My husband will not see a doctor about his curved penis (we think it is Peyronie’s disease), what should I do?

Avoiding medical care for Peyronie’s disease is common  

Refusal to see a doctor about a bent penis is an unwise but common reaction among men who find themselves dealing with the long-term negative prospects of Peyronie’s disease. The male tendency to be slow about seeking medical attention in general is compounded by the shock and utter disbelief of learning that there is actually a urological medical condition called Peyronie’s disease that undermines the ability to function as a sexual human being.

In Peyronie’s disease the development of fibrous plaque tissue below the surface of the shaft results in a curved penis or some other deformity that reduces or eliminates the ability to engage in sexual intercourse.  Making matters worse it frequently reduces the length and girth of the shaft, as well as weakens the quality of erection.

Take advantage of the fact the body cures Peyronies disease half the time

When a woman looks for helpful information about Peyronie’s disease she can turn to the Peyronie’s Disease Institute woman-to-woman program for a telephone discussion during which our nurse will answer any questions about PD treatment, sexual dysfunction problems or anything that is of interest to a woman when her husband will not help himself.

The proposal that a man can move his status from someone who was not able to eliminate his own Peyronie’s disease to become a member of the 50% group who rid themselves of this affliction is a simple and easy one to understand.  It is based on the observation that about half of the men naturally and spontaneously heal or correct their Peyronie’s disease within the first 12-18 months after onset.

When a man finds that he has not self-corrected or eliminated his Peyronies plaque he still has the option to promote his own recovery.  This can be attempted by an aggressive plan to actively support or increase his natural healing ability using several different natural therapies identified by medical research to assist the removal of the offending fibrous plaque material. To find out more about this process go to “Start Peyronie’s treatment.”

Alternative Medicine offers natural treatment options to Peyronie’s surgery and drugs

Since 2002 the Peyronie’s Disease Institute has developed the concepts, as well as nutritional and external techniques, that proposes any man can follow a program of self-administered Alternative Medicine care in an effort to increase his ability to heal and repair the Peyronie’s plaque.  By focusing multiple therapies to enhance healing potential many men find they can increase their immune response against the soft tissue changes that cause all the outward signs and symptoms that are so deeply disturbing and disruptive to normal male function.

This is good news for any man who realizes that there is indeed a cure for Peyronies disease; half of the time the body will naturally rid – or cure – itself of the internal scar or plaque material that causes all the problems of altered sexual structure and reduced sexual ability without any outside help or intervention. In other words many men just get rid of their own PD without any help.  Using well placed and logical assistance that is guided by research done in this area for the last 40 years, the Peyronie’s Disease Institute finds that it is often worthwhile for a man to simply support his immune system to reduce the foreign fibrous material of Peyronie’s disease in order to support his tendency to eliminate his PD fibrous plaque as happens half of the time.

A woman can help her man in many ways   

Probably as the two of you were going through information on the Internet your husband got stuck on the idea that there is nothing that can be done for PD except Peyronie’s surgery, which the Internet information also reports will be followed by recurrence of the same problem in a few years and the possibility of side effects that are sometimes worse than before the surgery (loss of all sensation, constant pain, impotence).  With the negative atmosphere and bleak prospects for medical care associated with Peyronie’s disease many men feel a natural hesitancy to get started moving in that direction.

A great paradox commonly develops for a couple when they struggle to understand what is happening to them when they are first learn about Peyronie’s disease.  The contradiction is that after getting the diagnosis and learning about the disease that neither of them knew existed, the man is typically motivated by embarrassment and fear of the future to be quiet and introspective while the woman instinctively wants to discuss the problem and explore her feelings with others.   As time goes on and Peyronies exerts its negative influence on their lives, each will be driven deeper into their opposite direction, and each will not understand why their partner is behaving that way.  This makes for increasing tension between the couple while they should be coming closer together to deal with their mutual problem.

The special relationship between a woman and a man is always tested greatly when Peyronies enters the scene.  While not absolutely true, it has been my observation that most couples will find that the many trials and tribulations of Peyronie’s disease and women will cause whatever is good and strong in their relationship to increase and become better, and whatever is troubled and weak in their relationship to deteriorate further.  Peyronie’s disease does not actually create new conflict within a relationship, but only increases and intensifies whatever strength or weakness was present before it arrived on the scene; it acts as a great reference point that amplifies whatever was going on between the couple before its arrival.  It does not have to be that way, but it happens because people are not prepared for what lies ahead.  They are caught so unprepared for the drama that becomes their lives together that the truth of their relationship is not only exposed but it is exaggerated by the emotions that emerge.

During countless talks with PD couples since 2002 it has been observed many times that either a couple is a naturally good problem-solving team, or it is not.   When it is not, and the man and woman do not work together well, it is very difficult for them to develop and practice whatever new personal skills of good communication, tolerance, compassion, forgiveness or whatever assistance might be needed to help their situation.  It takes extra effort and great patience to acquire the skills and ability needed to come together as a team, while at the same time dealing with the harsh realities of Peyronie’s disease.  Just as it might be difficult to learn to swim while being swept away in a flood, it is just as difficult to develop those skills that lead to becoming a solid team if at the same time they are being tossed about while dealing with PD.  Having presented that observation, it should bring comfort to know it is still possible to minimize and perhaps even overcome the negative and destructive forces that develop as a result of Peyronies disease if exceptional effort and honesty are applied.

You can begin to help your husband with his Peyronie’s disease by encouraging him with information that it might be possible to help himself correct his own PD problem as those 50% of men whose internal plaque are naturally eliminated.  Offer this information to him, showing him that there are more options available to him than Peyronie’s surgery.

Sex hurts because my husband’s penis is crooked, can we get help?

Painful sexual intercourse of Peyronie’s disease can often be eliminated or reduced

Painful sexual intercourse when due to medical or psychological causes is medically known as dyspareunia (dis-pair-oo-nee-uh).  While this kind of pain is most often reported exclusively by women, it is also reported amongst men who have a curved penis due to Peyronie’s disease.

Assuming that your husband has a curved penis because of Peyronie’s disease, there are several different ways and areas of their life that a couple can work together to improve, and possibly eliminate, the pain they experience during sexual intercourse. While most people assume that the pain is the direct result of a curved penis, it has been shown it is necessary to consider the effects of the multiple factors that are unique to Peyronie’s disease and capable of affecting sexual function.  To help a situation in which intercourse is painful because of the effects of Peyronie’s disease it is usually necessary to use more than one treatment approach.

Do not make a hasty assumption that the cause of your pain during intercourse is a crooked penis; you might be right, but then again you might be only partially correct.

The topic of pain during intercourse is so common and so important to couples who deal with Peyronie’s disease that the Peyronie’s Disease Institute offers two valuable methods to learn how often eradicate the problem, or at least minimize it greatly.  The first is a special program in which our staff nurse will personally consult with and advise any woman who needs help in a program called “Woman to Woman.”  Women can speak to our nurse to ask questions of any sort that deal Peyronie’s disease, from the anatomy and physiology of sexual intercourse to suggestions for intercourse positions and lubrication options, as well as help dealing with sexual difficulties.  The second is a book written by Dr. Theodore Herazy titled, “Peyronie’s Disease and Sex,” that covers many of the diverse problems faced by couples who find intercourse painful or restricted by a curved penis or erectile dysfunction.

There are many different deformity patterns (bend, curve, indentation, rotation or twisting, hourglass and bottleneck, as well as combinations of these) plus different degrees of those penile distortions and curvatures that can contribute to different levels of pain experienced during intercourse. Even so, a bent penis is usually not the sole reason for painful intercourse for a couple dealing with Peyronie’s disease.  Just like the difficulty of putting a square peg in a round hole, a curved penis will certainly get someone’s attention and be the natural assumption for the cause of painful intercourse.

However, the amount of pain and even the absence of pain during intercourse that is due to a curved penis often presents a  surprisingly inconsistent and unexpected pattern; it is difficult to predict the failure or success of intercourse, or even if pain will or will not occur, based solely on the external appearance of the man’s penis.  It is not possible to say that a couple will experience pain or failure to complete entry for sexual intercourse only based on how much or where the penis is bent or distorted.

Women get help with painful sexual intercourse related to Peyronie's disease

The Peyronie’s Disease Institute nurse has advised and counseled many men and women who had not been able to engage in sexual intercourse because of pain for several years, even though the penile distortion involved sometimes is not great, less than 10 degrees.  Conversely, she has encountered a large number of happy couples, who in spite of having to deal with penile curvature approaching 90 degrees, were still able to engage in satisfying sexual intercourse without pain.

Based on these observations, there must be something else going on that explains why one couple will have problems with a small Peyronie’s curve and another couple will not have any apparent problems with a large Peyronie’s curve.

From our experience it is common for other seemingly small and less obvious factors to turn out to be the sole reason for pain during sex, or at least the primary contributor, rather than the more obvious curved penis. Nevertheless, to find a solution for painful intercourse that is part of the Peyronie’s experience it is important to consider all possible factors and not the just obvious.  Unless all the issues that contribute to painful sex are identified and addressed, pain will likely continue to be a problem, often getting worse over time since interpersonal problems tend to escalate.

The most common cause of pain during sexual intercourse is a simple lack of vaginal lubrication that normally is secreted during arousal to make penetration easier and reduce friction and irritation during coitus.  Some common reasons a woman would experience a lack of lubrication are:

Menopause – reduced progesterone and estrogen hormone production after age 50
causes many changes in the ability of the reproductive system to operate in a way that favors reproduction.  Thinning of the vaginal walls, less natural lubricant production and pain during sex are common signs of menopause.

Lack of foreplay – hurried sex does not allow for adequate time for natural secretions to be produced.

Disinterest or emotional issues about sex – a variety of past and current issues can be at play to reduce sexual interest in either partner

Vaginismus – an involuntary spasm or tightness of the muscles surrounding the vagina, especially at the opening, making penetration difficult, painful or impossible. This tightening and subsequent pain while attempting entry can have several possible causes: past sexual trauma or abuse, a history of discomfort with sexual intercourse, and at times no cause can be found. Psychological factors related to Peyronie’s disease are commonly found to be at the heart of vaginismus often develops because of anxiety regarding sexual intercourse, such as remembering the traumatic event that happened during intercourse that caused the Peyronie’s disease injury in the first place, the guilt and anxiety about causing his Peyronie’s disease, the anger about being in a relationship that is marred by a curved penis, the fear another accident might happen making his PD even worse.  Vaginismus treatment involves education and counseling for the couple, behavioral exercises, and vaginal dilation exercises using plastic dilators. This type of therapy should be done under the direction of a sex therapist or other health care provider experienced in this area of sexual dysfunction.

