Peyronie’s Disease and Masturbation

Masturbation prominently factors into Peyronie’s disease.   A man will either cause his own Peyronie’s problem when he abusively or violently masturbates , or later as he attempts to cope with the growing sexual frustration and limitation created by  the curved penis of his Peyronie’s disease.

Masturbation is the self-stimulation of the female or male genitals to arouse sexual pleasure, usually to the point of orgasm or sexual climax.  It is commonly performed by touching, stroking, or in some way pleasurably stimulating the penis or clitoris until orgasm occurs.

Peyronie’s disease intersects with masturbation in particular for several reasons:

  1. Older boys and men of all ages can injure themselves during rough masturbation rituals with the potential to lead to Peyronie’s disease, especially if genetically predisposed to develop PD.
  2. Men who are unable or too embarrassed to expose their deformity to their sexual partner often resort to masturbation to release sexual tension, and perhaps in a negative mindset will be abusive to themselves.
  3. Men who are unable to engage in sexual intercourse because of severe penile distortions can receive masturbation from them partner as a way to share sexual pleasure, serving as a substitute for traditional intercourse.
  4. Women who are denied sexual intercourse because of a partner’s severe penile distortion or erectile dysfunction related to Peyronie’s disease can be masturbated as a way to share sexual pleasure, as a substitute for traditional intercourse.
  5. Women who are denied sexual intercourse because of her partner’s emotional and physical withdrawal, thus isolated from the man with Peyronie’s disease, can use masturbation to release sexual tension while he is working out his own problems.

General masturbation comments

At one time or another or all life long, just about everyone masturbates – male and female.  It is an extremely common behavior, even among people with access to sexual intercourse and other erotic outlets with a partner. While in one national study 95% of males and 89% of females reported they have masturbated, those who reported they had never masturbated admitted they would be reluctant to admit it if they did – thus these numbers are probably low.

For young children masturbation is a normal part of youthful exploration, often becoming the first sexual act. Most people continue to masturbate in adulthood, and many do so throughout their lives.  The most common explanation given why people limit or avoid masturbation is the shame and guilt that arises from religious and societal pressure.

Once regarded as a perversion and sign of a mental problem, masturbation is now seen as a normal, healthy sexual activity that is pleasant, fulfilling, acceptable, and safe. Masturbation is only considered a problem under certain circumstances:

  1. Directly or indirectly inhibits sexual activity with a partner.
  2. Causes significant distress if done compulsively and uncontrollably, against the greater desire of the individual to stop.
  3. Interferes with daily activities of life.
  4. Compulsively done in public or at socially inappropriate times.

No longer considered as being harmful, masturbation is thought to improve sexual health and interpersonal relationships, if after learning what is personally pleasurable this knowledge is shared with a partner.  Especially in the situation of Peyronie’s disease many partners use mutual masturbation to develop and refine techniques for a more satisfying sexual relationship, when more traditional sexual outlets are not an option.

Masturbation can contribute to sexual dysfunction in Peyronie’s disease

Men who habitually masturbate in ways that are not common with a sex partner – employing mechanical measures that produce an unusually intense stimulus, stroking with great pressure or unnatural friction, resulting in soft tissue damage of the penis – can become so accustomed and dependent on that particular level or type of stimulus that partner-sex becomes insufficient for sexual arousal and leads to retarded ejaculation.  When a man experiences this sexual dysfunction he finds it difficult or even impossible to climax during more conventional partnered sex.

Michael A. Perelman, PhD, clinical associate professor of psychiatry, reproductive medicine, and urology at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City and the president of the Society for Sex Therapy and Research states, “Any man experiencing any sexual dysfunction should ask himself if he’s masturbating in ways that produce sensations that differ from those he gets from his partner’s hand, mouth, or vagina.  If so, then he should consider what he could say to her to make the stimulation more similar — and how he could change the way he masturbates to make it feel more similar to what his partner does.”

Safe masturbation in Peyronie’s disease

Generally, the best and safest masturbation you can enjoy by yourself or with a partner is that which is most like vaginal stimulation.  This can be as simple as using the hand in a fist to surround the erection while applying upward and downward stroking, oral stimulus, or sex toys that feel like a vagina.   This kind of masturbation is therapeutic once the Peyronie’s curvature has been corrected and more traditional sexual encounters can be enjoyed once again.

Lastly, because penile injury is thought to be a prime cause of Peyronie’s disease, it is mandatory that all masturbation be gentle and well lubricated to avoid worsening of an already bad situation. For more information, click on “Peyronie’s Disease and Sex.”


