Would a penis extender help my curved penis?

I have a question about using a penis extender to reduce my curved penis.

I have had some moles removed from the top of my penis some time ago. I have a scar from my pubic bone that runs about 2-3 inches toward the head. Recently I have noticed when I have a partial erection my penis is curved upwards. I do not feel anything along the top that would feel like plaque or a bump or anything that shouldn't be there.

Could the scar be causing my curved penis condition? Do you think that a tension device like a penis extender would help my situation?

Thanks
Harold Bridges

Greetings Harold,

Guessing simply because you have an Anglo-Saxon last name, there is a possibility you could be genetically predisposed to Peyronie's disease. Your brief description is consistent with Peyronie's disease.  The surgery you describe could have resulted in excess scar formation at the site on the top portion of the shaft where you were cut, causing an upward bend.  Many men find that even Peyronie's surgery which is intended to reduce penis curvature will heal with increased scar formation and make their Peyronies worse.

The fact that you, as a layperson, cannot detect a noticeable scar or fibrous mass would not be unusual; many men cannot locate a Peyronie's scar when it is rather obvious to someone trained in this area.

You ask about a penis extender or mechanical traction device being used in your situation.  You obviously have not read too much of the PDI website.  Many men develop Peyronie's disease after being injured by such mechanical penis stretcher devices.  For information about this, please refer to  What do you think of a mechanical penis extender for treatment of Peyronie’s disease?  and My Peyronie’s disease started after I tried to straighten my curved penis with a penis stretcher, should I use another one?  and  Penis stretcher: Big problem as Peyronie's treatment

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I suggest you get a formal diagnosis of your problem so you know exactly what you are dealing with. 

In my opinion, if it turns out you do have Peyronie's disease it would be good for you to attempts to try a brief therapeutic trial of Alternative Medicine treatment to see if you can stimulate a natural healing or recovery as it happens in about 50% of men who develop PD when the problem clears up on its own.

If you have additional questions please let me know.  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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Can you help me with a penis that has been shortened by scarring from x-ray radiation?

I have had peyronies since 1977 when  I had a testicle removed and very soon after I contracted peyronies.  The oncologist treating me for the cancer also zapped the peyronies.  My problem is the x-ray treatment scar has shortened my penis form 6″ to 3.5″ also left me with the inability to maintain an erection so when I use the cock ring for intercourse it only leaves about 2.5″ and that ain't much fun. I have just found your web and am wondering if you can help.

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Greetings Mate,

You have a few things going on here at the same time and that will impact the outcome you finally earn. 

While the PDI gentle manual penis stretching technique was developed specifically for the effects of Peyronie's disease, it has been used by many men who wished to change their congenital penis curvature and a few men so far who have had scarring of the penis surface from x-ray radiation treatment.  Based on the reports I have received back from some of these men the  response was most often good enough that they were pleased with the outcomes and they thought it was worthwhile, even in those cases in which total recovery did not happen.

You have dealt with your problem for a very long time, so I assume you will be patient with this process and allow ample time for your tissue to respond to the best of its ability – if at all.  I mention this because I have no idea how bad your scarring is, where it is located, how deep it is, and most importantly, I have no idea how well and how faithfully you will use the stretching technique to assist changes to happen.  I can only hope you will follow the detailed technique instructions exactly as they are presented and that you will not try to use only penis stretching as the only way to try to regain lost penis size.  This is usually the best way to fail to get help.

To work well it is necessary to help your scarred tissue also from the inside by also using systemic enzymes, DMSO, vitamin E and Scar-X.  When these are combined with the stimulus of gentle manual penis stretching it might be possible to regain perhaps a part of what you have lost, perhaps a lot.  I have no way of knowing.   I cannot predict or promise anything to you because there are so many variables and unknowns.  The important thing is that you try to do this in the best and most aggressive way possible for at least 3-4 months.