A wide range of emotional issues that are rooted in Peyronie’s disease result in pain during sex because they cause of variable degrees of vaginismus and reduced sexual lubrication:

Anger and frustration about being in a relationship without normal sex

Fear of making his Peyronie’s worse during sex with another accident

Fear that the Peyronie’s disease is contagious – and it is not – and could result in problems for the female partner

Fear that the deformed penis will injure the vagina

Guilt since she was one who caused sex accident

Low expectation to gain entry since penis does not look like it would be able to fit

If you are a woman experiencing pain during intercourse while also dealing with Peyronie’s disease, contact the PDI nurse via to get help identifying and eliminating all issues that might be involved.

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My husband has Peyronie’s disease, how can I help him?

How women can help men deal with Peyronies disease

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There is a wide range of unique problems that can develop based on the dynamics of special situations within a relationship, especially concerning sex. Even so, there unfortunately also tends to be a list of common problems and pitfalls that most couples must deal with in order to keep their relationship strong and working together well for his eventual recovery.  From this reason the Peyronie’s Disease Institute has a special program in which our staff nurse will consult with and advise any woman who needs help in a program called “Woman to Woman.”  Women can speak to our nurse to ask questions of any sort that deal Peyronie’s disease, from the anatomy, physiology and pathology of PD, to personal relations questions, as well as help in dealing with sexual difficulties.

There are many ways, obvious and not so obvious, a woman can help a man deal with his Peyronie’s disease on a personal basis, in addition to helping with those issues that threaten their life together as a social and sexual couple.  Here are a few ideas that will get you started in the right direction.

It is not just the man with the obvious physical problem that is affected, but Peyronie’s disease and women who deal these men on a daily basis are also distressed and are an integral part of any solution he might need. To really help him requires that his partner does her best to try to understand the strange and stressful thing he is going through with Peyronie’s disease, and forgive him if his behavior and personality have deteriorated under the weight of his burden. More than anything else, much of what is required to help him right now is in the form of emotional support and great acts of kindness by letting go of the hurt feelings that will probably arise.

If a woman really wants to help her man deal with his problem, and wants to protect the bonds of their family unit, she can:

  1. Make a special effort to understand and forgive his moodiness and embarrassment since he has been diagnosed with Peyronie’s disease.  Women commonly notice that a man who previously was confident and eager for sexual contact will suddenly refuse sexual activity, and even hide his body rather than exposing himself to his mate. These temperament changes are usually based on a powerful sense of low self-esteem and deep lack of self-confidence that arises from his lost sense of masculinity.  Many women comment that their husband’s personality has changed so much that he is like a different man.For many men this change is a reflection of how he thinks of himself since the most masculine part of his body has been so flawed that he thinks of it as being taken away from him. He might easily act out in fits of child-like anger.  It is valuable that his mate attempts to be as tolerant of these outbursts, just as she would a child; at these times he is functioning at very primitive and instinctive level of emotional development as a child would.Above all else, he will require more patience and understanding than ever before. This is not to say a man with PD should be given license to be abusive and use ugly behavior, but only that any tolerance that can be afforded to him should be used since it will help to prove to him that he is not being rejected by his mate.  As discussed below, fear of rejection and fear of loss are two of the primary driving forces that most deeply trouble the man with Peyronies.His thinking about the subject of PD is often overridden by his strong emotions, so do not count on him to be logical or mature about this subject.  Think of him as a scared child having a temper tantrum and you will not be too far off; treat him with that same compassion and forgiveness as you would a child when necessary.  You can help him deal with his Peyronie’s disease, but it will most especially help you to understand and deal with him effectively.
  2. Be prepared for him to be down on himself, and to not accept or believe you when you say that his Peyronie’s disease, curved penis and reduced sexual ability are something that you can learn to live with. Be prepared to be rejected when you say that you still love him in spite of his distorted penis.Many men cannot make themselves believe it is true no matter how many times they are told that their physical distortion does not matter, regardless of the sincerity and emotion that is used.  They see themselves as so pathetic and unworthy that they cannot believe any woman could accept them in their reduced state.  Men will push women away in anger when she only reaffirms her love and acceptance.  The more she insists she is not affected by his loss, the more aggravated and lost in denial he can become.  It makes for some very emotionally charged moments.Do not take his anger personally; it is delivered to you because you are standing in front of him, but is really a reflection of his despair and anger with himself.
  3. Over and over, in small and large ways, offer direct and indirect assurance he is still acceptable and attractive to you. His confidence and self-worth can easily be taken to at an all-time low because of the humiliating effects of Peyronie’s disease.  His reduced penis size, erectile dysfunction and penile curvature can cause a man to think less of himself, and he will assume you do the same.  While the physical change of his genitals can be shocking, do your best to respond to him in a way that is as positive and normal as before his Peyronie’s disease started.  The majority of men disbelieve that their spouse is willing to stand by  during his difficult time.  Calm repetition of your acceptance and love is your best ally.

In my work helping men who have Peyronie’s disease I frequently encounter those whose lives have been ruined not just by the emotional effects of a curved penis, but by the women who abandoned them.  Often these problems are avoidable if someone would explain to these women why their men behave in such a bad way, and how little it takes to not only help these men but also help the women to protect what is an otherwise good relationship and keep their families together.

In the case of the women who deal with Peyronie’s disease, trying to understand he is just a scared little boy who is behaving badly because he is scared of losing you.  Treating him with a little compassion can go a long way toward protecting your little boy and your relationship with him.

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Is there anything I can do to help my husband recover from Peyronie’s disease?

Any woman can help and support his effort to reduce Peyronies disease in several ways

There obvious and not so obvious, direct and indirect, ways a woman can help the man in her life to deal with his problems of Peyronie’s disease not only on a personal treatment basis, but also by supporting and assisting with those personal matters that threaten their relationship as a social and sexual couple.

It goes without saying that the obvious physical problems of a curved penis, reduced length and girth, and erectile dysfunction that are part of Peyronie’s disease directly affect the man who has this condition.  But the woman in a relationship with such a man is in a critical position because of their personal relationship to help him deal with the many negative aspects of Peyronie’s disease, and so can provide an integral part of any solution he might need.  Her role begins by understanding and accepting that he is going through a strange and stressful event for which no man is ever prepared.  Throughout a woman’s life, even before her teen years, she is talked to and prepared for changes in her reproductive system; she discusses these events that affect her genital area with her mother and perhaps her sisters and girlfriends who also experience these changes; she even goes to a special kind of doctor, a gynecologist, who specializes just in the female reproductive system; each month she is reminded that her pelvic region does unusual things; if she becomes pregnant she soon overcomes her modesty and privacy about this area of her body.  A man does not ever experience anything remotely like that.  His genitals are his prized masculine region, but they are private.  For the most part his reproductive area is uneventful and is not discussed much – except if he develops Peyronie’s disease.

For these reasons he has been completely unprepared by his past experiences to deal with  suddenly learning that there is a problem he has never heard of before, called Peyronie’s disease, that jeopardizes his ability to engage in sexual intercourse and denies him the act that defines manhood to him.   For a man Peyronie’s disease is perhaps not so much experienced as a health problem in which fibrous plaque material develops internally within the penis, but more so it is felt to be a loss of what makes him a man.  The woman who must deal with her man’s Peyronies problem must see this condition as a great emotional issue for him and be prepared to forgive him if his temperament and mood suffers while he comes to grips with his curved penis that no longer works as it once did.

He will benefit greatly from his mate’s emotional support and patience, and her ability to forgive him while he wrestles with the fears that are connected to Peyronie’s disease. Probably his biggest fear is the losing you because of his reduced sexual ability; no longer being able to provide you the pleasure of sexual intercourse, that you will leave him for someone else. He fears that he will never experience regain the pleasure of traditional sexual satisfaction. He fears that if you do leave him he will never be able to develop a relationship with another woman, and he will be alone in life. He fears being pitied and ridiculed as the man with the deformed and shrunken penis. He fears feeling like less of a man.  It is not really the physical aspects of Peyronie’s disease that drives a man into despair, it is being unprepared for the emotional isolation he feels.  More than ever he needs you but he feels ashamed and embarrassed to be with you, adding to the torment he feels.

From the combination of physical, emotional and sexual problems related to Peyronie’s disease comes a list of common problems and pitfalls that happen to most couples. Since the man with Peyronie’s disease will often shut down emotionally and a state of denial, totally ignoring his problem, the burden to actively learn about and reach out for help will fall to the woman in that relationship. From this reason the Peyronie’s Disease Institute has developed  a special program in which our staff nurse can consult with and advise a woman who needs help dealing with any aspect of Peyronie’s disease.  During a friendly phone call our nurse will answer questions of any sort about Peyronie’s disease (male and female anatomy, sexual difficulties, personal relationship problems, treatment options, or anything else that is on her mind).

