I have Peyronie's disease. Is there anything i can use or do to lessen the pain when getting an erection?

Hello Dr Herazy,

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

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

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

Thank You,

Johnny J

Greetings Johnny J,

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

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

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

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

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

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Do you think masturbation in childhood may lead to Peyronies later in life?

Dr. Herazy,

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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 creme 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 during frequent masturbation. A nurse friend and lover of mine use 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.

Sincerely,

C. A. H. DDS MS

Greetings Doctor,

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.  There is also nothing noted in the literature tying Peyronie's disease and masturbation together.

I believe the reason there is so little interest to investigate the thesis 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.

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 that their bodies were in anyway significantly or predictably misshapen by contact with machines or tools they used.

Come to think of it, I have worn a belt snugly around my waist since 5 years of age or earlier yet I do not have an indentation to conform 8-12 hours of compression for a life time.     

What you ask about is a common idea, but I do not see evidence to support it.  TRH 

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Any reason why these 10 items were not included in the Peyronie’s Large (Best) Treatment Plan I received?

I ordered the Large (best) plan – order number 4789358764 Double checked by Dawn
In the instructions – Dosage: start of Care
there were 22 items listed for the therapy.
this is what did not come with the Large (best) package
Ascorbplex 90 or 180
Acetyl – L – Carnitine
PABA
Quercetin Bromelain
Neprinol
Unique-E oil
HJG and KBG Honso Herbs
Prosta- Support
Omega-T
Any reason why these would not have come in the large (best) Treatment Plan?

Also – While I assume all of the activity – nutritional, eastern medicine, Acupuncture, strectching, applicants, exercise all work together somehow – Is it truly a holistic plan or do some parts tend to work better than others.?

John

Greetings John,

The Peyronie’s disease large treatment plan does not contain everything that is available from the PDI store; it is not intended to be an all-inclusive plan – just large.  If you go to the PDI website and look at the description of the Peyronies  large plan  you will see there are 12 items in the large plan, and this is the number of treatment items that you received.  your order was complete and correct.   To say it another way, you did not receive everything in the PDI store because only 12 items are in the large plan and that is what you received.   It is a large plan, not an “all inclusive total kitchen-sink nothing-left-out therapy plan.”

There are several reasons that not every possible therapy is included in this large plan.  First, it might not be necessary to use such a huge array of all possible therapies to correct your problem.  If it does prove later to become necessary to include additional items in your therapy plan there will be additional items that can be used later.  And, the plan is limited to 12 items to simply keep the costs down for the person just getting started in care.

I suggest you spend a little more time reading some of the information available to you on this site to understand how this process works.

Please let me know if you have additional questions so I can help you in your recovery from Peyronie’s disease. TRH

 

Should I change my Peyronies treatment because I am younger?

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I am a young man in my thirties. My torture with Peyronie's started two years ago. Following masturbation I damaged myself at the tip of my penis.  I knew at the time is was a major event and one that would change my life irreversibly for the worse.  It was caused by pulling the foreskin back too far with force.

Following it, I had considerable pain for a year and a half. I went to casualty, multiple doctor's but no-one could tell me what it was. Surprisingly, the first doctor I saw guessed maybe Peyronie's because I had a bit of fibrosis at the tip but it was not a nodule – it was clearly calcification along what I thought was a nerve. It soon circled round the head as a thin band. The pain continued and intensified and after a few operations on the skin, a circumcision was suggested as the only cure.

I had that done and it removed the ring of tissue, but no I just had pain when I came to a climax. The original injury happened just before climax so I hypothesized that it was still the same problem. Gradually the pain turned into Peyronie's with a big nodule just behind the head, neither at the top, bottom, left or right but in the middle. Where I had the pain at the top left, scar tissue was forming. The pain was intense, day in, day out. I am a very fit young man and nothing seemed to stop it, sometimes its subsides but then it comes back to remind me and worse than before.

I have tried pentox with Cialis and also Tamoxifen having gone to a specialist. I am quite well studied and just can't understand this disease. I also tried using a stretching device but that was the worst advice in my opinion and stopped quickly afterwards. I have read studies, have read your book and am interested in what happens to younger men.  No one seems to know. I am 1% of a sample size of 1% of the population – aren't I lucky. I am not giving up, your book makes a lot of sense which is why I started off with your mid plan and have now bought everything I can get my hands on. I do take pentoxyfilline at the same time though as I feel it does help blood flow although it doesn't fix anything.To summarize therefore, at the moment, I have changed my diet (as much as I can), now just started taking everything on your list (although I am still nervous about DMSO but it is a calculated risk) and pentoxyfiline.

