Why Is My Penis Curved?

How to straighten a penis

What a terrible shock to realize, “My penis is curved.” 

But then you must ask, “How did that happen, and what is going on down there?  And the most important question to Google, “How to straighten my penis?”

Of several causes of a curved penis, the most common and difficult to deal with is Peyronie’s disease.  

Peyronie’s disease is a condition that occurs in about 6-10% of men over the age of 40 (although it can affect teenagers and men in their early 20s) in which a dense and thick mass of fibrous tissue, called a Peyronie’s plaque or scar, is found within the tunica albuginea layer of the penis.  The presence of this fibrous nodule or band  under the skin of the penis prevents the normal expansion of the chambers of the penis during an erection.  This causes the erection to be curved, bent, hinged, or to take on an hourglass or bottleneck distortion.

Please visit Peyronie’s symptoms to view the Peyronie’s pictures of curved penis to determine if you might have this condition.  It is always advisable to have a complete examination by a physician to make an accurate diagnosis of Peyronie’s disease.  Do not think you can self-diagnose this problem.

The problem of Peyronie’s disease is not that you have a curved penis; the penile curvature is just the outward appearance of the actual problem that is found below the skin surface.  The real problem is the Peyronie’s plaque found deeper in the tunica albuginea causing incomplete filling of the penile chambers.  For this reason any treatment that is only directed to making the penis straight, without removing the PD plaque, will not be successful.

If a man knows he has Peyronie’s disease he should also know the problem is that his body produced excessive scar tissue or plaque in response to a small injury or inflammation of the deep penile tissue layer.  While the Peyronie’s Disease Institute does not take a position against Peyronie’s surgery, we feel too many men resort to penis surgery far too soon before trying conservative treatment.   Our objection to Peyronie’s surgery is that when a surgeon cuts that same tissue that has the plaque material in it puts stitches into it, what prevents additional scar formation from occurring?  The very real chance that more scar tissue will result is the reason many urologists and surgeons take a position against all Peyronie’s surgery.

Peyronie’s Disease Institute has educated men since 2002 about the use of Alternative Medicine to assist the body to heal the Peyronie’s plaque.  Fifty percent of men naturally recover from Peyronie’s disease without any help or outside intervention.  Our approach is to assist each man to increase his chance to heal naturally like those in that lucky 50% group. So if you are one who has said in shock, “Why is my penis curved,” and “How to straighten your penis,”  now you know. 

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

Why is My Penis Curved?

Might not need to straighten your penile curvature

To answer this common question it is first necessary to know if this penile curvature is something you have had all your life, or if it is something that just appeared after being fairly straight all of your life; if it is an old or a new feature of your anatomy.  Usually there is little   reason to straighten your penis if that is the way you were born.  If a small curvature has not caused any problem in the past, it is not likely to be Peyronie’s disease and you should not treat it.

If you have had a curved penis all your life, then it is most likely due to a normal and natural variation of tissue in that part of your body.  The human body is often made with slight imperfections and variations, and this might be one of yours.   Just as someone might be born with one ear that is shaped differently than the other, or one leg slightly longer than the other, you might have a penis that is curved just because it is not made perfectly.

Inside the penis are three chambers of special tissue that have the ability to expand and become rigid when filled with blood.  If any of these three chambers is larger or smaller than the other two, or has some anatomical variation that prevents it from completely filling with blood, the penis will be distorted in some manner when erect.

This is rather common among men and is not in any way related to Peyronie’s disease and does not warrant treatment or concern.  So long as sexual function is not limited in any way the curvature is considered a normal variation that makes you a unique person.

On the other hand, if you have had a fairly straight penis all your life, and at some time later you noticed an unusual bend, curve, twist, or dent-like physical deviation during erection that was not there previously, then that recent change in your anatomy suggests the possibility of Peyronie’s disease.  This is especially true if the unusual bend, curve, twist, or dent-like physical deviation is accompanied by Peyronie’s pain and reduced hardness of your erection.  Confirming the problem of Peyronie’s disease even more would be your recollection of a recent accident or injury, or use of a drug that is known to have Peyronies as a side effect.

Straighten your penis sometimes unnecessary

Even though the distortion of your previously perfect penis can be very disturbing to a man, it is not the real problem of Peyronie’s disease.  While the curved penis gets your attention, it is the internal Peyronie’s plaque located in the tunica albuginea layer of the penis that is the real issue.  The way to straighten your penis is by eliminating the internal Peyronie’s plaque that is the cause of the curvature.  Having surgery to straighten your penis carries a high risk of failure and tragedy, and only creates the opportunity for more internal Peyronie’s scar tissue to develop as a result of the penis tissue being cut during surgery.  This is the reason so many men find that after having Peyronie’s surgery their curvature becomes worse; it is because of additional internal scar tissue that results from the surgical incisions.

This is why Peyronie’s Disease Institute advocates that Alternative Medicine first be used to eliminate the internal Peyronies plaque before penis surgery to treat Peyronie’s plaque is attempted.  For additional information about this process, please review safe and effective Peyronie’s treatment options.

Peyronie’s Penis

What causes curved penis?

Before I discuss what can be called a “Peyronie’s penis,” it would be good to mention the normal penile curvature of many men.  Many men look for answers to “Why is my penis curved?” and eventually come to think they have Peyronie’s disease, when that is not the case.  They think that just because they have curvature of the penis, that it must be a Peyronie’s penis, when it is not.

Normal penile curvature

A small degree of curvature of the penis is common among men and can be considered normal, as many men are born with this benign condition, commonly referred to as congenital curvature. Probably the single best and easiest way to determine is a curved penis normal, is to answer the question “Have you had this curved penis problem all of your life?  When you were a small boy, was your erection bent?”  If the answer is “yes,” then it is most likely your current problem is not a Peyronie’s penis.

It is most common for the curvature of Peyronie’s disease to cause a bend or distortion that is angular or abrupt, like a sudden bend in the road, while a congenital curvature is usually gradual and milder in degree, like a banana.  Some cases of Peyronie’s disease will cause a gradual, mild, banana-like curvature, however.  Because no case of Peyronie’s disease can be diagnosed on the basis of the appearance of the curved penis, a doctor must evaluate the condition for other signs and symptoms.

When a man has Peyronie’s disease the condition is characterized by an internal scar or plaque, or hard lump that forms within the substance of the penis. Congenital penile curvature will not exhibit this internal scar material.  If the cause of the penile curvature is Peyronies, it will often appear rather suddenly, be accompanied by pain, be accompanied by some degree of lost penile length or girth, and cause a certain degree of erectile problem that has not been experienced before.   Not all of these factors must be present for a diagnosis of Peyronie’s disease; the presence of the internal scar or lump is most valuable to make the decision.

Peyronie’s disease can cause pain, penile distortion and reduced sexual ability due to the presence of flat or cord-like internal lesions (scar tissue known as “plaques”) located on the top, bottom or sides of the penis within a thin but tough membrane known as the tunica albuginea.  Although it is a popular notion that Peyronie’s Disease always involves curvature of the penis, the scar tissue sometimes causes other distortions like a bottle neck deformity, an hour-glass deformity, or divots or indentations or nicks, rather than the classic curvature.

How to fix penile curvature

Once it has been determined that a man has only a normal congenital curvature of the penis, it is still possible to help him using a few parts of the standard Peyronie’s disease treatment approach.  He can use topical DMSO, Callisto topical vitamin E oil, Super CP Serum, and the gentle manual penis stretching technique developed by the Peyronie’s Disease Institute to make positive improvement safely and effectively once he knows he does not have a Peyronie’s penis.