Here are a few ideas to consider to help him deal with his penile problems and to protect the bonds of your family:

  1. Continue your usual sex life if at all possible, limiting traditional intercourse only to the extent that his curved penis prevents it.  In case you believe that you cannot any longer engage in intercourse, please know that there are many techniques and ideas that can help you allow entry and increase your ability for traditional sexual intercourse. Few couples are as limited in their ability to engage in intercourse as they assume; usually all they need are some basic ideas and simple instruction. This is such an important topic; please refer to my second book that covers many aspects of this topic at great detail and length, “Peyronie’s Disease and Sex.”
  2. An important aspect of Alternative Medicine treatment of PD is the PDI diet to assist recovery from Peyronies.   This subject is covered in detail in chapter 5 of “Peyronie’s Disease Handbook.”  You can assist his recovery greatly if you can coach him through these dietary ideas, and make it easier to follow if you incorporate these principles into your lifestyle for the time being.
  3. Moral support at this time is crucial.  You will help him, and help yourself as well, if you can offer him encouragement and praise during these rough times.  You will prove your loyalty and earn his admiration and respect when you demonstrate you are not a fair weather friend.  Men commonly refer to their time dealing with Peyronie’s disease as the lowest point of their lives, feeling alone and depressed, offering them all the excuse needed to behave badly.  Just because a man is acting like a jerk does not mean he does not know he is acting like a jerk; he knows his behavior is bad; he just does not care to control his primitive emotions of the moment. This is the time a man needs a friend to offer support and a trusting heart.  Even though he might push you away out of embarrassment and self-consciousness for his reduced physical state, he will soon recognize your acts of steadfast friendship and tolerance as proof you are not going to reject him.  Once he is confident you are not going to run away because of his sexual problems, your man will come around to his old self (and probably better) because you will have proven your love for him to an even greater level than he knew before.  This is how your relationship will grow under the adversity of Peyronie’s disease, by showing your strength and loyalty to him no matter what happens.
  4. Be tolerant and understanding about his reduced sexual interest and flawed sexual ability.  Both of you are afraid of what will happen in the future regarding your sex life together.  The way to make our fears become a reality is to place a lot of pressure on his sexual performance.  Easy does it.  As discussed at length in “Peyronie’s Disease and Sex,” we find that most couples can actually engage in sexual intercourse for a far longer time than they imagine, but stop only because the do not know how to solve get around some of the difficulties of gaining entry with a bent penis; this book explains how to be successful with sex using a curved penis than you could imagine.  In the early stages of Peyronies it is most valuable to continue traditional intercourse for as long as possible.  It is not necessary to stop sexual activity as long as no pain occurs for either partner.  Engaging in sexual activity is good for the physical and emotional health of both partners, as well as beneficial for your personal relationship.  Sex can be the all-important emotional glue that keeps you together, so use sex liberally since PD is really all about sex when you think about it.  If you reduce sexual activity at this time it will only confirm his worse fear that you are no longer interested in him as a sexual person. If traditional sexual intercourse turns out to not be possible due to his curved penis it is necessary to explore, expand and use a greater variety non-intercourse sexual activities and techniques, with the hands, lips and whatever else is mutually agreeable to you as a couple.  Your previous thinking and attitude about sexual activity might have to change to satisfy your unfulfilled physical needs for intimacy.  With an open and honest dialogue you can work these things out.  Again, your helpful and willing approach to sexual problem solving and cooperation only proves your place in his heart as the best possible partner he can have.

Many of the conflicts and stresses a couple goes through when Peyronie’s disease enters their lives are avoidable.  A little understanding, a few suggestions about altered sex techniques, the man having the woman’s side explained to him, the woman having the man’s side explained to her, reading the positive and informative books that are available from the Peyronie’s Disease Institute, and starting an aggressive Alternative Medicine treatment plan to increase his ability to heal and repair the Peyronies plaque can do wonders to reduce stress and misunderstanding between people dealing with Peyronie’s disease.

If the woman would keep in mind that her man with Peyronie’s disease is very much like a scared little boy who is behaving badly because he is scared of losing you, and treat him accordingly, things would improve greatly. With understanding, love and a little compassion you can help that little boy know you are not going to leave him and you will protect your relationship with him.

How do you treat a penis "waist" or hourglass deformity?

Dr. Herazy,

Are you familiar with what Urologists call a “waste” in the penis? If so, how do go about treating it?

Greetings,

I believe you are mistaken. There is no urological term “waste” that refers to the penis. I am not aware of any; all medical text I reviewed did not contain that term; a Google search of the Internet for variations of “penis waste” did not bring up anything.

You are probably referring to a “waist” formation around the penile shaft that is just another way of describing an hourglass deformity. This penis “waist” occurs in Peyronie's disease as an indentation around part or all of the circumference of the shaft that resembles a narrow waist formation.

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Like any other penile deformity, an hourglass formation is treated by attempting to eliminate the cause of it – the Peyronie's plaque. The hourglass form is created when the plaque either pulls from inside the shaft causing a depression on the surface, or if it keeps the local veins of the area open and thus prevents blood from being trapped in the penis and the local area does not fill with blood. Treatment is to eliminate the plaque as described in the PDI website. TRH

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Peyronie’s disease and pain in the penis

Penis injury during sex common cause of Peyronie’s disease 

Nothing will get a man’s attention more than when his penis hurts.

There are typically two ways in which a painful penis can develop:  after direct penis injury, or as a result of some type of medical health problem or sickness affecting the urinary system.  When the penis hurts because of suspected disease of the prostate gland, bladder or urethra there are few clear cut answers to penis pain with the exact location, duration, and quality of penis pain different from case to case, without good explanation.   You will notice that some men with prostatitis have pain at the base of the penis, while other men with the same diagnosis have pain at the tip of the penis, and other men no penis pain at all.  Men who have a painful penis are often surprised that their condition is never given a definite diagnosis to explain its cause.

This discussion will focus primarily on a particular type of painful traumatic event peculiar to Peyronie’s disease that can either cause or worsen an existing penile problem, as with an injury during intercourse.

Peyronie’s treatment

Regardless of how Peyronie’s disease starts, surgery and drugs are not always needed to reduce the pain and penile distortion it causes. Since 2002 the Peyronie’s Disease Institute has worked with people from around the world to use natural Alternative Medicine methods to help their body reverse the Peyronie’s scar naturally. While surgery is always an option, most people prefer to first use non-surgical treatment to possibly avoid the inherent risks of surgery.

Learn more about Peyronie’s disease treatment with Alternative Medicine. Another good source of information is the Peyronie’s Disease Handbook.

Medical conditions that can cause penis pain

It is important to know that several common disease conditions not related to penile injury can also cause dull and sharp pain in the penis and should not be ignored, especially if you have other unexplained symptoms related to the pelvis or urinary system:

  • Peyronie's disease
  • Bladder stone
  • Cancer of the penis
  • Inflammation of the prostate gland (prostatitis)
  • Reiter syndrome
  • Sickle cell anemia
  • Erection that does not go away (priapism) after 4 hours – medical emergency
  • Genital herpes
  • Syphilis
  • Urethra inflammation caused by chlamydia or gonorrhea
  • Infected or defective penile prosthesis
  • Infection under the foreskin of uncircumcised men (balanitis)
  • Pimples or insect bites on the head or shaft of the penis

Because any of these conditions can cause a deeply hurt penis, it is always best to rule out disease of the urinary system by going to your family doctor for a complete examination with any type of pains in the penis.  If you do not have a medical health problem, then a painful penis is usually explained by past trauma to the genitals or pelvis.  Even minor trauma can at times cause significant penile injury with varying degrees of pain and other symptoms.  One of the reasons that traumatic penis damage is often not suspected as the cause of genital pain is that there is sometimes a delayed response between the time of injury and when the penis pain begins.  It is rather common for a man to discover that a penis injury during sex that started his Peyronies disease might not cause discomfort until several weeks or months afterward.  Probably the single-most common way for PD to start is from a forcefully bent penis during sex.

Penile fracture or broken penis syndrome – Common way to hurt penis during sex

Even though there are no bones in the penis, penile fracture and broken penis syndrome are legitimate medical terms.  Both refer to a sudden and forceful bending injury of the erect penis, resulting in torn or ruptured internal tissue.  Many times a penile fracture will occur as a result of injury during sex activity when an erection is suddenly and forcefully impacted at the tip of the penis, almost like being punched in the nose.  When the force is sudden and unexpected the vulnerable shaft can painfully sustain a sharp bend, “breaking” the inner layer of penile tissue called the tunica albuginea membrane, as well as other tissues.  The forceful impact that causes a penile fracture most commonly happens during heightened sexual activity with the female partner in the superior position; other sexual positions allow for this to happen but this is the classic situation that results in a penile fracture.  Within just a second of time she will pull back too far, lose contact with the male, and then continue back down on top of the erection impacting the penis head with her pubic, inguinal or inner thigh area.  The initial immediate pain can be very mild or severe, depending on many variables, yet sufficient to tear the tunica when it is stretched tight during an erection.

The tunica albuginea surrounds the two corpora cavernosa chambers, specialized elongated masses of spongy tissue of the penis that fill with blood to create an erection.  In a penile fracture, because the torn tunica albuginea can no longer trap blood inside the penile chambers, blood that is normally confined within the penile chambers can freely leak out to surrounding tissue often resulting significant bruising and swelling, in addition to varying degrees of pain in the penis.

About half of men who undergo penis injury similar to the above, or even compression injury during a work-, sports- or auto-related accidents, will self-heal and repair the problem with the tunica albuginea without developing Peyronie’s disease.   The other half of cases will not heal, and it will slowly and gradually worsen as Peyronie’s disease develops over time.

Pain in tip of penis

Men with Peyronie’s disease sometimes have pain in the tip of the penis, although this is somewhat unusual because the pain of PD is usually located along the shaft or even base of the penis.  Although pain in the penile tip could be related to Peyronies, it is more likely due to reflex from the prostate gland; prostatitis often will refer pain to the tip of the penis.  As a point of differentiation, prostatitis will often increase urinary frequency, reduce the force and volume of urine, burning in the penile tip unrelated to voiding, reduced erectile ability, blood in the urine and semen, and aching pain is possible in the penis, testicles, rectum, perineum, groin and lower abdomen and low back.  Prostatitis can be precipitated by too frequent or too infrequent ejaculation, sexual arousal without ejaculation, withdrawal at the time of ejaculation, aggressive bike or horseback riding, excessive spicy foods, alcohol, and caffeine, as well as prolonged sitting especially in an automobile.

A similar complaint is burning at the tip of the penis.  When this occurs it suggests the possibility of an STD (sexually transmitted disease) or an infection of the urinary tract.   Generally, an STD is associated with a change of sexual partners, and can be variable from few a few subtle symptoms to marked genital pain during intercourse, discharge, itching and pain burning pain in the penis tip during urination.  STDs are serious problems that demand prompt and aggressive medical diagnosis and care.   A common urinary infection is suspected if you feel the need for frequent urination or notice that you need to urinate again within a few minutes.