17 thoughts on “Peyronie’s Disease and Masturbation

  1. kubi says:

    I had these symptoms of Peyronie’s disease when I was 17…but am I am 25 now …Is still giving me complications …I need help

  2. Dr.Herazy says:

    Greetings Kubi,

    First, you must be sure you have Peyronie’s disease. It is rare for someone who is 17 to develop this problem. Please see a doctor to determine if you have Peyronie’s disease or some other condition. TRH

  3. Nick says:

    I’m 29 and I have Peyronie’s disease. Please help me I don’t know what to do. How can I get back to normal and get my life back? Please help me.

  4. Dr.Herazy says:

    Greetings Nick,

    Sorry to hear about your Peyronie’s disease. I know from first-hand experience how PD can deeply affect someone. You asked for help. Whatever you want to know about the Alternative Medicine treatment of Peyronie’s disease can be found on the approximately 750 pages of information of the PDI website. There are a lot of ideas and information for you to get some control over your situation. I talk to men everyday who are taking control of their PD problems and making improvement when nothing else has helped them, and they have done all of this with the information found only on this site.

    Peyronie’s disease can be overwhelming, with little to no help from the medical community. That is why PDI was developed to the help men and women who must deal with this problem in a knowledgeable and effective way. The entire PDI website is devoted to the Alternative Medicine treatment of Peyronie’s disease – and there is a lot to learn. All standard medical treatment has limitations and side-effects that are often worse than the original problem. The Alternative Medicine treatment principles make sense to the many people who take the time to understand what is presented.

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

    All standard medical information about PD clearly states that in half of the cases, the Peyronie’s disease “goes away on its own.” Your safest and most logical solution is to attempt to join those 50% of men whose Peyronie’s disease is resolved naturally. Well, all we do with the PDI approach is to work to get the body prepared and able to heal on its own, just as it should happen. It is really not such a crazy or extreme idea.

    Since you asked how you can help yourself, I should mention a book I wrote that gives much information about day-to-day treating and living with Peyronie’s disease, called “Peyronie’s Disease Handbook” as well as a second book about sexual aspects of PD, called “Peyronie’s Disease and Sex.” These books were written because of new and unique things that PDI has discovered you can do to easily make changes in your life that could help your PD. It would be good to become familiar with some of the treatment concepts that are found in the book.

    From past experience it is most usual that those men who follow the largest and most aggressive therapy plan will usually get the best results. If you are interested in doing all that you can to help your Peyronie’s disease, then perhaps you could consider using what is called the “Large (Best) Plan” for personal treatment. The Medium Plan is perhaps the most popular of the three plans. All plans can be modified to suit your thinking about therapy.

    Peyronie’s disease is a very difficult and stubborn problem to treat successfully. In order to make any level of correction of the problem requires that a man be prepared to spend time and effort to build up his inner strength to correct his problem. I would be pleased to answer any specific questions you have about Peyronie’s disease treatment, and to give you the best of my thinking about what you might want to do to change the direction your problem is heading.

    PDI is here to make a real difference with your Peyronie’s disease using information you will not find anywhere else. Please email me any questions you might have about treatment of Peyronie’s disease with Alternative Medicine, I will be happy to help you in any way that I can. TRH

  5. Nick says:

    I think I have Peyronie’s disease and I can’t go to a doctor what do I do. I’m only 13 and I have dry masturbated for about 9 months and my penis is curved. I also don’t use lube because I’m not sure which one to use and how. Like I said I can’t see a doctor and I need advice on how to cure my curved penis if it has PD. I don’t want this to ruin my life. Not sure what to do. Thx.

  6. Dr.Herazy says:

    Greetings Nick,

    Thanks for asking about Peyronie’s disease and masturbation. Your letter shows great maturity.

    Peyronie’s disease is not a small problem and you need adult help. This is a problem you really should try to get help from your parents. But if you really cannot go to your folks, how about an older brother, uncle or male cousin you can trust for help. You have to see a doctor who can tell you if you really have Peyronie’s disease. You might have a normally curved penis and all your worries about having Peyronie’s disease are a waste of time. As a last resort you can go to the school nurse and tell her “I am worried about a problem down there (point below your belt) and I want to see a doctor. I want privacy and I don not want anyone to know about this, OK?” If she asks you any questions you do not want to answer, just say “I am not comfortable talking to you about it and I want to see a doctor.” It is a good guess you will get what you want.

    Good luck, Nick. TRH

  7. Nick says:

    Thanks for the advice. I’m the 13 year old kid from before ahah. I can’t actually afford a doctor well I can but let alone it will be extremely hard to tell my parents and a trusted adult if I have Peyronie’s disease. But my erection curve is like 35-45 degrees.

    And it’s also a tiny bit bent/curved to the right when it’s not erect. There’s also some tissue or urethra that I can see when it is erected. But either way can u tell me if this like tissue or what ever is normal even without Peyronie’s disease?

    I think all I need to do is do a few things like stop sleeping on my stomach and eat more vitamin E, and use lube for jerking off. Any other ideas what I should start doing for help. Because I’m not too sure if it’s a normal cured penis but it started happening when I jerked off with no lube.

