Question about Kegel exercises

Dr Herazy, in practicing the Kegel technique,is it necessary to hold your breath and tighten your stomach muscles during contraction?

Greetings,

I assume you are referring to doing the Kegel exercises in treatment of PD, as described in video,  “Massage and Exercise for Peyronie’s Disease.”   It is not necessary to do either of these, although it is difficult not to do so.  What is essential is that you do not focus or center your attention to the abdominal muscles since these are not the muscles that you are interested in strengthening while trying to treat your PD.  You should be focused on contracting the deep pelvic muscles known as the pubococcygeus, or PC muscles.   If you are not contracting these important PC muscles then you are wasting your time and effort.    All of this is explained in the CD.  Perhaps it would be a good idea to watch it again.   TRH

How do I develop synergy to treat my Peyronies disease?

Been searching your site, have ordered Neprinol, but have not found the alternative product suggested for the synergy ‘maybe’ needed — besides Vitamin E, which I take.

Greetings,

Please read this page from the PDI website, “Synergy and Treatment of Peyronie’s Disease.”

In this discussion you will learn that synergy results from the combined use of several different therapies, but not any particular therapies.   For successful Peyronie’s disease treatment the more therapy and wider variety of therapy products that are used, the deeper and more effective your synergy will be – the more the merrier.

Synergy is a natural reaction when groups of similar things are combined.   Let’s take for example people.    If we combine a group of people who are slightly bad, when they get together they will tend to do things and behave in a way that is generally more bad than they would if they were not together.   In a similar way,  if we combine a group of people who are good, when they get together they will tend to do things and behave in a way that is generally better than they would if they were not together.  I suppose you can say that by combining similar things the natural tendency of those things is intensified. This is synergy. There is no limit to the number of things you can add for synergy to happen, and everything seems to be affected by it so you can use any Peyronie treatment you want to cause it to help you.

In the Alternative Medicine treatment of Peyronie’s disease we  use different therapies that have been shown to be slightly effective as a Peyronie’s therapy.  But when you combine them – the more the better – you get an increase of this ability to reverse  the Peyronies problem.

Further, since no one can tell which of the Peyronies therapies you need most and which you are lowest in, we approach treatment from a broad base that you supply all of those that could be helpful so that you are not missing any and this will also strengthen the effect of synergy on your problem.  Let me know if you have any more questions about the Alternative Medicine treatment of Peyronies disease. TRH

 

Is it best to take Neprinol on an empty stomach?

Hi Dr. Is it best to take neprinol on an empty stomach ?

 

Greetings,

Yes, it is best to take Neprinol at least 90 minutes before or ninety minutes after you eat.

If you are only taking Neprinol as a Peyronies treatment you are likely making a mistake.   Neprinol works best when taken as the primary component of a larger aggressive treatment plan.

You are also making a mistake by buying your Neprinol from people who do not know about Peyronie’s disease and cannot guide you and give you advice for care.  When you purchase Neprinol form PDI you will be given a great amount of information that will tell you how to use this product – and all the other products you will need to take  –  correctly.   Our prices cannot be beat and out PD help is second to none.   TRH

Peyronie's treatmet using compression

Greetings Again and Happy New Year, Dr. Herazy …

Thank you once again for your helpful reply.

While discussing further options to mitigate my Peyronie’s with my urologist today, he shared that a colleague had successfully treated a Peyronie’s patient with PRP (“Platelet-Rich Plasma”) injections …. which you may readily recognize as the treatment administered successfully to Tiger Woods about a year ago for a knee injury. My urologist, though, hastened to advise me that this procedure is clearly experimental, non-FDA approved, and not covered by health insurance. Anyway, I was wondering if you’ve heard of this procedure as a Peyronie’s treatment; and, if so, what are your thoughts, concerns, cautionary advisories, etc.?

Also, speaking of non-conventional Peyronie’s treatment regimens, I read something recently about the use of “compression”, whereby the penis is rubber-banded in the area of curvature with the intent of breaking up the plaque. I believe this procedure had been tried with some success in India or elsewhere in SE Asia. Have you heard of such a procedure?  Is there any basis for the possibility of plaque being mitigated by a compression technique …. be it rubber-banding or other like technique?

Thank you for weighing in on the above.

Phil

 

Greetings Phil,

Give me a little time to investigate PRP and I will get back to you.

Compression of the penis, because it is such a soft mass of tissue, would work like a tourniquet to greatly reduce blood circulation to the point that significant tissue injury could occur – leading to more Peyronie’s disease.   In fact, many men who have used a device known as a “cock ring,” that is designed to block blood flow in the penis, have reported that they developed PD afterward.  This is a dangerous idea when applied to the penis that i would advise against.  TRH

Have you any knowledge about serrapeptase or nattokinase for Peyronie's treatment?

Hi, I just ordered your massage CD.

Have you any knowledge on the product serrapeptase or nattokinase?

They are in a category of systemic enzymes which are fibrolytic — fibrolytic enzymes break down fibrin and reduce or prevent scarring. Examples of these are serrapeptase and nattokinase. So, more precisely, could a fibrolytic enzyme like serrapeptase possibly reduce the fibrosis in the penis?

Best to you,

Michael

 

Greetings Michael,

Certainly.  Since 2002 PDI has advocated the use of the fibrinolytic enzymes, nattokinase and serrapeptase to treat Peyronies disease.  You may learn more about them here Enzymes (Neprinol, Nattokinase and Fibrozym) for Peyronie’s Treatment.   TRH

 

I need real complete information on what Peyronies treatment to use

I have a minor nodule on the forward 1/3rd of my penile shaft. It causes a twist up and mostly to the left when erect. I have been taking two 400 vitamin E caps a day and essential oil application once a day.  My Dr. suggested using the vacuum cup but I’m not convinced that this product is affecting the source of the problem. After reading some of the blogs here, I’m seeing that there’s more meds or supplements involved that may or may not have real effects on my condition.  I need real, complete info on what peyronies treatment regimen I need to adopt to affect a positive result. Your opinions/suggestions please.

Ralph
age 67

Greetings Ralph,

You need to spend some time reading the PDI website to educate yourself in this method of using Alternative Medicine to increase your ability to remove the Peyronie’s  plaque or scar from your shaft.  We have literally over 500 of pages of information telling you how to help your Peyronie’s disease.  I suggest you start at least with these few pages from the PDI website:   Start Peyronie’s Treatment and Dosage for Treatment of Peyronies Disease There are many others that you can use to get grounded in Alternative Medicine treatment, but these two are a good start. 

What is the dosage of therapy that will improve my Peyrnonie's disease?

I am taking a combination of Neprinol, Vitamin C and Vitamin E. Can you advise me of a good number of each to be taken per day? I am currently taking 6 Neprinol per day, 3,000 mg of Vitamin C and 800IU of Vitamin E per day. Is this a safe amount that will effect Peyronies disease?

Greetings,

As I write repeatedly in these commentaries, there is no way to know ahead of time if any therapy plan is going to be effective for any particular person’s Peyronie’s condition or what dosage will work for you.  This is why it is essential each plan should be as varied and aggressive as possible, and that it is followed faithfully each day.  Because you will be able to monitor the size, shape, density and surface features of your scar before therapy begins and as it continues you will know whether your plan is working.  If it is working, you continue following your plan. If it is not working, you slowly increase the dosage of your plan until you begin to notice changes in the scar.

It is essential that you not just take your various supplements, but that you “work” your plan.  The PDI concept of determining the dosage of Alternative Medicine to treat Peyronie’s disease is based on a simple system followed to prescribe drugs in medical practice. 

This is how your medical doctor fine-tunes the dosage of the drugs he/she gives you:   Your dosage is started based primarily on your age and body weight for that particular drug – everyone starts at about the same dose, but it will change based on response to the drug.  You take the drug as prescribed, you return in a week or two and your doctor asks you questions and examines you to see if your symptoms have changed.  If your symptoms have been reduced to your doctor’s satisfaction, your dosage is kept the same.  If your symptoms are the same the dosage is either increased or you are given even more drugs.  You now taken an increased drug dosage as prescribed, you again return in a week or two and your reduction of symptoms is determined.  If your symptoms are now reduced your dosage is kept at this higher level.  If your symptoms are the still same the dosage is once more increased or you are given even more drugs.  This goes on until your doctor thinks your symptoms are under control.  This is how medicine is generally prescribed. 

