penis is apparently known, but is not currently available for the public record.

Whether or not Bill Clinton, the 42nd U.S. president, does or does not have a bent penis, and is consequently assumed to have Peyronie’s disease, became an important political question during two different sex scandals in which President Clinton was famously involved.

The first, in 1994, centered on the sexual harassment suit that Paula Jones filed against President Clinton for conduct that was said to have occurred in 1991 at the Excelsior Hotel in Little Rock Arkansas. Her lawsuit was eventually dismissed on the grounds that she failed to prove damages as a result of her encounter with Clinton.  When Jones appealed the dismissal Clinton agreed to a $850,000 out-of-court settlement.

The second, in 1998, became known as the Lewinsky scandal.  This high profile sex scandal centered on the extra-marital affair between President Clinton and a 22-year-old White House intern, Monica Lewinsky. Eventually the scandal resulted in the impeachment of President Clinton by the U.S. House of Representatives and a subsequent acquittal on all impeachment charges of perjury and obstruction of justice by the U.S. Senate after a stormy 21-day trial.

Both of these women hoped to prove that Mr. Clinton was sexually active in their presence by offering that they saw a “distinguishing characteristic” of his private anatomy, suggested by others to be some degree of penile curvature.

However, the public record regarding Mr. Clinton’s alleged bent penis has been purged from their testimony.  Because the Jones and Lewinsky cases involved a sitting U. S. president, all testimony and affidavits that would quickly answer this question about Peyronie’s disease were sealed by court order and remain so. Detailed review of Monica Lewinsky’s August 6th and August 20th grand jury testimony, released on September 21, 1998 reveals no questions asked or answered about his penis.  Detailed review of Paula Jones’ testimony during her deposition to the U. S. Senate on February 17, 1998 also reveals no questions asked or answered Mr. Clinton’s penis.

As a result of the court enforced silence on this subject the public does not know what these two women said about what they saw. The Washington Times has reported that several sources with close ties to the Paula Jones case indicated that in her sworn affidavit she alleges Mr. Clinton’s displayed a distinctly angled bend of his erect penis.

Even if it was widely known that both women said Mr. Clinton has a bent penis, this isolated information does not definitely prove that the former president has Peyronie’s disease; it would only mean that his penis is curved.

However, the New York Times newspaper has reported that on October 3, 1998 a detailed genital examination was conducted on Mr. Clinton by the chief of urology from the National Naval Medical Center, Capt. Kevin O'Connell whose interest was to specifically rule out Peyronie's disease.   The New York Times has reported that Dr. O’Connell, as a result of this examination would testify if given the opportunity, that Mr. Clinton does not suffer from Peyronie’s disease.  But this information is also under a court seal, so the best that can be done currently is to speculate.

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Some normal penises are curved while other normal penises are straight; just part of the normal variation that exists between men that makes us all unique.  When those court documents are finally opened and made public, few of us will be around to care about the private parts of President Clinton.

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My Peyronie's disease started after I tried to straighten my curved penis with a penis stretcher, should I use another one?

Winter 2010 I used a penis extender for around 1.5 months (4-6 hours each day or less), where I probably made an injury on the left side (too hard penis with too hard stretch), just below the glans.

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I realize now that I probably have had congenital curved penis all my life.

When my penis is rock hard, it curves 30-40 degrees to the left. I think it was less before Winter 2010 when I started using the penis extender.

I wonder if it could have been possible that I didn't injure the penis, but bigger curve at the glans is due to longer extension on the right side compared to the left side (because of scar tissue on the left side) ?

Seriously, I didn't think so much about the curve before, so the curve might only have been congenital before this likely injury. I went to an urologist in May and he indicated that I maybe have had a little injury on the tunica albuginea (which makes the overall curve bigger).

In December I started to use an extender again, with the use of  XXXXXX, said to work specifically for PD. I stopped after 34 total effective days (9 h each day) as I have read some studies where they have used Verapamil injections before usage of an extender. In one study the curvature went from 30 to 0 and lengthened with 1.5 cm 🙂   I stopped using the extender 10 days ago.

Is this something you recommend? To remove the plaque first and then start using the extender after the plaque has been removed? Because it is speculated that some of the reasons the lengthening is shorter with PD, is because of the plaque. I have just started to use DMSO and SSKI (both topical), and will start to use Serrapeptase and Nattokinase as well. I see on this site that you also recommend Neprinol and some copper + +.

I have another question, so I may have to call you for more clearance; when the plaque diminished, will it leave an empty area in the flesh, maybe making the curvature worse and the penis shortened?

Peyronies disease is not just having plaque, but also having one side shorter than the other. It is then vital to use an extender so the shortest side can catch up the longest side, right?

I`m 31, which package do you recommend to me?

Greetings,

First of all, I removed the name of the penis stretcher product from your email because I think all of them are dangerous, as you have already shown us by reporting you injured yourself with one.  I wish to not promote these contraptions in any way.  The name of your particular device is not important because none of them are different from the others in any important or meaningful way.   All cars are fundamentally the same because all have a motor, seats, windows, wheels and a steering wheel; in that sense they are all identical in their basic design.  The same can be said of penis stretchers.  They all have a clamping device that holds the penis at or near the head, a base that is held against the pubic region, a pair of extendable threaded rods that lengthen the device while it is worn on the penis, a book of instructions that tells you what to do if you develop blisters and skin erosion while using the extender, and surgical wool and antibiotic ointment to keep you from hurting yourself further.

You are a rare man.  I have communicated with very few men who are able to wear a penis extender device for more than a short while; some could not wear one for even 10 minutes.  I have worked with many men who told me they could only put it on only one time and threw it away because of pain and apparent injury.   Many of those men who persisted in spite of the pain and superficial tissue erosion caused by these stretchers soon developed Peyronie's disease.  Some men put a penis stretcher on only one time for 30-60 minutes and then never again because they next day they have signs of early penis injury, and later demonstrate full blown Peyronie's disease.

It seems the prolonged pressure from the head clamp  causes local tissue anoxia (oxygen starvation) deep within the penis tissue; this is probably what happened to you.  When there is a lack of blood circulation in the penis caused by smashing it down with the clamp of the penis extender, blood circulation is cut off and a lack of oxygen occurs where the head is compressed.  This is very much like what happens when a tourniquet is worn too tight or for too long – the lack of oxygen caused by poor blood flow will kill tissue.  Any good boy scout or soldier learns that even if your arm or leg is severely cut you must periodically release the tourniquet – even if hemorrhaging starts again – so that fresh blood can deliver oxygen into the injured limb.  If this is not done the entire limb can become damaged and gangrene can develop.   But you report in one area of your email that you wore yours for 4-6 hours daily for six weeks, and you state later you wore another penis stretcher for nine hours daily for 34 days.  That is incredible.  If you were a boy scout you would have flunked the first aid class for leaving the “tourniquet” on for far too long.  No wonder you developed PD.

You state your congenital penis curvature is now worse than it was before you started using your first penis stretcher; your bent penis now curves 30-40 degrees to the left, more than before using the stretcher.  You think that the solution to the problem caused by the first penis stretcher is to use a second penis stretcher.  I do not agree with your thinking, and I will explain why later.

Please think about this statement I am about to make because it is very important in helping you to understand why you have injured your penis, and why I feel you are going about treatment in a totally wrong way:  If you have Peyronie disease, your problem is not that your penis is bent, dented or otherwise distorted; your problem is that you have dense scar tissue within the tunica albuginea layer of  the penis that as a secondary factor is causing your penis to be curved, dented or otherwise distorted.

Think of it this way.   If you cut yourself shaving, what is the actual problem?  Is your problem the blood running down your chin?  Or is the  problem the hole in your skin that as a secondary factor is allowing blood to leak out of the blood vessels and run down your chin? Certainly the blood gets your attention, but it is not the problem.  If you did not have the hole in your skin the blood would not be running down your chin.  If I was to offer you a way to wipe your face clean, it would not address the real problem which is the hole in your skin.   If I was to offer you something that would help you heal the hole in your skin rapidly you would not have to worry about the blood running down your chin.  Certainly when your penis is bent it gets your attention, but it is not the problem.

I emphasize this point because I believe you are seeing Peyronie's disease as being a curved penis, when it is not.  Peyronie's disease is a soft tissue condition of the penis in which a fibrous plaque of scar tissue develops excessively for some reason (congenital predisposition, nutritional deficiency, trauma, chemical or hormonal imbalance, drug side-effect, or a combination of some or all these) in the tunica albuginea, which in turn prevents the even and symmetrical expansion of the erection and a few other nasty symptoms.

You ask, “Is this something you recommend? To remove the plaque first and then start using the extender after the plaque has been removed?”   The answer is simple:  No.  If you did something to remove the plaque first, you would not need to use an extender because you would not have Peyronie's disease.  With no plaque in the tunica albuginea you would not have a curved penis and there would be no point in using the penis extender unless you are one of those men who believes stretching on the penis will make it bigger – and that is an entirely different topic.

You also ask, “…when the plaque diminished, will it leave an empty area in the flesh, maybe making the curvature worse and the penis shortened?”   The short answer is again, no.   As a longer explanation:  When a pregnant woman delivers a baby, does her abdomen stay stretched out?  When a weight lifter stops exercising, does he develop empty areas and voids where the larger muscle tissue used to be?  When you over-eat and your stomach and abdomen expand and bulge out, does it stay that way permanently?  No, to all of that.  All our body tissues are elastic (even bone to a very minimal degree), allowing the removal of unneeded or foreign tissue cells that are eliminated and healed over in the best way the body can accomplish under the circumstance.   The body always attempts to return to the most efficient and normal state it can whenever and however possible.  In the case of Peyronie's disease the body will attempt to reabsorb the strands of fibrous tissue and heals the tunica albuginea to the best of its ability.  In about half of the men who develop Peyronie's disease this attempt at self-repair and self-healing is successful.  In the approximate other half, the condition is not healed and becomes more or less permanent.

This tendency of the body to always attempt to return to normal (homeostatis), or self-heal, is the basis of the PDI concept for eliminating the Peyronies disease scar. By presenting to the tissue a wide variety of helpful and supporting vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and naturopathic modalities like moist heat applications, DMSO, gentle manual penis stretching (which is vastly different from your mechanical penis stretching concept), ultrasound and acupuncture therapy, we attempt to support, promote, stimulate and accelerate that ability of the body to eliminate the Peyronie's scar that works in 50% of men and fails in the other 50%.  What PDI attempts to do is really not so far fetched or bizarre.  We only attempt to assist and  promote a natural process that is successful in 50% of men when they eliminate their PD scar without any help from anyone.  We are not trying to make pigs fly.  The PDI concept of helping PD correction is one of working with the man who has PD so he can do a better job of what he failed to do in the first place.

Another question you pose is,  “PD is not just having plaque, but also having one side shorter than the other. Ii is then vital to use an extender so the shortest side can catch up the longest side, right?”   You ask that question as though having plaque and having a shortened side of the penis are two separate and distinct problems.  I get the impression you believe that the shortened concave side of penis curvature happens independent of the plaque, when that is not the case.   It is the presence of the dense fibrous scar that shortens the side of the penis in which it is located, and not the other way around.

To solve the problem of Peyronie's disease the body must eliminate the mass of dense fibrous scar in the tunica albuginea.  You cannot eliminate that tissue by stretching or pulling on it.  How do I know that?   Simple laws of physics governing our universe explains why stretching a penis with a PD scar will not influence that mass of inelastic tissue. 

We all have heard the expression many times, “A chain will break at its weakest link.”  We all intuitively understand what that means.   When a stretching or traction force is applied to a series in which there are stronger or stiffer areas as well as weaker or more flexible areas, the weaker or flexible parts or areas will give way, break down, fail or somehow give  up before the stronger parts or stronger areas.   In war: when the enemy attacks, the weaker part of a battle line will give in before the stronger part of a battle line.  Toilet paper and postage stamps: when the paper is pulled the area of paper that has been weakened by the small perforation holes will tear before the non-perforated paper has a chance to tear.  Tires on a car:  the softer the tire, the more it will absorb the vibration energy of a rough ride, and the harder the tire the more it will pass the energy of a rough road to your body.  There are countless examples of the idea that a weaker, thinner or more flexible area will absorb energy before a stronger, thicker or more rigid part is able to do so.  This is why a chain will break at its weakest link.  What does this have to do with Peyronie’s disease?

The PD scar is thicker and stronger than normal skin and corpora cavernosa tissue of a penis. When a traction force is applied to the penis, the normal elastic corpora cavernosa and skin tissue will absorb the energy of the traction force as it stretches out before the inelastic scar tissue has a chance to stretch – the scar will not get a chance to get stretched because the healthy penis tissue will absorb the energy as it stretches first.  Don’t believe me?  Do this experiment.  Find  three rubber bands– two that are thin and stretchy and one that is thicker and heavier than the two thin rubber bands.  Loop these three rubber bands together in a series, placing the two thin stretchy rubber bands at the ends and the thick heavy one in the middle.  Now hold this series of rubber bands at the two ends and pull on it so you are stretching the whole thing out to make them all longer.  Notice that all movement and stretch  is coming from the two thin stretchy rubber bands that are at the ends, and no movement or stretch is taking place in the thick rubber band in the middle.  Only when you stretch so far that the two thin rubber bands are near their breaking point and are ready to snap, will the thick rubber band in the middle begin to move a little.  If you continue to pull, one of the thin bands will break before the thick band has stretched only a small amount.  This will happen every time.  Thus, when you pull on a flaccid penis that has Peyronie’s disease you cannot stretch the thick fibrous scar tissue because the normal elastic skin and deeper corpora cavernosa tissue will absorb the traction force to do all the stretching just like the thick and thin rubber bands looped together.  

In Peyronie's disease any apparent inequality of length is caused by unequal expansion of the corpora cavernosa due to the presence of the dense fibrous scar material within the tunica albuginea. The dense and inelastic scar prevents full expansion of the erect penis, and perhaps only a minor amount of actual contraction of the tunica albuginea.  When I work with men who have been successful in reducing or eliminating the their PD scar material their curved penis returns partially or completely back to normal depending on how much scar elimination occurs.  I am told for some the scar elimination is complete and for others only partial; when I treated my own Peyronie's disease in 2002 it was complete elimination of the PD scar.  No mechanical penis stretching is done and no mechanical penis stretching is needed.  In 2006 a research project was undertaken during which we devised and perfected a gentle manual penis stretching method that works completely unlike and contrary to the concepts presented in the mechanical penis stretchers.  Additionally, I find that lost penis length and girth that occurs is a result of fibrous infiltration of the tunica albuginea and this often improves to the degree the body is successful in its attempt to remove this foreign fibrous tissue, owing to the natural tendency of the body to heal itself when given the opportunity.