If you decide to follow for a few months a therapeutic trial to see if changes can be made in your situation, please advise me by email when your order is placed.  I will supply specific information for you.  This is not what our therapy protocol is normally used for, so I will have to guide you through a few special steps.   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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I have Peyronie's disease. Is there anything i can use or do to lessen the pain when getting an erection?

Hello Dr Herazy,

About 3 months ago i had a vasectomy done, and to try and “clear out the system” i was masturbating a lot more then usual. Over time I began having throbbing pain from the shaft of the penis which would pulsate towards the tip when getting an erection, i don't recall this pain prior to the surgery or frequent masturbation. But it seemed as though it had worsened and after a self examination i noticed a BB sized ball towards the bottom of my shaft, so i made an appointment with my urologist.

Well I just had that appointment today and after a short physical exam by him he indicated that the BB sized ball was plaque/scar tissue and that i have Peyronie's disease. He has prescribed me Verapamil gel and is advising me to take Vitamin E UI pills, but he was up front letting me know this may not cure my problem. Now like most men i immediately came home and did further research, but all i'm finding are most men talking about the “extreme curvature” to their penis. And in my case its the pain when getting an erection that i'm more concerned about but i cant find anything that relates directly to that. Let me also point out that although i have a slight natural curve to my penis that i've had for years i do not have anything extreme going on in that area.

So my question to you is there anything i can use/do to lessen that pain when getting an erection? Now that i've located the plaque it seems to be radiating from that area. It has become very frustrating when trying to be intimate with my wife as i focus more on getting that pain when developing an erection then trying to enjoy the intimacy. Any help/suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

Thank You,

Johnny J

Greetings Johnny J,

Sorry to learn of your problem and the pain you are in.  Please follow the advice and direction of your doctor. I agree with him that a course of topical verapamil and vitamin E by itself is seldom successful.  This is why I developed the Peyronie's Disease Institute to explore and develop an alternative medicine approach to treating PD.  As another option,  I suggest you spend some time reading the PDI website to determine if this alternate approach that seeks to increase your natural ability to heal, repair and eliminate the Peyronie's plaque makes sense to you.  A good place to start is Natural Peyronie's Treatment Options. 

Frankly, when I communicate with men who start Peyronie's disease treatment I am told that pain usually goes away in a few days.  Pain during an erection seems to be rather easy to control with the therapies in any of the treatment plans you might select.  

You need to understand that Peyronie's disease is a process that takes time – sometimes up to 18 months or so – to fully develop all levels of symptoms and signs of this problem.  In fact, I have many times communicated with men who find that their problem continues to develop (deteriorate) well into the 2nd or 3rd year.  Do not assume that your condition will remain the same as it is right now.  If you have no particular curve associated with your Peyronies problem at this time, be grateful because some men start out with a wicked curve.  However, it is a rare case of PD that does not eventually display some level of penis curvature or distortion.  If you do not have at this time any aggravation of your fundamental naturally curved penis, it will probably not stay that way.   It is just a fact, so be prepared.

Whatever you and your wife decide is the appropriate level of intimacy at this time, please be sure to be careful so that you do not exacerbate your Peyronie's disease. Do not stop having sex; have sex in a gentle and sane way so that you do not cause further injury to your penis.  You were abusive and overly aggressive with your masturbation to the point that you developed PD.  Do not repeat that mistake by making your PD worse.  It can be done and it can be a nightmare you do not want to visit.  Use additional sexual lubrication during intercourse and select those techniques that avoid the possibility of accidental slipping out and jamming/ramming the penis that would injure it further.

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Let me know if I can help you in anyway.  TRH 

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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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Can my congenital penis curvature be fixed by surgery or is there some other way to get help?

Hello Dr Herazy I am 34 years old and my penis bends down and left like a hook I have really hard erections and was wondering what can be done I don't think I have a plaque I have had this all my life . When my penis is flaccid if I stretch it out I can feel my left corpora cavernosa like a tight string and the right loose. Can I be fixed by surgery ? Thank you for your time.

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Greetings,

Of course, I cannot answer you in any direct or meaningful way since I have not examined your curved penis.