Having said that, it is all slowly getting worse. I have days with intense pain and all the time I have some pain. I think your point about digestion is valid as I do struggle with digestion and find it hard to go to the toilet.

I would really like your help. Currently I have a very fibrous penis all throughout. Sometimes it feels better than others but it isn't good. I am a positive guy but I am at my limit. I have a beautiful girlfriend who doesn't mind and I am great at sex, but I can't climax. I don't actually have pain during intercourse but erections are getting harder.

My personal hypothesis is that Peyronie's is caused by a chemical that is released through damage. In my case it is a nerve at the tip of the penis. This chemical went everywhere due to the great trauma and now the scar tissue is just finding where the chemical is. If I can find the inhibitor, I might get my life back.

What are your thoughts? I may be barking up the wrong tree but I need hope. In short, forget my hypothesis, is there anything I should do.  Should I change my treatment because I am younger? Should I take more of one thing and less of another? I am completely open to ideas. Like I say, I think it is beatable at any stage, you just have to find what works for you. I think there are many types of Peyronies caused by many types of things (which is why drug treatments are inconsistent).

Let me know what you think. I really appreciate your approach and thoughts.

Many thanks,

Steve

Greetings Steve,

Welcome to the large body of men who do not understand Peyronie's disease.  PD is a mass of contradictions and irregularities and this accounts for the ongoing difficulty not only in making a diagnosis, but also treatment.

You ask for my thoughts.  To begin with, several aspects of your story makes it sound like you have an extremely atypical, or not standard, case of Peyronie's disease.

Your 2nd and 3rd paragraphs are very interesting.  Bear with me, but based upon the scenario of the development and progression of your problem as you present it, I can make a different interpretation of your problem.  From a slightly different vantage point I interpret your report differently.  I can see it is possible that your penile problem was not originally Peyronies.  It is possible that you only developed later into Peyronies after the rigors of “a few operations on the skin, plus a circumcision. Starting a penis problem by pulling the foreskin tightly down tightly during masturbation, a superficial and circular pattern of fibrosis at the tip of penis, and constant severe pain for 18 months are not at all typical of PD; fundamentally, Peyronies is a problem of the tunica albuginea located in the shaft, not in the tip of the penis. Your problem is not even in the usual location for it to be Peyronie's disease.  Furthermore, you do not mention a deep nodule in the shaft and you do not mention penile distortion.  Very little of your initial complaints during the first 18 months of your ordeal sound at all like Peyronie's disease.  It is only later, after you were under medical care and had several penis surgeries for these unusual complaints, when you were probably catheterized several times or used Cialis several times, or were traumatized while using a mechanical penis stretcher, that you started to have complaints more consistent with Peyronies. 

I mention this observation because it is important for you to explore the possibility that you are dealing with a complex problem that could actually be two or more different problems that are superimposed on top of each other.  Perhaps I am incorrect in this regard, but based on what you have reported in your statement I think the case could be made that you initially had a superficial tissue abrasion or tearing that later developed into fibrosis, and only after receiving drug injections into the shaft during surgery or from catheterization after surgery did you develop PD.  Something to think about. 

You ask if you should change your plan because you are in your thirties, which you apparently consider to be younger than average to develop PD.  Based on many years of experience, you are not young to have PD; many men I would with are in their 30s, and 20s; I deal with many sad cases of teenage boys with PD.

Regardless, whatever your age might be, age is not the reason to change your plan. You should change your plan because whatever you are doing is not working; if your current Peyronies treatment plan is not providing benefit or improvement, and you have not changed it by now, then you definitely should change what you are doing.  You did not mention how you are using your medium size plan, or what your individual dosages are, so there is no way for me to suggest how to best modify your plan since I do not know what you are currently doing for yourself.   

The best way to handle this is by working together in direct discussion during a telephone call.  We can get a lot done in just 30 minutes or so if we put our heads together.   Please go to the PDI website to arrange for a telephone call together so you and I can directly discuss your situation in detail.  TRH

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Is a rubbery ring after masturbation an early case of Peyronie’s disease?

After some vigorous masturbation I felt like my penis had puffed up around the circumference so I stopped. That very day I noticed this had made a very soft and rubbery circle (and another half circle as well), encircling my penis, (prominent mostly on the sides) almost like I squeezed it too hard.

I’ve had no pain except for the discomfort that one time masturbating, all seems well now. And I have no curvature etc..

It is not noticeable when completely flaccid. but during a semi erection (when the penis is soft but still somewhat engorged) I can see a “ring” under the skin around the shaft. It is not movable with the veins

Anyways, I have had this for 2 weeks… I have no pain or erect curvature. Great erections… Just this thin soft/rubbery thin stringy thing that isn’t hard or obstructive.