Your last question about what Peyronie's treatment plan I recommend for you is the most difficult and also easiest one to answer.   Since I am not your treating doctor I can only advise you as I advise all other men who come looking for help in starting self-treatment.  I suggest you use the largest and most aggressive plan of treatment that you can sustain for at least 3-4months while you follow the PDI concepts of Peyronie's treatment that supports and encourages your body to eliminate this terrible scar material.  If you decide to do so, you might use the gentle manual penis stretching technique as part of that effort.

I appreciate your hard work, earnest effort and sincere desire to rid yourself of your Peyronie's disease.   You are like many men I deal with daily.  I commend you for not accepting your problem and encourage you do all you can to heal your problem.  If I can help you in any way, please let me know.  TRH

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I was injured by rough masturbation, and now I have a bent penis. Will I be able to have sex with my girlfriend?

I am 21 year old and i used to masturbate for the last four years until I developed a bent penis.  My penis head is not covered by skin and its by birth, not from circumcision. About 2 years back i found that masturbating on the bed is more exiting than by hand for me and due to that one day i slightly bent my penis and had a slight pain in the middle of the penis.  But that didn't bother me too much so i masturbated like that regularly.  My question is this now. For the last 6 months that have passed i realized that i was doing it in the wrong way and that i have hurt my penis,  and i discovered I have a bent penis with a bend in the middle of the penis on the left side, but i don't have any pain in erections now.  i used to masturbate with my hands 2 times a week.  There is no difficulty in ejaculation and pain in erection,and yaa doc. One more thing when half erected it bents downward easily and not upward as its tight some time i had seen hour glass shape when its not erect and i m still a virgin, and very upset with my peyronie condition.  Can it become straight again?  Can i be able to have sex ever with my girlfriend?  i am too much depressed. sir plz help me…its very important for me……

Greetings young man,

Rough or unusual masturbation practices can injure the penis, especially when repeated many times, and can lead to Peyronie's disease. Please read I am 19 years old and I need your help with a curved penis after rough masturbation

A bent penis and an hourglass shape indicate you could have Peyronie's disease.  However, your young age, lack of pain, and the fact that you do not mention a lump or knot of tissue under the surface of the penis indicates that you might not have Peyronie's disease at all.  At this time, you are only thinking it is PD, and maybe it is not.  First things first.  You should go see a doctor who specializes in this kind of problem, a urologist, who can tell you definitely one way or the other if you have Peyronie's disease.   

If you have Peyronies disease then you can discuss with the doctor the best way to proceed to help yourself.  At your young age, and having relatively mild symptoms,  I suggest that you be extremely reluctant to allow yourself to be talked into surgery.  It might eventually be necessary, but I would offer to you that it only be done as a last resort after you exhaust all possible conservative Peyronie's treatment measures that would help your body to cure any Peyronie's plaque you might have at this time.      

Many men continue to have sex in spite of having Peyronie's disease, even with a bent penis.  It depends on how badly it is curved and where it affects the penis. All is not lost.  But you need to learn more about this problem and change how you masturbate.  Please read Peyronie's disease and masturbation.

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I suggest that you read and learn about natural ways to help your body eliminate the Peyronie's problem, and reverse your bent penis, if it turns out that is what is going on with you.  Please let me know what you learn and what you decide to do.  TRH   

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My severely bent penis is almost back to normal, but how can I get my size back?

Hi Dr. Herazy,

I've been following your instructions and using your products now for about two years. My progress has been slow, but thanks to you, I HAVE made progress and almost back to normal…..as far as the severe bending and curvature. There is now only a small knot remaining at the upper right on top, near the head of the shaft and appears to be all that is remaining. I will continue your Peyronie's treatment procedures. My question is, and it's VERY important to me is : Can I get my size back ??? Since this issue began, I've lost at LEAST an inch in both length and girth even though my erections are “near” normal. Is it possible to use a pump with care and restraint to gradually build back up ?? This is driving me crazy with worry.

Thanks,

David V

Greetings David V,

First of all, congratulations in getting your bent penis under control and eliminating all but a small knot of scar tissue. 

However, in spite of all the reading and instruction I know you have read, it seems to me you are making a huge mistake to only gauge your treatment success based on reduction of your severe penis curvature.  You must have read a hundred times it is necessary to use the size, shape, density and surface features of your scar to guide your treatment.  Once you begin to do that your treatment will be a lot more effective and you can expect to see more changes in your curved penis and lost size.

I suggest avoiding a penis pump, or VED.  With those devices it is not possible to know that you are not injuring yourself until it is too late.  There is a better way to get back lost penis size.  

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In regard to getting back your lost penis size, let me give you some advice.  I have reviewed your file of past purchases and see that you have not used the gentle manual penis stretching technique.  This would be a very logical addition to your current plan as I understand it.   Please continue with your current treatment plan, but add in the gentle manual penis stretching to see if you cannot possibly reduce the last of that small remaining scar as well as coax back some of your lost dimensions.   TRH  

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Comments about Peyronie's disease measurements and difficult or painful sexual intercourse

Hi doctor,

I saw a picture of a individual on your site with Peyronies where the claim was, he was 45 degrees. It didn't seem to me like his curved penis was 45 degrees, obviously there's more than one way you can measure. 

I always believed the side with the curve is the side you measure. The problem is that when measuring Urologists can do it differently because there is no set standard. Its like penile length measurement,some doctors/researchers will press the ruler to the pubic bone, but others will only touch the ruler lightly to the abdomen. When measuring girth some measure at the base, some in the middle.  Some researchers /doctors stretch the length only with some doing it once,others a few more times & elongating it ,others use pharmaceutical induced erection. 

The bottom line is that a congenital curve or Peyronies curve (if it doesn’t hurt) doesn’t matter if its 0 degrees or a 1,000 degrees if intercourse can be done without pain for both parties.

Bill

Greetings Bill,

Often I will notice that the person will only estimate the degree of penis curvature, and usually on the exaggerated side.  Actually, while the degree of curvature is of course important to know and record, it is really much more important and significant to know the size, shape, density and surface features of the PD scar that is causing the curvature. You see, the curved penis is just a result or secondary factor to the real problem of Peyronie’s disease – the Peyronie’s plaque. Too much time and attention is paid to the secondary problem (the bent penis) and not enough to the cause (PD scar). I can certainly understand why the curved penis and distortion get so much attention from people, but being all engrossed only in the curvature does prevent a man from focusing on the actual problem and how to treat it correctly.

I have worked with men who swear they cannot penetrate with a 10 degree bend, and other men who say that their 60 degree bend only slows down penetration. The problem of penile distortion and resultant difficulty of sexual intercourse is a complex problem, that is made so because human emotions and motivation are a part of the equation. Many times the amount of difficulty of penetration, or pain during intercourse, with a couple who must deal with Peyronie’s disease is due to lack of natural lubrication and lack of preparedness of the female partner; if she is tense and fearful that she will hurt him, she is less likely to be relaxed and fully sexually stimulated to produce the level of natural readiness for that makes penetration easy. If you are interested in this subject because of some difficulty with sex now that you have Peyronies, please see my book “Peyronie’s Disease and Sex.”

Your last comment is quite true.  Most men would not care or do much about their Peyronie's disease if they could still have intercourse without a problem.

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Another Peyronie's disease treatment success story

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When I was 58 years old (I am now now 62 years old), I had a severe case of Peyronie's disease which came out of the blue. When erect, my bent penis had an angle bend of about 60 degrees about half way along, so my future looked pretty bleak.

I investigated surgery and it frightened the hell out of me. There were no promises of success and I formed the opinion that the surgeons/urologists had locked in their opinion and you were just fodder for their work. Then I found your web site and treatment plan. I did the lot other than the Japanese herbs which irritated my stomach. I hit it really hard and kept at it. It took about 6 months before I really noticed some improvement and it gave me some cheer. I kept at it and it took about 18 months in total to really get my penis back to pretty well straight.

I'm very pleased to say that I'm fully functional and have been since the recovery.

I've been meaning to tell you of my success and I can recommend to anyone – follow the full treatment plan for as long as it takes. It's a pain to do as it's got so many pills/lotions/etc, but it works. And it's been a darned side cheaper than surgery could ever have been.

Best regards

Greg Woodford

Greetings and thank you Greg,

Thank you for the report of your success, but especially thank you for being dedicated enough, tough enough and stubborn enough to stick with it to work for your recovery.  Yes, you are right a lot of work and sacrifice are needed for recovery against Peyronie's disease.  I see that most men who fail to earn  the degree of improvement that you did are not willing or able to work the way you did.  Too many try to change the PDI method to make it something that it is not, and they fail.  You did it the right way and you beat the monster that was taking your life from you.

If PD was an easy problem, and easy to reverse, it would not be the kind of life changing problem that it is.   There are many more men getting the kind of results you got in the last few years because the PDI method is getting more refined.  For more information please see  Is it really possible that Peyronie’s disease completely disappears? 

Before I make a few comments, Greg, allow me to remind the readers of a few things  based on what you have told us in your email.  First, this recovery that took place was in a case that was for Peyronie's disease that was 2-3 years old when you started your care; this was far after the time it should have cleared up on its own.   This means Greg's case was past the time it should have gone away on its own, so we are confident that it was just not a spontaneous recovery that would have happened anyway.  Greg was successful in helping his body do what it was not doing on its own.  Second, his doctor wanted to cut on him, he was that bad and his sexual activity was that effectively reduced that he was fair game for the scalpel.   This was not a minor or easy case.  Thirdly, he said, “I did the lot” meaning he did not hold back he was aggressive.  This is always key to recovery.  Please take note.

For full disclosure I think I am am accurate to say that you and I have never spoke or communicated about your treatment plan, or to answer any questions from you during your 18 month Peyronies treatment .  My recollection is that you did your treatment pretty much on your own while learning how to approach your self-care from the PDI website exclusively.   This is good because it has always been my intention to make the PDI site so informative and inclusive that a man like you could read and learn on your own, and be totally self-sufficient to reach total recovery, as you did.  Congratulations.  

Having mentioned all that, allow me to say it is my guess that I could have probably helped you along the way and made your journey a bit faster, or a bit easier, or a bit less expensive, or all of these.  I get feedback from the men I work with that the personal input and ideas I can offer will often make nice changes in the rate and degree of their recovery.    I mention this because  most men I work with usually wrap up their plans in less than a year; sometime in six months or so.

Now that you are back to where you want to be, please keep in mind that anyone can re-injure themselves by being careless or assuming too much.   There are several things you need to keep in mind as you resume sexual activity as before:  Make sure your erection is a solid as you are able. Make sure she is ready for intercourse with a lot of foreplay and natural lubrication, or use copious amounts of silicone based lubrication if necessary.  Make sure your selection of sexual positions are safe; do not use any intercourse positions that you have had trouble with in the past in keeping connected during intense activity (when you pop out of her you are extremely vulnerable to re-injury so keep your arm around her waist or hold her hips to make sure you do not get injured), so steer clear of those , please.

Again, nice work and congratulations, sir.

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What can I do to make my congenital penis curvature better?

Hi doctor,

I think I have a natural penis curvature or I was born with a bent penis to the left side by about maybe 35 degree max.  I already asked a urologist and after checking me he told me to not do surgery and told me that I do not have a scar tissue or anything.  After I did some research on the internet I found that there is some exercise that can help to fix my bent penis  and also some people talk about using vitamin E cream mixed with Cetaphil moisturizer.  So please just let me know if this can help or not.  And if not, what can I do to get better in this case? Thank you in advance and hope to hear from you soon.

Greetings,

As I have written many times in this blog, men have changed their congenital penis curvature using the methods described on this website.  I do not think that applying a moisturizer lotion mixed with vitamin E is capable of making significant tissue changes that would be required to alter a 35 degree curved penis.  Applying topical lotions that are intended to make the skin soft are far too superficial to accomplish what you have in mind.

You did not describe the exercise that you have in mind to correct your curved penis.  This would be key, I believe, because there are many ways to influence the tissue in most areas of the body by stretching the tissue.  As far as the penis is concerned, however, you must be very careful about being too aggressive and causing injury to this delicate tissue.  From my experience the penis stretching programs I see on the internet are far too abusive to consider doing.   For example, many cases of Peyronie's disease have been started by mechanical penis stretchers and jelqing.  In response to these abusive methods, several years ago I worked with a group of men through PDI to develop what I call the PDI gentle Manual Penis Stretching Technique that uses a very light but sustained traction to stretch the penis tissue over a period of time when accompanied by a wide variety of internal and external therapies that assist this stretching process.  I get back good reports from those men who use a broadly diversified and gentle approach to correcting their penis curvatures.

Please review a few posts to give you a better idea about what this method can do for a bent penis that started from birth, Will the PDI Manual Stretching Technique help a congenital penis curvature?  and Could Peyronie treatment plans still possibly help my congenital curvature? and Can my congenital penis curvature be fixed by surgery or is there some other way to get help?

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I ask that you investigate this methodology to see if it makes sense to you.  TRH 

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My husband has a curved penis, is this normal?

 Bent penis usually means Peyronie’s disease later in life

A curved penis can be normal for some men, or it can indicate the presence of a problem for other men.  Just because the penis is curved does not necessarily mean there is a problem.

For the most part, the fact that penile curvature exists at all in a man does not indicate a true abnormality or reason for concern; an abnormality is more so suggested if there is a change in the appearance and structure of the penis if it was previously straighter than it is now and only later became curved.

If a diagnosis of Peyronie’s disease has already been made to explain the bent penis you are asking about, you should consider using Alternative Medicine treatment to assist and support the body’s natural ability to heal and repair the Peyronie’s plaque that causes the curved penis and the various signs and symptoms that are a result.  Click here to find a good place to start learning about non-surgical and non-drug Peyronie’s treatment.

When did the bent penis begin?

Usually the answer to the question, “When did the curved or bent penis begin?” will usually indicate if there is an actual problem to justify concern.

If your husband’s penis has been curved since childhood, or for as long as he can remember, then there is a very good chance that he has a normal variation of the shape of his penis.  This is called a normal penis curvature and is often simply due to a variation of the size of the internal chambers that make up the body of the penis.   In a congenital curve of the penis there is usually no pain associated with erection or intercourse.

Also, in regard to when the penis curvature occurred, it is not uncommon for Peyronie’s disease to develop after certain medical procedures or treatments:

  1. Use of Viagra, Cialis or Levitra (PDE5 inhibitor drugs) that have been known to cause damage to the internal tissue of the penis when an exaggerated or excessive erection occurs.  For some men this can happen after just one use of these drugs, or for other men after multiple uses that previously did not cause any unusual reaction.
  2. Use of beta-blocker heart medications that are used for chest pain and arrhythmia to name a few.  There are many beta-blockers used, but a few of the more popular are Lopressor LA, Sectral and Tenormin
  3. Use of some cholesterol lowering drugs (statin drug group) that have a long list of known side effects, but recently have been expanded to include Peyronie’s disease.  There are statin drugs in this category, but a few of the more popular are Crestor, Lipitor, Lisinopril and Lovastatin
  4. Having been catheterized as part of surgical procedure, especially when done while under anesthesia while in a hospital setting.  Many times greater force is used to pass the catheter tube through the urethra due to time constraints and urgency, resulting trauma to the penile tissue.