Your question has been asked and answered several times.  Please review the post Questions about straightening a congenital penis curvature and Stretching a congenital penis curvature. There are several other posts on this topic, all you have to do is enter “congenital penis curvature” in the search box and read all that comes up.

In doing this work this 2002 I have been surprised that many men report back to me that they have used the PDI gentle manual penis stretching method with success.   It is always used in conjunction with a variety of other therapies for best results.  I am not saying to forgo penis surgery, but if you do that as a first method of correction there is absolutely no way to undo bad results. (Surgery to correct bad surgery usually results in in worse results.)   I suggest to anyone that usually the best results occur while using conservative measures first, since there are little to no adverse consequences; if they are not effective you can always try more aggressive methods later.  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.

Vitamin E is not enough therapy for effective Peyronies treatment

Dear Doctor,

I’m 31 and I have been diagnosed with Peyronie’s disease this year. I had trauma during sex in January and after about a month the scar appeared and I started to have pain in the beginning of the erection, and since that time pain varies. During sex I don’t have any pain.

I have changed 3 urologists because they have very very poor knowledge about Peyronies and they said there is no cure for it. One of them said that my body reacts to trauma by making an excessive amount of scar tissue. I mentioned to him that 5 years ago I had trauma on my ear and I had a keloid develop which was removed with an operation. They all want me to wait and see what will happen with the pain and penis curvature. In other words, no treatment until the scar stops growing and pain disappears. When that happens their solution is injection of Verapamil or operation, but I don’t want that especially now when I discovered your website. You already help me a lot in understanding Peyronie’s and I’m continuing reading everything I can on your site.

The scar is on the upward right side and its size was like the bean when I discovered it and after few month it was bigger, and last month my penis bend towards up for about 20 degree (I can send you pictures too). I started taking vitamine E 400mg per day from April, and last month I’m taking 600mg. Now I know that only Vitamin E isn’t enough (and it didn’t help me) and I want to buy some products from your PDI website. Can you help me to decide which program to buy? I’m from Croatia and I would like to order supplies for a few months including CDs and books too, so I don’t have to order every month and wait for it. I’m worry when I order something that I have problems on customs and I don’t get your products. Do you have some experience with that?

Thank you,

Deni


Greetings Deni,

Based on what you have described I suggest that you consider getting the PDI medium size plan.

There is indeed a cure for Peyronie’s disease.  The body cures and eliminates the Peyronie’s plaque in about half the men who develop this problem.  That is a rather good success rate.  What the MDs mean is that they do not have any method to help you, although it is obvious that the body generally does a good job of eliminating this problem when given the opportunity. 

We have had some problems with Croatia customs.  I suggest that if you have a friend in the U.S. or the UK that you have your friend receive your plan from PDI.  Your friend could then send these products to you as a gift.  I cannot send an order to you as a gift. This I believe is a legal thing to do and might help you receive what you want.  TRH

What do you think is the best route for Peyronie's treatment?

I am a 39 year old male that developed peyronie's about 1 year ago. Much of the curvature has gone away, but my erection still bends slightly down (compared to having a natural upward curve previously), and it has a dimple on the underside of the shaft. Most of the pain has gone away. At the recommendation of my urologist, I was taking oral Vitamin E of about 400 IU daily, and added Wobezym (6 pills daily), Serrapeptase (120,000 IU/2 daily), and bromelain (1000mg daily of 2,000 GDU/g).

I was considering ordering the medium plan along with the stretching DVD. Do you think this would be the best route to go? How long do you think it would take to see results?

Thanks.

Tony

Greetings Tony,

Judging your progress simply by noting good or bad changes in the penis curvature is not a good strategy.  Naturally it is the bent penis that gets your attention and it is what you most want to see improved, but it is a poor way to evaluate what is going on with the Peyronie's disease treatment you are doing.

The fact is that the curved penis is not the primary problem of Peyronie's disease; the primary problem of Peyronie's disease is the internal scar or Peyronie's plaque that causes the penile distortion.  The size, shape, density and surface features of the internal Peyronie's plaque this is what you need to measure and evaluate to determine if your effort is being truly successful or not.