Pain at base of penis

Pain at the base of the penis is perhaps most often explained as originating from a chronic bacterial infection of the prostate (chronic bacterial prostatitis).  This problem often comes and goes over time without apparent reason.   During a flare-up the penis pain can be dull or sharp, and extend to the testicles and anus as well as the pubic bone in front or the low back.  Bowel movements may be painful at this time.  It is also common to note frequent urgency of urination, pain when urinating or during ejaculation. While these symptoms are similar to an acute bacterial prostatitis, men who have a flare-up of chronic bacterial prostatitis tend to be less run down, feverish and ill-feeling than with acute prostatitis.

If he discontinues drug use would his penis eventually return to “normal”?

My husband’s penis has become increasingly curved/bent (now about 45 degrees when erect) over the last 8 months. He has been on an antidepressant for about 5 years. He is a traumatic head injury survivor and is on the antidepressant to control outbursts of anger. However, the antidepressant has decreased his sexual function dramatically and the bending of the penis decreases his function further. If he discontinued use, would his penis eventually return to “normal?” He is also on medication for seizures.

Greetings,

You have not stated that your husband has been diagnosed with Peyronie’s disease or not. I ask not only because of the curvature you mention, but also because there is an anti-seizure medication, phenytoin, that has been said to cause Peyronie’s disease.

If in fact your husband does have Peyronie’s disease it will not help him to discontinue any drug that might have caused it. He would still have to undergo Alternative Medicine treatment of the PD in an attempt to have his body correct this curvature problem caused by the internal Peyronie’s scar material.

As an aside, I have communicated with several men with Peyronie’s disease who say that their Peyronie’s disease started with an injury to the penis that occurred during an epileptic seizure that happened while they were erect. You might keep this in mind when you consider another possibility how his PD started.

All patients should check with their doctor before discontinuing any prescribed drug. TRH

Can Peyronie’s disease cause a “back-flow” that maintains an erection?

Dear Dr Herazy,

I recently had a cystocopy and developed approximately 2 weeks later hardness in the perineal area of corpus carvernosum. The shaft is still unaffected. However because of the hardness that probably reminds of of a reverse bottleneck I have had trouble getting the penis down after an erection. This is particularly problematic during the night where I wake up from the erections and then have to get out of bed to get it down.

My urologist said that I could have developed developed peyronies disease in the perineal area but I have searched the Internet and have not seen any similar cases. The area covered is around 2 inches. Have you heard about something similar including the decreased "back-flow" following the erections?

I am also worried I could develop a priapism from this condition that would make things a lot worse. Can you make an advice as how to move on?

Thank you very much in advance.

Kind regards

C

 

Greetings C,

First of all, I think a few people who read your email about an erection if you have Peyronie's disease would have some questions of their own about some of the medical and anatomical terms you used.  So, here is a bit of information about these terms to help understand your email a little better:

1. Cystoscopy – a medical procedure in which a long tube or probe is inserted up into the urinary passage (urethra) of the penis for the purpose of looking into the urinary bladder or the urinary passage, itself.   It sometimes happens that when this is done that the urethra and tissue of the shaft of the penis can become injured, resulting in Peyronie's disease.

2. Perineal area – the region of the very lower part of the pelvis in men that is found between the back part of the scrotum and the anus, and in women between the back end of the vulva or outer lips and the anus.

3. Corpus cavernosum – or corpora cavernosae – one of the two long cylinder shaped masses of tissue that make up the bulk of the penile shaft.  Each corpora cavernosa is covered by a thin tough layer of fibrous tissue called the tunica albuginea that when injured becomes scarred and leads to Peyronie's disease.

4. Back-flow – release of blood that was trapped in the two corpora cavernosa during an erection that creates the hydraulic pressure within the penis to make it expand and hard.

5. Priapism – this is a persistent, and often painful, erection that is considered a medical emergency when it lasts longer than four hours and develops without sexual stimulation.  Priapism occurs when blood in the penis becomes trapped and not able to drain as it normally does. 

OK, now that we have that out of the way, allow me to address a few points you made:

1.  The penis is attached to the front part of the pubic bone in the area directly behind the pubic hair.  If you are an average size male, there is probably 4-5 inches between the point where the penis ends and where the perineal area begins.  These two structures are not connected or related. There is no perineal area of the corpora cavernosa.  Any hardness, mass formation, swelling or abnormality of the perineal area is not related to the penis and is not related to Peyronie's disease. If you truly have a hard mass or lump between the base of your scrotum and the anus I suggest you get it checked out immediately.

2. I know what a bottleneck deformity is in relation to Peyronie's disease, but I have no idea what you mean by a reverse bottleneck.  Please explain.

3. The reason you could not find any reference to Peyronie's disease in the perineal area is that it does not happen that way and it is not possible. 

4.  Your decreased back flow causing persistence of an erection could be related to the mass in your perineal area; for that reason you should see a doctor immediately.

5.  Pripism can occur as a result from many different situations, but not Peyronie's disease:

  • Sickle cell anemia
  • Medications, like Thorzine and Desyrel
  • Illicit drugs (marijuana and cocaine)
  • Trauma delivered to the lower pelvis or spine, or something in that same area causing reduced blood flow 
  • Black widow spider bites
  • Carbon monoxide poisoning

6.   I assume that your doctor did not give you much of the information you have shared here because it is mistaken.  To move forward I suggest you stop trying to figure these things out for yourself and immediately get yourself examined by a competent urologist.  TRH

Advice about penis spitting whitish yellow drops

HELLO DOC,

I am having this problem and i am very conscious about my penis being disturbed. I have research a lot on your website and concluded that i am suffering from Peyronie’s disease with slight left penile curvature without any constrictive ring or hourglass. 

My penis is spitting whitish yellow drops whether i am awake or sleeping and I am helpless to do anything.  I started throwing all my underpants and pajamas.   I used to masturbate a lot before 3 to 4 months, and used to grab my dick head to stop wasting the sperm, until one day it hurt me very bad.  But ignoring that day i slept  and after a couple of days i started feeling heavy pain that I used to hold my piss for a whole day or even 2 sometimes getting afraid of the pain.  Then gradually it decreased, and now again i am feeling pain with every piss.   My penis is curved slightly left and spitting drops very often.  I have postponed my wedding due to this, and really is very dishearted of the situation.

Please help me out.  I will always pray for you and your family in good or bad times.  A detailed and prompt answer would be highly appreciated

Best regards,  Umair

 

Greetings Umair,

Based on your description it is possible that you either injured your urethra by your practice of masturbating by pressing on the head of the penis to prevent complete ejaculation, or you have a contagious or infectious Sexually Transmittable Disease (STD) that you got from a sexual partner.   It is not likely you have Peyronie’s disease, even though you do have a penile curvature.  Your curvature is likely from the inflammation you have of the penis tissue, not Peyronie’s disease. 

I strongly encourage you to go to your local medical doctor and explain your problem to him for prompt medical attention.  Also, tell your past sex partners about this problem and ask them to have themselves examined by a doctor.  Good luck to you.  TRH

Erections and Peyronie’s Disease

Erections can be difficult to develop on demand while in a sexual situation.  Paradoxically, erections can be difficult to stop or inhibit at certain times, especially during sleep.  All of this is important to Peyronie’s disease treatment since erections during sleep can have an adverse affect on progress of care.

A nocturnal, or nighttime, erection occurs because it is important for the basic health of the deep tissue, known as the corpora cavernosa, of the penis.  These deep tissues of the shaft fill with blood and trap it within the corpora cavernosa to create the erect state. If this term, corpora cavernosa, sounds familiar it is because the tunica albuginea is a thin and tough layer of tissue that covers the corpora cavernosa and the tunica albuginea is where the Peyronie’s scar is located. A nocturnal erection can be thought of as type of stretching exercise that takes place during the night when there is little other activity going on, to make sure the penile tissue is stretched and used in this unique way to keep the tissue healthy.

The problem during a nocturnal erection when Peyronie’s disease is present is that restriction and binding of the already-bent erection can be sustained against the penis for a long period of time.  Also, it is important to keep in mind that this added pressure poses a risk of additional injury top the man who already has PD.  For this reason it is important to be careful with an erection when the penis has no comfortable or safe direction to extend itself.   Since it is not possible to stop an erection while asleep, it is smart to not wear tight or limiting underwear or pants while sleeping if you have Peyronie’s disease. It might be even smarter to wear nothing at all while you sleep since this avoids a great potential for binding and restriction.

For the most part, a normally occurring erection th

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at can simply “stand on its own” with no pressure against it, is not going to bind or incorrectly stretch out the penile tissue in a way that is detrimental to the penis.  Problems occur during a drug-induced (Viagra, Cialis, Levitra) or artificial erection, during which an abnormally great amount of blood is drawn into the penis by more soft tissue relaxation than normal.   For this reason it is understood that a naturally occurring erection is safer than an artificially created erection.

Drug induced erections can start Peyronie’s disease

Over the years I have communicated with many men whose PD started after a drug induced erection that stressed the penile tissues by greatly increased internal pressure.  This process would not be much different than taking a car tire that is meant to go no higher than 40-50 pounds per square inch during normal use, and over-inflating it to 100-150 pounds per square inch.  Because it is not built to take that kind of pressure, you could expect some problems to develop in using a tire that way.  Not much different with the penis.

Sexual activity is NOT to be avoided if you have Peyronies, but rough, aggressive, hard sex can be dangerous and really injure the already damaged tissue further. Developing and using a natural erection is not to be avoided either in Peyronie’s disease.  However, it is important to keep your wits about you and do not go wild during sex.  The emphasis should be on an easy, smooth and gentle sexual encounter.  Any sexual activity or posture that causes pain should be avoided.

Many important related topics about taking care of yourself, avoiding injury, doing nothing to set your progress back while you are attempting to heal your problem, are covered in my book, “Peyronie’s Disease and Sex.”  You will enjoy learning more about what you can and should do to take care of this nasty problem.

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Disorders of the Penis besides Peyronie’s Disease

Penile conditions, other than the curved penis of Peyronie’s disease

There are additional problems of the penis that can develop while a man treats his Peyronie’s disease.  There are not many additional problems, but all can complicate your life more than you need at this time.

