Peyronie’s disease, a condition in which an erect penis presents at a bend or curve due to scar tissue formation down the length of the penis, affects a small percentage of men.
It’s important to be aware of the symptoms of Peyronie’s disease because it can develop at any time.
What are some signs and symptoms of Peyronie’s disease?
Difficulty with Erections
If Peyronie’s disease is present or developing, you may have issues getting or maintaining an erection. There may be some pain involved with this or it could simply be a challenge to have an erection. A difficulty in getting or keeping an erection when this is not normal for you usually means there’s another problem going on health wise. Pay attention to any differences in your penis, whether functionally or appearance wise, and consult with your doctor if you’re experiencing trouble regularly.
Scar Tissue Under Penis
The scar tissue or plaque that fills the corpora cavernosa can sometimes be felt on the length under the penis, whether the penis is erect or flaccid. For some men, this unusual hardness may feel like lumps rather than just one hard line down the penis. If you’re having some of the other symptoms associated with Peyronie’s disease, you may want to do a self examination to see if you can feel any scar tissue in that area. If not, a doctor will likely perform an exam when you schedule an appointment.
Bend or Arc in Penis
If you have Peyronie’s disease, even just a mild form of it, there will be a distinct bend or arc to your erect penis. It could be bending up or down in an odd way, or even off to the side. This characteristic bend is a sign of Peyronie’s disease, and if it wasn’t present before, you should keep noting the signs and get examined by a doctor to see if you have scar tissue that has formed in the corpora cavernosa and to discuss treatment options.
Pain in Penis
Many men who have Peyronie’s disease will experience some form of pain when their penis is erect, whether it’s during sexual intercourse or just simply when an erection is present. This pain usually results from the odd bend or curve to the penis, which results from the scar tissue along the length. If you’re experiencing pain but don’t see a bend to your erect penis or don’t feel any scar tissue present, it’s best to consult with your doctor as there may be something else going on.
Peyronie’s disease can be uncomfortable and painful and can greatly impact your life. By being aware of the signs and symptoms, you can schedule an appointment with your doctor to discuss treatment options or see if there’s an underlying problem going on.