Do I have Peyronies disease? Does it ever present this way early on?

 

Greetings, 

No, not much of what you describe sounds to me like early Peyronies disease.   It sounds like not much more than some inflamed and swollen tissue that should clear up in a short while.  If it does not start clearing up soon, say in another two weeks, I suggest you have it looked at by a urologist.  

However, let me put you  on notice, my friend, that any masturbation technique that is aggressive enough to cause that kind of tissue swelling and inflammation two weeks later might just as easily have caused Peyronie’s disease. In this sense I think you were lucky this time.  But, you might not be so lucky next time.  I have a feeling that you masturbate with some frequency, and perhaps even with some degree of aggressiveness.  This might be the reason your rubbery ring has persisted; I suspect you are continuing to masturbate  even though you have this bruised tissue ring problem.  While it is not my intention to tell you to stop masturbating, I definitely do want to caution you that you should reconsider how you are masturbating (and how often, since this gets back to the issue of being abusive to the delicate tissue of the penis shaft. 

Please lighten up and enjoy a slower and more gentle experience.  Peyronie’s disease is a terrible thing to happen to a guy.  You do not want to be the man who brought it on himself in this way.   

For additional information please see Is there a connection between masturbation and Peyronie’s disease? and Can masturbation cause Peyronie’s disease?  and  Is it beneficial to achieve erection and masturbate in the early stages of Peyronies disease?   TRH

 

Could you recommend the best way to buy a range of Peyronie’s therapy products?

Hi Dr Herazy,

I have had Peyronies for 2 or 3 years now and visited a GP who said if does not interfere then leave it but things have changed lately

I have an upwards curvature and can have sex but the penis is not hard enough and I am not able to ejaculate easily – I have no pain

I am in Australia and want to order products.  Because of freight I should get a sufficient supply- I notice you have packages but they do not contain Neprinol.  I read about and would like to order Neprinol – could you recommend the best way to buy a range of products

Also can you give me your thoughts on the use of penis extenders to correct the curvature

Thanks

Paul Craig

 

Greetings Paul, 

Sorry to hear of your problem.

You were given the stock medical information:  “If you have Peyronie’s disease and have a curved penis that does not interfere with sex, leave it alone until it is bad enough to bother you and we can talk about penis surgery.”  In my opinion, this is bad advice because you have lost time and opportunity to do something to help yourself recover from PD.  Your Peyronies problem has slowly worsened during that time so you will now have more work to do in order to recover. 

The softness of your erection is due to the Peyronie’s scar preventing the valves in the penile veins from closing completely.   When this happens the veins cannot trap blood in the penis to engorge it with blood, and insufficient hydraulic pressure is created to develop the usual hard erection to which you have been accustomed.   The problem is not ED (please do not take ED drugs like Cialis and Viagra because they can make your Peyronie’s disease worse), but the problem is the presence of the PD scar.  The scar is acting like a foot being put in the door way and preventing the door from closing.  You need to reduce the size and density of the scar so your penile veins will be able to close once again.  

Neprinol is a wonderful product.   It contains serrapeptase, nattokinase, bromelain, co-enzyme Q and papain in a good ratio at a high concentration. By far, it is most popular systemic enzyme product we offer as part of any Peyronie’s disease treatment plan.

Most, if not all, of the information you will need to use Neprinol to reduce or eliminate the fibrous Peyronie’s plaque can be found at the Peyronie’s Disease Institute website. Please visit our website for additional information not only about Neprinol but diverse and synergistic group of valuable Peyronie’s therapies.

There are two reasons Neprinol has not been included in any of the three standard PDI therapy plans we offer.  It was omitted from these entry level plans due to the rather the practical consideration of not starting treatment with a potent enzyme product like Neprinol. Some men cannot handle the dumping of tissue toxins that such a concentrated enzyme product sometimes produces.   Also, there is the economic consideration.   Neprinol comes in such a large bottle (300 capsules, compared to 100 capsules of Nattokinase or Fibrozym), and the ingredients in Neprinol has 6-8 times more concentrated “functional units” of enzymes.  Therefore, it costs more initially but this is actually a better deal because of better results and the fact you would be taking fewer of them.   If Neprinol was included in any of the standard Peyronie’s disease treatment plans the higher price might discourage some men from starting treatment.  For these reasons the smaller and less concentrated Nattokinase and Fibrozym are included in the small, medium and large Peyronie’s treatment plans, to allow a man to acclimate his body to the changes these enzymes can create. 