Priapism

Priapism is a persistent, often painful erection that is not associated with sexual activity and is not relieved by orgasm, lasting from a few hours to a few days.  In priapism blood enters the penis but does not leave, thus the erection is maintained.   The more common causes of priapism:

  • Penile injections, as verapamil, collagenase, steroids or interferon-alpha-2b
  • Drugs, such as anesthetics, antidepressants and blood pressure medications
  • Alcohol or drug abuse, especially cocaine
  • Spinal cord disease
  • Injury to the genitals
  • Blood diseases, including leukemia and sickle cell anemia

Rapid treatment for priapism is important, even without Peyronie’s disease present, because a prolonged erection can result in tissue destruction by reducing blood flow and lead to scar formation. Treatment involves removing trapped blood with a needle placed in the corpora cavernosae, as well as treating any underlying medical condition or substance abuse problem that might be present.

Balanitis

Balanitis is an inflammation of the foreskin, or skin covering the head of the penis.   Symptoms are redness, swelling, itching, rash, pain and a foul-smelling discharge in the area of the foreskin.   Balanoposthitis is a similar condition in which the glans (penis head) and foreskin are inflamed and present similar symptoms.   Both problems can occur in men or boys who are uncircumcised (foreskin has not been surgically removed).  If an uncircumcised male does not wash under the foreskin regularly, then sweat, debris, urine, dead skin cells and bacteria will collect under the foreskin and cause irritation.    Other common causes include:

  • Infection – local or systemic infection with candida albicans, the yeast responsible for thrush, can result in an intensely itchy and scaly rash.  Several sexually transmitted diseases (STD), gonorrhea, herpes and syphilis can also produce balanitis in addition to their unique infections that affect other parts of the body.
  • Dermatitis/allergy Dermatitis is any inflammation of the skin often caused by contact with an allergen or irritating substance. Sensitivity to even a small amount of certain chemicals in  soaps, detergents, perfumes and spermicidal preparations can cause balanitis.
  • Diabetes – When a diabetic has glucose (sugar) in the urine, this can be trapped under the foreskin and acts a rich breeding medium for many bacteria.

Treatment of balanitis depends on determining the underlying cause, improved hygiene and perhaps  circumcision if the balanitis cannot be controlled in any other way.

Phimosis and paraphimosis

Phimosis is a medical problem in which the foreskin (prepuce)of the penis is so tight, preventing it from being pulled back or retracted from the head of the penis.  Paraphimosis is a medical emergency in which the foreskin is stuck, after being rolled back or retracted, and cannot be slid back to its usual position over the head of the penis.

Phimosis is most often observed in children, and may be present even at birth.  When it occurs in an adult male it is usually caused by an infection of the reproductive tract, or scar tissue that formed as a result of injury or chronic inflammation of the prepuce.   Phimosis can also be caused by balanitis when it causes the foreskin to the scarred or tight around the head of the penis.  Immediate medical care is required if phimosis makes urination difficult or impossible.

Paraphimosis is a medical emergency because serious complications can arise if it is not treated. Paraphimosis may occur after sexual activity, a nocturnal or typical daily erection, or after trauma to the head of the penis, leading to pain and swelling, and impair blood flow. When extreme, this reduced blood flow can result in death of the penile tissue (gangrene), making amputation of the penis necessary.

Treatment of phimosis may only require gentle manual stretching of the foreskin repeated daily over a period of time.  Circumcision is often used to treat phimosis.  When the phimosis has gone on a long time the prepuce sometimes adheres to the glans.  When this happens, a surgical procedure called preputioplasty is used to separate the foreskin from the glans.

Treatment of paraphimosis focuses on rapidly reducing the swelling of the glans and foreskin, using ice and pressure applied to the head of the penis. If these simple measures are unsuccessful, an injection of medication can be used to drain the inflammation and blood from the penis, or small cuts in the foreskin are made by a surgeon to release the prepuce from behind the glans.

Penile cancer

Penile cancer is a rare form of the disease.  While the exact cause of penile cancer remains unknown, certain risk factors for cancer are known, including:

  • Phimosis – Tight foreskin that is constricted and difficult to retract, discussed above.
  • Uncircumcised penis – Men who are not circumcised are at higher risk for cancer of the penis.
  • Smegma – Natural oily secretions from the skin of the prepuce can accumulate if not cleaned daily.   If allowed to collect under the foreskin, this results in thick, cheesy white, bad-smelling substance, known as smegma.   Smegma by itself is irritation to the prepuce and lead to inflammation and a host of other problems.
  • Human papillomavirus (HPV) infection – More than 70 types of  human papillomaviruses can cause warts (papillomas).   Only a few of these HPVs infect the reproductive organs and the anal area, being passed as a STD from one person to another.
  • Smoking –Cigarette smoking brings many cancer-causing chemicals into the blood stream  that affect more than the lungs.
  • Psoriasis treatment – The medication and ultraviolet light used to treat can cause penile cancer.
  • Age – Penile cancer occurs most commonly in men after age 50.

Common symptoms of penile cancer are sores or unusual growths on any area of the penis, abnormal discharge from the penis, and bleeding.  Surgery or radiation is commonly used to remove the cancer from the penis.

Since 2002 PDI has advocated Alternative Medicine Peyronie’s treatment options to avoid any of these complications that compromise penis health.

Viagra, Cialis and Levitra Use with Peyronie’s Disease

 

Peyronie’s treatment using erection producing drugs

The erectile dysfunction and soft erections associated with Peyronie’s disease are sometimes treated with Viagra, an erection causing drug made by the Pfizer Pharmaceutical Company.  The information about Viagra duplicated in this blog post is written by Pfizer about Viagra, in relation to Peyronie’s disease.   The basic information presented by Pfizer is essentially true for other erection producing drugs, like Cialis and Levitra.

Here is the Viagra drug information from Pfizer, found their website.  I have removed a considerable amount of technical Viagra information that does not apply to Peyronie’s disease to make it easier to find what you need to know. Notice the section below that I have put in bold and underlined.

PRECAUTIONS

General

The evaluation of erectile dysfunction should include a determination of potential underlying causes and the identification of appropriate treatment following a complete medical assessment.

Before prescribing VIAGRA, it is important to note the following:

The safety of VIAGRA is unknown in patients with bleeding disorders and patients with active peptic ulceration.

VIAGRA should be used with caution in patients with anatomical deformation of the penis (such as angulation, cavernosal fibrosis or Peyronie’s disease), or in patients who have conditions which may predispose them to priapism (such as sickle cell anemia, multiple myeloma, or leukemia).

The safety and efficacy of combinations of VIAGRA with other treatments for erectile

dysfunction have not been studied. Therefore, the use of such combinations is not recommended.

In humans, VIAGRA has no effect on bleeding time when taken alone or with aspirin. In vitro studies with human platelets indicate that sildenafil potentiates the antiaggregatory effect of sodium nitroprusside (a nitric oxide donor). The combination of heparin and VIAGRA had an additive effect on bleeding time in the anesthetized rabbit, but this interaction has not been studied in humans.

Use of any drug to assist erections in Peyronie’s disease

It is my opinion that any man who is undergoing Peyronie’s disease treatment is taking a huge risk to use any of these erection producing drugs because it has been my observation and experience in talking to hundreds of men about their Peyronies problem, that these drugs can injure the penis and actually start Peyronie’s disease, make it worse, or possibly delay or interfere with your effort to try to heal your Peyronie’s plaque.   This happens because of the damage done by the surprisingly strong and uncontrollable erections these drugs can create.

With the use of these drugs it is possible that the forced erections they cause can place great internal stress within the penis that can injure the delicate tunica albuginea.  The erections created by these drugs can be indeed super-erections, greater than what a man normally experiences.

I have had a number of men tell me they are convinced their Peyronie’s disease started after using Viagra, Cialis, etc.   I am confident that at a later time we will start to hear reports about more side-effects of these medications.  This should not be so difficult to believe when you can read for yourself that the drug manufacturer is already warning men in particular with Peyronie’s disease to be cautious about its use.

Peyronie’s disease aggravated easily

Super-charging an erection is not the way the body was designed to be used.

What if you could take a drug that would enable you to lift a ton of weight above your head and keep it there for an hour?  Nice trick, very impressive, but your body is not built to take that kind of pressure to the muscles, ligaments, joints, bones and blood vessels.  A trick like that would cause great damage to internal organs, your spine, blood vessels, all major joints, etc.  Simply put, “It just ain’t natural.”  Same with these erection drugs like Levitra and Viagra.  The increased pressure created by these medications can be very damaging to the delicate tunica albuginea, and can result in or worsen a case of PD.

What would happen to your car tires if you happened to over-inflate them with 100 pounds of air pressure, even though they were built to take just 40 pounds of pressure?  You would be running the risk of damage to the internal structure of tire, wouldn’t you?  Of course.  The same thing can happen if the penis is over-inflated and then given a “rough ride.”  This is where the problems start, and this is what I want to bring to your attention.

Viagra, Cialis and Levitra are not a Peyronie’s treatment

It is very likely that the MDs who prescribe these medications to men with Peyronie’s disease will not agree with this thinking.  MDs tend to favor a chemical “fix” to most problems, so you would tend to expect a natural and automatic prejudice from an MD to use drugs to solve most problems.

If you have taken Cialis or any other erection producing drug because it was prescribed for you, and you mention this information to your MD, what do you suppose he or she will say?  Well, the first thing you must consider is that this information indicates that your doctor prescribed something for you that was not safe or appropriate.  The natural reaction would be for your doctor to immediately defend her decision.  That makes sense.  It is not my intention to make trouble for your doctor, she was only doing what she thought was best for you.  It is my intention for you to independently think about these things and see if they make sense to you, the owner of the penis that could become injured.  Do more research on your own, then talk to your doctor.  This way you are armed with both sides of the story.

It is my further intention to prevent you from injuring yourself further with these erection producing drugs.

A penis that is predisposed to Peyronies in the first place cannot tolerate the kind of stress that these erections drugs create.  It is just like someone with asthma cannot tolerate dust, odors or smoke that does not bother other people.  If you already have Peyronies you should do everything you can to avoid any kind of stress to this tissue, including avoidance of erection producing drugs.