You can use the same method to determine how many and which of your different therapies to use to change the size, shape, density and surface features of your Peyronies plaque and hence to reduce the curved penis that the scar causes.

As you take the dosage of the Alternative Medicine therapies you are using you monitor the size, shape, density and surface features of your Peyronie’s plaque or scar, just as a doctor would.   If your scar shows improvement (smaller, softer, a different shape, more difficult to locate or you have signs of the scar “falling apart,” you keep dosage the same.  If your scar is the same size and shape, just as hard and just as easy to locate, you slightly increase the dosage of what you are taking or you add new therapy to your plan.   You compare your scar every 10-14 days, looking for positive signs of scar reduction.  This pattern of increased therapy continues until you find that your scar has begun to improve.

You do not just start popping a predetermined number of pills each day hoping that you get better.  You monitor your scar for positive scar changes and you are fully aware what it will take to make it happen.  This is PDI method of Peyronie’s disease treatment.  

The Neprinol, vitamin E and C dosage you are taking is very common, and might even be a little low in regards to Neprinol.  Please refer to the notes and detailed instructions you were given about taking Neprinol when you received your order from PDI.

If you have specific questions about altering your Peyronies treatment plan please contact me directly.   TRH

What do I start doing to prevent my Peyronie's disease from getting worse?

I was just told last week that I have pd..I have some pain that is light, no curving, but my erections are weak on the left side at the base with some mild ED. What do I start doing to prevent it from getting worse?  I saw my urologist who told me to take vitamin E 1000 IU daily.  Please advise me to help it not get any worse…thanks

Larry Baldwin


Greetings Larry,

I have never seen vitamin E by itself help anyone with Peyronie’s disease.  Vitamin E is a great therapy but it must be combined with a variety of other therapies to make a positive and helpful impact on a difficult problem like PD.  Besides that, you cannot just take a general or lesser grade of vitamin E and expect it to work for you;  a pharmaceutical grade is required.  PDI has two great therapeutic grades of vitamin E available on the website.

You should by reading about Peyronie’s disease on the PDI website, especially starting with the page Start Peyronie’s Treatment.   

When you have a specific question about treatment of Peyronie’s disease please let me know.   TRH

Can I take all my Neprinol capsules at one time?

I am taking 6 Neprinol capsules per day, along with 3,000 mg of vitamin C and 800 mg. of Vitamin E. Question: Can I take all Neprinol capsules at one time? I have been taking 3 in the morning and 3 in the afternoon on an empty stomach.

 

Greetings,

There is nothing basically wrong with taking six Neprinol at a time; many people do this without a problem.  The question is whether you, in particular, can or should be taking that many at a time.   For some people taking six Neprinol daily is excessive, while others can do it easily.  Most men who make progress eliminating and controlling their PD scars take around 10-16 Neprinol per day always with a wide variety of other internal and external therapies.   But as far as Neprinol is concerned, the real question is if this is a good dose that you can tolerate while you attempt to eliminate your Peyronie’s plaque.   I suggest that you attempt to slowly work your way up to six Neprinol at a time, since you are only taking three at a time now.  How this is done has been explained to you in the instructions you were given when you placed your order for your PD supplies.

When you ask if you can take all six Neprinol capsules at the same time, I must ask you why you want to do take your entire daily dose at one time.  If you want to do this merely for reasons for convenience (getting it over with and not having to bother with them for the rest of the day), then I must tell you I do not think it is a good idea.  The problem is that by cramming all your Neprinol into one small part of your day then you are leaving a larger part of the day when you have no Neprinol in your blood stream; you want to always keep some Neprinol working for you all day long by taking it often throughout the day.   The question is how much that should be.   For this reason if you are going to be taking only 6/day, then I suggest you continue to take them as you are now doing it.    TRH

Will a combination of Neprinol and vitamin E be effective for my Peyronie's disease?

Do you think that a combination of Neprinol and vitamin E will be effective in helping my Peyronie’s disease?

Greetings,

There is no way to tell ahead of time if any Peyronie’s treatment plan will be effective.   No matter what plan you start with, it is always a guess to know at the start of care if it will help.   The eventual treatment plan a man uses to eliminate his PD is determined by its ability to influence the PD scar.  Each person has different needs, and this prevents one treatment idea from being the solution for everyone.    It is necessary to evaluate the effectiveness of any plan by looking for changes in the size, shape, density and surface features of your scars while you following your treatment.   You can start with any type of plan you believe might help you, but it is the response of the  scar tissue that guides and determines type of therapy that is used and at what dosage.

Your question tells me you have not spent much time on the PDI website.   You really should go over the PDI home page and follow the links you will find there.  If you are interested in recovering from your PD it is a great way to get an education how Alternative Medicine can be used to increase your ability to heal and repair the Peyronie’s plaque that is causing your bent penis.

Using Neprinol and vitamin E is a small combination that is far too limited to reach into the problem of Peyronie’s disease.  I have never heard of anyone who used this combination and got results.   As an example, if you look at the PDI small plan you will see there are seven different ingredients in that plan – and it is called small.   I am fully aware that many men can have financial problems that limit the amount of therapy they use, yet these same men also want a Peyronie’s treatment plan that gets results.

You see, it is not really what I think about using Neprinol and vitamin E that is important.   All I can tell you is that no one has ever told me that taking only these two therapies has helped his PD.    Usually, the plan must be larger to be effective.   How large does your plan have to be?   I don’t know.   You have to figure that out for yourself while you are working with your problem.  I suggest you start here  Start Peyronies treatment  to  learn how this is done.   TRH

Would my doctor recommend your treatment for Peyronie's disease?

Dear Dr. Herazy,

I’ve been all over your web site and read all the amazing testimonials. I’m 54 and I’ve been suffering with Peyronie’s disease for years. I have not been regularly intimate with my wife for years now, and she recently told me intercourse was too frustrating for her due to the challenges we deal with due to my condition. That was hurtful, as if I haven’t already lost all self confidence. Anyway, you may have heard of my doctor, Dr. Ridwan Shabsigh.

I have already been through three rounds of penis injections with little or no results. Dr.Shabsigh has told me to consider surgery.  I need to do something as I can’t continue to live this way, and my marriage is just about shot.

Dr. Shabsigh is considered to be knowledgeable in the area of PD & ED.  Do you know him?  Would he recommend I try your treatments? I really need help. Please let me know what you think.

Thanks very much,

Tom

Greetings Tom,

No, I have never heard of your doctor.  I have no idea what he would think of using Alternative Medicine.  However, if it is his idea to think that sticking multiple injections into a penis that already has Peyronie’s disease is a good way to treat this problem, then he is likely to follow the standard medical line of thought about treatment.  

If you want to really get some help beyond the standard medical concept of risking additional scar formation after surgery on a penis that has already demonstrated the tendency to create excessive scar formation , then I suggest you spend some time reading the PDI website.    The PDI website is full of useful information if you take the time to read it.  When you have a specific question about Peyronie’s disease treatment please  let me know.  TRH

Can my urologist prescribe PDI Peyronies treatment so my insurance covers it?

Can my urologist prescribe products from your catalog so my insurance covers it?

Greetings,

While your idea makes a lot of sense, you must realize that insurance companies do not make decisions based on what makes sense; they decide based on popular medical thinking; insurance company policy is dictated by standard medical ideas.   Your urologist can prescribe anything he/she wants to do, however that does not mean your insurance company will have to pay for it.  Insurance coverage does not work that way.

Using nutritional therapy products to increase your ability to heal and repair the Peyronie’s plaque might make a lot of sense to you and me, it is not standard medical thinking.   Standard medical thinking is to allow the curved penis caused by the Peyronie’s plaque to get so bad that it is treated by a $30-40,0000 Peyronie’s surgery.  Rather than attempt a brief therapeutic trial of natural vitamins and enzymes over 3-4 months that might cost less than a $1000, the insurance company would rather spend a lot of money to cut on a man’s penis and run the risk that it could make his problem worse.

I suggest you talk to your urologist to see if he would be receptive to your idea.  Who knows?   It might happen that you get lucky with your insurance company, and you get your Peyronie’s disease treatment reimbursed.   Strange things happen.   Let me know how it turns out.  TRH

Would Neprinol work on my Peyronie's disease?