The best way to get a diverse range of  products at the best price is to purchase any of plans you find on the PDI site.  The most popular plan is the  medium Peyronie’s treatment plan, but the one that gets best results is the large plan.   You can modify any of the plans you see, either making them smaller or larger as you choose to do so, based on your current thinking.  In your case you can also follow the basic format of the small, medium or large plan, but remove the Nattokinase and Fibrozym and replace both of them with a single bottle of Neprinol.   Your choice.

Penis extenders can hurt you, as they have injured many men to whom I have spoken.  Please read Penis Extender Claims and Peyronie’s Disease or Penis Stretchers:  Big Problem as Peyronie’s Treatment.    TRH

Vitamin E is not enough therapy for effective Peyronies treatment

Dear Doctor,

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

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

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

Thank you,

Deni


Greetings Deni,

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

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

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

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.

Is it a good idea to use pentoxifylline along with a PDI Peyronies treatment plan?

Thoughts on using pentoxifylline in conjunction with your program?

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Greetings,

Thanks for the interesting question.

In several places on the PDI website I have laid out my thoughts about using pentoxifylline to treat Peyronie's disease, such as Pentoxifylline, Niacin and Peyronie’s Disease and Pentoxifylline and Peyronie's disease.

I have never taken a position to say that any person should not take a medication that has been prescribed by a treating physician.  If that pentoxifylline has been prescribed to you, then by all means listen to your doctor and take what he or she has ordered.

However, it just happens to be my personal opinion that what pentoxifylline is supposed to do to help Peyronie's disease recovery is not indicated or especially helpful for the correction of the Peyronies scar.  The purported benefit of pentoxy is that it increases blood flow in the lower half of the body.  With this in mind, please know that no one has ever reported or suggested that the cause of Peyronie's disease is reduced blood flow.  What pentoxifylline does is not related to what is wrong with the penis that has PD.  On top of that also know that there are fewer MDs using pentoxifylline than several years ago; it seems to be losing its popularity for lack of clinical success.    

Some men do take prescribed drugs in addition to following some type of Peyronie's disease therapy that comes from PDI.  I cannot report how that usually works out for them because the results have never been shared with me.

Good luck to your. 

If you want to work to increase and support the natural healing of your body, that has about a 50% success rate, please let me know how I can help you.  TRH  

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Is a penis extender the wrong thing to use for Peyronies?

Hi Dr.

I got Peyronie's disease about 5 years ago through intercourse with my wife. I saw an urologist who prescribed a 3 month dose of pills which failed to do anything so we tried it again. I was then told I could have surgery which made me go into denial. The curve has got worse over the last 2 years and I’m worried about having sex so it's become non existent between the two of us. I am now desperate and have been looking at the penis extender for Peyronies – is this a possible method along with your treatments, or is this the wrong move. I'd like to get started in the right direction.

Thanks R


Greetings R,

You need to do a little bit of reading.  There are many articles and posts I have written about using a mechanical penis stretcher, commonly called a penis extender.  Here are a few links for you to read: Penis stretcher:  Big problem as Peyronies treatment and Penis extender claims and Peyronie's disease and Peyronies treatment and the penis stretcher.

Peyronie's surgery is always something that is proposed when other medical treatment eventually fails.  I would caution you to consider that if your penis has already demonstrated the ability to develop too much scar after a small injury, there is a stronger possibility of an even greater amount of scar occurring as a result of the surgical incisions associated with common penis surgery techniques.  This is the reason that men find their PD worse after having surgery to correct their curved penis.     

From my experience many couples who live with Peyronie's disease in their lives will limit or stop sexual intimacy when it is not necessary to do so.  The problem often is that their medical doctor does not know about or does not take time time to explain, some basic information that would enable a couple to safely engage in intercourse.  I can assure you that within a brief time you would feel a lot more comfortable about resuming sexual relations once a few things have been explained to you. My wife, who is an RN, and I have counseled with many hundreds of couples and helped them to regain that part of their lives by simply sharing some simple information. Contact me if you are interested in learning more.  Additionally, you can get a book that wrote, "Peyronie's Disease and Sex" from the PDI website.       

Getting Peyronie's treatment started in the right direction is easy if you are prepared to spend some time educating yourself on the PDI about Alternative Medicine methods to increase your ability to remove the PD scar naturally.  I did it, and I get emails every week from men who are doing it.  I have come to realize that when the average man even after five years of dealing with Peyronies if he uses a large and diverse program of care and works aggressively will see positive change in 2-4 months in about 80% of cases.

Let me know if I can help you in any way to get your life together.  TRH