I have a personal interest in Peyronie's disease. At about 70 years of age I developed what was diagnosed as a true case of Peyronies. Prior to that I had no particular problem having multiple partners and three wives resulting in four offspring. The true signs of Peyronies were of rather rapid onset, over a period of a few months. My Urologist suggested Topical application of Verapamil cream which I used for approximately six months to no avail. I experienced no pain and my wife and I continued to have pleasurable sexual experiences.
The architecture of my penis varied over a period of time. It was and is noticeably curved to the left. The Glans was small but has subsequently achieved normal architecture The curvature and a shortening of two inches prevails. (From a true 6″ to about 4).
I am now 81 years and seldom achieve orgasm and then only after prolonged oral and manual stimulation with adequate lubrication.
However my question and interest is regarding the “natural” curvature of the penis. I started masturbation at age 13 and as I recall my underdeveloped penis was relatively straight. However as length and maturity developed a definite but slight (10 Deg.) curvature to the left seemed to develop. This conformed to the natural curvature of my right hand which was the one used to masturbate. This continued until my full adult development and remained so for many years. Other than a marked curvature the symptoms presented no problems.
My thesis is that as the penis develops during adolescence the bend will be the result of the constant “abuse” of the organ. A nurse friend and lover of mine used to joke she could tell the left handed males from the right by the deviation of the penis. I have observed many males with straight penises and I am sure their masturbating habits were as common as mine.
Do you think that this may lead to Peyronies later in life. Review of the literature reveals little information specifically relating to this issue.
C. A. H. DDS MS
You are correct, there is no specific reference in the literature in regard to this particular, and somewhat common, question about repeated masturbation altering the shape of the penile shaft to conform to the hand that is habitually used.
I believe the reason there is so little interest to investigate this idea is that it is rather implausible and has no evidence of occurrence in related or similar scenarios. By this I mean if we take an approximately similar situation of a 13 year old boy who does something with approximately the same level of frequency or habituation as you or the average boy would masturbate, I cannot think of one example in which the body would be deformed or adapt to the repeated physical contact he would experience.
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Giving this a few minutes thought, it seems to me that the best general area in which to explore or consider something like what you are suggesting would be in the area of sports or farm work, since it is common for 13 year old boys to be so engaged and to continue to be engaged in sport and farm work activities for many years thereafter. Not only would the sport or farm activity start at this early age, and continue for many years subsequently, but it would typically be performed at a frequency similar or greater than such a boy would masturbate. For example, a 13 year old boy growing up on a dairy farm would be obligated to milk cows twice a day, pitch hay daily, scoop manure several times a week and many other repetitious and physically demanding duties that significantly impact his developing body. Yet, no deformity of the hands or upper body develops as a result of his work other than the development of callus tissue on the hands which is only temporary.
History does not report that when children during the Industrial Revolution were put into servitude at the age of 5 or 6 to work 10 hours a day 6 days a week in factories and coal mines , that their bodies were in anyway significantly or predictably misshapen by rigorous and repeated contact with machines or the tools they used.
Come to think of it, I have worn a belt snugly around my waist since at least five years of age or earlier yet I do not have an indentation to conform to 8-12 hours of compression from a belt over a life time – and I am 67 years of age.
Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, I think you have made the case that handedness while masturbating does not lead to any particular curved penis pattern. You wrote that many men have straight penises although they were all likely to have masturbated at the same age and the same or greater frequency and gusto than what you used. The fact that those straight penises exist tends to refute what you have proposed.
What you ask about is a common idea, but I do not see evidence to support it.
However, what you describe in your email does sound like Peyronie's disease. I would suggest that the apparent injury that started your Peyronie's problem was not because of your right (or left) hand holding your erection with any particular hand repeatedly, but from some accident that occurred while as a young man or even later in life. TRH