Hi,

I’ve had Peyronies now for roughly 10 years. I passed a kidney stone in my 30’s and it jammed at the end of my urethra, I squeezed it ,and it passed. But for a month my penis killed me. It eventually shrunk to about 3 inches, from 7  1/4 inches . Ive tried everything. I went all natural. vitamin c, 1000mg , omega 3 1200mg, vitamin e 1000 mg, l-arginine, ginkgo biloba, saw palmetto 1000mg, and flax seed oil, 1000mg gotu kola.  All have helped get at least 6 inches in length back after 10 years.

My love life suffered at first, but we overcame things. I would like to get the other 1 1/4 inches back. Right at the tip, just behind, it curves up around 30 to 35 deg. I can feel the hard plaque still. It just won’t soften up any more.

Would Neprinol work, or do you have any suggestions on how to finally rid my self of this man destroying dilemma?  I’m 45 now, I would like to keep going if you know what I mean.

Thanks.  Any suggestions would be a great help.

Greetings,

While I realize you have probably just discovered the Peyronie’s Disease Institute website on the internet, my first suggestion is that you stop playing around using different herbs and supplements that have not been shown to be helpful for treating PD.

“Going natural” is not the key to successful Peyronie’s treatment; you have to use the right products and use them in the right way.  It looks to me like you just started using anything that might have had some positive things written about it, and hoped it would help your problem.   You have not “used everything.”   You have only scratched the surface.   You have approached your problem from the wrong direction and gotten lucky that some of the things you did  might have helped you.   Had you spent that same time, effort and money using the products from the PDI lineup for your Peyronie’s treatment I believe you would have been far better off today.

I suggest you get on at least the PDI medium plan along with the PDI gentle Manual Penis Stretching CD video and use them faithfully for a few months.  It is important to use the exact therapies from PDI because not all brands of Alternative Medicine therapies are of the same quality or potency.   You cannot walk into the average vitamin store and expect to get good quality products that will do the job for you.  It is amazing and appalling that many vitamin shops sell such low quality items.

Your question about Neprinol shows that you do not understand how to use Neprinol and that you are again approaching your therapy from the wrong direction.   You need to spend more time reading what is on the PDI website to learn how to go about successful Peyronies treatment. 

When you order from PDI you will receive specific instructions how to use everything that you order for the best possible treatment of Peyronies disease.   Let me know if you have specific questions about helping your problem.   Good luck to you.   TRH   

What is the best Peyronie's treatment?

Hello,

I am from Dubai.  My problem is like this:   Peyronie’s disease with left lateral (side) penile curvature and constrictive ring deformity causing hourglass close to body. No pain up to now during sex.  I find that my penis  is now shorter by more than one inch.   I took vitamin A & E but it did not help.  What is the best Peyronie’s treatment?   Thank you.

Greetings to you in Dubai,

I am sorry to learn about your problem.   

Taking only vitamin A and E is seldom effective because it is much too limited or narrow in its attempt to help you heal the PD scar.  The best Peyronie’s treatment is not any one therapy, but a combination of several – sometimes many therapies that work to assist your ability to remove the foreign Peyronie’s plaque or  scar tissue from your body.

Please do not think my answer is silly or insensitive.  Allow me to give you an answer that will tell you exactly what you need to do create the most effective therapy plan for your condition:  The best plan to treat your Peyronie’s disease is the one that you create that causes your body to break down and absorb the foreign scar material.   The best Peyronie’s treatment plan appears to be different for each man.   I do not know what you need to do to make this happen, but I can tell you how to figure this out for yourself. 

If you follow these steps you will do as much as you possibly can to be successful over your Peyronie’s problem:

1. Learn as much as you can about the natural treatment of Peyronie’s disease from the PDI website.  The more you understand the better your treatment and your results will be.

2.  Go to Start Peyronie’s treatment to see the basic outline of getting started with care.  Follow those instructions your read about.  

3.  Determine the size, shape, density and surface features of each PD scar you can find.  If you do not know how to locate your PD scar(s) send me an email and I will give you special help to determine where it is located and how to evaluate it.  This information is critical since you will use it to measure the progress and effectiveness of your Peyronie’s treatment plan.  Without this information you are only guessing about your treatment. 

4.   Monitor your PD plaque for changes as you follow your treatment plan.   If your scar or plaque changes size, shape, density or surface features while you are using your treatment plan, there is no need to change it; you simply continue to use that plan for as long as your scars continue to reduce. If your  scar DOES NOT CHANGE size, shape, density or surface features while you are using your treatment plan, you must increase the plan by either increasing your dosage of therapy products or increasing the variety of treatments you are using.  When you get to that point I will offer you ideas and information so you will know how you wish to proceed. 

Please let me know if you have an questions about how you wish to proceed.   TRH

How long until I see any improvement with my Peyronies problem?

I’m 18 years old and I have PD. I think I had it for 2-3 years, really not sure. It curves up from my pelvic bone to the middle and curves down from the middle to tip. So it kind of looks like an arch or rainbow. It also looks really dark, I’m white Italian and it shouldn’t be really dark like that.

I really don’t want to go to the doctors, I asked to go to the urologist but kept getting questioned why. I came to the conclusion that I’m probably not going to go so I want to help myself.  I want to buy “Vitamin E: Unique-Oil – 1 oz pump bottle”, “DMSO – PMD DMSO Gel”, and “Super CP Serum”.  I been using vitamin e capsule gels and using the gel inside as a moisturizer with baby oil for the past few days.

I want to know how to use the vitamin e properly for your mixture. Do I mix them all together and put it on? Do I use them one at a time? Do I have to be flaccid? Do I use after shower I get out of shower and leave on overnight? Also, how do you rub it in and for how long? Will the box definitely be “Discreet Shipping” even if I don’t buy a plan and just those 3 bottles?

I live with my parents and my brothers, sister and my friends are constantly over so I don’t want anyone to see the box if I don’t get it first. I can just tell my mom the stuff is for my scar and my face because I used to use the capsule gels for that.

Also, how long do you think until it fixes it and how long until I see any improvement? I want to get with a girl and embarrassed to get close to her because of it.

Thank you

 

Greetings young man,

You need to get over your embarrassment and seek out a medical opinion and have your condition formally diagnosed. 

Why are you mixing vitamin E with baby oil?   Please use the products as instructed when you receive your order from PDI; all products come with complete and correct instructions for use to treat Peyronie’s disease. 

Using only DMSO, vitamin E oil (Unique E) and copper peptides  (Super CP Serum) is a very limited and lopsided approach to good Alternative Medicine treatment; good treatment usually demands both internal (PABA, vitamin C and E, systemic enzymes), as well as external therapies.

Yes, all products received from PDI come discreetly boxed, with no outside identification that would embarrass you.  However, inside the box we freely identify and discuss Peyronies disease.

There is no way ahead of time to tell you how long it will take to recover from your PD, or even if you will do so.  It is a very difficult problem to remedy. Get your parents involved in your treatment so you are not doing this alone and you are able to mount the kind of aggressive treatment that is usually most effective. TRH 

Did my Dupuytrens and Peyronies start from hand trauma?

hello –

at 43 yrs old, i had no Peyronies symptoms. i injured my hand, and it required surgery to insert a couple of screws. when the cast was removed, i noticed a bump in the palm of my hand. about a month later, i noticed Peyronies plaques/scarring.

my primary care physician diagnosed me with Dupuytrens and Peyronies.  have you ever heard of this being triggered this way? i don’t think it was a concidence – not sexually active – no trauma occurred in that area. i had extensive swelling in my arm immediately after surgery from a nerve block that was used, and i can’t help but think that might have played a role. my primary care doctor thinks the surgery triggered some sort of systemic fibromatosis condition.

wondering what your thoughts are on this. this occured 3+ yrs ago, and there really has been no change.

thank you

 

Greetings,

Yes, I have heard of this sudden and widespread type of onset in which both Dupuytren contracture and Peyronies disease start at the same time from trauma.  In a few cases the trauma was to the upper extremity and once to the penis.  You might also have developed these two problems due to drug side-effects.  Since you did not mention your drug intake history I can only speculate, but there are certain medications that are know to cause both DC and PD; certain blood pressure, tranquilizer and a few other categories of medication can trigger a similar systemic fibromatosis.

If you have not noticed any change in three years with either problem you probably will within a short time since both conditions are progressive, although the rate might be slow.