I talk to a lot of men who are given a prescription for Viagra, etc. to help their sexual difficulty, and they instinctively know that this treatment does not make sense to them.  Yet, they are tempted to use the drug because of the promise of improved sexual performance; besides, they are also tempted because they feel, “Heck, my doctor would not do anything to hurt me, maybe it is OK to do.”  I would agree, your doctor would not want to hurt you intentionally.  Yet, we all know that tens of thousands of people are hurt each year by drugs that are given with good intentions and bad consequences.

In addition, I have talked to many men who have reported to me that they used these erections drugs many times, maybe for several months, with absolutely no problem.  The erections were “normal” and controllable, and everything was fine, and the sex was great.  Then, one night, one time, they took that same drug in the same way, and they got an erection that was unbelievably hard and huge, and they thought they were going to explode.  It scared the devil out of both partners.  A few days or weeks later – a curved penis and Peyronie’s disease developed.

If you attempt to think independently and logically about what might happen to your Peyronie’s disease when these drugs are used, you should have no trouble understanding how this could work against you.  If your doctor can convince you that they are perfectly safe, then you should do what your doctor says to do. Just remember, who that penis is attached to if a tragedy happens.  Your doctor will shrug his shoulders; you will have a worse case of PD.

My opinion is that the use of Viagra and similar erection drugs could easily be worsening the very problem you are attempting to heal.   The use of these drugs represents a calculated risk that you are taking, and you should be aware of it.

Please write a comment or question about this article if you want to know more about Peyronie’s disease treatment with Viagra, Levitra or Cialis.

Curved Penis and Peyronie’s Disease

Peyronies bent penis is focus of problem

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

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

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

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

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

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

Normally curved penis

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

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

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

Curved penis affects sexual intercourse

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

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

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

Treatment of the curved penis

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

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

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

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

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

Peyronies Treatment and the Penis Stretcher

Peyronie's Curved Penis and the Penis Stretcher

This blog report is about the hot Peyronie’s disease treatment topic of penis stretchers, or as they sometimes call an extender, and the long awaited announcement of our new, one-hour PDI Manual Penis Stretching Method© CD video.

All of this work and the discovery of yet another way to use Alternative Medicine to treat Peyronie’s disease started because I receive so many questions about the penis stretching devices, and the sad fact that I hear so many bad stories about them. I got tired of telling people why these penis stretcher devices cannot work, describing the common potential dangers they create, their mechanical limitations of use, and the many horror stories I hear from men whose PD started after using a penis stretcher. So, I started with a goal to learn if I could safely and effectively stretch the Peyronies penis, and I did.

A few months ago I wrote in the PD Institute Newsletters that I would soon offer a process that would revolutionize the concept of penis stretching as an improved form of Peyronies treatment. Now, the brand new PDI Manual Penis Stretching Method© CD is complete and ready for your review on the PDI website.

There are several very good reasons I looked into, and then developed, this entirely new concept in Peyronie’s disease treatment. Most of these reasons are well known to a large percent of men who have Peyronies treatment and have tried and failed with the commonly advertised mechanical penis stretcher devices, and should be well known to the rest of you for your personal benefit and safety.

From my experience, those over-priced penis stretcher devices you see advertised so heavily as a Peyronies treatment are not effective, and are potentially dangerous to all men with PD.

One aspect of the problem is the inability to wear the stretcher. Makers of these manual devices do not mention on their websites that you should not wear the device for more than two hours at a time – yet they want you to wear it for eight to nine hours a day to achieve results. If you could actually wear the stretcher for the full two hours, this would mean that you would put it on and take it off four or five times a day, with perhaps an hour or two rest periods between each wearing cycle. Most of your day would be spent tending to the stretcher, and you would have to do this for perhaps a year or more!

However, after talking to many hundreds of men over the years I know that most men cannot wear one for longer than 10-15 minutes at a time because of the pain and injury they cause. The pain is not so much caused by actual stretching of the penis, but by the pinching and compression to the head of the penis (glans) that is needed to forcefully hold the penis while it is stretched. Now, I don’t know about you, but my penis does not have a handle on it, so there is no good or easy way for a mechanical stretcher to grab the penis in order to stretch it. Thus, it is necessary to apply a strong and constant pressure directly around and below the glans while the traction force is applied.

I have met a few men who could wear a manual stretcher for up to an hour at a time, but not much more than that. If you are one of the men tough enough to wear one for up to an hour, this would mean most of your waking hours would be spent waiting in pain to either put the stretcher on or take it off. I have met men who had so much pain, tissue erosion and broken blood vessels that they never tried to wear it more than once. I have met men whose Peyronies started after a single use of a manual penis stretcher.

The danger of bruising, blisters and tissue erosion are so common that the instructions that come with the stretcher devices discuss what you should do when – not if – these problems occur. If this level of injury happens to the outside of the penis, it can do similar injury to the delicate tunica albuginea where the real injury of Peyronie’s disease occurs. This is how men get into trouble.

There are other practical problems with the stretchers. These involve common issues of daily living like wearing clothes, sitting down, working or urinating that make using a stretcher rather difficult or impossible. I guess these would not be a problem to men who do not wear clothes, do not sit down, do not work, and urinate wherever and whenever they wish. For the rest of us, the mechanical stretchers pose a real problem in the real world.

There are other considerations about the stretcher devices. Have you ever wondered why most of the penis stretcher companies that advertise so heavily are located outside the U.S.? It could be that it is better for them to be located outside the bounds of U.S. law when it comes to customer complaints, product returns and refunds.

Over the years I have been approached by many major manufacturers of these stretching devices, asking me to sell their products on the PDI website. When I ask a few specific questions of these people, something interesting always happens. I find that the person I am speaking to suddenly is not the correct person to answer my kind of question, and I am told that someone else will get back to me with an answer. When I do not get called back by the second person, for fun and curiosity, I call back to speak to the second person. The second person is never available, or is never in the office, and never calls me back. Never, in all the times and all the situations this has happened over the years, has anyone ever answered one of my questions. Remember, these are the people who want me to sell their product, yet this is the kind of help and service I receive. Can you imagine the help and service you would receive if you called with a problem after you spent your money?

Did you ever wonder, if the stretchers worked as quickly and easily as the advertising says they do, why do they have to advertise constantly everywhere you go when you read about PD? There is a reason they are advertised so heavily, and it is not because of effectiveness.

Yet, the concept of stretching soft tissue is interesting since Peyronie’s disease is a soft tissue problem.

So, I recently completed this experimental trial that lasted a little less than two years, in which I worked with 10 men who were customers of PDI and NCMP. From this effort I was able to devise a totally new concept in manually stretching the Peyronies plaque or scar. Our results showed that 80% had moderate to marked reduction of curvature and/or scar formation, with each and every man experiencing an improvement of sexual function.

I encourage you to visit the PDI website to learn more about this method to safely, painlessly, comfortably, and effectively reduce your PD scar, reduce your PD curvature, and improve your sexual ability in 80% of the cases. I ask that you understand that the same concepts of Alternative Medicine, logic and common sense you see throughout the PDI website also applies to the strategy and methods taught in the new PDI one-hour stretching CD.

If, after watching the brief demonstration video, you still have questions about the procedure then just send me an email at info@peyronies-disease-help.com You know I will answer your questions.

Bear in mind that the primary principle behind all PDI treatment concepts has always been synergy, and it always will be. Therefore, you need to understand that the PDI Manual Penis Stretching Method© is not a stand alone method.

Manual penis stretching was used in our tests in conjunction with standard Peyronie’s Disease Institute treatment plans as an additional method to increase synergy of care. No one used just this gentle manual penis stretching technique. In each case, greater progress occurred after using the Peyronie’s Disease Manual Penis Stretching Method© than without it; each man who followed the system saw better progress from his PDI therapy plan after adding the stretching technique. It seems that the PDI Manual Penis Stretching Method© increased effectiveness of our current treatment concept in eight out of 10 in our little study group.

Yes, Peyronies is a lousy problem and I wish I could tell you that this is a magical cure – just like the people who make the mechanical penis stretchers or the herbal products, but I can’t. Effectively treating Peyronie’s disease is still work.

While I can report that 80% of the group saw improvement, that means that 20% did not. I came to learn that those who did not do well with the manual stretching method were those who used very small therapy plans or did not follow their plans faithfully. So, there is room for improvement with this manual Peyronies treatment method. I would hope so. We are just learning how to apply this concept, so it will be necessary to share our insights, experiences and ideas with each other.

Please check it out. I believe you will be impressed and intrigued with the PDI Manual Penis Stretching Method©.

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Peyronie’s Disease Treatment Blog to Help You

Peyronie’s disease blog

Peyronie’s disease is surrounded by a world of misinformation, honest differences of opinion, lack of judgment, as well as total confusion.

Every week I get at least one email from someone who is newly diagnosed with Peyronie’s disease, but doubts that he has it.  The email will explain that the writer doubts he has Peyronie’s disease because he has heard that there is a Peyronie’s plaque or scar involved, and since he cannot see one, he doubts the diagnosis is correct.   He asks me to tell him if I think he has Peyronies, solely based on the information that his penis is bent.

What does this have to do with Peyronie's disease treatment and blogging?  Well, with this Peyronie’s Disease Treatment Forum blog available to any man or woman who deals with the problem of PD, it is far easier to create a library of information and ideas about Peyronie’s disease treatment using Alternative Medicine.

If you are reading this blog looking for answers to an important question, you owe it to yourself and to the larger Peyronie’s disease community to ask that burning question about your problem that you would like explained.  There is a very good chance that other people would also like to know more about that same issue.  Without your participation in this blog, it will not reach its full potential to help you and others with Peyronie’s disease.

Questions in these areas?  Fire away:

  1. Anatomy of the male or female genitals
  2. Erections – how do they happen, why is mine weaker than before, how to increase and strengthen mine
  3. Peyronies disease – any aspect
  4. Peyronie’s disease  treatment – any aspect of medical, surgical or Alternative Medicine treatment
  5. Intercourse – any aspect
  6. Relationship problems – any aspect
  7. Your treatment plan is not going the way you thought it would

Please ask your questions and make your comments to those who have left a comment here.  In this way the misinformation, honest differences of opinion, lack of judgment, as well as total confusion of some, can be lifted.