Another fact is that your Peyronie's plaque can be worsening and your curved penis can become straighter at the same time this is happening.  This happens when the growing PD scar tissue balances out the internal stresses and tissue pulling that takes place because of scar material.  This is not a good thing.  I f you have a large and complex interplay of PD scar material that is so arranged that your penis is straight, is this really desirable? Is it a good thing? If you say, “What do I care if the scars are getting worse?  Just as long as the curve is getting better and I can continue to have sex.”    The answer to that attitude is to understand that Peyronie's disease is not a static problem and over time it will worsen.  You might eventually have the currently balanced scars become imbalanced and they can begin to pull the penis in a weird and abnormal way resulting in a worse curve than you had at the beginning of your problem. 

Of course, I have no way to know the condition of your internal scar tissue.  But then again, neither do you unless you understand this concept and are paying attention to what is really important.  Your internal scar material could be totally reversed, it is possible, but you will never know and will remain at a distinct disadvantage for as long as you ignore what is going on inside. 

Only you will know the best treatment route to take by noting the response of your scar in terms of changes of the size, shape, density and surface features of your internal Peyronie's plaque.  The medium plan is a good one to work with.  Take it as you are given suggestions when you receive your order and every 7-10 days evaluate your shaft for changes in the scar size, shape, density and surface features.  Increase the dosage of your plan until you see definite and clear reduction of the size, shape, density and surface features of the plaque material.   This is the very best way to know you are following the best plan of action for your recovery. 

When a man follows a very aggressive Peyronies plan and does so faithfully, and finally reaches the correct dosage by slow incremental increase of dosage while evaluating the size, shape, density and surface features of his fibrous Peyronie's plaque, he can expect to see changes as quickly as 7-10 days after he has reached his correct dosage level.  Notice, I did not say his PD would be gone, just that his scar would begin to be reabsorbed and start to get smaller as determined by these various measures.   After that point it is usually 2-6 months of care to have all the tissue changes occur that will take place. 

By the way, you might be getting better results with Neprinol.  I also recommend that a good treatment strategy includes a variety of Peyronies disease exercises along with using vitamins, minerals, enzymes and herbs to support your natural recovery. TRH

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How long should I follow my large Peyronie's treatment plan before making a change in it?

Dr Herazy,

I purchased your Peyronies Large Treatment Plan late last year and recently purchased your two books.

My first question is – When looking for Natural ED treatments that have a similar effect as Viagra – which supplements or combination would you recommend trying first?

The second question is – I have been using the DMSO/Topical Vitamin E since the beginning of April but have not noticed any change. Is that long enough or should I continue for a while longer?

Thank you in advance for your answers

Lee

Greetings Lee,

First, all the male sex booster and enhancer products are located near the bottom of the PDI shopping cart where are treatment products are found.

Start your ED treatment plan by taking Stimulin by itself. Take four per day, meaning two in the AM and two in the PM (closer to bedtime) Once in the blood, Stimulin helps increase the production of nitric oxide that stimulates blood flow in all parts of the body, especially the penis. More blood flow means improved libido and more powerful, long-lasting erections. Stimulin is superior to other herbal remedies for sexual vitality because it stimulates blood flow naturally. Nothing is forced, so the erections more like your previous ability.

You see, Stimulin provides nitric oxide (NO) a chemical messenger that is used in and a part of many normal body functions. For this reason, Stimulin is not taken right before sexual activity. Stimulin is taken like a supplement to assure your body works better in many areas – only one of which is the sexual function you are presently having trouble with. Stimulin is especially helpful for heart, blood pressure and gastrointestinal function – plus sexual function.

If you are satisfied with the way Stimulin helps you sexually, there is no need to go further. However, we are all different. Your results might not be all that you had hoped for; if that is so, then we recommend the use of one of several herbal products PDI has available that are useful to increase sexual ability. While continuing to take Stimulin© daily, we suggest you consider Step 2. This group of products is related to direct sexual stimulation and stamina, and these are used only right before sexual activity.