Your real concern at this time should be directed toward elimination of these problems.  Please review the DCI and PDI sites for Alternative Medicine treatment options to increase your  ability to heal and repair these tissue changes.   TRH 

Is there a treatment to improve my Peyronie's curved penis?

My pain and scar are gone.   However the curvature remains.  Is there a treatment to improve the curvature?  Thanks.

Greetings,

I am happy for your apparent progress over Peyronie’s disease, although I think you are assuming too much. 

When you ask this kind of question it tells me that you think of your scar and penis curvature as two separate things.  That is not the case.  The scar and curvature are directly related; the scar is causing the curvature, and without the scar you would not be bent.    The very best treatment, and the one that makes most sense to improve your curvature is to get rid of the cause.  In this case, the treatment to improve the curvature is to get rid of your Peyronie’s scar.  

While I am sure you are correct that you have noticed reduction of your scar, and perhps you are not even able to find your PD scar any longer, in order for your shaft to still display a curvature there still must be some remaining scar material present within the tunica albuginea.   Sometimes the scar that remains is so greatly reduced or perhaps deeper than you can easily locate, but something must be causing the penile deformity that you still exhibit.   If you did not have some Peyronie’s plaque or scar still in the penis, there would be no explanation for the curvature. 

I suggest you stay on your treatment plan to get rid of your bent penis.  Perhaps vary your treatment a bit while still following the basic outline that brought you the significant reduction of the scar, so that you can totally eliminate the remainder of it and completely reverse your curvature. 

If you need help modifying your current plan to clean up the last part of your scar please send me the complete details of your current Peyronie’s treatment plan and i will be happy to make a few suggestions to improve what you are doing.  TRH

Follow up: Is it possible to urinate the Peyronie’s plaque out of the body?

Dr. Herazy,

Phil F. here, in reply to your response to my
recently posted question: Is it possible to urinate the Peyronie’s plaque out of the body.

I want to thank you for your prompt, direct and most helpful reply.

FYI, it turned out that a second, follow-up urine
culture indeed revealed an infection … enterococ-
cus faecalis. A 5-day regimen of Cephalexin seems to have taken care of it, fortunately.

As for the Peyronie’s Disease, well, I continue to weigh my options ….

Thanks again!

Phil

 

Greetings Phil,

Glad that you got that 2nd urinalysis and that it led to you getting the right kind of help.   

From what I can see from my vantage point of hearing from men from around the world. there are basically three options:  wait to see if your Peyronies gets worse enough to warrant surgery; try an unapproved drug in an off-label application that does not have FDA approval; try to increase your body’s ability to heal and repair the PD scar.

Let me know if you have any questions about using the PDI therapy concept for reversing the scar formation.  TRH 

 

 

Corpora cavernosa and the tunica albugnea in relation to Peyronie's disease

This is an anatomy question based on the two illustrations from your website.The first illustration of the inside view of the penis is one of the best I’ve seen. I particularly like the picture in the left corpus cavernosum showing a lattice like structure.

The second illustration has three parts (a,b, and c. Part c shows a penis curving upwards. When looking at the left corpus cavernosum in Part c, there is what appears to be a series of almost parallel squiggly lines. I’ve seen these lines in numerous anatomy illustrations, but have never (ever)seen anyone actually label what these lines are.

As the tunica albuginea is supposed to be smooth, I find these lines confusing. Do these lines represent the lattice like structure underneath the tunic. Or do they represent veins? Just what are these squiggly lines trying to represent?

Thanks
Rob

 

Greetings Rob,

Great question; thanks for asking.  I always enjoyed the study of anatomy when I was a student; a fascinating and exacting subject that is the basis of understanding disease and our effort to return to health.

For those who do not know the picture Rob is  referring to, go to Peyronies Penis Anatomy.

The wavy or wiggly lines that Rob is referring to are simply what the artist drew to represent the walls that make up the caverns or chambers or cavities of the spongy tissue of the corpora cavernosa.  You are just seeing the cut ends of those chambers represents shown in Box B that are shown as wavy lines in Box C because those same structures are shown from a different perspective.  These wavy lines are similar to a blueprint of a house where the architect draws a series of straight lines to represent the various walls that make up rooms, hallways, closets and outside periphery of the structure.  TRH

Is it possible to urinate the Peyronie's plaque out of the body?

Hello Dr. Herazy,

I have had Peyronie’s Disease for the past 18 months, with a penile curvature that is quite severe.

From 9/15 to 11/8/11, my urologist had me on a regimen of twice daily applications of Verapamil 30 ml Transdermal in PLO gel,80 mg/ml. As there was no discernible change in the curvature over the course of almost two months, it was decided to discontinue the Verapamil regimen.

However, since stopping, my recent urinations have contained a variable degree of light colored tissue-like particulate matter. Thus far, urinalyses have yielded nothing pathological, and thus the cause remains unknown.

My question is therefore: Is it possible that what I may be expelling in my urine are pieces of loosened plaque that have made their way into the urethra and out through the penis? My urologist thinks not, but the pharmacist does not rule out the possibility … despite believing it to be unlikely.

I might also add that the more such particulate matter being discharged during urination, the more discomfort I experience in the tip of the penis …. along with the occasional sensation of not having fully emptied my bladder.

Any answers, thoughts or recommendations would be very much appreciated.

Thank you,

Phil F.

 

Greetings Phil,

There is no anatomical connection between the opening of the urethra and the tunica albuginea of the shaft where your plaque is located.   Your pharmacist might be a great pharmacist, but knows noting of anatomy. If you actually did have a direct connection between the two you would be in the middle of a massively painful and bloody medical emergency, and you are not.

My guess from this end, with the limitation of knowing only what you have told me, is that you have an infection in the urethra – in spite of the negative urinalysis tests.  There are always false positives and false negatives in this kind of testing, and it is my guess that this is the case with you.  I suggest you go back to tell your urologist that your symptoms persist and that you would like another urinalysis done ASAP. 

After you get that situation cleared up I suggest you go to the PDI website to start some Alternative Medicine Peyronies disease treatment.   TRH

 

 

What can I do for my penis pain and hourglass deformity?

