Have you ever seen a curved penis?

Written by: Dr. Brian Steixner

What is Peyronie's disease? It is a condition that affects the penis, causing it to curve during an erection. It is named after François de la Peyronie, a French surgeon who first discovered the condition in 1743. Some of us will be lucky to discover a new trending meme, but this guy on the other hand, went for Guinness gold.


In mild cases, some may consider the curve to be more of a blessing than a disease. But we guess that depends on who you ask. Peyronie's disease is caused by trauma to the penis, either from one really bad night or multiple nights of aggressive sex. The curvature is the result of the formation of scar tissue called plaque as the body heals itself from small tears caused by sex. This tissue, or plaque, can cause the penis to bend or curve, making sexual intercourse difficult or even painful for some individuals. But, we have solutions!

How Is It Treated?

Let's break down the treatment options available, which typically depend upon the individual's severity of the condition and symptoms. 

If you suffer from Peyronie’s Disease, here are some options to consider:

Medications: The FDA has approved a medication called CCH - collagenase clostridium histolyticum, for treating Peyronie's disease. It goes by the trade name Xiaflex. CCH is injected directly into the plaque, helping to break it down and reduce the curvature of the penis. This medicine needs to be injected into the site of curvature, a terrifying option for men. That said, it works to correct around 20% of the curve, helping solve the problem for most men with mild curvature

Surgery: In more severe cases, surgery may be recommended. Different surgical procedures are available, including plaque incision and grafting, penile prosthesis implantation, and plication. These surgeries aim to straighten the penis and improve sexual function. We know penis surgery sounds terrifying but in certain case, it can straighten the penis and allow a man to return to sexual activity. 

Extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT): This non-invasive treatment involves using high-energy shockwaves to break down the plaque and stimulate the body's natural healing process. ESWT has shown promising results in reducing penile curvature and improving symptoms. ESWT for Peyronie’s is still considered experimental but is now available in many medical practices focusing on sexual health. 

Penile traction devices: These devices are designed to stretch the penis and reduce the curvature over a period of time. The recommendation is to wear the device for several hours a day for the most noticeable impact. Traction devices are also meant to be used in tandem with other treatments.

The treatment options and their effectiveness vary based on the severity of the curvature. Chat with your local doctor to review your case and discuss which options would be best and most effective.

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