If after using Stimulin for several weeks you find you need a further boost with an an herbal sexual stimulant you should look at the products available in the PDI store. Unlike your daily dose of Stimulin, these herbal stimulants are taken only when sexual activity will take place.

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I suggest you experiment a but with the product lineup in this sequence, since this is the order of popularity of these products and I assume reflects the effectiveness of them, although you might easily respond differently:

Male X Booster
ITI Man
Libido-M
BetterMAN
Herbal V

Any of these products, when taken with Stimulin©, should provide sufficient diversification for sexual support and stimulus. Once again, it comes down to synergy and approaching your problem (along with 3 out of 5 other men in America) with a broad based ED therapeutic approach.

Begin taking the product you select according to label directions. The big advantage with the herbal sexual products is that they are far less overpowering than a drug. This is critical for you because of your PD. To knock you off your feet I can either hit you with a baseball bat (Viagra) or gently tap you at a strategic point (herbal product). Either way the job is done, but one is more preferable; herbal products do not run the risk of damaging the tunica by out-of-control and powerful erections that erection drugs can cause.

Second, I recommend that you should demand of yourself change in the size, shape, density and surface features of your scars after you find you correct variety and dosage of Peyronies treatment. This means that if you have followed whatever plan of care you committed to you do not see a structural change in your Peyronie's plaque NOT a change in your penis curvature – you should change your plan until such time that your scar changes. Keep checking and revising your plan every 10-14 days until your scar begins to make structural changes. At that point when internal Peyronies scar begins to get reabsorbed and starts reducing, do not make any additional changes in your plan; just ride it out until the scar either is gone or changes stop occurring. If your scar reduction plateaus out, you will then need to increase your plan again in some way to re-stimulate absorption of the fibrous plaque.

You have followed a static plan for approximately three months, so if your scar is no different it is time to increase some element of the plan to boost the intensity of care. If you need help with the specifics of this process I will need to know the details of your plan and then I can make suggestions to you. Please advise. TRH

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Questions about straightening a congenital penis curvature

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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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Can your Peyronies stretching video help me correct a downward curved penis?

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Which videos are you able to email to me and what is recommended for a congenital downward curve?

Regards

Tomas

Greetings Tomas,

The Peyronie's Disease Institute Manual Penis Stretching Method was not intended or tested for correction of congenital penis curvature. However, men with a curved penis that they were born with have reported success when used according to the instructions found on the CD. I have always recommended that they at least take Neprinol while following this manual penis stretching method to increase the effectiveness of treatment. You can find information by clicking on “Peyronie's Disease Institute Manual Penis Stretching Method.” TRH

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How do you find the Peyronie’s plaque or scar

Dr. H – how does one gauge the presence/size of the plaque on the dorsal side of the penis ? Frankly, I do have the curvature but am not able to “feel?” the area that has been compromised.  Thanks

 

Greetings,

Location of the Peyronie’s plaque or scar is essential for effective and efficient Peyronies treatment.  For this reason an entire chapter was devoted in my first book, “Peyronie’s Disease Handbook” to help men locate and know how to gauge the size, shape, density and surface features of the plaque or scar within the shaft.

If you have a penis curvature you must have a plaque or scar that is causing it, even if you are at this time unsure how to locate it.

I suggest you get a copy of this important book to learn how to go about finding and defining the scar.   You will use the information of the size, shape, density and surface features of your scar to determine if changes are being made while you undergo Peyronie’s treatment. Without this information you are merely guessing about self-care and this is not a good thing to do.  TRH  

Will the PDI Manual Stretching Technique help a congenital penis curvature?

My penis has a bend in it which is approximately 45 degrees to the left and upward. Its been this way as long as I can remember, Im now 50 years old. I have had no problems with sex and have two children. My wife is starting to have some issues, so I want to know if its Peyronies or something that Im born with. Will the stretching techniques be good for me or is there something else I should try?