Dr. Herazy,

About 5 years ago, i was 20 years old. I had a healthy penis and a healthy sex life. I had some hair follicles/ bumps on the under side of the shaft that i would occasionally ( for some odd reason ) pick at. I had no problem with them aestetically. You could barely notice them even if you were looking for them. I just would pick at them like someone picks at blackheads or pimples on their face. I picked at one bad enough to where it scabbed up, which i had never done before. When this happened, before it had a chance to heal ( maybe 3 or 4 days later) i was picking at the spot again, and a little white nodule appeared and i scraped at it thinking it was a hard secretion of some kind. Instantly i lost feeling in my penis, and i panicked. There was not really any pain, but i didnt feel anything, and i could not get an erection. I could touch my penis with my finger and in some spots could not feel the touch at all and in other spots it was just dull. I went to the emergency room worried that i did something serious even though everything that happened was pretty superficial and just below skin level. After talking with a doctor, he couldnt explain why i lost feeling, but he assured me that i could not have damaged any nerves that shallow, and to relax and soon enough i would be able to get an erection. So, i did just that, and what do you know, the next day i relaxed and was able to get an erection. The problem was i still couldnt feel things as well as i use too. I figured that would pass as well. For the next few months i dealt with this minor nuisance. The amount of feeling i had in my penis would fluctuate day by day, nothing to serious, but something wasnt right. Also, the wound never seemed to close up correctly. To this day, 5 years later, it looks like an open hair follicle where the skin did not heal correctly and i can still see the little white nodule that i once picked at. One day a few months after the initial incident me and my girlfriend, now my wife, had sex three times. The next day i woke up, and my problem had gotten worse. The feeling of numbness was now worse, and now the head of my penis had a lot of numbness, which i forgot to mention was not the case previous to this. Also the head of my penis became discolored suddenly, overnight. It was just a slight discoloration around the sides and back of the head. The middle top part about the same size area as my finger tip was still the same color. This one area had normal feeling, whereas the slightly discolored area had much less feeling. There was a definite correlation. The day after that when it did not go away i scheduled an appointment with a urologist, and i went to see him that week. He basically told me nothing was wrong, and it was in my head. He told there is no way i damaged my penis from what i described, and there was nothing wrong with the color of the head of my penis. I understood that it was within a normal color range, but what i tried to explain to him is that my penis head was usually just a solid pink same normal color. Overnight, this tinted darker discoloration appeared, and it correlated with less feeling in these areas. He completely dismissed the notion. To ease my worries he sent me to a neurologist. All this guy did was have me do some standard normal tests someone would test for normally with a neurological injury and tell me i was fine and collect like 250 bucks of my money. No help at all. I gave up for the time being, and just lived with the difference in feeling. Sex was still good at times, but not so good at other times, and now after sex there was a recover process. I use to be able to have sex every day or two times a day or masturbate early in the day and then have sex at night. I couldnt do this anymore. There was never any pain during sex, but after sex there was irritation and soreness, and it usually took a day or so to recover. So i would just have sex once or twice a week. The sex itself would not hurt me. Ejaculation is what seemed to cause the pain and irritation inside of my penis. For maybe a year it stayed around the same. Then all of a sudden again, there was a new change. I masturbated earlier in the day, and then had sex at night and all of a sudden it got worse the next day. The feeling on the surface was worse, and now i would have weird feelings throughout the day where i would feel like i was on the verge of ejaculating just riding in my car, or walking around. There was something going on inside, possibly with my erectile tissue, causing these feelings. Also, i stopped masturbating for a long period of time after this because it appeared to make it worse at the time. I would ejaculate by becoming aroused and just touching my penis when very aroused due to my new feeling i was able to achieve this because i could now ejaculate easier and faster, with no movement of my hand on my penis. In the past, before my “injury”, i could sit around all day and try this if i wanted to and nothing would happen. This was not a good thing. When i would have this feeling on a regular basis at work or in a car, it become extremely annoying, like an itch. Also, the pain and irritation was worse now and become a nuisance, and now all of a sudden there was a new symptom more then a year in. The area right under the head of my penis seemed to be more hardened. Especially after sex. I could squeeze the bottom half of my penis with my thumbs with it soft and it was really soft and spongy. Above that from an inch below the head up to the head it was much harder all the way around. Especially shortly after ejaculating when it was the most irritated. For a while it seemed to just get gradual worse with the hardness, and the sensitivity and feeling varied day to day, and occasionally it would get much better which gave me hope that it was recovering. I would abstain from sex or masturbation during this time period, but a few days later it would revert back to how it felt before with the lack of sensitivity and irritation. Also, each time my symptoms got worse, i lasted shorter in bed. I would not have much feeling and my girlfriends vagina did not feel great anymore, but because i had that weird tingle that i walked around with all day i would sometimes ejaculate after a few hard thrusts, or i would have to cut it back and switch positions. The sex just was not comparable anymore to how it use to be. Over the last couple years it has been pretty much sustained with no significant change. One this i forgot to mention is i do have two benefits up until now that some others i am reading about do not. number one, i always can get a full erection. Number two, my erection is not curved. Still, the hardness got worse, and there seems to be a few little bumps or nodules under the skin in my upper shaft. Also when my penis is completely hard it looks straight, the only difference is on the right side of my upper shaft even though my penis does not bend, it is abnormal in the sense that it seems that the line is not smooth and straight up to my head any longer. It is ridid and dips in and back out slightly, not even really visible without pointing it out. Also when i am getting erect but not fully erect the penis will be bent to the right in a way that it never use to, but when i am fully erect there is no bend. Also, when it is in between flaccid and full erect, i can see the hourglass shape and a slight dip on the right side of my shaft in the middle right at the beginning of where the plaque seems to be. I think that i dont have a bend because the plaque is on all sides, thus the hourglass shape. My most recent development that is scaring me more then any of the other is there is now constant pain just on one side of my penis. It is after, during, and before sex. My problem would never bother me during sex previously, it would just shorten the length of time we could have sex and afterwards be irritated and require a day or two of recovery. It effected my sex life, but there was no pain during sex. Now, all of a sudden, 5 years later, this disease still continues to every once in a while get worse. The upper half of the shaft seems to get harder
, the bend seems to be more when flaccid and in between flaccid and erect, although there is still no bend while erect. Worst of all this pain now is scaring the shit out of me. I forgot to mention that i went to that same urologist twice, and then finally went to another urologist, and they all blew me off. The one saw me, and then gave me my money back and told me i did not have Peyronies, because i came to him with this diagnosis after my penis started to get hard spots and develop and hour glass shape. Also, it seems my penis has shortened slightly but this does not bother me so much. What does bother me is this new pain inside my penis on the left side that hurts during sex. After 5 years of this disease progressing it really has taken its toll, and for the first time it is now severely affecting sex. Will this keep progressing?  Is there anything i can do?  Does my disease continuing to progress have anything to do with that original wound that seemed to heal weird and remain slightly open? I look down at my penis when it is in pain and i cant fathom what has happened to me. I am 25, and i feel like i have a penis full of damage and scar tissue. Until now, i would have some days where my penis felt pretty good once in a while which gave me hope that this may be reversible some day. Now that hope is gone because this pain and irritation in the left side of my penis deep inside never goes away and its very constant. It just gets worse after sexual activity, and recovers slightly over the next few days. Is it possible the inflammation has caused penile cancer? Should i go back to the doctors again just to have them too me there is nothing wrong with my severely damaged penis? I still hold out hope because i still get full hard erections and there is no bend when fully erect, but all of this numbness, pain, and hardening among many other things is depressing me so badly. After 5 years i thought i learned to live with it, but this no pain i cant take? My main concern is there a possibility that i have penile cancer, since the pain on the left side seems to be worse right at the top of the shaft by one of these small bumps. It is not localized to the spot though, and when i press on the bump, the bump itself doesnt hurt. I wish i could do something to make all of this better, or just take a few steps back to where it was maybe halfway through this process. Any help is appreciated, thanks.

 

Greetings,

Several of your symptoms make your condition sound very much like Peyronie’s disease (shortened penis, pain, hourglass deformity, presence of “hard spots,” although you report one urologist said you have the condition and another said you do not.  I suggest you get a third opinion to break the tie.   One of these two is obviously wrong, but at this point you do not know which of the two it is.

What you describe does not sound like cancer.

If it turns out you do have PD I suggest you get yourself on an Alternative Medicine plan of self-treatment to increase your ability to heal and repair your Peyronie’s scar – if that is what it turns out to be.

Lastly, if it turns out you do have Peyronie’s disease I doubt it was caused by your picking five years ago at the superficial white spots.  These are known as Fordyce’s spots, and they are common, normal and natural 1-3 mm structures that most men have on the penile shaft and scrotum, of unknown origin.    I speculate that you probably injured yourself during sexual activity and this is the origin of your current symptoms

Please let me know what you learn after your 3rd evaluation.  TRH 

Is there a "sex toy or tool" to prevent additonal injury to my Peyronie's penis?

Good day! 

Doctor,

Is there any “sex toy or tool” that can help not to get more injured when masturbating?

Thanks for being available to us  PD Warriors.

Greetings,

You are welcome, and thanks for being a Warrior.   It is my pleasure and my obligation to tell people about how to help themselves recover from Peyronie’s disease without drugs or surgery.

For years I have listed a nice size group of such “sex toy’ items on the PDI website because they can indeed protect and support the shaft during intercourse and help prevent further injury when you already have Peyronies.   When the shaft is bent, curved, dented  or narrowed due to the underlying scar material it is extremely vulnerable to injury by collapsing or folding over during the rigors of intercourse and masturbation.  Any man with such a penile deformity should look at these devices to see what appeals to him – and use it to prevent additional harm.   Go to PDI store front and scroll down until you see the penis support devices to be used during intercourse.  

Of course, it is always best to slow down, use a reasonable and cautious technique while masturbating, and use plenty of sexual lubricant to avoid additional injury while masturbating.   Vibrators are always a safe tool to use since little friction or force is used.   TRH

 

 

How to know which plan to use for Peyronie's treatment?

How to know which plan is suitable for mein medication section?  My condition is similar to bent on the left and hour glass constriction at the base.  I am 40 years old and using size genetics also.

Greetings, 

There is no way to know exactly which plan you should use for your Peyronie’s disease.   You start with a plan that makes sense to you, that you can find time in your day to put to good use, that you can afford the expenses, and you begin care.  As you use that plan you monitor the size, shape, density and surface features of your scar for changes.  If you notice changes in your scar, you continue that plan you are using.  If you do not notice changes in your scar, you slowly increase your plan until you do begin to notice scar changes.  It is not complicated.  

