Hi Dr. Herazy,
The use of an electrical heating pad was suggested in last month's Peyronie's Disease Institute newsletter for the moist heat therapy. I am curious as to whether or not the immense heat and warmth provided by this electrical pad would be detrimental to the testicles. The pad it hot but does not seem hot enough to scald the penis. Thank you!
Peyronie's treatment safety should be your first concern. To reduce possibility of excess heat being applied to penis and testicles you should:
1. Reduce heat setting on the control of the heating pad so that the heat is not "immense" but only comfortably warm
2. Place a small moist wash cloth between your skin and the heating pad to act as a buffer or spacer, thus reducing heat to the penis
3. Position yourself so that your testicles are not in contact with the heating pad
4. Place a dry wash cloth between the scrotum and heating pad to act as a buffer or space, thus reducing heat to the testicles
This suggestion for using an electric heating pad was submitted by one of the PDI Warriors and was presented in our last newsletter as an alternate way to apply moist heat to the shaft of the penis. The original method that has been suggested by PDI is to use a hot water bottle wrapped with a moist towel and positioned to heat the shaft of the penis. This method has the safety advantage of staying warm for 15-20 minutes before slowly losing heat.
Thank you for your observation. TRH