Greetings,

There are a few things I do not understand in your question.

It is not fair to either of us to ask if you have Peyronie's disease based on the information you have presented.  Besides, I really do not understand what you mean when you say you have had a 45° bend for as long as you can remember.  Are you saying you believe you were born that way or are you saying that you have had a curved penis for a very long time?  

When you say your wife is starting to have some issues, what do you mean?   Are you having sexual difficulty because of reduced ability to achieve an erection?   Difficulty making penetration?   Reduced size issues that often are a part of Peyronie's disease?  You will have to be more specific.

The PDI gentle Manual Penis Stretching Technique was first tested on men with PD, not congenital curvature issues.  However, I have now hard back from men with congenital curvatures who have reported positive responses; some small and some great.    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 is the success rate of PDI Peyronies treatment approach?

I am curious, what is the success rate of your Peyronies treatment approach? John from Australia

Greetings John,

You ask about PDI Peyronie's disease treatment results. All day long I send emails to men from around the world – like yourself – who do not have to report back to me, and over whom I have no control as to how, if, and when they use their various therapies.

I can only tell you this directly about the treatment results I have heard about from men over the years: I receive about 12-15 emails or telephone conversations reporting improvement in scar size, shape or density, or favorable change in penis curvature, or improvement of sexual function, for every one email or telephone call I receive complaining of no progress concerning the above. Considering that people tend to complain more than they compliment, I interpret this 12:1 ratio in a very favorable way.  But to give you percentages of natural Peyronies treatment improvement, I cannot report that to you at this time. Perhaps some time in the future when we are able to do formal research.

PDI is not yet conducting controlled studies, so I have no way of knowing how any of this is being used. And of course how these products are used determines the results that are earned. I get back bits and pieces of information from men about their treatment results. My feedback is limited in response to the large amount of information I put out to the PD community.

There is no guarantee that you or anyone else will use any of these products as I suggest that you use them. Actually, after doing this work since 2002 I find that few people start out using their Peyronie's treatment plan in the correct way.  You know how people can be. I can only hope that the suggestions I make are given fair consideration and application is made in the correct way. As a result, I do not receive with any regularity reports from men about their treatment results.

All I can tell you is that the more that a person does to knock that scar out of the tissue, the greater the synergistic effect and the greater the likelihood for success. You either understand the concept of synergy or you don’t. It is the reason that MDs have so much trouble with patients when they start putting them on more than one drug – when combined, the synergistic effect of multiple drugs begins to magnify, often causing drug reactions that most people have come to be concerned about. In the area of Alternative Medicine the results tend to be beneficial.

I notice from your records that you have only ordered Scar-X from PDI, and nothing else to treat your PD.   It is a good product we have used with success over many years. However, since you order only Scar-X you are using this product in a way it is not intended to be used.   You are a good example of what I mentioned earlier.  You are not following the suggestions of PDI and yet you will judge PDI results after not following our suggestions.   It is your decision; I can only advise you along the way and you will decide how you wish to proceed.  TRH

What can I do to make sure my penis curvature continues to straighten?

Greetings Dr. Herazy,

I've had Peyronies for close to 4 years. All I heard from those sad guys on the PD forums was that there is nothing you can do to cure PD.  But after being on your large PDI treatment plan for less than two months both my wife (a nurse) and I can tell there is a huge improvement in the curvature of my penis.  Not only is my bent straighter, I can enter her easier and we both have less pain during sex.  What can I do to make sure my Peyronies changes continue?   G.H.

Greetings G.H.

I am concerned here. Do not make any changes to your plan until you are fully versed in how to evaluate your progress via evaluation of your scar(s).  Judging your progress by positive changes in your curvature is all well and good, but it is not a reliable or accurate way to determine progress. Do not make the mistake of evaluating progress of your Peyronie's treatment plan solely on the basis of your reduced curvature. That is not the way you should do it. 