Many men find that their Peyronie’s disease started after using a mechanical penis stretching device.  It is my opinion they are all very dangerous. See  Penis Extender Claims and Peyronie’s Disease.

Please review the PDI website for information about a much safer way to treat your problem.  TRH       

Peyronie’s disease and pain in the penis

Penis injury during sex common cause of Peyronie’s disease 

Nothing will get a man’s attention more than when his penis hurts.

There are typically two ways in which a painful penis can develop:  after direct penis injury, or as a result of some type of medical health problem or sickness affecting the urinary system.  When the penis hurts because of suspected disease of the prostate gland, bladder or urethra there are few clear cut answers to penis pain with the exact location, duration, and quality of penis pain different from case to case, without good explanation.   You will notice that some men with prostatitis have pain at the base of the penis, while other men with the same diagnosis have pain at the tip of the penis, and other men no penis pain at all.  Men who have a painful penis are often surprised that their condition is never given a definite diagnosis to explain its cause.

This discussion will focus primarily on a particular type of painful traumatic event peculiar to Peyronie’s disease that can either cause or worsen an existing penile problem, as with an injury during intercourse.

Peyronie’s treatment

Regardless of how Peyronie’s disease starts, surgery and drugs are not always needed to reduce the pain and penile distortion it causes. Since 2002 the Peyronie’s Disease Institute has worked with people from around the world to use natural Alternative Medicine methods to help their body reverse the Peyronie’s scar naturally. While surgery is always an option, most people prefer to first use non-surgical treatment to possibly avoid the inherent risks of surgery.

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

Medical conditions that can cause penis pain

It is important to know that several common disease conditions not related to penile injury can also cause dull and sharp pain in the penis and should not be ignored, especially if you have other unexplained symptoms related to the pelvis or urinary system:

  • Peyronie’s disease
  • Bladder stone
  • Cancer of the penis
  • Inflammation of the prostate gland (prostatitis)
  • Reiter syndrome
  • Sickle cell anemia
  • Erection that does not go away (priapism) after 4 hours – medical emergency
  • Genital herpes
  • Syphilis
  • Urethra inflammation caused by chlamydia or gonorrhea
  • Infected or defective penile prosthesis
  • Infection under the foreskin of uncircumcised men (balanitis)
  • Pimples or insect bites on the head or shaft of the penis

Because any of these conditions can cause a deeply hurt penis, it is always best to rule out disease of the urinary system by going to your family doctor for a complete examination with any type of pains in the penis.  If you do not have a medical health problem, then a painful penis is usually explained by past trauma to the genitals or pelvis.  Even minor trauma can at times cause significant penile injury with varying degrees of pain and other symptoms.  One of the reasons that traumatic penis damage is often not suspected as the cause of genital pain is that there is sometimes a delayed response between the time of injury and when the penis pain begins.  It is rather common for a man to discover that a penis injury during sex that started his Peyronies disease might not cause discomfort until several weeks or months afterward.  Probably the single-most common way for PD to start is from a forcefully bent penis during sex.

Penile fracture or broken penis syndrome – Common way to hurt penis during sex

Even though there are no bones in the penis, penile fracture and broken penis syndrome are legitimate medical terms.  Both refer to a sudden and forceful bending injury of the erect penis, resulting in torn or ruptured internal tissue.  Many times a penile fracture will occur as a result of injury during sex activity when an erection is suddenly and forcefully impacted at the tip of the penis, almost like being punched in the nose.  When the force is sudden and unexpected the vulnerable shaft can painfully sustain a sharp bend, “breaking” the inner layer of penile tissue called the tunica albuginea membrane, as well as other tissues.  The forceful impact that causes a penile fracture most commonly happens during heightened sexual activity with the female partner in the superior position; other sexual positions allow for this to happen but this is the classic situation that results in a penile fracture.  Within just a second of time she will pull back too far, lose contact with the male, and then continue back down on top of the erection impacting the penis head with her pubic, inguinal or inner thigh area.  The initial immediate pain can be very mild or severe, depending on many variables, yet sufficient to tear the tunica when it is stretched tight during an erection.

The tunica albuginea surrounds the two corpora cavernosa chambers, specialized elongated masses of spongy tissue of the penis that fill with blood to create an erection.  In a penile fracture, because the torn tunica albuginea can no longer trap blood inside the penile chambers, blood that is normally confined within the penile chambers can freely leak out to surrounding tissue often resulting significant bruising and swelling, in addition to varying degrees of pain in the penis.

About half of men who undergo penis injury similar to the above, or even compression injury during a work-, sports- or auto-related accidents, will self-heal and repair the problem with the tunica albuginea without developing Peyronie’s disease.   The other half of cases will not heal, and it will slowly and gradually worsen as Peyronie’s disease develops over time.

Pain in tip of penis

Men with Peyronie’s disease sometimes have pain in the tip of the penis, although this is somewhat unusual because the pain of PD is usually located along the shaft or even base of the penis.  Although pain in the penile tip could be related to Peyronies, it is more likely due to reflex from the prostate gland; prostatitis often will refer pain to the tip of the penis.  As a point of differentiation, prostatitis will often increase urinary frequency, reduce the force and volume of urine, burning in the penile tip unrelated to voiding, reduced erectile ability, blood in the urine and semen, and aching pain is possible in the penis, testicles, rectum, perineum, groin and lower abdomen and low back.  Prostatitis can be precipitated by too frequent or too infrequent ejaculation, sexual arousal without ejaculation, withdrawal at the time of ejaculation, aggressive bike or horseback riding, excessive spicy foods, alcohol, and caffeine, as well as prolonged sitting especially in an automobile.

A similar complaint is burning at the tip of the penis.  When this occurs it suggests the possibility of an STD (sexually transmitted disease) or an infection of the urinary tract.   Generally, an STD is associated with a change of sexual partners, and can be variable from few a few subtle symptoms to marked genital pain during intercourse, discharge, itching and pain burning pain in the penis tip during urination.  STDs are serious problems that demand prompt and aggressive medical diagnosis and care.   A common urinary infection is suspected if you feel the need for frequent urination or notice that you need to urinate again within a few minutes.

Pain at base of penis

Pain at the base of the penis is perhaps most often explained as originating from a chronic bacterial infection of the prostate (chronic bacterial prostatitis).  This problem often comes and goes over time without apparent reason.   During a flare-up the penis pain can be dull or sharp, and extend to the testicles and anus as well as the pubic bone in front or the low back.  Bowel movements may be painful at this time.  It is also common to note frequent urgency of urination, pain when urinating or during ejaculation. While these symptoms are similar to an acute bacterial prostatitis, men who have a flare-up of chronic bacterial prostatitis tend to be less run down, feverish and ill-feeling than with acute prostatitis.

Herbal products to help with ED associated with Peyronie's disease?

I believe I got PD using ED drugs been married 30 yrs & need some erection help. Have stopped using the drugs, can you suggest something herbal I can use to replace them. Thanks Dave

Greetings Dave,

What you report is rather common.  I have communicated with hundreds of men who tell me their Peyronie's disease started after using PDE5 inhibitor drugs (Viagra, Cialis, Levitra); this can happen after just one use or repeated uses.  For more information see Peyronie's disease and Viagra, Levitra and Cialis and Peyronie's treatment and Cialis.

If you go to the PDI shopping cart and scroll about 3/4 the way down until you see BetterMAN and about 5-6 other sex stimulant products. The most important of the group is a product called Stimulin. You would definitely want to include Stimulin with whatever else you use.  

All of these herbal products are much more gentle than your drugs and will not worsen your PD problem.   Many men use them while undergoing their natural Peyronie's treatment plan.  TRH

What is a good vitamin E for Peyronie's treatment?

I was diagnosed with Peyronie's several years ago and my doc told me to take Vitamin E. In a few weeks, the symptoms cleared up. My problem is that I've developed PD again, have seen another urologist who also suggested Vitamin E. The PD seems much worse this time around. My question..if I choose to simply take Vitamin E, can you recommend the exact(and very best) brand, dosage, etc. I'm still sexually active, but it is affecting my sex life and is very stressful. Any help you might offer would be greatly appreciated. Also, I have read/researched at great lengths on your site and may return if you cannot offer a possible solution based upon the info I've provided. Thank you very much, Bobby

Greetings Bobby,

Sorry to hear of your Peyronie's problem.

