What is Peyronie’s disease?

What is Peyronie’s disease?

Peyronies disease is not what many websites say it is.  Some sites on the internet explain that Peyronie’s disease is a curved penis. Quoting a very popular website, “Peyronie’s disease is a severe curvature of the erect penis.”   This is not true.  If it was true than any little boy born with a curved or bent penis would have Peyronie’s disease – and this is not the case.  While the penis is often bent in a case of Peyronies, the curve or bend is not what Peyronie’s disease is all about. Some men are born with a slightly bent penis that can turned up, down or to the sides, but that does not mean they have PD.  So the idea that a bent penis is Peyronie’s disease is not accurate.

Peyronie’s disease is an acquired problem in which a man develops an excessive internal scar tissue within the penis, usually in response to injury; this is made worse by genetic predisposition or the use of drugs that allow the inflammation associated with injury to be worse.

In other places you read Peyronie’s disease is pain in the penis, and this is also not true. If that was actually true then every man who has penis pain after being injured while playing football, or while doing manual labor, as a result of an inflamed urethra or inflamed prostate gland, could be said to have Peyronie disease, and that is just not the case.

Penile curvature and pain are a common part of the larger problem of Peyronie’s disease, but they are not always present and when they are present the bent penis and pain can be of variable onset, duration and severity.   When a bent penis or some other distortion occurs in a man whose penis was previously straight, it is almost always caused by the real culprit and defining factor of Peyronie’s disease – the presence of the Peyronie’s plaque or scar.  Even if the plaque or scar cannot be found, it can be assumed to be present if the penis becomes curved or distorted in some way that is not typical for that individual.

Remember this:  Peyronie’s disease is all about the fibrous scar that causes the penis to be distorted. Peyronie’s disease is a condition that starts as a result of an overly active or large mass of fibrous tissue, called a plaque or scar, within a tissue layer (tunica albuginea) of the penis.  This mass of fibrous material usually develops in response either to small repeated injuries or a large single injury to the shaft of the penis.  This process happens more easily and more often in men who are genetically predisposed (those with ancestors from the UK, the Scandinavian and northern European countries). Think of the Peyronie’s scar as a normal reaction to injury that goes wild.  The excessive fibrous tissue mass that is deposited below the surface of the penis causes the penis to not inflate normally or completely during an erection; sometimes the effect of the plaque on the penis is so great that it even causes the flaccid or non-erect penis to be distorted, but usually the external appearance of the penis is changed only when erect.  Most often the distorted appearance results in a penile curvature or a bent penis, but it can also cause the distortion to take the form of twists, dents, niches or hinged deformities, as well as an hourglass or bottleneck distortion, or combinations of any of these abnormalities.

In about half the cases of Peyronie’s disease the condition will clear up on its own, without any outside help or medical assistance.   It just goes away on its own.  This is referred to as a spontaneous remission. When a man goes to a urologist for an examination to determine the reason for his bent penis, the doctor will almost always suggest to wait for at least 12 to 18 months before considering surgery.  This delay for surgical care is to allow enough time for natural healing or spontaneous remission to occur if it is going to happen.

This idea of Peyronie’s disease clearing up spontaneously should give anyone with a Peyronie problem great hope and encouragement because it clearly demonstrates that half the time the body has the ability to correct and reverse the problem all by itself, just as the body corrects so many other health problems.   This is a form of natural healing when the body cures itself of a problem.  For this reason you can see how there is actually is a Peyronie’s cure – the normal tissue reaction and healing ability of the body is able to correct this problem about half of the time.  While there might not be a drug that is a cure for Peyronie’s disease that you can use, it might not be necessary if you can find a way to simulate and support the natural ability of the body to eliminate the Peyronie’s plaque naturally.

How to help the ability of the body to cure Peyronie’s disease is the subject of this entire website.