If your husband’s penis curvature started recently or sometime after his teen years when it had been previously straight, then this suggests a problem for which he should make an appointment with a urologist for an examination and diagnosis.  The most common cause of a curved penis that appears after it was previously straight, by far, is Peyronie’s disease.  Other less common causes can be:

  1. Trauma to the penis that causes simple swelling
  2. Trauma that causes penile fracture
  3. Penile cancer, although very rare

Diagnosis of Peyronie’s disease and the curved penis 

Typically, in cases of an adult onset curved penis, there are three primary findings that usually have to be met in order to establish a diagnosis of Peyronie’s disease:

1.    Presence of one or more nodules or areas of hardness located under the skin of the shaft.  These localized nodules are not seen on the surface, but a felt by digital examination below the skin; some can be so large that the surface of the skin is elevated from below by the nodule.

2.    Pain, from mild to severe, from occasional to constant, in some area of the penis while erect.  A small percentage of men experience penile pain while flaccid (non-erect), and an even smaller percentage experience pain during both states.

3.    Recent development of curved or bent penis, or some other similar distortion of the penis (bottleneck, hourglass, or indentation). 

A diagnosis of Peyronie’s disease can still be made without one of the above findings, if the other two are dominant and reliable.  Other findings of slightly less frequency and less importance seen during Peyronie’s disease, that are of some value in making a diagnosis  are:

  1. Loss of penis size in terms length and circumference (girth or diameter).
  2. Reduced erectile ability in either the entire shaft or a localized area of it.

The important thing is to not ignore the penile curvature and to do whatever you can to avoid Peyronie’s surgery whenever possible since the side effects can be devastating.

Do you have any advice because I am making slow progress with my Peyronies treatment plan?

Dr.

 

I now take Neprinol 4 pills 3 times daily, vitamin E 2 pills 400iu 3 times daily, Sulfur 2 pills 3times daily, and Scar x 2 times daily, e oil, and Super CP Serum with DMSO.  Sometimes progress seems very slow but have only been doing this dose for about a month. Have been about half this dose for about 7 months.  Any advice?

Scott
 
Greetings Scott,
 
If you were taking half of your current plan for seven months it is no wonder your progress is slow.  It is great that you can see progress with your problem after only one month of being on a more aggressive plan.  This is how it should be done.
 
Your current plan is moderate perhaps compared to others who make progress.  I mention this only to give you an idea what others find they must do to reduce the PD plaque. 
 
You should not design your plan based on what others do, but only work based on how your tissue responds to what you are doing.  If the scar does not get smaller, softer, less well defined or change the surface texture, then you should consider upping the plan in some way that will increase your ability to break the scar down and remove it.  Again, as I am sure you are tired of reading from me, all plan changes are based on the response of the PD scar or plaque and not the appearance of bent penis.  The scar will guide you to what your body needs to do the job of healing your Peyronie's disease.    
 
You are taking a large dosage of vitamin E, Scott, so I would suggest not taking any more of it. In fact, you could be taking less vitamin E if you added some vitamin C to your plan (maybe 3,00-5,000 mg daily).  The other therapies can be increased especially the enzymes.    
 
I also suggest that you add in some additional external therapy, like perhaps the technique found on the gentle manual penis stretching video. This would give you more variety of treatment options.  
 
You should be slowly and gradually increasing the dosage of your plan every 7-10 days if you do not see improvement with the size, shape, density and surface features of your Peyronie's plaque. 
 
If you have any specific questions about locating or defining your PD scar or increasing your plan, arrange for a phone discussion soon.   TRH 

Do I start with the penis stretching CD to treat my Peyronie's disease?

Hi Doctor.

I am Abduallah Adi from Palestine, I am 20 yrs old. Six months ago I had Peyronie’s disease because I was wearing a very tight underwear and I went to a urologist and told me it is PD. He gave me vitamin E and Antibiotic only.

My penis hurts me and it almost 30 degrees upward.

Now I visit your site and I don't know what to buy. Do I start with the stretching or what please help me.

I am waiting your response.

Greetings Abduallah,

Over the years I have encountered several men whose Peyronie's disease started with the prolonged compression caused by wearing tight clothes of any type. It is not the most common way to get injured and develop Peyronies disease, but it does happen.

Vitamin E is an important Peyronie's treatment but it must be a very high quality natural vitamin E product; you cannot use just any kind of vitamin E. Also, when used by itself vitamin E tends to not have enough affect on the body to promote tissue repair; it must be combined with other therapies for greatest effectiveness.

The gentle PDI Manual Penis Stretching Method CD is not intended to be used by itself; all PDI products are intended to be used together for greatest benefit. You cannot play the piano and call yourself an orchestra – you need violins, drums, trumpets and many other instruments to complete the sound of an orchestra. It is the same with PD treatment. It is necessary to supply everything needed for tissue repair and healing – delivered to the body all at the same time – to provide the boost and support needed for successful recovery from Peyronie's disease. The gentle PDI Manual Penis Stretching technique is only one part of what you might need to eliminate the Peyronie's plaque and reverse your curved penis. Some men who try using only the PDI stretching method have made small changes in their bent penis problem, but only after adding in the necessary other elements do they begin to get the large improvement they need.

Instead of using only the manual penis stretching technique, I suggest you use the largest Peyronies treatment plan you can afford to stay on for 2-3 months. During this time you will work to give your body the opportunity to heal and repair the Peyronie's plaque that is causing your bent penis.

Please go to the Peyronies treatment ordering page, found by clicking on the blue button at the top of the right sidebar. Any of the treatment plans you will find on this page can be effective, but we find that the larger and more aggressively applied plans work better than those that are smaller and only casually used. TRH

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What should be the natural Peyronie's disease treatment?

Dear Dr. Herazy,

This is Arbind from India. I am 65 year old.

My penis bends about 30 degree lowered and lean towards left, may be 10 degree. It happens during erection or sex. I am still sexually active. No other problem.

What should be the natural treatment?

Best regards,

ARBIND


Greetings Arbind,

Assuming you have been to a doctor and you were formally diagnosed with Peyronie's disease, I suggest you attempt to use the largest Peyronies treatment plan you can afford to stay on for 2-3 months. During this time you will work to give your body the opportunity to heal and repair the Peyronie's plaque that is causing your bent penis.

Please go to the Peyronies treatment ordering page found by clicking on the large blue button that says “Click here for store” found at the top of the right sidebar. Any of the treatment plans you will find on this page can be effective, but we find that the larger and more aggressively applied plans work better than those that are smaller and only casually used. TRH

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Questions about straightening a congenital penis curvature

Hi Doc.

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My Name is Tomas and i am a 25 year old male from Sweden. We have spoken on the phone previously but i am afraid that my written English is better then my spoken. I have also, very recently, submitted a question but i am not sure it got registered correctly so i take the opportunity of writing a new one and adding some additional information and text if that is alright with you.

My penis, who i am overall pleased with, have always had a slight downward curved. Probably less then an average banana. It is not Peyronies disease but what you call Congenital curvature. Although this is yet to cause me any problems while having intercourse (i believe some of the girls i have been with have not even noticed it), i can't help to feel a bit self conscious about it. I think it looks unattractive compared to a completely straight penis and since i am quite of the 'ladies man' if i may say so my self, i thought to my self that it's time to get it straight. It would feel really good to just relax and enjoy sex without having to worry about my appearance.

First of all, i have to praise your dedication to the subject. I believe such attitude and respect as yours towards the patients are rare and something i hold in a very high regard.

Now, i know that your programs are generally more directed towards treating Peyronies disease – but i'm also of the impression that it can help a congenital curved penis as well. While searching the Internet, i have stumbled upon countless of alternative treatments but yours is the first which i feel confident might help me and feels “serious”.

So, my question is.

What is recommended for treating a congenital downward curve as effectively as possible? Should you add some supplement or is stretching enough? If so, what program?

And i also wondered what videos are possible to be sent to me by email and how that is arranged. The shipping costs to Sweden was really expensive – and i would also like to keep my little project a secret from my roommates.

Kind Regards
(And sorry for possible bad grammar)

Tomas
Sweden 🙂

Greetings Tomas,

Your English is wonderful and in fact better than some of native English speaking people I sometimes encounter. You are to be congratulated. And thank you for the kind words about the work I do with PDI.

When the Peyronie's Disease Institute Manual Penis Stretching Method was developed and researched in 2006 it was intended to be used for PD, not correction of birth or congenital penis curvature. However, since there are apparently many men like you with a slightly to moderately curved penis they would like to make straighter, we have had perhaps 40-50 men over the years who have used this particular Peyronie's treatment method and have reported success when used according to the detailed instructions found on the CD. What you will find is that on the CD there are several different techniques, a variety of pivot points, as well as different angles and lines of traction to use depending on your particular penis curvature.

In the past I have recommended that these men who want to change a congenitally bent penis use at least Neprinol as the follow the PDI manual penis stretching method. This should work to increase the effectiveness of treatment. A bit more information is available on the PDI website at “Peyronie's Disease Institute Manual Penis Stretching Method.”

The information you want is available only on the CD and has not been made to be downloaded as an attachment to an email. Sorry.

I would be remiss if I would not advise you to be less concerned about the small penis curvature you have. Women are far more tolerant and willing to accept physical variation of the penis than what you would imagine. Attractiveness and beauty are not found in symmetry or sameness of appearance; the value and effectiveness of the penis toward good sex is not found in symmetry or someone's preconceived idea of beauty, but how it is used with kindness, gentleness, a giving spirit, passion and love. Besides that, a bend applies a bit more friction to the vaginal wall for added stimulation. You might be better off curved than straight. TRH

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Is it true nothing can be done for penis shrinkage caused by Peyronie’s disease?

I hurt my penis during sex. At first it had a curve but that went away and instead the penis has shortened drastically.  Sex is no longer achievable and a simple act like urinating into a toilet bowl is a problem because the penis has shrunk so much that I cannot point it at the bowl.  I either have to drop my pants or sit on the toilet and push the penis down to prevent it from urinating at 90 degrees.

I live in South Africa and the urologist has said there is nothing that can be done.  Is this true?

Regards,

Wally

 

Greetings Wally,

The statistics found in medical journals and the internet about penis shrinkage related to Peyronie's disease are variable and of questionable accuracy due to the natural of the problem.  As I remember, the published rate of reduction of Peyronies men who experience penile length and/or girth is said to be 25-50%.  However, based on my conversations and email from men with PD I would put that number easily in excess of 75%.   What you report is not at all uncommon.  It is  a consequence of the excess fibrous tissue build up that causes contraction of the deep soft tissue of the penile shaft, and also can cause distortion, such as a curved penis or an hourglass, bottle neck or dent deformity.

When your urologist told you noting can be done for this problem, he/she should have more accurately said there is nothing that medical practice can do to help you.   There is a lot you can do to help yourself.  If about half of the men who develop Peyronie's disease experience a spontaneous remission or self-cure of this problem, then it is obvious that these men are capable of curing their own problem.   PD is cured half of the time without any outside help by the natural healing process of the body.   The PDI concept for treatment of Peyronie's disease is simply to assist or support that same natural healing process by using a combination of vitamins, minerals, herbs and enzymes and other techniques that allow the body to heal better – to increase the odds that you too can care your PD like you should have in the first place.   Your urologist only says there is nothing that can be done to help you, only because he/she does not have a drug to use for that purpose.  "We do it my way, or no way."  What arrogance. 

Probably the best place for you to start looking for information about Peyronie's treatment using Alternative Medicine is from this link from the Peyronie's Disease Institute, "Start Peyronie's treatment."  

Believe me, you would be shocked to learn the number of MDs who contact me from around the world about using Alternative Medicine and the PDI approach to Peyronies treatment when one of them develops PD.    Drugs and surgery are for patients, and when one of them has a bent penis they they suddenly want to be very conservative with what they do.  TRH

More questions about Peyronie’s disease and a congenitally curved penis

Hello Dr Herazy,

I posted the congenital vs Peyronies curvature question that you recently answered. Thank you for your in depth answer but I have a couple follow ups regarding one of your response.

You said you've had a number of congenitally curved men that have improved with the manual stretching + enzymes… if there is no scar tissue in the congenital penis curve, and it is instead caused by two differing sizes of the corpora cavernosa chambers, then how do these stretching + enzymes work? What are those therapies actually doing to help straighten the penis? Since they're obviously not helping to break down any scar tissue as there's none there in the first place as with a congenital curve.

The whole pd vs congenital thing is still quite confusing & nebulous to me. Yes, I can recall a curve even as a young child, which points to congenital. A downward curve, like mine, seems to be fairly common among congenital as well. But at the same time my erections have firmed up due to the manual stretching and the curve seems to improve almost daily with the PDI method of penis stretching. Which seems more related to Peyronie's disease. I'm not sure how that would happen if it were congenital unless I'm somehow stretching not scar tissue but the actual corpora cavernosa chambers.

Also, the congenital improvements reported to you. Are the improvements they report mild, small? Is improvement common, rare? Comparable to the more successful PD responses that seem to be quite common with the PDI therapies? And it's that you simply haven't had a large enough sample of men with a congenitally curved penis to use the treatments to say definitively whether they work for them or not as a whole? Any indication they show more difficult to correct than a PD distortion?

Lots of questions, I know. But I think it's important that people in my position have as much info as they can.

Thank you.

A.

 

Greetings again A,

Thank you for your thoughtful follow up questions.

Living tissue (animal or plant) is rather plastic, meaning its shape can be changed within certain limits – the tree that grows around and engulfs the barbed wire fence, African native women who compress their shoulders by forcing them down with brass rings around her neck, young Japanese girls whose feet are compressed by tight binding, ancient Mongolian warriors whose foreheads were flattened to look fierce and warlike, the contortionist whose joints are made preternaturally flexible, even I suppose the old joke about the cowboy whose legs eventually become bow-legged in response to years of riding a horse.  We see around us evidence that otherwise normal tissue can and does change its shape when gentle force is applied over a long time.

It does not take a great amount of imagination to envision also altering and equalizing the small size discrepancy that exists between the right and left corpora cavernosae in men with a simple congenital penile curvature, making it straighter by reducing the internal asymmetry.   Time, persistence and a light touch that does not provoke innate resistance to change is all that are needed.  These changes take place using the PDI process of using gentle manual stretching simply because the method is based on so many examples that occur in nature around us.