Vitamin E is one of the cornerstone Alternative Medicine therapies recommended by PDI.  You can read about using vitamin E for Peyronie's treatment on the PDI website.  However, it is not all that is usually needed to recover from this problem.  So often it is required that a man assemble a group of therapies to take all at the same time to finally increase the immune response of the body against this problem.

PDI has a shopping cart from which you can order a great vitamin E product that we have used for over ten years.   Feel free to contact me if you have additional questions about helping yourself with natural therapy.   TRH 

Connection between bladder inflammation and Peyronie's disease?

I have interstitial cystitis that I developed about 2 1/2 years ago where I feel constant low grade pain in my penis – with tender areas of the shaft. I noticed the curvature of my penis has gotten significantly worse with time and erections now are painful and seem to pull beyond the capacity of the ligament causing an upward and left bend. Have you heard of a connection between Peyronies and IC? I am also on treatment for gut pathogens and am concerned about any of the PDI treatments which might reduce my body's immune response since I need it high to fight my gut pathogens. Given this, where is the best place to start? Can I have a phone consult?


Greetings,

Interstitial cystitis is a problem of unknown origin causing chronic and long term low grade inflammation of the wall of the urinary bladder.   In these cases pain is felt during intercourse and in general in other parts of the pelvis, along with pain during urination.   The bladder wall inflammation causes both urinary urgency and frequency up to several times an hour.

Of course I am at a great disadvantage in not really understanding your full history.  What I can tell you is that there is typically no direct causal relation or connection between interstitial cystitis and Peyronie's disease.  However, based on what you have mentioned in your email you make it sound like you have two independent problems going on, and it would seem that if this is true you would probably have to deal with them separately.

The natural Alternative Medicine treatment for Peyronie's disease recommended by PDI would not do anything to reduce your immune response, but would probably enhance and strengthen it.

Probably the best place to start is with a telephone discussion of your problem and to help you develop a viable treatment strategy.  Please contact me at 847-670-8800.   TRH

How do I treat Peyronie's disease?

Within the last two months I noticed that my penis is started bending to the left. I was taking an anti inflammatory for back pain and I’m wondering if the med caused the problem, my penis seems somewhat shorter as well, what can I do to rectify the problem. Richard

Greetings Richard,

The first thing you should do is get yourself checked out by a urologist to determine if you have Peyronie’s disease.

If it happens that you do have Peyronie’s disease you will want to begin a conservative course of care to help your body heal and repair the infiltration of excess collagen in the deep tissue of the shaft. It is this mass of internal scar tissue that is causing your bend to the left. It might appear to be a small point of differentiation, but in Peyronie’s disease the actual problem is the internal collection of collagen under the skin of the shaft that causes distortion of an erection, as well as loss of length and girth, and not the penile curvature; the penile curvature would not exist if it were not for the presence of abnormal deposit of collagen.

I would have to know the name of the medication to know if it is a possible cause of your current situation.

For treatment options, please go to the home page of the PDI website and click on the several links that give helpful information about what you can do to help your body heal and repair PD. TRH

If he discontinues drug use would his penis eventually return to "normal"?

My husband’s penis has become increasingly curved/bent (now about 45 degrees when erect) over the last 8 months. He has been on an antidepressant for about 5 years. He is a traumatic head injury survivor and is on the antidepressant to control outbursts of anger. However, the antidepressant has decreased his sexual function dramatically and the bending of the penis decreases his function further. If he discontinued use, would his penis eventually return to “normal?” He is also on medication for seizures.

Greetings,

You have not stated that your husband has been diagnosed with Peyronie’s disease or not. I ask not only because of the curvature you mention, but also because there is an anti-seizure medication, phenytoin, that has been said to cause Peyronie’s disease.

If in fact your husband does have Peyronie’s disease it will not help him to discontinue any drug that might have caused it. He would still have to undergo Alternative Medicine treatment of the PD in an attempt to have his body correct this curvature problem caused by the internal Peyronie’s scar material.

As an aside, I have communicated with several men with Peyronie’s disease who say that their Peyronie’s disease started with an injury to the penis that occurred during an epileptic seizure that happened while they were erect. You might keep this in mind when you consider another possibility how his PD started.

All patients should check with their doctor before discontinuing any prescribed drug. TRH

Can Peyronie's disease cause a "back-flow" that maintains an erection?

Dear Dr Herazy,

I recently had a cystocopy and developed approximately 2 weeks later hardness in the perineal area of corpus carvernosum. The shaft is still unaffected. However because of the hardness that probably reminds of of a reverse bottleneck I have had trouble getting the penis down after an erection. This is particularly problematic during the night where I wake up from the erections and then have to get out of bed to get it down.

My urologist said that I could have developed developed peyronies disease in the perineal area but I have searched the Internet and have not seen any similar cases. The area covered is around 2 inches. Have you heard about something similar including the decreased "back-flow" following the erections?

I am also worried I could develop a priapism from this condition that would make things a lot worse. Can you make an advice as how to move on?

Thank you very much in advance.

Kind regards

C

 

Greetings C,

First of all, I think a few people who read your email would have some questions of his own about some of the terms you used.  So, here is a bit of information about these terms to help understand your email a little better:

1. Cystoscopy – a medical procedure in which a long tube or probe is inserted up into the urinary passage (urethra) of the penis for the purpose of looking into the urinary bladder or the urinary passage, itself.   It sometimes happens that when this is done that the urethra and tissue of the shaft of the penis can become injured, resulting in Peyronie's disease.

2. Perineal area – the region of the very lower part of the pelvis in men that is found between the back part of the scrotum and the anus, and in women between the back end of the vulva or outer lips and the anus.

3. Corpus cavernosum – or corpora cavernosae – one of the two long cylinder shaped masses of tissue that make up the bulk of the penile shaft.  Each corpora cavernosa is covered by a thin tough layer of fibrous tissue called the tunica albuginea that when injured becomes scarred and leads to Peyronie's disease.

4. Back-flow – release of blood that was trapped in the two corpora cavernosa during an erection that creates the hydraulic pressure within the penis to make it expand and hard.

5. Priapism – this is a persistent, and often painful, erection that is considered a medical emergency when it lasts longer than four hours and develops without sexual stimulation.  Priapism occurs when blood in the penis becomes trapped and not able to drain as it normally does. 

OK, now that we have that out of the way, allow me to address a few points you made:

1.  The penis is attached to the front part of the pubic bone in the area directly behind the pubic hair.  If you are an average size male, there is probably 4-5 inches between the point where the penis ends and where the perineal area begins.  These two structures are not connected or related. There is no perineal area of the corpora cavernosa.  Any hardness, mass formation, swelling or abnormality of the perineal area is not related to the penis and is not related to Peyronie's disease. If you truly have a hard mass or lump between the base of your scrotum and the anus I suggest you get it checked out immediately.

2. I know what a bottleneck deformity is in relation to Peyronie's disease, but I have no idea what you mean by a reverse bottleneck.  Please explain.

3. The reason you could not find any reference to Peyronie's disease in the perineal area is that it does not happen that way and it is not possible. 

4.  Your decreased back flow causing persistence of an erection could be related to the mass in your peineal area; for that reason you should see a doctor immediately.

5.  Pripism can occur as a result from many different situations, but not Peyronie's disease:

  • Sickle cell anemia
  • Medications, like Thorzine and Desyrel
  • Illicit drugs (marijuana and cocaine)
  • Trauma delivered to the lower pelvis or spine, or something in that same area causing reduced blood flow 
  • Black widow spider bites
  • Carbon monoxide poisoning

6.   I assume that your doctor did not give you much of the information you have shared here because it is mistaken.  To move forward I suggest you stop trying to figure these things out for yourself and immediately get yourself examined by a competent urologist.  TRH

Must I accept there is no cure for Peyronie's disease?

Hello Dr. Herazy,

I've had Peyronies since I was 14 years old. There was a blunt trauma, I was too young and shocked to address the issue and chose to ignore it.

Initially, my erections were not greatly diminished. There was a curvature of about 30 to 35% to the left and slightly downward. Erections lasted a little less long and were slightly harder to produce. Urine did not pass as forcefully as it had before.

Now I am 31, erections are much harder to produce, are never full and have significantly less duration. At times there is a slight pain in the penis after ejaculation and urine passes much slower than it use to. I would place the curvature at 40 to 45% and in a more flaccid state. It is very depressing for me because I have only experienced sex with this condition and as it worsens I avoid it and relationships. Surgery sounds horrible and signing up to a treatment plan has me concerned about developing conditions or side effects from the treatments, as I have a lot of life to live.