You must evaluate your treatment progress based on changes in the size, shape, density and surface features of your scar(s). Peyronie's disease is all about the scars, remember.  If you get rid of the scars your penis curvature will go away, but if your penis curvature gets straightened without change to your scar then the curvature will only come back.  

You must learn how to evaluate the scar for progress. I have a whole chapter devoted to this subject in my 1st book, “Peyronie’s Disease Handbook.” If you do not do your evaluation this way you are only guessing about progress and therefore you cannot determine correct dosage levels. Get the book if you do not have it. If you already have it, then re-read Chapter 4. 

Once you have a firm description of your PD scar then you will be able to use it as a reference point or benchmark to guide necessary changes in your treatment plan.  

Congratulations on your improvement so far, if you follow my suggestion I think you will be pleased how easily you can continue making good progress over your Peyronie's disease.   TRH

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For most, the main focus of Peyronie’s disease treatment is primarily to fix penis curvature or whatever distortion might exist.  However, this is not the best goal to have when you want to get fix your bent or curved penis.

The primary goal of Peyronies treatment should be elimination of the internal scar (Peyronie’s plaque material) that causes a curved penis to develop in the first place – not to fix penis curvature.  Although the most obvious aspect of Peyronie’s disease is the curved penis, it is not the actual problem.  Using penile curvature to determine success of any Peyronie’s disease treatment is unwise and counter-productive since it is not the real problem.

Healthy internal tissue of the penis is able to fill, trap and expand as blood enters it for a normal erection to develop. In Peyronie's disease one or more areas of a layer of tissue known as the tunica albuginea develop a dense and inelastic fibrous scar tissue or Peyronie’s plaque.  During a normal erection the slightly elastic tunica albuginea will stretch and expand evenly in all directions.  But when a man has Peyronies disease expansion is limited because the tunica albuginea contains fibrous tissue, resulting in a curved penis.

Peyronie’s disease usually begins as a small internal nodule or band of fibrous tissue on the top or sides of the penis, within the tunica albuginea.  A few weeks to a year later, this fibrous nodule can develop into a larger irregular plaque of variable size, shape, density and surface quality.  The Peyronie’s plaque can be as long as the penis and sometimes surrounds the penis, creating an hourglass indentation around the shaft. Some are one large mass, while others are small isolated islands of fibrous tissue in many areas. Scars can be so soft and small, with edges so tapered and vague, that no scar can be found.  When no Peyronie’s plaque or scar can be found it is assumed to exist when a curved penis develops during erection.

Peyronie’s disease causes penile curvature because the inflexible fibrous tissue of the Peyronie plaque prevents incomplete filling as an erection develops or by pulling unevenly on those same internal tissues.  The location and degree to which this poor filling and internal tug-of-war takes place is different from man to man, and so the bends and distortions are also different.  At times a small internal scar can cause a great amount of distortion and poor erection quality, just as a large scar can cause very little problem.  In other words, the scar size does not determine the degree of problem that is observed.  Sometimes as a Peyronie’s plaque or scar increases or decreases, the distortion can get either better or worse; many times the degree of penile curvature does not indicate the severity of the Peyronies plaque or the success of Peyronies disease treatment.  For this reason, the true measurement of success of Peyronies treatment should be determined by the reduction of the Peyronies plaque or scar.  Once the fibrous plaque material reduces in size, shape, density or surface quality, only then can improvement of the curved penis or reduced erection strength be expected in time.

Fix penis distortion by treating the Peyronie’s plaque

A curved penis that suddenly appears one day might be difficult to ignore, but it is only a symptom of the real problem of Peyronie’s disease that lies below the surface – the fibrous scar in the tunica albuginea.  Without that Peyronies scar there would be no curved penis; because it is the cause of the distortion it should be the only way that treatment success is determined.

Evaluating progress of a Peyronie's therapy plan can be difficult, if not impossible, if only paying attention to a curved penis.  A small scar – or a scar that is getting smaller – can cause a large penis curvature.  A large scar – or a scar that is getting larger – can cause no bend at all if it is balanced by other scars that are applying a symmetrical force.  Making matters more complicated, a man can have many more scars than he can locate because the often overlap.  Thus, it happens that a curved penis can worsen as the scar is actually being reduced or eliminated.