My theory is that the systemic enzymes assist the tissue remodeling that occurs during the gentle penis stretching process.  The manual stretching initiates a signal to the brain to change the tissue in question on a cellular level.   The fibrinolytic enzymes on the PDI website would assist that process by remodeling the fibrin of the soft tissue layers as they are being gently stretched.    Keep in mind that tissue remodeling goes on after each and every wound and injury you sustain.  The body is engineered to remodel tissue as part of the healing process.  All you are doing with the PDI technique I present is to gently focus that process to your curved penis.

You ask about “small’ or “mild” curves.  What exactly is your definition of a small curve?  Any man who tells me his curve is small or large, mild or severe, is taken with a grain of salt because what do these terms mean?   What would be a small curve to one man could easily be a large curve to another.  This is part of the difficulty in communicating with people through the written word.  Trying to be as accurate and objective as possible, I usually ask the men I work with for a description of their congenital curve this way: Is your penis curved less than, more than, or about the same as, the average banana?   The answer I am given provides a fairly good idea of what we are dealing with.  For your information, the great majority of men who I work with say their congenitally curved penis is about like a banana.  A few say less, rarely more.

Men do not offer reports frequently or well, offering very limited information about their condition or progress.  I spend a lot of time giving information to men, and receiving only a small amount of information from them in return.   The reports I receive back could be called seldom or rare, and are often limited to “my curve is gone,” "it’s really a lot better,” or “after a few weeks my bend is maybe half gone.”  The terms are almost always broad, general, and not as detailed as I would like them to be.  When I ask for further clarification or details, I seldom receive a reply.  Most of the time when I hear back from a man to whom I provide help, it is to say that there has been improvement; rarely do I hear that the problem did not improve at least to some degree.  Women will tell you that men do not discuss this problem of a bent penis very much; I know this is true.  I think that when a man gets this problem, shall we say “straightened out,” he wants to forget about it and put it far behind him.  The last thing he wants to do is discuss his previous deformity in detail.  TRH

How can I tell the difference between Peyronie’s disease and a congenitally curved penis?

Dr Herazy,

I do not know if I my curvature is PD related or congenital. What are some of the signs that point to a congenital curve versus a PD distortion? It's frustrating because my condition seems to exhibit signs of both congenital and PD. I'm sure seeing a urologist is required to say for sure but even then apparently some will misdiagnose simply because they can't find the scar tissue present in PD. So, even that avenue doesn't seem to be a sure fire way of knowing 100%.

We know that PD is caused by an excess of scar tissue buildup in the tunica albuginea due to physical trauma to that area. But what causes the distortion in the congenital curvature? Is it an excess of scar tissue one is "born with"? If not, what would cause a penis to curve in dramatic fashion (35º- 45º downward) w/o scar buildup? To me that would seem to be an exceedingly rare condition to be born with. I could see a 5º, even 10º curve but 45º is a heck of a curve to be born with. If a congenital curve has no scar tissue, how do the PDI therapies treat it in that case since there would be no scar tissue to heal?

Secondly, if one does have a congenital curve, does the treatment for it change in any way from that of a PD distortion? How successful are your PD therapies at treating congenital curvature and do you even intend on doing a full study on this?

As you can tell, not knowing for certain whether my curvature is PD or congenital, I have quite a few questions regarding the both of them. Please help me make sense of the differences and their subsequent treatment.

Thank you.

 

Greetings,

Thank you for the great question. 

Probably the answer to your question is found with the easiest and most fundamental observation that you can make.   The basic difference between a penis that is bent due to Peyronie's disease and one that is congenitally curved penis is time.  When did you first notice that your penis is not straight?  

If you have always noticed, even as a young boy, that your erect penis is bent then you probably have a congenital curvature of the penis

If you have only recently noticed that your previously straight (or almost straight) erect penis is suddenly curved or distorted in some way, then you probably have a bent penis due to Peyronie's plaque that has altered the ability of penis to expand fully.

Usually, a congenital penis curvature is not accompanied by pain, while a recent case of Peyronie's disease can be painful.   Further, a congenital penis curvature is not accompanied by a palpable nodule or mass of fibrous tissue, while a recent case of Peyronie's disease will demonstrate plaque formation.  This plaque formation is not always easily located, so it can be deceptive to make a diagnosis of PD based solely on the ability to locate this foreign tissue.

In congenital curvature there is no scar material in the shaft.  The curvature in this case is simply due to corpora cavernosa chambers that are not of equal size or dimensions.   Just like you might have ears that are not the same size or shape, or large toes, or thumbs, the body is not always symmetrical.   

I do not have a lot of information about congenital curvature responding to the PDI treatment protocol because men simply do not report this kind of information back to me.  I can tell you that over the years I have a number of men say that the gentle manual penis stretching technique coupled with a good dose of systemic enzymes like Neprinol made a difference with their congenitally bent penis.  TRH

What can I do about my curved penis?

Ive had a bent penis since I was a young man and I've always assumed it was Peyronies, but now I'm not so sure.    I've tried everything I can think of I've tried using stretchers like the Size Genetics device and I'm just about to my wits end.   I just want this gone because I' so embarrassed and ashamed by my penis that I'm scared to talk to women out of fear.  I just need some information and mostly guidance on how to treat this problem that has caused me problems and embarrassment all my life.  If you could guide me and tell me what to do I would be grateful.

 

Greetings,

The first thing to do is to determine if you have Peyronie's disease or not. Please get a medical examination to determine the cause of your problem.  If it happens that you do have Peyronie's disease this website is full of useful information about helping your body to heal and repair as it should do normally.  A good place to start is "Peyronie's treatment help starts here."

The fact that your mechanical penis stretcher did not help you does not tell me anything, because this idea of forced stretching of a bent penis is incorrect.   You cannot forcefully stretch a bent penis to make it straight by using force, if the curved penis is due to Peyronies disease or if it is curved because you were born that way.  Either way forceful penis stretching will not work.   See How to straighten a curved penis

For ideas how to help yourself please see "Penis stretching for Peyronie's disease." 

Lastly, your question is filled with comments about fear and embarrassment because of your bent penis.  I believe you are punishing and  limiting yourself for no good reason.  Women tend to be far more generous and kind than we men; they tend to be compassionate and understanding in ways that men generally have a difficult time matching.  For this reason i believe you are making a greater problem for yourself than is necessary.  You need to understand women better in regard to sexual matters and you need to understand yourself better, as well.  Please get my book "Peyronie's Disease and Sex" that will explain all of this to you and help you see yourself in a better light.   TRH

Would a Peyronie’s scar on the surface have the same affect as if it were underneath?

I have curvature to the left side and don't feel any bump or Peyronies plaque. I know this means the Peyronies scar can be too small or too large and flat and I've also read that it won't be on the surface of the skin. However, I do see a few little things that appear to be surface scars where my curve starts. Why wouldn't a scar on the surface of the skin have the same effect as if it were underneath?  Don't all scars share the same characteristic of not being flexible?

 

Greetings,

No, a Peyronie's scar on the surface would not have the same affect as if it were underneath.

Yes, all scar formation within the body shares the fact that a greater amount of collagen and fibrin fibers is present that is not as elastic and pliable as normal skin.

Even so, the location of the scar or plaque material does make a difference.  It is the hydraulic tension or over-filling with blood within the two corpora cavernosae of the shaft that creates the hardness and expansion of an erection.  Each corpora cavernosum is covered by the tunica albuginea (which is normally also elastic)  but will not expand as it should when the Peyronie's plaque is present within the tunica. The external skin layer does not participate in that response of creating the erection, even though it does to a degree also expand; even when erect the external layer of skin of the shaft is not especially tight or overly stretched. Only if these were extremely large in comparison to the overall size of the shaft would an external scar cause a distortion  of an erection.

I cannot comment on what you refer to as the few little things that appear to be scars on the surface of the shaft.   A scar on the surface of the shaft skin not have the same effect as if it were underneath because no blood is trapped in the skin; there is no anatomical mechanism for it to happen.  It is the trapping of blood that creates the hydraulic effect, and this takes place only in the corpora cavernosae and nowhere else.

It might be helpful to you to review some basic penile anatomy on the PDI website at "Peyronie's anatomy of the penis and related areas"  and  "Tunica albuginea and Peyronie's disease."

If you are unable to find the Peyronie's plaque that is causing your distortion, I suggest that you arrange for a telephone discussion and I will work with you to help you locate it.  It is essential to good treatment results that you know about the size, location, density and surface features of the scar that is causing your bent penis.   TRH

Doubts he has Peyronie’s disease because he does not have a curved penis

Dear Dr. Herazy,

I have done a lot of reading on your website and am really confused, as to whether I am or I am not a patient of PD.

About a fortnight back, I have felt hardening of a vein, about 1-2 inch of it, below the penis skin, near its root.  However, as on date, I have not felt any curvature of Penis, neither in normal penis, nor while erect.  However, I do feel that I have lost Libido and do feel a little pain, at the point of hardened portion.   Moreover, I do feel that I am not able to maintain Erection, once the intercourse starts and unable to continue strokes.

My Urologist have diagnosed me with Peyronie's plaque and have recommended a daily dose of Vitamine-E cap. 400 mg plus Inj. Kenacort 40 mg +Inj.  Hyalase 1 amp (IV) – weekly for 6 wks.

After going through your website, I assume there could be some side effects of IV injections and would request you to suggest some alternate medicines, to address this issue of "Peyronie's Plaque".

I am a Govt. servant of 50 yrs, 5.5 Ft. height and about 72 Kg weight.

Anil Jain

Greetings Anil,

I must ask why you are confident what you find is actually a hardened vein, and not a Peyronie's plaque since your urologist has already diagnosed you have Peyronies disease.  Many plaques are long and narrow, like a vein. You can certainly have PD and not have a penile curvature at this time; it might develop in the near or distant future; some men never develop a curved penis because the plaques they have are balanced and do not pull the penis excessively to one side or the other. Reduced libido and reduced sexual performance are common to PD. 

Penile injections sometimes cause Peyronie's disease due to injury to the delicate tunica tissue of the shaft.  Having drug injections to treat Peyronies carries a certain level of risk; many MDs who come to me when they develop their own cases of Peyronies refuse to have drug injections into the penis for this reason.  You should talk to your doctor about this. 

Taking solo treatment of synthetic vitamin E is probably not going to help you.  You must use a combination of various therapies as outlined in the PDI website if you hope to impact your ability to treat your problem successfully.  TRH 

Why isn’t Neprinol included in the medium Peyronies treatment plan?

Dr.Herazy,

I have started using the medium plan.   I noticed, however, from your response to a question about Neprinol that you thought that Neprinol was more focused than Fibrozym and Nattokinase.  If this is so, why isn't Neprinol included in the medium plan?

Thank you for your response.

 

Greetings,

There always seems to be some question about Neprinol when used in Peyronie's treatment.   Here is something that I copied from the PDI website that you might have missed along the way that will explain my thinking about Neprinol in the initial plan usage:

 

"Hey, wait a minute!  I do not see NEPRINOL in any of these plans!  Why do you have Fibrozym and Nattokinase 1500 in these plans and not Neprinol?"   

"Neprinol is not included in the PDI Small, Medium or Large Plans for two reasons:

     "1.  Neprinol is more powerful than Fibrozym and Nattokinase 1500.  It contains the same enzymes as Fibrozym and Nattokinase 1500 – at perhaps 10-12 times greater bioactive activity.  It also contains different kinds of enzymes that are not found in Fibrozym and Nattokinase 1500.  So, Neprinol is more concentrated and has a greater variety of enzymes than these other products.  Therefore, based on my experience since 2002 with men who are treating their Peyronie's bent penis, we have learned it is better to start treatment with the less intense and concentrated enzymes of Fibrozym and Nattokinase 1500 to get accustomed to the action of these enzymes; it is easier on the body and men have less diarrhea this way.   When you re-order the 1st or 2nd time you can then slowly introduce Neprinol into your treatment plan.

     "2.  Cost.  Because the bottle of Neprinol contains 300 capsules of more powerful and concentrated enzymes, as compared to 100 capsules in the other products, Neprinol costs more.  Therefore, after almost seven years experience working with men who are treating their Peyronies disease, we have found that men feel more comfortable keeping costs down when getting started.  The first order is the most expensive, and this is appreciated by men just starting who want to see how the suggested PDI plans work."

I will usually suggest to men that after being on your plan for a few weeks or few months, or whenever you are comfortable adding Neprinol to your plan, that you do so.  Many men will later use Neprinol as the primary source of systemic enzymes in their plan, but also keep a few Nattokinase 1500 and Fibrozym in their plans as secondary or minor sources of systemic enzymes. 

When I was actively treating my Peyronies I took all three products, but with a greater emphasis on the Neprinol.  I do not think you must necessarily do it this way for you to be successful; I did it just to cover my bases and to keep my tissue as saturated as possible with the enzymes.

Peyronie's disease is a tough and terrible thing to happen to a man.  It takes dedication and persistence to overcome it.   It is never easy to overcome, but always worthwhile.  

The biggest advantage in ordering your therapy products from PDI is that we provide a high level of service and background information specific to the problem of PD that you will not receive from anyone else.   Each product you order from PDI comes with all the information you will need to you it correctly to treat your Peyronie's disease. You cannot expect that kind of vital information from any other source.   TRH

 

 

 

 

 

 


Will a combination of Neprinol and vitamin E be effective for my Peyronie’s disease?

Do you think that a combination of Neprinol and vitamin E will be effective in helping my Peyronie's disease?

Greetings,

There is no way to tell ahead of time if any Peyronie's treatment plan will be effective.   No matter what plan you start with, it is always a guess to know at the start of care if it will help.   The eventual treatment plan a man uses to eliminate his PD is determined by its ability to influence the PD scar.  Each person has different needs, and this prevents one treatment idea from being the solution for everyone.    It is necessary to evaluate the effectiveness of any plan by looking for changes in the size, shape, density and surface features of your scars while you following your treatment.   You can start with any type of plan you believe might help you, but it is the response of the  scar tissue that guides and determines type of therapy that is used and at what dosage.

Your question tells me you have not spent much time on the PDI website.   You really should go over the PDI home page and follow the links you will find there.  If you are interested in recovering from your PD it is a great way to get an education how Alternative Medicine can be used to increase your ability to heal and repair the Peyronie's plaque that is causing your bent penis.

Using Neprinol and vitamin E is a small combination that is far too limited to reach into the problem of Peyronie's disease.  I have never heard of anyone who used this combination and got results.   As an example, if you look at the PDI small plan you will see there are seven different ingredients in that plan – and it is called small.   I am fully aware that many men can have financial problems that limit the amount of therapy they use, yet these same men also want a Peyronie's treatment plan that gets results.