Peyronie's disease treatment with Xiaflex

Peyronie's treatment with experimental drug, Xiaflex

Peyronie’s disease is best known for the plaque, scar or hard lump that causes a curved penis to develop. Peyronies begins as a localized inflammation, usually as a result of injury of some type. It is currently believed that Peyronie’s disease is caused by vascular trauma or injury to the deeper penis anatomy. Peyronie’s disease is most common in men over 50 years, and the incidence increases with age. This inflammation often progresses to a hardened plaque or scar that reduces flexibility of the tissue of the penis, and results in a bend or distortion during erection due to incomplete filling or restriction of the tissue. Often, this causes constant pain or pain during erection, and for some men these can prevent sexual intercourse due t physical incompatibility or erectile dysfunction.

Aside from the physical changes, depression and reduced self-esteem are commonly experienced by men with Peyronie’s disease.

Peyronie’s disease is most often treated by urologists, even though there are no approved drug therapies for Peyronie’s disease. Peyronie's surgery may be an option for some patients although complications such as worsening of the PD distortion can develop, as well as loss of penile length can occur. Xiaflex, a type of collagen reducing enzyme, or collagenase, has been experimentally injected into the Peyronie’s disease scar or plaque as an in-office procedure. The purpose of injecting Xiaflex into the Peyronie's disease scar is to soften the scar tissue and improve or reduce the curvature of the penis. Further, this is hoped to improve sexual function and eliminate the distressing negative psychosocial aspects of Peyronie’s disease.

Peyronies Xiaflex trial results

Sponsored and monitored by BioSpecifics Technologies Corp., licensor of Xiaflex, the 12 month phase II open-label trials of Xiaflex showed limited but promising results. These research tests were conducted to evaluate the ability of Xiaflex to successfully treat Peyronie's disease, as well as its compatibility and side effect potential. In this process clinical success was defined as a baseline change of penile angulation of at least 25 percent.

Each of the study participants received three injections of Xiaflex, administered on a separate day, and given over seven to ten day period. Twelve weeks later, each man received a second series of three injections. Research subjects were evaluated at three, six, and nine months after the Xiaflex injection series.

The average baseline angulation was 52.8 degrees. In this study clinical success was achieved at three and six months with 58 percent and 53 percent of patients, respectively. This would suggest that early success might not last very long or that the improvement to the Peyronie’s disease distortion was temporary.

In this study there were adverse reactions with Xiaflex that were not described in the general media. The most common adverse reaction was only reported as a problem at the local administration site that was mild or moderate in severity, non-serious, and resolved in time without medical attention. No comment was made about worsening of the Peyronie’s disease after the nine month time frame as a direct result of repeated injury to the delicate tunica albuginea tissue from the multiple needle injections of the needle used to deliver the Xiaflex.

It is the opinion of PDI that for some men these repeated injections could make their Peyronie's disease condition worse over time. It might be prudent for the average man to wait until more clinical treatment results are collected and interpreted before considering this treatment approach.

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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.

Peyronies treatment and the penis stretcher

Peyronies treatment and the penis stretcher

last longer for men

This blog report is about the hot Peyronie’s disease treatment topic of penis stretchers, or extender, and the long awaited announcement of our new, one-hour PDI Manual Penis Stretching Method© CD video.

All of this work and the discovery of yet another way to use Alternative Medicine to treat Peyronie’s disease started because I receive so many questions about the penis elongating devices, and the sad fact that I hear so many bad stories about them. I got tired of telling people why these mechanical penis stretching devices cannot work, describing the common potential dangers they create, their mechanical limitations of use, and the many horror stories I hear from men whose PD started after using a penis stretcher. So, I started with a goal to learn if I could safely and effectively stretch the Peyronies penis, and I did.

A few months ago I wrote in the PD Institute Newsletters that I would soon offer a process that would revolutionize the concept of penis stretching as an improved form of Peyronies treatment. Now, the brand new PDI Manual Penis Stretching Method© CD is now complete and ready for your review on the PDI website at Manual Penis Stretching Method©

There are several very good reasons I looked into, and then developed, this entirely new concept in Peyronie’s disease treatment. Most of these reasons are well known to a large percent of men who have PD and have tried and failed with the commonly advertised mechanical penis stretcher devices, and should be well known to the rest of you for your personal benefit and safety.

From my experience, those over-priced penis stretcher devices you see advertised so heavily as a Peyronies treatment are not effective, and are potentially dangerous to all men with PD.

One aspect of the problem is the inability to wear the stretcher. Makers of these manual devices do not mention on their websites that you should not wear the device for more than two hours at a time – yet they want you to wear it for eight to nine hours a day to achieve results. If you could actually wear the stretcher for the full two hours, this would mean that you would put it on and take it off four or five times a day, with perhaps an hour or two rest period between each wearing cycle. Most of your day would be spent tending to the stretcher, and you would have to do this for perhaps a year or more!

However, after talking to many hundreds of men over the years I know that most men cannot wear one for longer than 10-15 minutes at a time because of the pain and injury they cause. The pain is not so much caused by actual stretching of the penis, but by the pinching and compression to the head of the penis (glans) that is needed to forcefully hold the penis while it is stretched. Now, I don’t know about you, but my penis does not have a handle on it, so there is no good or easy way for a mechanical stretcher to grab the penis in order to stretch it. Thus, it is necessary to apply a strong and constant pressure directly around and below the glans while the traction force is applied.

I have met a few men who could wear a manual stretcher for up to an hour at a time, but not much more than that. If you are one of the men tough enough to wear one for up to an hour, this would mean most of your waking hours would be spent waiting in pain to either put the stretcher on or take it off. I have met men who had so much pain, tissue erosion and broken blood vessels that they never tried to wear it more than once. I have met men whose PD started after a single use of a manual penis stretcher.

The danger of bruising, blisters and tissue erosion are so common that the instructions that come with the stretcher devices discuss what you should do when – not if – these problems occur. If this level of injury happens to the outside of the penis, it can do similar injury to the delicate tunica albuginea where the real injury of Peyronie’s disease occurs. This is how men get into trouble.

There are other practical problems with the stretchers. These involve common issues of daily living like wearing clothes, sitting down, working or urinating that make using a stretcher rather difficult or impossible. I guess these would not be a problem to men who do not wear clothes, do not sit down, do not work, and urinate wherever and whenever they wish. For the rest of us, the mechanical stretchers pose a real problem in the real world.

There are other considerations about the stretcher devices. Have you ever wondered why most of the penis stretcher companies that advertise so heavily are located outside the U.S.? It could be that it is better for them to be located outside the bounds of U.S. law when it comes to customer complaints, product returns and refunds.

Over the years I have been approached by many major manufacturers of these stretching devices, asking me to sell their products on the PDI website. When I ask a few specific questions of these people, something interesting always happens. I find that the person I am speaking to suddenly is not the correct person to answer my kind of question, and I am told that someone else will get back to me with an answer. When I do not get called back by the second person, for fun and curiosity, I call back to speak to the second person. The second person is never available, or is never in the office, and never calls me back. Never, in all the times and all the situations this has happened over the years, has anyone ever answered one of my questions. Remember, these are the people who want me to sell their product, yet this is the kind of help and service I receive. Can you imagine the help and service you would receive if you called with a problem after you spent your money?

Did you ever wonder, if the stretchers worked as quickly and easily as the advertising says they do, why do they have to advertise constantly everywhere you go when you read about PD? There is a reason they are advertised so heavily, and it is not because of effectiveness.

Yet, the concept of stretching soft tissue is interesting since Peyronie’s disease is a soft tissue problem.

So, I recently completed this experimental trial that lasted a little less than two years, in which I worked with 10 men who were customers of PDI and Natural Complementary Medicine LLC. From this effort I was able to devise a totally new concept in manually stretching the Peyronies plaque or scar. Our results showed that 80% had moderate to marked reduction of curvature and/or scar formation, with each and every man experiencing an improvement of sexual function.

I encourage you to visit the PDI website to learn more about this method to safely, painlessly, comfortably, and effectively reduce your PD scar, reduce your PD curvature, and improve your sexual ability in 80% of the cases. I ask that you understand that the same concepts of Alternative Medicine, logic and common sense you see throughout the PDI website also applies to the strategy and methods taught in the new PDI one-hour stretching CD.

If, after watching the brief demonstration video, you still have questions about the procedure then just send me an email at info@peyronies-disease-help.com You know I will answer your questions.

Bear in mind that the primary principle behind all PDI treatment concepts has always been synergy, and it always will be. Therefore, you need to understand that the PDI Manual Penis Stretching Method© is not a stand alone method.

Manual penis stretching was used in our tests in conjunction with standard PDI treatment plans as an additional method to increase synergy of care. No one used just this gentle manual penis stretching technique. In each case, greater progress occurred after using the Peyronie’s Disease DI Manual Penis Stretching Method© than without it; each man who followed the system saw better progress from his PDI therapy plan after adding the stretching technique. It seems that the PDI Manual Penis Stretching Method© increased effectiveness of our current treatment concept in eight out of 10 in our little study group.

Yes, Peyronies is a lousy problem and I wish I could tell you that this is a magical cure – just like the people who make the mechanical penis stretchers or the herbal products, but I can’t. Effectively treating Peyronie’s disease is still work.

While I can report that 80% of the group saw improvement, that means that 20% did not. I came to learn that those who did not do well with the manual stretching method were those who used very small therapy plans or did not follow their plans faithfully. So, there is room for improvement with this manual Peyronies treatment method. I would hope so. We are just learning how to apply this concept, so it will be necessary to share our insights, experiences and ideas with each other.

Please check it out. I believe you will be impressed and intrigued with the PDI Manual Penis Stretching Method©. Go to Manual Penis Stretching Method© and let me know what you think.

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Peyronie’s Disease Plaque, Viagra, Cialis, Levitra, and Blood Supply

Different way to look at Peyronie's disease and blood supply

Peyronie’s disease is all about the Peyronies plaque, because the Peyronie’s plaque causes all the problems we normally associate with this condition.  To back this idea up, and to show you are doing something that is potentially dangerous to your Peyronie’s disease by using erection enhancing drugs, let’s review some interesting research that took place about 15 years ago.