When only one scar is present the curvature problem is direct and easy to understand, although this is uncommon.  More commonly multiple scars cause internal pulling and twisting that create complicated distortions that can worsen as the scars become smaller.   Several scars can interact on many planes of internal penile tissue.   Any significant reduction in one or more scar will alter the internal tension on the tissues, resulting in an altered curvature.  Because there is no guarantee the curvature will improve initially, 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 Peyronie’s plaque structure below the surface.

Do not be discouraged as you try to fix the penis curvature related to Peyronie’s disease.  Instead, look for changes in the size, shape, density and surface qualities as you continue your Peyronie’s disease 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 Success Stories – Big and Small

Men do not like to discuss their Peyronie’s disease condition

Each day I run into many examples of reluctance to talk about their Peyronies disease. A woman will tell me her husband has shut her out completely about his PD, and just clams up and walks away when she asks him about his Peyronies. I often write notes on the PDI order forms that go out to men when they receive their shipment of Peyronie’s treatment supplies; I ask, “Please write me a note and tell me how it is going for you.” I rarely get a reply, even when I learn later things are going great. Men send me an email, asking a question about their Peyronies treatment or something about their penis problem. In that email many of these men will often admit that it has taken them a few months to get the nerve to write to me.

It seems that there is something in most men that they just do not like to address the problem of Peyronie’s disease – almost like by not discussing it, it does not exist. Whatever the reason, I hope that men will some how feel more comfortable using this blog to discuss their small and large successes using the Peyronies treatment ideas found on the PDI website. I trust that men will share the good news of reducing and eliminating pain in the penis or curvature, eliminating or reducing Peyronies plaque or scar material, regaining lost length, and improving or restoring sexual function.

Please take a moment to tell others about the areas where you have had success and the things that have improved since you have begun using the Alternative Medicine treatment concepts to increase your ability to heal your Peyronie's disease.

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.

Peyronie’s Disease Institute Manual Penis Stretching Method for Penile Curvature

Curved penis manual stretching method

A few days ago a man asked me about Peyronie's treatment using the Peyronie's Disease Institute Manual Penis Stretching Method for penile curvature.  He is one of those who has been using a Peyronie's treatment plan from PDI for a few months, with only slight success at this point, and added the stretching program to his plan in early October so he could get faster results.   He said he thinks there has been some small change in his Peyronie's plaque and curvature, but wants to do more with the stretching concept. So he described how he is doing his Peyronies stretching, and asked my advice.

What disturbed me was that, because he spends many hours a day at his computer, he said he stretches his penis curvature while working on his computer.  I advised him not to do this.  If you carefully listen and watch the penis stretching video you will see that light touch and gentle stretching are continuously emphasized throughout the video program.  It is necessary to constantly think and pay attention to what you are doing so that this is done correctly.  You must pay attention to the immediate response of the tissue to the gentle stretching that is being applied.  In order to be really effective as every man would want it to be, this kind of Peyronies treatment is not something you do while multitasking.

For successful Peyronie's treatment, and to reduce the Peyronie's disease plaque with manual stretching, you must have your mind on what you are doing.  Set some time aside a few times a day, at least 15 minutes each time, to stretch the plaque or scar material.  If you can find more time than 15 minutes, great.  Some men tell me they spend over an hour at a time while watching TV – now that is the kind of multitasking that will work in a Peyronies treatment plan.

To learn the PDI manual penis stretching method, it must be demonstrated; it does not lend itself well to written or oral instructions.  If you want to know more about this process, and see some still pictures of what this stretching Peyronies treatment looks like, and a 30 second YouTube video that shows some clips from the actual penis stretching CD, go to Peyronie's manual penis stretching

Of course, men with Peyronie's disease know about the dangers of mechanical penis stretchers, since this site has written about this many times.