You see, it is not really what I think about using Neprinol and vitamin E that is important.   All I can tell you is that no one has ever told me that taking only these two therapies has helped his PD.    Usually, the plan must be larger to be effective.   How large does your plan have to be?   I don't know.   You have to figure that out for yourself while you are working with your problem.  I suggest you start here reading this website of the Peyronie's Disease Institute to  learn how this is done.   TRH

Is there a treatment to improve my Peyronie’s curved penis?

My pain and scar are gone.   However the curvature remains.  Is there a treatment to improve the curvature?  Thanks.

Greetings,

I am happy for your apparent progress over Peyronie's disease, although I think you are assuming too much. 

When you ask this kind of question it tells me that you think of your scar and curved penis as two separate things.  That is not the case.  The scar and curvature are directly related; the scar is causing the curvature, and without the scar you would not be bent.    The very best treatment, and the one that makes most sense to improve your curvature is to get rid of the cause.  In this case, the treatment to improve the curvature is to get rid of your Peyronie's scar.  

While I am sure you are correct that you have noticed reduction of your scar, and perhaps you are not even able to find your PD scar any longer, in order for your shaft to still display a curvature there still must be some remaining scar material present within the tunica albuginea.   Sometimes the scar that remains is so greatly reduced or perhaps deeper than you can easily locate, but something must be causing the penile deformity that you still exhibit.   If you did not have some Peyronie's plaque or scar still in the penis, there would be no explanation for the curvature. 

I suggest you stay on your treatment plan to get rid of your bent penis.  Perhaps vary your treatment a bit while still following the basic outline that brought you the significant reduction of the scar, so that you can totally eliminate the remainder of it and completely reverse your curvature. 

If you need help modifying your current plan to clean up the last part of your scar please send me the complete details of your current Peyronie's treatment plan and i will be happy to make a few suggestions to improve what you are doing.  TRH

Is it possible to have a penile curvature without having a Peyronie’s scar?

Dr. Herazy,

Is it possible to have an extreme curvature in one or both of the blood-filled columns in the inside of the penis without having a scar? I can't find a scar at all. Also, I only have pain (a slight twinge) in the base of the penis and in the curvature?

 

Greetings,

The only way you could have an extreme penile curvature without having a scar would be to have a congenital curvature (born with a normal curvature) or to develop some other health problem that would cause additional penile symptoms. 

If you have been diagnosed with Peyronie's disease and you have a bent penis you must realize the penile curvature is being caused by something that was not present before you developed PD.  There must be a reason for the distortion, correct?  In your case, the distortion is being caused by extra fibrous buildup that is very difficult to locate.  This is common in Peyronie's disease; I guess that at least half of men with PD have difficulty finding their scar(s).   In fact, it is so common that I wrote a blog post titled, "Can't find Peyronie's plaque or scar."   You could also read another question and answer, "How do I find my Peyronie's scar?" 

It is typical for someone who has been medically diagnosed with PD to still feel uncertain if this diagnosis is accurate and correct.   It is part of a denial response.  If this is true, you must either make up your mind you will either accept the diagnosis or go to another urologist for another opinion to either confirm or deny your Peyronie's disease diagnosis.  I sense that you are beating yourself up with doubts and endless questions.  At some point you must stop fighting the idea you have PD. You need to eventually take that energy you are wasting on endless worry and use it to do something about your problem.  Some men have a difficult time dealing emotionally with severe penile curvature.  If that is true for you, please contact me for a few EFT sessions and I think I can do something to help you in this way, as I have done for so many other men.   

The pain of Peyronie's disease is quite variable in terms of degree and location. Having a slight twinge at the base of the penis, and within the curvature, is consistent with this problem.  But then, having a great amount of pain at the base or toward the top of the penis would also be consistent since the pain of PD is wildly variable. TRH  


How can I correct a congenital penis curvature?

Hi, i have had this problem. My penis are bent to the left and i have no pain or stress when i do the self ejaculation. But i am in a big confuse that i can marry or not? Its happen by born. What i do to get rid from it?

 

Greetings,

If your penis has been bent to the left since birth, it is not likely you have Peyronie's disease.  You probably have what we call a congenital penis curvature, or a small variation of your body that makes you different from other men.  

You ask if you should marry.  I do not know the answer to that question.  I also do not know if your penis is bent too much for you to be unable to complete the sex act. 

Keep in mind that when a woman has sufficient sexual stimulation her vaginal muscles will relax greatly, and she will produce a significant amount of lubrication.  As a result she will be able to open her vagina to allow entry of even a bent penis.  In your case, it all depends on how much you are bent and how much she can accommodate to allow entry.  That is something you will not be able to answer until you try.  

You ask how to get rid of your problem.  Many men with a congenital penis curvature have used the "Peyronie's Disease Institute Manual Penis Stretching Method" to reduce their curvature.  Although the method I developed was designed and researched to be used for Peyronies treatment, it apparently also helps me born with a bent penis. Again, you will not know if or how much this will help you until you try.  TRH

What are the exercises to make the penis straight?

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i want to know what are the exercises to make the penis straight.  i have a curve about 40 degree in my penis.  i am not sure that i have Peyronies disease…thanks a lot

Greetings,

First things first.  You should have your curvature examined by a doctor and your condition diagnosed so you know what you are dealing with. That is important, so please do it.

I think you are a bit confused about your exercise question.  I am not aware of any exercise that can be done to reverse the bent penis of Peyronie's disease. 

PDI has two different educational CDs, an exercise video and a stretching video. The exercise CD is called PDI Massage and Exercise CD; it explains how to increase energy and increase blood and lymphatic flow in the lower pelvis.  The stretching CD is called  Peyronie's Disease Institute Manual Penis Stretching Method©; it explains how you can lengthen the contracted tissue of the penis and so straighten it.   TRH    


Why is it you do not offer any guarantee?

I have Peyronies disease now since I discovered I was getting a bent penis in November last year. My doctor prescribed potaba but it has done nothing in almost 4 months of treatment and in fact it seems to have got worse. I also am taking vitamin e and c that I got from the health food store but again it has done nothing.

My penis is bending sideways and upwards and seems to have an indent underneath at the head of the penis. All very upsetting psychologically also.

I found your web site and read your treatment options.  Why is it you do not offer any guarantee of your treatment?

Alex

Greetings Alex,

You must be using the correct vitamin products in the correct way to gain a positive response.  Just because you got your vitamin E and C from the health food store does not mean that they were good products.  It is estimated that over 25% of vitamin and herbal supplements sold on the open market do not contain what the label says. Many have inferior grade synthetic products.  Not all vitamin E products are created equal, and many are not what they say they are. If you are using an inferior product (without knowing it) you will not get good results. That is why I strongly encourage any one who wants to treat his Peyronie's disease with Alternative Medicine products to get them from PDI for a few reasons:

  • High product quality – these are the same products I used when I successfully treated my own PD problem
  • Great prices and discounts
  • Fresh products since PDI is the largest buyer of several of the products we sell
  • Proven effectiveness – results since 2002
  • Consultation about your treatment – I cannot discuss your treatment, or answer your questions, if I do not have experience or confidence in outside therapy products

Using only vitamin E and vitamin C is a very limited and poorly designed Peyronie's treatment idea.  I have never heard of anyone getting results with that kind of plan.   These two vitamins are great products and serve an important part in many of the plans we use, but they cannot do the total job to eliminate the PD scar. I would never suggest to anyone to try using only only vitamin E and vitamin C as you did.   

Most men who go about using their own ideas and get their own products like you are doing make very little progress with their Peyronie's disease problem.  This is a complicated and difficult problem.  You will have to admit you are guessing at a lot of what you have done and your are experimenting on yourself at a time when you should be actively treating yourself.  On the PDI website we provide a tremendous amount of free services and information like this constantly updated Q&A section and a Peyronie's treatment forum, along with private emails to men from around the world. We make these resources available to men to support their effort to correct their own PD.  If you work with the PDI system of treatment I can assist you when ideas, information and suggestions based on my experience; you will not be working alone.

You ask about a guarantee.

Who do you know in the healthcare field who offers a guarantee for any procedure or therapy? Aspirins do not come with a guarantee.  Jock itch spray does not come with a guarantee.  Toothpaste does not come with a guarantee.  Foot supports do not come with a guarantee.  Surgery does not come with a guarantee.  No one in healthcare offers a guarantee because of the complexity and difficulty of what we are attempting to do.  Everything in health care is completely unpredictable.   When you go to your dentist and he puts some Novocain in your gum, during your dental procedure he will ask you frequently if your mouth is still numb, right?  He has to ask you if your mouth is numb because he cannot guarantee the Novocain will work for you, or if he got enough in your tissue, or if he put it in the right location, or if it is not wearing off sooner than it should.  Nothing in health care can be guaranteed. 

Only people who are trying to fool you offer a guarantee for their unscrupulous products.  I see many international companies ( like in Pakistan, India, Romania) who try to sell secret herbal products and guarantee results in 30-60 days.  I hear frequently from men who bought those pills, got no results, and got no response from those companies when they tried to get their guaranteed refund.  

Be very suspicious when you see some treatment offered with a guarantee especially for Peyronie's disease.

If you are interested in trying to help your body heal the Peyronie's scars, please let me know.   TRH 

Can I use the PDI manual penis stretching technique to cure my curvature?

Hi  Doctor,

I have a normally bent penis with a downward curve.  I have it from when I was a child.  There is no pain, just normal curve 30 degree.   Can I use the  PDI manual stretching CD to cure my curvature ??

 

Greetings,

Many men have a curved penis from birth; it is part of what makes you a unique person.

I have had reports from men who have used the manual penis stretching technique to safely and permanently change their normally curved penis.  You can read more about the CD that explains in detail how to use this special technique at Peyronie's Disease Institute Manual Penis Stretching Method©

Keep in mind that your bent penis is a normal condition for you, even though it is 30 degrees.  Your improvement might be less than complete straightening, or it could be complete, there is no way to know ahead of time until you try it.   Please let me know how it goes for you.  TRH 

Do I need your book or a doctor?

Thanks Doctor, I'm 64 and do a lot of heavy exercise. Yesterday I got a hard-on ….and for the first time time there was a break (left bend in the bottom third of my penis). Do I need your book or a doctor? Thanks. Mike Adler

Greetings Mike,

What you really need is to know for sure what is going on with that bent penis. The best way to do that should be to go to a doctor for an examination and diagnosis. The problem is often that the doctor does not know, does not want to take the time, or does not seem to care about dealing with Peyronie's disease. Even after a medical examination it is common for a man to still be unsure if he has a correct diagnosis.

I suggest that you get a very good medical examination or at least in some way come to a point where you are confident with the condition going on below your belt. It is not always easy, however, so be prepared.

If you wish to learn more about treating PD I urge that you start with the book I wrote, “Peyronie's Disease Handbook.” It will ground you so you know how to deal with PD from a physical and mental standpoint, treatment concepts, how to develop the essential skill of determining the size, shape, density and surface features of your Peyronie's plaque, and how to avoid doing things that can cause additional injury to yourself.

Let me know if I can help you in any way. Good luck. TRH

Dimensions of girth prosthetic rings?

The dimensions of the girth prosthetic rings are not given.

I see that this information was omitted. Here you go:

Large ring: 2 5/8″ long X 1 5/8″ wide with a 5/8″ opening

Small ring: 1 3/4″ long X 1 1/2″ wide with a 5/8″ opening.

Please bear in mind that although the 5/8″ wide op

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ening in the center of the rings is small, the material is very elastic and will stretch to fit and accommodate your particular girth and degree of curvature. This firm hold is needed to provide lateral support against sudden and dangerous bending.

This prosthetic device is very popular and assists to provide extra support for the bent penis to avoid additional injury, or when the penis is narrowed by plaque formation. TRH

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Age 17: Is my bent penis Peyronie’s disease?

Hey Dr. Herazy, I am 17 Years old and have noticed this curvature in my penis for as long as i can remember. Ive been doing some research on different treatments for Peyronie's disease. . I was wondering what, if any, vitamins can I take that will help remove the plague or increase the blood flow through the affected area. I want to try all of my options before I turn to surgery. And also I am sexually active but self-conscious as to what females will think when they see my PD. What should I do ?


Greetings,

First things first: At the age of 17, if you have had a penile curvature “for as long as you can remember” it is not likely to be PD. Your curvature is most likely a normal anatomical variation that makes you the unique person you are.

No need or reason for embarrassment. In my 2nd book, “Peyronie's Disease & Sex” I spend considerable time explaining in great detail how many women prefer

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a bent penis because it — shall we say — scratches their itch in a way that a straight penis does not. In that book I counsel men that if you have a bent penis — either from PD or from a congenital variation — rather than sitting embarrassed in a corner afraid of being rejected, they should look for that wonderful woman who needs a man whose penis is bent. Your task is almost like looking for the right lock that fits your key.

You ask what you should do. I strongly suggest that you get to a urologist who is experienced with Peyronie's disease and get a diagnosis of what is actually going on with you. At this point you are making an assumption, and that is not the way to approach this situation. Do not guess about PD. When you know for a fact you have PD — at this point I believe you do not have PD — then get back to me and I will guide you through natural treatment. TRH

What is Peyronie’s Disease?

Not all definitions of Peyronie’s disease are honest or correct

Great question, “What is Peyronie’s Disease?”  However, an accurate and honest answer is not always easy to find.  If you are one of the hundreds of new people each day who surf the Internet for a Peyronie's cure, you need to pay attention to the kind of answer you might run across.

In my experience it is common to receive an incorrect answer when it is provided by someone who only wants to sell you something, like a magic herb or a manual penis stretcher.  When a salesperson is the source of your information the answer will often minimize Peyronies by oversimplifying the real problem to the point the answer is not truthful.

The reason that someone will intentionally give you this false information is easy to understand.  If Peyronie’s disease can be made to sound like a simple problem, then a simple solution can be more easily presented to you in a believable way – and the more likely you will buy a product if the problem and solution sound uncomplicated and straightforward.

The usual short (and false) answer you will see to this question is, “Peyronie’s disease is a curved penis.”  This is almost like saying that Peyronie’s disease is no more complicated than a bent paperclip.  All you have to do is straighten out the paperclip – and we all know how easy that is to do – and you are as good as new.

What you must understand is that the bent penis of Peyronie’s disease is just a symptom of what is wrong.  The penile curvature is not the problem, it is just a sign of the real problem. What is causing the penis to curve is the actual problem that must be addressed.   Click here to view

If you have pneumonia, you will probably have a nasty cough. But, it is not correct – or helpful – to say, “Pneumonia is a cough.”   If the problem was presented to you like that, and you believed it, then someone could sell you a cough suppressant as a cure for pneumonia.  You would believe that stopping the cough is all you have to do.  The truth is that the cough is just an outward sign of a deeper problem. To address your pneumonia correctly you must do what is necessary to help your body reduce and remove the lung infection, the inflammatory response that occurs because of an invasion of foreign bacteria, and the cough – and the pneumonia – will no longer be an issue.  The cough is just a sign of the pneumonia, it is not pneumonia – just as a curved penis is a sign of Peyronie’s disease, but it is not the problem. The bent penis is just an outward sign of a Peyronie’s plaque or scar tissue within the tunica albuginea interfering with the normal filling of the corpora cavernosa, resulting in a bent or distorted erection. No amount of penis stretching or mystery herb from Afghanistan will eliminate the PD plaque.