First, some background.  According to two Peyronies disease researchers, Drs. J. A. Lopez and J. P. Jarrow, from the Department of Urology, Bowman Gray School of Medicine of Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, most of the erectile dysfunction that is associated with Peyronies disease is probably not due to reduced blood supply coming into the penis.  Hence, taking Viagra, Cialis, Levitra, or any erection producing drugs, is often not effective and when it is it could be dangerous when someone with PD takes any erection producing drug.

Let’s get through the technical material first and then I will put it all together as it relates to using these drugs because you have Peyronies.

In the study done by Lopez and Jarrow, they did a penile vascular (blood flow) evaluation; they tested the penis arteries (to determine blood flow coming into the penis), and they tested the penis veins (to determine the blood flow leaving the penis).

They tested 95 consecutive men who came to them for evaluation or treatment of Peyronie's disease; of these 95 men, 19 were potent (able to become erect) and 76 were impotent (not able to become erect).  They also did the very same kind of penile vascular (blood flow) evaluation on 100 consecutive impotent men who did not have Peyronie's disease so they could compare the condition of their blood vessels as it relates to erections and erectile dysfunction.

Potent men with Peyronie’s disease

After testing the 19 potent men who had Peyronie's disease, they found only one (5%) of the 19 potent patients had abnormal arterial blood flow coming into the penis, and none (95%) had evidence of abnormal venous blood supply leaving the penis.

Impotent men with Peyronie’s disease

After testing the 76 impotent men who had Peyronie's disease, they found that 27 men (36%) had abnormal arterial blood flow coming into the penis, and 44 men (59%) had evidence of abnormal venous blood supply leaving the penis.

Potent and Impotent men who did not have Peyronie’s disease

There was no significant difference in historical risk factors for impotence between the impotent men with or without Peyronie's disease and the control population of impotent patients.

After testing the 100 men who did not have Peyronie’s disease they found they had about the same percent of abnormal arterial blood flow coming into the penis.  However, they found these same men had significantly less (16%) abnormal venous blood supply leaving the penis.

So the big difference was that the impotent men (59%) with Peyronie’s disease had a whole lot more abnormal venous blood supply leaving the penis, than the impotent men (16%) who did not have Peyronie’s disease.

This means that although men with Peyronie's disease may suffer some impotence due to artery blood flow problems, the research proves that the primary and overwhelming cause of impotence in men with Peyronie’s disease is abnormal venous blood supply leaving the penis.

So you ask, “What could be wrong with my venous blood flow leaving my penis?”  Answer:  your Peyronie’s plaque.

Peyronie’s plaque causes impotency

It is the Peyronie’s plaque that causes the veins of the penis to not close properly. Click here to understand a bit about Peyronie's disease and erection.

There are special valves within the veins of the penis that close off at special times, to trap the blood inside the penis – to create an erection.  If the veins do not trap the blood, no erection.  The presence of the plaque or scar material is the problem that causes the valves of the veins to not trap blood, hence a poor or absent erection.  Yes, there are surely many emotional reasons a man with Peyronies will develop impotency, but this vein problem is by far the primary physical reason for this erection problem that we all are interested in.

Imagine that you want to close a door to trap warm or cold air inside a room.  You try to close the door, but you cannot because there is something causing the door to not close all the way – perhaps the door is warped, or maybe there is something lying across the doorway like a doorstop and the door will not seal the room shut.  If the door cannot be closed fully, it will be difficult or impossible to close the door, and you cannot trap the air in that room. It is the same in Peyronie’s disease. If the valves of the veins cannot be closed fully, it will be difficult or impossible to close them, and you cannot trap the blood to create the erection.

The presence of one or more Peyronie’s disease plaques or scars can and will cause physical interference with the normal closing of the valves inside the penis veins and one or more areas of the penis stay soft, preventing intercourse.  It is as simple as that.

So your medical doctor, hearing that you are having a problem with impotence along with your Peyronie’s disease says to you, “Do not fear.  I have my magic prescription pad here.  I will happily write a prescription for  Viagra, Cialis, or Levitra and you will get an erection that will amaze and delight the woman you love, and amaze all your family, friends and neighbors.  Please pay the nurse at the front desk as you leave.”

Elsewhere I will write more about the potential dangers of erection producing drugs like Viagra, Cialis, and Levitra in relation specifically to Peyronies.  For this discussion it is sufficient to state that Viagra, Cialis, and Levitra only bring more blood into the penis.  The do not and cannot help you to trap it there to create an erection.  This is why they may or may not work for you, and in fact, could potentially make your Peyronie’s disease worse.

For more information about the safe and effective treatment of Peyronie’s disease with Alternative Medicine, go to the Peyronie's Disease Institute website.

Peyronie’s Disease Treatment Philosophy – General Comments

The Peyronie’s Disease Institute treatment philosophy for dealing with Peyronie’s disease is not accepted within the medical community. You should know the PDI opinions and Peyronie's disease treatment philosophy are not current mainstream medical thinking, although PDI has assisted a dozen or more MDs with their Peyronies problem in the last few years.

The Peyronie’s Disease Institute philosophy for Peyronie’s treatment is different from standard medical thinking in two fundamental ways.

1. PDI recommends using mainstream Alternative Medicine therapy products (vitamin E, copper copper, DMSO, enzymes, etc.), and procedures like a special gentle manual penis stretching technique we have developed, and acupuncture). These are recommended even though they have not fulfilled the testing standards usually required of medication.

2. PDI has found after seven years of review and research that taking multiple therapies, all at the same time, in sufficient quantities as described on its website that it often stimulates or supports some degree of improved ability to heal and repair the famous Peyronie’s plaque or scar. The scientific term for this phenomenon is "synergy".

The specific therapy products used by PDI are well known and generally accepted as important, and often essential, for health and well being, such as vitamin E, MSM, acetyl-L-carnitine, etc. However, what is unique is that PDI advocates these therapy products are used in combination and in significant number for maximum potential effect and benefit. This synergistic concept of therapy used by PDI to treat PD takes advantage of the affect of synergy – a concept that is very well known in medical practice. Synergy is the ability of two or more substances to work together to produce a total effect greater than what each individual therapy could produce by itself. 

This Peyronie’s disease treatment concept is based on simple observations about this problem:

· Why do some men completely recover from Peyronie’s disease without treatment? You know, this happens in about half of the case.

· Why do some men get worse and need surgery, no matter what treatment they try?

· If the Peyronie’s plaque is similar to scars like I have on other parts of my body, why does it seem to change so much – not only the size, shape, and density of the scar, but also the location?

· If it’s actually the same problem among all the men who have it, why does Peyronies vary so much from one man to the next?

· What’s the difference between the two groups of men whose Peyronie’s disease goes away on its own, and the other in which it only gets worse no matter what they do for it?

· What is the fundamental difference between these two groups of different responses?

· How can I join the group that repairs and eliminates the Peyronie’s plaque and reverses the bent penis of PD?

Certainly , no one has complete or easy answers to this questions – yet. However, I think it makes perfect sense that the man whose Peyronie’s disease simply goes away on its own has a better healing capacity, than another man whose PD never improves. It cannot be a mater of luck; nature is just not that way. It is my opinion that you can increase your healing capacity and become healthier in some yet undetermined way so you are able to heal your Peyronie’s scar and reverse your Peyronie’s bend to the best of your ability.

The fact that some men are able to recover better than others, must mean there is variable − not static − capacity to healing and repair among men. Common sense and generally accepted knowledge about health, nutrition, and the healing process offers you and I the foundation for a treatment concept and philosophy that should improve your chances to recover from Peyronie’s disease better than if you did nothing to enhance your ability to heal. It is really as simple and direct as that.  The Peyronie’s plaque found within and on the tunica albuginea can be seen as an expression or extension of the overall health and healing potential of the body in which it occurs. Similar to an ulcer, a Peyronie’s plaque or scar can be thought of as the result of abnormal body chemistry and physiology. As such, treatment of Peyronie’s disease should attempt to improve that distressed or abnormal chemistry and physiology of the penile tissue in which the plaque is found.

 

 

 

All therapy products, nutrients, techniques and ideas presented by PDI are all directly or indirectly intended to improve the chemistry and physiology of the body in general and plaque elimination in the tunica specifically. The end result of this effort should be a healthier person with healthier tissue that can heal better. That is the reason all Peyronie’s therapy items are selected on the basis of their potential to improve or normalize the chemistry and physiology of the tunica of the penis and the foreign plaque material.

 

 

This Peyronie's treatment philosophy is not offered as though we have an absolute Peyronie's cure, not at all.   While we have a high success rate, it is not an absolute cure in that sense. It is merely presented as a way to treat the man who has Peyronie's disease, because  we all know this happens in 50% of the cases – so it can be done, and it is being done.  PDI is merely offering a way to increase your potential to join the ranks of the men whose Peyronie's plaque is healed naturally.  The only difference is that you are doing specific things in a deliberate and methodical manner to heal yourself better than you did the first time around.

 

Peyronie’s Disease Institute adopts the judgment of Mayo Clinic concerning Peyronie’s disease when it stated. ”early stage disease [of Peyronie’s disease] is reputed to respond better than well-established plaques, an early trial of inexpensive, safe and well-tolerated oral therapy is often initially recommended. … With advances in the molecular biology of inflammation and wound healing, the management and understanding of this frustrating disease will no doubt improve.”

With this statement in mind, I strongly recommend that any man, in any stage of Peyronie’s disease – no matter how chronic or advanced – should at least investigate the use of synergy created by the combination of several simultaneous non-invasive treatment measures selected on the basis of the best understanding of your problem and the information that is available to you. Peyronie's disease treatment is variable from one man to the next. Because the Alternative Medicine therapies used in Peyronie's disease treatment are intended not to treat the disease but to support and strengthen the man who has the problem, so he can heal and repair it to the best of his ability.  Since we are all different, each man must approach his own search for a Peyronies cure on an individual basis.

When you look at the different therapy products on PDI website, realize that they are intended to increase your ability to heal and repair PD, just as it naturally and spontaneously happens in 50% of the men who develop this condition.   Keeping this in mind should change the way you look not only at Peyronie's disease, but also the way that you consider your relationship to the problem and how you hope to eventually overcome it.