    By the way is it water based lube and how much do I use for I session of jerking off. Thanks so much for your time and consideration.

  8. Dr.Herazy says:

    Greetings again Nick,

    You thank me for my first advice about Peyronie’s disease. Even though you do not take that advice, you come back for more. Here it is: You need adult help because the few things you propose to do to help yourself will not work.

    In my first response I wrote that your posting showed great maturity. In a lot of ways I still think you are a mature 13 year old, but you are still a minor. You do not have the resources, experience or knowledge to help yourself. You have put yourself in a very serious and embarrassing situation. Part of being mature is the ability to do unpleasant and undesirable things well, because you must, because it is wise and because it is necessary for the higher good. Kids take the easy way out; a mature person does what is right. Please dig down deep and do the right thing.

    Talk to an adult about your concerns about Peyronie’s disease. You do not have to admit or even suggest anything about masturbation. Simply say you have no idea why your shaft is suddenly bent. Many 40-65YO men cannot trace their Peyronie’s disease back to any specific event or cause; perhaps half of PD seems to start spontaneously; why not you? If it makes you more comfortable use this little white lie to get over the rough spot that sounds like it is holding you back. Please. Other adults talk to other adults about Peyronie’s disease, and they get help. It is the mature thing to do. TRH

  9. Tom says:

    Dr Herazy,

    I’m a 53 years old and about 2 weeks ago I awoke with a bent erection, not curved but bent and thin to the right. I have made an appointment with a urologist but can’t get in for another month.

    I have had ED problems for a couple of years but can sometimes achieve erections, either with my wife or by myself.

    After about 10 days I had a erection (little soft but mostly erect) and the sharp bend is gone, girth seems to be back to normal, but my penis seems slightly curved to the left. Normally it’s been slightly curved to the right.

    My question is even though I experienced no pain or bruising could I have temporarily damaged my penis while sleeping?

    All the research I have done over the last two weeks would indicate Peyronie’s disease, now not so sure. It is another month until my appointment and was just looking for a little input. Thanks.

  10. Dr.Herazy says:

    Greetings Tom,

    The variability of the penile distortion pattern you describe is not inconsistent with actual early Peyronie’s disease, but is also consistent with a simple injury of the penile tissue that is not currently Peyronie’s disease. If your situation is the latter, I suggest that you put yourself on an aspirin dosage to reduce that penile inflammation and apply ice to the area 2-3 times a day for 15-20 minuets until you can see your urologist. Your interest in doing this is to help reduce the tissue inflammation so that it does not evolve into Peyronie’s disease, if in fact you do not have Peyronie’s disease already.

    You mention your ED. If you have used erection producing PDE5 drugs (Viagra, Cialis, etc.), this might explain how your injury occurred since these PDE5 drugs are know to over-inflate the penile tissue. This over-stretching can cause significant micro-trauma and the kind of penile distortion you describe, even if done once but more so if done repeatedly, leading to Peyronie’s disease. I mention this to you so that you do not run the risk of re-injury and cause more trouble for yourself. TRH

  11. Tom says:

    Thank you for your response,
    This happened about 10 days ago so should I still apply the ice and will ibuprofen work instead of aspirin?
    Also I have never taken any ED drugs.
    My father told me he went through a similar incident in the past but that it corrected on it’s own.
    Again, thanks.

  12. Dr.Herazy says:

    Greetings Ethan W,

    As far as Peyronie’s disease is concerned, the number of times a day a man masturbates is not nearly as important as not being rough or abusive. If you are gentle, careful and use lubrication (causing no pain or tissue injury) when you masturbate PD should not result. The important point of masturbation and Peyronie’s disease is: do no harm.

    There is another point to make about masturbation. Do not get so carried away with it that it becomes compulsive. Lots of men have that problem. You do not want masturbation controlling your life, or even ruining it. You must be in control of yourself in all areas of your life — including masturbation. If you feel you cannot control your need to masturbate it would be a good idea to talk to someone who can help you feel better about yourself.

    If I can help you with your Peyronie’s disease treatment, please ask. TRH

  13. Ethanw says:

    When there is a pain by the head of your penis from jerking off don’t worry about peyronies disease or just stop jerking off

  14. Dr.Herazy says:

    Greetings Ehannw,

    Rough and abusive masturbation can result in Peyronie’s disease. So you should worry about PD if you are hurting your penis tissue. You do not have to stop masturbation, you just have to be more gentle and careful with how you do it. Please read some of these other comments in this section about avoiding injury that could result in Peyronie’s disease. TRH

  15. Dr.Herazy says:

    Greetings again Ethanw,

    Your pain probably continues because of how badly you injured your penis; it will take some time to heal. I suggest you stop masturbating for two weeks to give the tissue rest; during this time apply ice for 10 minutes, twice a day. If your pain continues please have your medical doctor examine you. TRH

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