So, what is Peyronie’s disease?

Peyronie’s disease is a problem with no known cause and no known medical cure in which the presence of a dense fibrous nodule or band in the tunica albuginea layer of the penis causes a variable degrees of pain, penile distortion during erection, reduced sexual function, and loss of physical size in length and girth.

If the explanation, “Peyronie’s disease is a bend in the penis” makes you think it is just like a wrinkle in your shirt that can be ironed out – then you are ready to accept the notion that pulling on the bent penis can magically remove that kink.  If it were only that simple and worked that well.

You will notice that none of the advertisements for the magical herbs or mechanical penis stretchers explain how they work.  The reason there is no explanation is because they do not affect the Peyronie’s plaque, which is at the heart of Peyronie’s disease.

For additional discussion to the question, “What is Peyronie’s disease?” please go to Peyronie’s disease discussion.

Curved Penis and Peyronie’s Disease

Can a curved penis be normal?

One of the common questions I am asked is if a lifelong curved penis could be Peyronie’s disease.  The fast answer is that not all penile curvature or bends are abnormal, or even a problem.  If you have had a bent penis all your life it is probably not PD.

To help readers make sense of the situation, a longer answer is that a curved penis might indicate Peyronie’s disease under these two basic situations:

  1. Curved penis that occurs with other signs and symptoms:
    A.  Pain – the pain of Peyronie’s disease can be variable
    i.     Constant
    ii.    Only when erect
    iii.   Only when non-erect
    iv.   Occasional
    B.   Nodule or chord of fibrous tissue (Peyronie’s plaque) present somewhere under the surface of the shaft, usually located on the concave side of the curved penis C.   Penile curvature, bend or distortion not present earlier
    D.  Loss of sexual function
  2. Sudden appearance of penile distortion or bend that was not present earlier in life

Causes of a normally curved penis

Everyone has some degree of difference or asymmetry between one side of the body and the other.  I can just about be 100% certain that if you looked into a mirror you would notice not one, but many, differences in the appearance of your face:

  1. One eye shaped differently than the other.
  2. Wrinkles around the mouth or eyes that are different on one side of the face than the other.
  3. Nose and nostrils not even on the face.
  4. Mouth crooked.
  5. Center of chin not lined up with the tip of the nose or the space between the eyes.
  6. Ears shaped differently.
  7. Cheek bones not curved the same.

While all of this relates to the face, but can also be said of the hands, feet, legs, abdomen – or penis.  All parts of our body demonstrate slight irregularities and imperfections that make us human.  These are the small and unimportant things that make us unique individuals.

Inside the penis are three long tubular chambers that contain erectile tissue – one corpora spongiosa and two corpora cavernosa.  If there is any difference in the length, width or straightness of these three chambers it will result in an erection that is curved or imbalanced in some way.

When a small boy first notices his erections he accepts them for what they are.  Later he begins to question and wonder if he is as good as other people, and does not like being different from other people who he assumes are all perfect.  Don’t allow a curved penis to become more than what it is.

It would be a good idea to have your curved penis evaluated by a doctor who has experience in this area if you also have recently started to have pain, a nodule or mass of fibrous tissue, and/or reduced sexual ability.

Your curved penis may or may not be Peyronie’s disease, therefor this diagnosis is always best left to the experts.

Visit the Peyronie’s Disease Institute website for information about the Peyronie’s disease natural treatments.

Curved Penis: Bent penis of Peyronies disease prevents sexual intercourse

Penile Curvature of Peyronie’s Disease

Peyronies curved penis is common diagnostic sign

Peyronie’s disease natural treatment is all about supporting your own ability to heal and repair the internal scar tissue (plaque) that causes a distortion or curved penis to develop.

Even though the internal Peyronie’s scar tissue is the most important element of PD, Peyronie’s disease is known as the “bent nail disease.”   It is the bent or curved penis that is the most noticeable aspect of this problem.  The presence of the penile curvature often allows sexual difficulty to develop.  Besides looking strange, the penile distortion also causes problems by preventing sexual penetration from taking place, as well as by acting as a weak area on the shaft that allows sudden buckling to occur.

In a healthy penis the internal tissue is flexible and expandable to allow for a normal erection to develop when blood is trapped inside.

In Peyronie’s disease the healthy and elastic tissue of the penis (in a part called the tunica albuginea) is replaced by dense and inelastic fibrous tissue that is called a scar or plaque. During an erection the normal elastic tissue of the penis can stretch and expand to allow the penis to become larger in length and circumference (girth) symmetrically, resulting in a straight erection. With the addition of Peyronies fibrous scar material this normal expansion cannot develop, resulting in a curved penis.

Peyronie’s disease often starts as a small nodule or bump on the top or sides of the penile shaft immediately below the surface of the skin. Over a few weeks to several months, this small area of density can expand to develop into an irregular shaped mass of variable size, shape, density and surface quality. Some scars are as long as the penis, or surround the shaft like a collar. Some scars are either so soft or small, or their edges are so gradual and vague, that the scar is not detected. When the scar or plaque cannot be located, it is can still be assumed to exist because of the curved penis that is commonly associated with Peyronies.

To learn more about a new, safe and effective technique for manual penis stretching of the Peyronie’s curved penis that does not involve costly manual stretching devices. For details, click on stretching curved penis.

Curved penis affects sexual intercourse

The curved penis of Peyronie's disease can break a marriage because it prevents sexual acitivity in 25-30% of cases.

About 75-90% of couples who deal with Peyronie’s experience problems with sexual intercourse. The primary issue compromising sexual penetration is the presence of a greatly bent or curved penis that makes penetration physically impossible or so painful that intercourse impossible. Distortions can be so severe they are described as “cork screw” or “cane handle.”

Further compromising and limiting sexual activity is the incomplete filling with blood that can also develop in Peyronies that results in a small or large area of softness of the penile shaft. This softness causes a weakness of the normally turgid erection that can cause additional difficulty for the sexual act.

It is a rare Peyronies couple who does not experience sexual difficulty because of penile distortion and reduced firmness of the penis.

If your Peyronie’s penis is causing sexual distress, you might be interested in the in-depth and detailed discussion and loads of helpful information found in Dr. Herazy’s  second book, “Peyronie’s Disease and Sex.”  Because of the complexity of so many physical and emotional issues that surface for the couple who struggles with Peyronie’s disease, the reader is best referred to “Peyronie’s Disease and Sex” for detailed discussion and answers about all the problems of intimacy that occur when a curved penis interferes with sexual activity.

Normally curved or bent penis

Some men are born with a penis that is not perfectly straight. Just as some people are born with hands or feet of different sizes, curvature of the nose, or ears that are not the same size, the two primary chambers of the penis can be a different size – resulting in a normally curved penis. For these men the penis will look straight when non-erect, but then exhibit the imperfection only during erection.

Usually this type of lifelong penile curvature is more gradual and arched than what is associated with Peyronie’s disease, and seldom prohibits intercourse.

This slight penile distortion will be noted all throughout life, and does not appear suddenly as does the curved penis of Peyronie’s disease. Additionally there is rarely pain associated with the normally asymmetrical penis, while pain is often felt in the early stages of Peyronie’s disease since inflammation is part of the initial process.

Curved penis treatment

The most important point to keep in mind at the start of Peyronie’s disease is that any penile distortion that develops is not the primary problem. While a suddenly curved penis is difficult to ignore, it is only a symptom of the real problem of Peyronie’s disease – the scar or plaque material under the surface of shaft. If there was no Peyronies scar there could be no curved penis.

This is the reason I counsel men who use the Peyronie’s Disease Institute method of Peyronies treatment to focus their time and attention of the size, shape, density and surface qualities of the scar or plaque to determine if their Alternative Medicine treatment is being effective.

It is common during successful Peyronie’s treatment for the curved penis to worsen as the scar is being reduced or eliminated. This happens because it is difficult to know how many scars a man actually has, since they are often difficult to locate and often overlap. If only one scar is present (unusual), the curvature problems are direct and easy to understand. But, if several scars are present (common), the internal dynamics are made very complicated. Several scars could be influencing 2-3-4-5 different planes of connective tissue within the deep tissues of the penis to which they are all interconnected. Any change in one or more will change the way the internal tissues are pulled internally. This can make the curved penis and other penile distortion appear worse, even though the scars are improving under treatment.

For this reason it is wise to ignore the penile distortion and focus all attention to the condition of the scar while using Alternative Medicine to treat your Peyronies problem.

Do not be discouraged by the curved penis of Peyronie’s disease, but focus on the possibility of using effective natural Peyronies treatment under your doctors supervision.

Curved Penis and Peyronie’s Disease

Peyronies bent penis is focus of problem

While the primary interest of Peyronie’s disease treatment is the internal scar tissue or fibrous  plaque material that causes the distortion or curved penis to develop, it is not the primary interest of the man who has PD.  For him, the most important aspect of Peyronie’s disease is the curved penis that plagues him.  For this reason Peyronies is also known as the “bent nail disease.”

For those interested in viewing graphic pictures, click curved penis of Peyronie’s disease.

Peyronie’s disease causes a curved penis when the fibrous tissue of the Peyronie scar or plaque pulls unevenly or causes incomplete filling within the erect penis.  This can vary in degree or severity from man to man.  For this reason the curved penis does not indicate the severity of the Peyronies problem or success of Peyronies disease treatment.  The true success of Peyronies treatment is based on the change that occurs in the Peyronies plaque or scar.  Once the fibrous scar changes, eventual improvement in the curved penis can be expected in time.

The internal tissue of the healthy penis is flexible and expandable.  This normal tissue is able to allow for a normal erection to develop when blood is trapped inside the organ.

In Peyronie’s disease some of the tissue is not healthy or flexible and elastic.  Specifically, the deep tissue known as the tunica albuginea is not elastic because it replaced by dense and inelastic fibrous tissue that is called a scar or plaque.   As an erection develops the elastic tissue of the tunica albuginea must stretch and expand evenly on both sides, left and fright, and top and bottom, of the penis.  If this cannot happen because an area of the penis is no longer flexible and expandable, then a curved penis results.

Peyronie’s disease usually begins with a small nodule or bump that is found on the top or sides of the penis, just immediately below the surface.  A few weeks to several months to a year later, a small fibrous nodule can expand into a larger irregular scar of variable size, shape, density and surface quality.  These scars can be as long as the penis.  Some appear like a collar to go around the shaft.   Some are one large mass, while others appear to be like small isolated islands of fibrous tissue in many areas.   Scars can be so soft or small, with edges so tapered and vague that no scar can be found.  In a case of Peyronie’s disease when no scar or plaque can be found, it is still assumed to exist when a curved penis develops during erection. .

Normally curved penis

Most men have a straight erection, but some are born with a penis that curves or bends (usually upward).   Just as fingers on the hand or a nose can display a natural bend, or arms can be of different length on the same person, the penis can be bent without the presence of Peyronies.  Typically, the normally curved penis follows a more gradual and arched design, more like a banana.  In Peyronie’s disease the curved penis is more localized and abrupt, like an angulated bend.

When the two primary chambers (corpora cavernosa) of the penis are a different diameter or length, the penis will bend when erect.   The penis will appear straight when flaccid, and on erection it will bend.

This slight penile distortion will not be associated with pain, there will be no trauma in the history, and it will not appear suddenly as does the curved penis of Peyronie’s disease.

Curved penis affects sexual intercourse

It is estimated that 75-90% of Peyronie’s disease couples will sooner or later experience a sexual intercourse problem, in regard to either pain or difficult penetration – or both.   The curved penis of is the primary reason sexual penetration is compromised, and it is also the reason for the pain that can be experienced by either – or both – partner. This is especially so in those cases in which the distortion is so severe it is described as “cork screw” or “cane handle.”

Incomplete filling of the penis with blood during erection can also happen in Peyronies.  This results in an area of the penis, either small or large, that is soft and unable to sustain the rigors of intercourse.  A soft area within an otherwise firm erection presents a weakness and vulnerability of the normally turgid erection.  A weak area of erection can suddenly collapse or buckle during intercourse, causing additional injury to the penile tissue.  This can cause pain, inflammation and additional fibrous infiltration.

It is a rare Peyronies couple that does not deal with some level of sexual difficulty related to penile distortion and reduced firmness of the erection.  The many physical, emotional and social issues of Peyronie’s disease are complex.  For this reason the reader is referred to “Peyronie’s Disease and Sex” for more information about this complicated area of life with a curved penis.

Treatment of the curved penis

It is important to remember that any penile distortion that develops in Peyronie’s disease is not the primary problem of this condition.   A curved penis that appears one night is difficult to ignore, but is only a symptom of the real problem of Peyronie’s disease – the scar. Without the Peyronies scar there would be no curved penis.

This is the reason I advise men who are undergoing Peyronies treatment to focus on the size, shape, density and surface qualities of the scar or plaque to determine if their Alternative Medicine treatment is being effective.  The curvature can improve or worsen as the scar is reduced.

A small scar can cause a large bend, just as a large scar can cause no bend at all if it is balanced and symmetrical.   For this reason a curved penis can worsen as the scar is being reduced or eliminated.   Estimating progress or success of a PD therapy plan is difficult .  A man can have many more scars than he is aware of, and they can be larger than can be detected since they are often difficult to locate and often overlap.

If only one scar is present the curvature problems are direct and easy to understand, although  this is unusual.   However, if multiple scars are present the internal pulling and twisting they cause can be very complicated.   Several scars can interact on many  planes of internal penile tissue.   Any reduction in one or more scar will alter the internal tension and pulling of the tissues, resulting in an altered curvature.  There is no guarantee the curvature will change for the better initially – sometimes it can look worse as the scars become smaller.  This is why I advise to focus all attention to the size, shape, density and surface qualities of the scar while treatment of the Peyronies problem continues.  Realize the curved penis is just a reflection of what is going on with the scar9s) below the surface.

Do not be discouraged by the curved penis of Peyronie’s disease.  Instead, stay focused on your plan for effective Peyronies treatment.  Learn more about Peyronie’s disease treatment.

Peyronie's Disease Treatment with Neprinol

Peyronie's treatment – Neprinol for Peyronie

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Neprinol is a very well researched systemic enzyme therapy that is used for Peyronie’s disease treatment. Since the curved penis that is so common in Peyronies is such a common problem with no effective medical treatment, Neprinol is a much needed Alternative Medicine tool against this problem. Neprinol works to break down and eliminate the offending Peyronie’s plaque fibrous material that causes the bent penis for which Peyronies is so well known. Neprinol contains a high concentration of nattokinase, serrapeptase, bromelain and Coenzyme Q, and related co-enzyme factors. Confusion exists about Neprinol because it is actually a high potency combination of several different systemic enzymes, rather than just a single enzyme like so many other products.

These are the basic highlights about Neprinol as it relates to Peyronie’s disease treatment:

1. The nattokinase and serrapeptase in Neprinol are in much higher concentration than in the separate pills containing just nattokinase and serrapeptase. Therefore, a lower dose of Neprinol is needed to reach a higher level of these two enzymes, as when lower concentration enzymes are used separately.

2. Taking Neprinol makes taking separate doses of nattokinase and serrapeptase unnecessary, although some men still take Neprinol plus additional nattokinase and serrapeptase products to diversify the sources and varieties of these enzymes. PDI sells a separate nattokinase product call Nattokinase 1500 and a separate serrapeptase product called Fibrozym. Both of these great products can be used successfully in Peyronies treatment. But, Neprinol has more of these same enzymes in it than these separate enzyme products.

3. Dosage of Neprinol – like most other Peyronies treatment products – is based on ability of that product to make a positive change in the condition of the Peyronies plaque or scar. While the bottle of Neprinol might say to take six capsules daily, the effective dose for each man will be different. After working with PD treatment since 2002 I know that some men respond with a dose of four capsules of Neprinol daily, while others might take 20 for the same results. There is no magic dose of Neprinol. It is something than must be determined by continual trial until a favorable change is noted in the condition of the Peyronies scar material. Safety is always an issue, so it is necessary when anyone is taking more than six Neprinol daily to take a period rest from this therapy, by simply stopping usage for several days every few weeks.

4. A single bottle of Neprinol is comparatively expensive for a few reasons: the bottle is three times larger than the average enzyme product, (Neprinol comes in a bottle of 300 pills, while the separate Nattokinase and separate Fibrozym enzyme products often are sold in bottles of 100) and each Neprinol pill contains a more concentrated dose of nattokinase, serrapeptase, bromelain and coenzyme Q than are found in any other enzyme product. Besides, PDI sells Neprinol through our sister-site, Natural Complementary Medicine Products, for $135 a bottle of 300, the best price on the Internet. Neprinol represents a better value in the long run since you would need to take fewer or them, and the bottle is simply larger so you buy fewer of them.

5. For a $10 discount we offer for Neprinol, just type in the discount code word “Neprinol” in the appropriate discount offer area, bringing your cost down to $135 for the Neprinol 300 size.

To read more about the use of Neprinol and other systemic enzymes in Peyronie’s disease treatment, go to the Peyronie’s Disease Institute discussion about systemic enzymes at Peyronies treatment with Enzymes and Neprinol

Neprinol and Peyronie's treatment

Because Neprinol is heavily promoted for Peyronie's treatment, some men develop the mistaken idea to only use Neprinol in their Peyronies treatment plan. I advise against this. Not because Neprinol is not an effective way to reduce foreign fibrin from the Peyronies plaque and scar material, but because Peyronies disease is such a stubborn problem to treat successfully. PD almost always requires large and complex treatment for a considerable length of time. I rarely hear of cases in which Neprinol does more than reduce penis pain associated with Peyronie’s disease. But when it is combined with other effective forms of Peyronies treatment, the results can be dramatic.

Effectively treating Peyronies is all about doing all that you can to create synergy with multiple therapies designed to increase your ability to heal and repair the Peyronies plaque or scar. It is never as easy as popping a few pills – even as great as Neprinol – and getting the kind of results we all want.

Please send your questions about Neprinol and Peyronie’s disease to “Ask Dr. Herazy…”

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New Peyronies Treatment

Many New Peyronie's Treatment Available

There are several totally different and new Peyronies treatment concepts recently developed by the Peyronie’s Disease Institute. These Peyronie’s disease treatment concepts are improvements over existing ideas and information known within the medical community.

The first new Peyronies treatment is the most exciting, and this has to do with the professionally produced CD video that presents the Peyronie’s Disease Institute Manual Penis Stretching Method©. After talking to so many men who were injured by those ineffective and dangerous mechanical penis stretching devices, I decided to investigate the subject. The basic idea of stretching the Peyronie’s scar to reduce the tight and contracted tissue is interesting. So much so, that after a two year research project, PDI developed a safe, sensible, effective and affordable method that actually works and is safe. With this new Peyronies treatment it is possible to manually stretch the scar material because it goes about it in a way that is different from the mechanical penis stretchers.

The CD for this new Peyronies treatment clearly demonstrates how to gently stretch the thickened fibrous tissue inside the shaft of the bent penis – something totally new in the world of Peyronie’s disease – to improve the six basic types of PD deformities:
1. Twist
2. Curve
3. Bend
4. Dent (also called a ding, depression, or hinge)
5. Hourglass
6. Bottleneck
Further, additional information is included that explains how to successfully stretch a combination of distortions, since very often two or more penis distortions appear together.

Synergy as a new Peyronie's treatment

Another new Peyronies treatment concept first presented by PDI is the concept of using a combination of several Alternative Medicine therapies together at the same time to increase the effectiveness of each one. This is a concept called synergy. This new treatment approach to Peyronie’s treatment is the foundation of the Peyronie’s Disease Institute therapy approach. To read more about this concept, go to synergy.

Diet as a new Peyronie's treatment

Next in the way of a new Peyronies treatment is the idea of using diet in the management of PD, that developed from the ongoing research project conducted for almost eight years by Peyronie’s Disease Institute. The dietary treatment approach for Peyronies treatment centers on the idea of closely reducing wide swings of the acid and alkaline balance of the blood. This diet is explained in some detail in the book written by Dr. Theodore Herazy, “Peyronie’s Disease Handbook.”

Actually, most of the information presented on the website of the Peyronie’s Disease Institute falls into the category of a new Peyronies treatment because in the past, before PDI came into being, only drugs and surgery were considered a serious Peyronie’s disease treatment. Now, many areas of Alternative Medicine are being successfully applied.  PDI has opened wide horizons for new Peyronies treatment.

Peyronie’s Syndrome is more than a curved penis

Peyronie's disease defies classification

Technically, Peyronie’s syndrome is not the correct way to refer to Peyronie’s disease.  Actually, calling it Peyronie’s disease is not correct, either, but more on that later.

First, the term Peyronies syndrome.   A syndrome refers to a group of several essential and clearly recognizable clinical signs, symptoms and characteristics of a health problem that often occur in association or together.  In the situation in which a syndrome occurs, the presence of one feature, sign or symptom would alert a doctor to the possibility a particular syndrome was present, so he/she would automatically look for other features, signs and symptoms that normally occur with it.  If those additional findings are detected, then  a diagnosis of that syndrome could be made.

Peyronie’s syndrome is not a valid term because the characteristic Peyronies symptoms are actually too few, and they do not usually form a tightly bound set of features that suggest this particular health problem. The few symptoms and signs associated with PD are actually vague by usual medical standards. Since there are typically only three such standard features or clues associated with Peyronie’s disease  (penis pain, distorted or curved penis, and the common Peyronie’s plaque or scar), this set of presenting characteristics is not large enough or strongly suggestive of the condition, hence syndrome is not a good term to use.

Peyronie’s syndrome is not a disease, either

Then we come to the term Peyronie’s disease, which is not all that accurate either.  A disease refers to any condition that causes extreme pain, significant organ or system dysfunction, social problems, and even death, and is usually acquired through direct or indirect transmission or communication from one person to another.  Of course, there are many definitions and ways of looking at what constitutes a disease, but that is generally acceptable in most cases.

Since Peyronie’s disease seldom causes extreme pain, and sometimes no pain at all, it does not fulfill that requirement.   Since the genitourinary system of which the penis is only a part continues to function, and the penis continues to carry urine and oftentimes is still capable to function sexually, it does not fulfill the requirement of loss of function.  While having a bent penis plays havoc with the man who has it, and the woman or women he is sexually active, it does not affect society as a whole, the way actual diseases like the flu or measles, syphilis, tuberculosis or alcoholism do.  Peyronie’s disease is not fatal, except to some couple’s sex life, so it also does not fulfill that part of the requirement.  And lastly, this problem is not communicated or transmitted from one person to the next; you cannot catch Peyronies.

When referring to Peyronie’s disease it is more accurate and fair to use other terms like “condition,” or the more descriptive terms that follow in this list.  These are more clinically accurate names that have been collected and were taken from the PDI website:

  1. Indurato penis plastica
  2. Chronic cavernositis
  3. Fibrous sclerosis of the penis
  4. Fibrous cavernositis
  5. Fibrous plaques of the penis
  6. Penile fibrosis
  7. Penile fibromatosis
  8. Penile induration

This list of descriptive terms was taken from the PDI website where the basics of Peyronie’s disease are discussed at length.  If you wish to learn more about this condition, called Peyronie’s disease, please review this additional information.  But whatever you do, do not call it Peyronie’s syndrome, OK?

Peyronie’s Disease and How to Avoid Infidelity

Marital stress caused by Peyronie's disease

If having Peyronie’s disease was not stressful enough on a relationship, it has been reported by The New York Times that more men and women than ever are cheating on each other.

This blog article does not intend to plant the seeds of anxiety, doubt, or suspicion about an unfaithful mate, because these thoughts have likely occurred within the first hour for any every man who learns his curved penis is caused by Peyronies disease.  This blog post is offered to address that common fear and anxiety, and offer advice for what you can do to increase your ability to keep your relationship solid and strong.  So read on, since this is additional reason for men with a bent penis to be interested in improving their romantic talents and sexual skills.    In a recent newspaper article, The New York Times commented that University of Washington researchers discovered more men and women are cheating today than in the past.  What is termed the lifetime rate of infidelity is greater for both sexes; for men over 60 infidelity is now at 28 percent, up from 21 percent. The frequency of infidelity has tripled for women, with infidelity now at 15 percent.

Apparently it is the temptation offered by the modern age, in the form of cell phones, e-mail communication and instant text messaging that allow people, including women who work at home, to create intimate relationships with those who are not their traditional partners.   Pepper Schwartz, Ph.D., author of Prime: Adventures and Advice on Sex, Love and the Sensual Years, believes women are more inclined to wander and experiment with others is because of growing independence and ease of maintaining private communication with different people.  Dr. Schwartz notes that if a person was sexually active while single or unattached, that person is more likely to be dissatisfied and roam if their current relationship develops problems.

“If things aren’t great, they are more open to reliving some of the sexual passion and high points of their single days,” Schwartz says.

At what point in a relationship do things become not great?  “[People] get bored or feel like, ‘Is this all there is?’ ” Schwartz says. “[The reasons] for men and women are the same: They need reassurance and they’re feeling unappreciated.”   So, notice here that Dr. Schwartz is not replying that a woman becomes unfaithful because she is not receiving adequate sexual activity, or that she is unhappy with the number of orgasms or the size of his penis.  This is an extremely important point.  It has been my observation that men with Peyronie’s disease develop relationship problems more because of how they behave on the emotional relationship or social level, than on the sexual physical level.

Dissatisfaction in a romantic relationship usually revolves around something any man with Peyronie’s disease can always provide, in spite of a bent penis – he can always offer her respect, reassurance and appreciation.  Keep in mind that the real dissatisfaction in a romantic relationship is often more about emotional issues than physical issues.  Even when the woman expresses sexual dissatisfaction with her mate, they come to the surface only because of deeper and larger problems that are emotional in nature.  Men tend to think of a relationship more so from the purely physical aspect, while women tend to think of a relationship more so from the purely emotional aspect.  This is the wonderful, and problematic, difference between the sexes.

A man with the bent penis of Peyronie’s disease thinks he has a problem in his relationship because of the physical problems with sex.  This is often not true.  A man would think this way, while a woman doe not.  For a woman the real issues of highest importance are the critical personal human issues of respect, reassurance, appreciation, and an emotional bond that is strong and frequently satisfied.  I have seen that if a woman is emotionally satisfied, she is far, far more likely to willingly accept her mates reduced physical limitations.

I spend a great amount of time discussing all phases and aspects of this exact issue that arises in Peyronie’s disease between a man and a woman in my book, “Peyronie’s Disease & Sex.”  This book has saved many marriages and relationships over the years.  I urge you to read it if you are having relationship problems because of your Peyronies.

Peyronie’s disease and romance

On a daily basis, with so many interferences and stresses that separate a couple, romance is difficult to maintain.  However, there many easy and fun things any man with Peyronie’s disease can do, no matter how badly his penis curvature interferes with usual sexual activity.   These are five positive and pleasant steps you can take, even if you cannot engage in intercourse, that will assist you greatly to keep her interested and close to you:

1. Spend more time together. A good relationship requires time together and alone with that special person.  Give her the attention she craves.  Go out with her to do things that you previously avoided.  Go grocery shopping together.  Tag along when she does a few errands, or to her work functions you usually avoid. Help her with some chores that you can share together.  Be a friend to her in ways that you did not see before.  Dr. Schwartz advises, “You can’t do it all, but even if you’re there sometimes, it will remind her that she’s part of a great couple instead of an individual out there on her own.

2. Keep your relationship fresh and fun. See where you have fallen into a level of dullness in your lives, and make some changes.  While you might simply see a schedule, she might see a rut.  Eating at the same restaurant, doing the same things each evening after work, being far too predictable, or not adding variety to your lives together can take the edge off a relationship.  Even sex can become part of that predictable quality that becomes less fun and boring.  Suggest a “nooner,” then meet her back at the apartment for lunch in bed. “Rent an erotic movie, go shopping for a sex toy, buy her a sexy teddy,” Schwartz suggests. “Make her believe no one could be as romantic or as much fun as you are.”  With Peyronie’s disease putting limits on your sexual activity, it is important that you compensate by improving those elements of your personal and romantic relationship that can be improved, no matter how far your penis is curved.

3. Deal with all that sudden anger. Men with Peyronie’s disease are notorious for their anger.  I will write a blog post about this problem soon, but for now let’s just agree that your temper lately has gotten out of control far too often and far too extreme.  Do not use anger as a way to avoid the problems of Peyronie’s disease.  Take the issues and problems you now face, and discuss them directly with her because she needs to know what is going on with you – your fears, your embarrassment, your feelings about your masculinity, your insecurity about your relationship with her, all of it.  Many men cannot talk about these things, so they explode.  ”Anger is like a termite—you don’t see it, but it’s eating the walls and the structure of the house you’re living in,” Dr. Schwartz says. “The house is the relationship, and if you don’t handle it, the termites will ultimately destroy that bond which keeps someone loyal.”   You did not ask to have Peyronie’s disease, but it is your decision and your ultimate fault if you allow your anger to erode your relationship.

4. Learn how to use time. Dr. Schwartz advises that time can be used to diffuse and calm a tense situation.  “What you don’t want to do is have a fight when you’re mad. Say, ‘Look, you’re upset, I’m upset, let’s meet tomorrow at breakfast and talk about this. I’m not in the best shape to deal with it right now.’ ” Talk about your problems, sure, but only do so when you are levelheaded and in control of yourself.  If you are not, the chance is good that you will only make things worse.  Use time to work in your favor to solve your relationship problems.

5.  Create, or take advantage of, romantic moments. Even though it can be extremely corny and uncomfortable for a man, let’s just assume that all women really enjoy those Hallmark moments:  sitting by the fireplace, reading a book together, washing her hair or doing her nails, sending her an email that tells her in simple language how much you love her, or just holding hands while you walk.  Women think of these small things as great foreplay, and that is why they appreciate it when a man holds open a door, or takes care of her in small but important ways.  Dr. Schwartz says, “The less [of these moments] you have, the more she’s thinking how it used to be, or how nice it would be to have a man offering to fly her to a cabin in the woods.”  Make sure you are the one she is fantasizing about, by creating foreplay with simple acts of consideration, reassurance that you value her, and appreciation for who she is and what she does.   “You don’t have to do it all the time, but if you can’t remember the last time you did any of this, it’s way too long,” Schwartz says.

Even if you do not have Peyronie’s disease, these things will improve and deepen your relationship.  But if you have Peyronie’s disease these things become all the more important.  You must do all that you can to support and strengthen your relationship with her, now that one element of your physical ability to satisfy her is diminished.

Peyronie’s disease does not destroy a relationship; it is allowed to die when the man who has PD does not understand what motivates his woman.  Wise up.

Peyronie’s disease treatment with vacuum pump (VED)

Vacuum Erection Device (VED) and Peyronie's Disease

Every now and then I am asked about the use of a VED,  vacuum pump or Vacuum Erection Device to treat the curved penis of Peyronie’s disease.  Many men are encouraged about a VED because their medical doctor has suggested it, or they have read something written on the Internet saying that it is a good Peyronie’s disease treatment.  Some of the more outlandish ads even say a VED is a Peyronie’s cure. A Vacuum Erection Device is a clear plastic cylinder chamber that is open at one end, and is placed over the penis and held tightly against the skin of the lower abdomen.  At the other end of the VED is a simple air pump that removes the air inside the cylinder once the penis is inside it. The air is removed from the chamber so that the bent penis is affected by the negative atmospheric pressure inside.  As a result, the negative pressure causes more blood than normal to enter the penis and an unusually large erection develops. This grater than average enlargement is said to be able to stretch the deeper tissue of the penis and reduce the penis curvature. The effect is temporary, but impressive.  A VED will give you an erection larger than you have ever had before, although it will not last more than a few hours outside the chamber, and any tissue changes that the stretching produces are equally temporary. The effects of reduced atmospheric pressure on tissue can be demonstrated by the "love kiss" or "hickey" that is created by placing the mouth over an area of skin (classically the neck), and forcefully sucking the tissue for just a short while.  Within seconds the blood vessels of the area are so dilated –  and often ruptured –  that a bruised mark is left in the area that will last for several days.  The Vacuum Erection Device does something similar to the entire penis.  It dilates all the tissue, allows more blood to enter the penis for as long as it is held in place, and it can also result in ruptured blood vessels and injury to the delicate tunica albuginea.  This kind of tissue reaction can be a catastrophe for someone who already has Peyronies.

VED can cause Peyronie's disease

In my time communicating with men who have Peyronie’s disease, I have found a surprisingly large percent of them who state their initial injury that resulted in their Peyronies can be traced back to use of a VED.  These are the men who started out simply wanting to increase their penile dimensions, and injured themselves to the point that Peyronie’s disease developed.  While there are a few men who say a VED helps them, there are many more who say it does not. The danger with a penile vacuum pump is in the overuse or abuse of such a device.  The theory behind the therapeutic use of the VED is to slowly and gently stretch the scar tissue and soften it.  That does not appear to happen, because the normal tissue does indeed stretch, but the Peyronie’s disease plaque tissue does not.  As a result a man finds that he has a temporarily larger penis that is less able to reach a normal full erection – and it still has the same Peyronie’s disease plaque or scar, and/or curve, he had before. When a man uses a VED he will either overuse the device, taking the very real risk of injuring the penile tissue even more, or he will temporarily enlarge the penis but injure the vascular mechanism so that his erection is not as rigid as before.  What he winds up with is a large soft penis that is rather ineffective in intercourse.  You definitely can create an artificial erection with a pump, but there are often damaging consequences to a VED that causes men to quickly stop using it once they see all the drawbacks. Many people ask for my advice about a “penis pump.”   Here is the basic problem with the VED:   You and I have both definitely proven that we have penile tissue that is susceptible to injury and when injured (and even when not injured), we can develop an excess scar reaction.  If you injure the penis by over-stretching, as is easy to do since there is no way to know at what point is the point of over-stretching, you will create more Peyronies plaque material.   Most men will probably over use the VED just because they get excited when they see the results the device can produce temporarily.  If you are prone to Peyronie’s disease anyway, this kind of tissue stretching can be a disaster.  The only way you can safely use a VED is to not over use it; the problem is there is no way to know what is over use and abuse until it is too late. From my experience with countless men, my opinion is that it is simply better to avoid the temptation and pass on the Vacuum Erection Device.  It can cause a lot more problems than the small and temporary change in Peyronie’s disease is worth. Send along your questions concerning Peyronie’s treatment under the “Ask Dr. Herazy…” heading, or reply to this particular article in the space below.

Peyronie’s Disease Treatment: Early Changes to Look For

Early signs of response to Peyronie's treatment

This post is about an interesting question I am asked from time to time about Peyronie’s disease treatment.  I thought it might be of interest to you.  The question is asked something like this, “When people finally get some positive changes in their Peyronie’s disease, how does it usually show up?  What usually happens first?  I want to know what I can expect, although I know we are all different.”

Well, usually – not always – as a man continues with a sufficiently large and aggressively applied Peyronie’s disease treatment plan from PDI, he will notice at first some small and TEMPORARY changes in the size and density of his scar.  The temporary nature of the change does not last long.  As treatment continues the changes and improvement become permanent.  Usually the scar itself will change before there is a noticeable change in the penis curvature or his ability to develop an erection.  This scar change will take place maybe during months 2-6 of the treatment cycle, although I have worked with men who see changes in the scar after just a few weeks of a PDI plan.  This fast response is the exception and not the rule, so do not plan on that kind of response although it does happen.

The initial and temporary improvement in the Peyronies plaque or scar will not last very long, maybe just a few days or so, and then it will often go back to how it was before – maybe even worse.  I wish I could say why this happens – it just does. Soon a pattern will develop in which there is improvement, regression, improvement, regression, back and forth, etc.  What happens over time is that you will notice that the amount of improvement will be greater than the regression, and the improvement will last longer than the regression.  You will likely see the pattern shifting slowly in favor of improvement – it will last longer and it will be greater than the regression.  Just like the stock market – it goes up and it goes down – but the general trend and pattern is that it slowly comes gets better.  This is how I have seen most every case of Peyronie’s disease improve.

Just as the Peyronie’s plaque changes, a little while later it is common to see a change in the curvature. The initial change in the penis curvature is not always improvement, however.  My curve worsened just after my scar showed some real strong progress for the first time.  I kept in mind that the Peyronies plaque was getting better, so I did not let the change in the curve upset me.  I kept working to reduce the scars I had and in time the curve I had also eventually improved.

Peyronie’s plaque and pick-up-sticks

Ever play “pick-up-sticks” as a kid?   With the complex interplay of sticks lying across each other, removing one stick makes three or four other sticks shift a bit.  I think the same happens in Peyronie’s disease.

How many plaques or scars do you have?  If more than one, then the dynamics are made even more complicated.  If you have only one scar (kind of unusual) then you have one scar that could be influencing 2-3-4 different planes of connective tissue within the corpora cavernosa of the penis that it is attached to.  It is not difficult to understand that if a part of a scar is changing, or one of four scars is disappearing, it could cause alteration of the tensions and angles of pull – as the scar is INCREASING or DECREASING in size – that could cause a change in the curve – to make it INITIALLY better or worse.  So in this sense, an increase in your curve is only seen as a bad thing if you know FOR A FACT that your scar(s) are increasing in size, shape or density. Over time, as the plaque continues to soften and reduce in size, and as the internal pull and tension created by these plaque begins to normalize, the curve should begin to straighten.  Continue monitoring yourself as you work aggressively, and you should see this positive pattern of recovery play out for you.

A worsening of the curve is acceptable if the plaque is improving.  As far as treating your condition and monitoring progress, the condition of the Peyronie’s plaque is far more important to monitor than a curved penis; plaque changes size, shape and density characteristics, and even seem to move, and so the plaque or scar tissue exerts control over the curve; the curved penis is just a reflection of plaque activity – good or bad.  A smaller plaque can create a larger curve if it is in the wrong place or is pulling or pushing in some strange way. It might make you feel sick to see your curve get worse, but ignore the curve and keep checking the condition of the Peyronie’s disease  plaque.  How do you check your plaque?  Go to review information about  my book, at Peyronie’s Disease Handbook

Whenever someone sends me an email reporting that he is seeing improvement in his plaque or bent penis, I warn him that it will not initially last very long and that his problem will surely return for a short while.  I can almost guarantee this pattern.  Come to expect it; count on it.  It is just the way it goes, so do not be discouraged or disappointed when it happens.  In a short time, you will see the pattern develop that will tell you that good things are finally happening.  Just stay with it.

How long it takes for the improvement to become permanent is also variable (just like everything about Peyronie’s disease).  Once you get your plan fine-tuned and working well for you, most of the time it takes 6-12 months or more for the progress to level off and become as good as it is going to be.  That does not mean that in 6-12 months or so you will be cured or completely well.  It just means you will be as good as you are going to be, in spite of your best effort.

The SINGLE most common question about Peyronie’s disease treatment

Peyronie's treatment basic question

For sure the most common question I receive – sometimes several times a day – goes something like this:  "I was just told by my medical doctor that my bent penis is caused by peyronies desease.  He did not tell me much about this problem so I looked around the internet, and I just found your helpful website. What can I do to help my peyronies?  Thanks for any information you could send to me."  Yes, with no background information about himself, this person has asked, "What can I do to help my peyronies?" as though there is a single and simple answer.

Actually most email questions I receive ask directly for a solution to Peyronie's disease, as though it was just that easy.  Sometimes the words change a bit:  "What works that will cure my Peyronie's?" or "Can you help me get rid of my PD?" or "How can I cure my curved bent penis?"   All these questions suppose there is a simple and direct way to help the body heal the Peyronie's plaque or scar.    My response is always polite, and I always try to be helpful and courteous, but I sometime wonder with almost 200 pages of detailed Peyronie's disease treatment information on the PDI website that is freely available, what additional information a person could want.  Since everyone seems to write their email questions to me through the PDI website, I assume they have seen the wealth of information that is there to read and study at their leisure.   But I assume the real problem is that they are simply overwhelmed and frightened not only by the knowledge they just recently learned their penis has a "disease," but by the sheer number of pages of information about treating this problem.

You will also notice that the average email – asking me for help about Peyronies treatment – does not tell me anything about the problem that is going on with the person.   Like asking someone "How do I fix my car?," without telling them anything about the car or the problem you are having, it is important to give me as much information about yourself as possible, so I can give you reasonable assistance in response.       What I usually respond back is to suggest they spend a bit more time learning about PD and the  work of the Peyronie’s Disease Institute.  I will remind them that whatever they might want to know about the Alternative Medicine cure of Peyronie's desease can be found on the approximately 200  pages of information of the PDI website I encourage them that everyday I communicate with at least a dozen men who are taking control of their PD situation and making improvement when nothing else has helped them, and they have done all of this with the information found only on the PDI site.

What we propose at PDI is not so earth shattering or extreme in concept.  All we are doing is attempting to figure out why your PD did not correct like about 50% of the men who develop this problem.  If half of the men “cure” their own PD, why not you?  That is all we are attempting to address with our therapy concept.  It is really not so far out as some of the other things you find on the Internet.

I suggest that the safest and most logical Peyronie's disease treatment is to attempt to join those 50% of men whose PD is resolved naturally.  All standard medical information about PD clearly states that in half of the cases, the PD “goes away on its own.”   Well, all we do with the PDI approach is to work with body to prepare it to heal on its own, just as it should happen.  It is really not such a crazy or extreme idea.   We advocate an aggressive application of multiple conservative alternative Medicine therapies as outlined in our website.

Almost always I suggest that they try the simplest and easiest route to learn more their Peyronies problem by reading a book that I wrote that gives much information about day-to-day treating and living with Peyronie’s disease.  This book, called "Peyronie's Disease Handbook," was written because of new and unique things that PDI  has discovered a man can do to easily make changes in basic living habits that could help Peyronies heal naturally.   It would be good to become familiar with some of the treatment concepts that are found in the book, found at Peyronie's Disease Handbook The information and instruction found in the book is different in many ways than the information on our website; there is no duplication of information between the book and the website.

Also I inform each man that it is most usual for men who follow the largest and most aggressive therapy plan to usually get the best results.  Each man who is interested in doing all that he can to help himself to the maximum is told to consider using what is called the “Large (Best) Plan” for personal treatment, found at our PDI store The Medium Plan is perhaps the most popular of the three plans.  In treatment it is very common for men to substitute Neprinol in place of the two smaller products, Nattokinase and Serrapeptase in any of the plans.  There is a smaller plan that is well designed.   All can be modified to suit individual thinking and unique situations that make therapy a little different for each person.

Over the years I have worked with hundreds and hundreds of men over the years with Peyronies and helped them recover from PD.  Some of these cases were mild and some severe, some just a few months and a few more than 10 years old.  As readers of the PDI website know, I had a pretty bad PD problem until I cured my condition using the procedures found in the book I wrote and the same Alternative Medicine ideas as on the website.  It is not necessary to feel like a Peyronies victim if you are working to improve your health and immune response against the presence of this foreign tissue.

Each email and phone call I receive each day asking for help with Peyronie's disease treatment is special and unique.  All are answered with courtesy and respect, keeping in mind how shattered and confused each man can be when he hears the words "Peyronie's disease" for the first time in his life.

Ask me your questions about Peyronies disease natural treatments with Alternative Medicine, and I will do the best I can to help you in any way that I can.  Please tell me as much about your condition as possible, so I have a good background of information to use in making a reply.