Is there any hope? Must I accept that there is no cure and what ever options are available will involve sacrifice or long treatment plans?

Suffering Guy

 

Greetings Suffering Guy,

Apparently you have not spent much time reading the vast amount of information about natural Peyronie's disease treatment available on the PDI website.  

When I developed PD in 2002 I began my treatment with the premise that there is a cure for Peyronie's disease – various authorities will report that from half to 20% of men who develop this problem will undergo a spontaneous remission in which it just goes away on its own.  In other words, the body corrects the problem of the internal plaque or scar tissue in the tunica albuginea, and the scar and the curvature just go away.  that sounds like a cure to me. 

When you read on the medical websites that "there is no cure for Peyronie's disease," what they really mean is that there is no prescription drug available from a pharmaceutical company that has FDA approval to eliminate the plaque in the internal tunica tissue.  While it might be true that "there is no cure for the common cold," does that mean that everyone who has a cold will continue to keep the problem and will eventually die from it?  No.  With rare exception (the very young, the very old, and those who are very weak with severe illness), anyone who develops a cold will cure it usually in a little less than a week.  That is what the body is designed to do to cure itself.  

Certainly, there are some conditions (cancer, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer's disease, etc.) that are more difficult and more rare to overcome, but for the most part there are a large number of health problems that the body is fully capable of self-repairing.   Where exactly is it written that every case of Peyronie's disease is permanent and beyond the ability of the body to eliminate? I have never read that anywhere, and as I mentioned earlier every authority states that a fair number OF PD cases reverse themselves for complete elimination.   If that is true then the question should be asked, "Why hasn't your body eliminated your PD?"  

For the last 10 years I have spent every day with that question on my mind.  I have developed some ideas and strategies I have seen over and over again that will increase a man's ability to get rid of his own Peyronie's disease.  You can read about a few of these Testimonials of Peyronie's Disease Institute

There is not much I can do to reduce whatever level of sacrifice or time is required for your body to reduce your Peyronie's plaque to the best of your ability.  I hope you think enough of yourself, and are willing to do some work, to bring about your best level of recovery.  If you have any questions about using Alternative Medicine to treat Peyronie's disease please let me know.   TRH

Is it possible to have a penile curvature without having a Peyronie's scar?

Dr. Herazy,

Is it possible to have an extreme curvature in one or both of the blood-filled columns in the inside of the penis without having a scar? I can't find a scar at all. Also, I only have pain (a slight twinge) in the base of the penis and in the curvature?

 

Greetings,

The only way you could have an extreme curvature without having a scar would be to have a congenital curvature (born with a normal curvature) or to develop some other health problem that would cause additional penile symptoms. 

If you have been diagnosed with Peyronie's disease and you have a bent penis you must realize the penile curvature is being caused by something that was not present before you developed PD.  There must be a reason for the distortion, correct?  In your case, the distortion is being caused by extra fibrous buildup that is very difficult to locate.  This is common in Peyronie's disease; I guess that at least half of men with PD have difficulty finding their scar(s).   In fact, it is so common that I wrote a blog post titled, "Can't find Peyronie's plaque or scar."   You could also read another question and answer, "How do I find my Peyronie's scar?" 

It is typical for someone who has been medically diagnosed with PD to still feel uncertain if this diagnosis is accurate and correct.   It is part of a denial response.  If this is true, you must either make up your mind you will either accept the diagnosis or go to another urologist for another opinion to either confirm or deny your Peyronie's disease diagnosis.  I sense that you are beating yourself up with doubts and endless questions.  At some point you must stop fighting the idea you have PD. You need to eventually take that energy you are wasting on endless worry and use it to do something about your problem.  Some men have a difficult time dealing emotionally with severe penile curvature.  If that is true for you, please contact me for a few EFT sessions and I think I can do something to help you in this way, as I have done for so many other men.   

The pain of Peyronie's disease is quite variable in terms of degree and location. Having a slight twinge at the base of the penis, and within the curvature, is consistent with this problem.  But then, having a great amount of pain at the base or toward the top of the penis would also be consistent since the pain of PD is wildly variable. TRH  


Are there muscles in the shaft of the penis?

Dr. Herazy,

Are there actual muscles in the shaft of the penis, or is it all just tissue?

If it's tissue that I'm trying to heal, then which of your products have you seen to be more successful in taking care of a pivot?

More specifically, my pivot starts small and then makes my penis grow top-heavy as it becomes more erect? Is this common?

 

Greetings,

There are no muscles in the penile shaft.   The bulk of the penis is made of three cylinders of erectile tissue; two are called the corpora cavernosa and the last is the corpora spongiosum. These long masses of erectile tissue are referred to as spongy tissue, since like a sponge they have large open spaces that can fill with blood and expand during an erection.  Any movement of the penis that occurs when you intentionally contract your lower pelvic muscles comes from the attachment of base or root of the penis to what is called the pelvic sling that contains the pubococcygeus (PC) muscle.  The PC muscle is a what is called a voluntary muscle that works when you want it to work, just like the biceps or gluteal muscles.  It is not part of the penis, but is is closely connected to the base of penis and the PC muscle lifts the penis because of the way it is connected to it.

Your body needs a wide and diverse number of nutrients to heal the damage of Peyronie's disease.  There is no one nutrient that is more important than another in the healing process.  If you think this is not true, let us use the basic example of baking a cake.  A cake is made of just a few ingredients, like flour, milk, eggs, shortening,  baking powder, salt, etc.  And if I would ask you what is the very most important ingredient in a cake, you might answer that you simply must have flour in a cake and therefore that is the most important ingredient.  If that is true, then what would happen if you did not include the half teaspoon of salt or the tablespoon of baking powder in the recipe?  you would soon learn that not only do you have to use all ingredients to bake a cake, they had better be included in the exact amount required.  Baking a simple little cake demands that all ingredients be included at the right time and in the right proportion.  Can you image the process that is going on to correct Peyronie's disease?

Because of the complexity and great number of chemical processes involved in the healing process of Peyronies disease, we do not pretend to know exactly what your body might need that could be different than someone else.  To solve this problem we simply recommend that you include them all so that your body has the opportunity to use what it needs when it needs it.  Do not make the mistake to try to figure this process out so you can isolate one nutrient or chemical in particular.  

There is no special therapy or method of treatment that is used for a pivot (dent, ding, hinge or notch) deformity.  You are not treating the pivot with the PDI concept; you are treating your body so that it can heal the pivot, and your body needs a lot of help.  

The pivot or hinge deformity is very common.  TRH

How about using ultrasound as Peyronie's treatment?

What are your thoughts on using ultrasound technology to treat minor Peyronies scaring?  Thanks


Greetings,

After reading a little about using ultrasound physiotherapy to treat Peyronie's disease I was not sure I was getting a full or accurate explanation about treatment results and effectiveness.   for this reason I contacted two of the largest manufacturers of ultrasound equipment for their opinions.   Neither could say it has been adequately tested or proven to work, and suggested that if I wanted to use it I should be the one to do the research for them. 

In view of this lack of interest and lack of clinical background using ultrasound for Peyronies, I have not pursued this subject further.  TRH

Would you like me to send you pictures of Peyronie's disease?

Dr. Herazy,

I am not concerned with sex right now and I have no pain, except I have depression from my Peyronie's disease.

It seems I have only two problems. 1) a failure in the integrity of the wall of my penis on the left side. This is at a specific point rather than so much at a curve, even though that is there also when it is more erect. My penis doubles over to the left because of the failure in the shaft wall when not erect. 2) When erect my penis wants to hug the trunk of my body towards the left side.

Would you like me to send you pictures?

 

Greetings,

it is very common for men with Peyronie's disease to feel depressed for a variety of reasons.   For many men this depression arises from the (false) idea there is little you can do to help yourself with your Peyronie's disease and that your life will never be the same.  I suggest you begin spending more time reading and studying the PDI website to overcome this feeling of helplessness that seems to come from the idea that no drug has been found to help PD.  You need to know that the body reverses and corrects PD in a fair number of cases, and for this reason your energy should be focused on increasing and supporting your natural ability to overcome your PD.   Once you understand there is a lot you can do to increase your odds for self-repair and learn more about Peyronie's disease you will feel less scared and depressed.   Once you begin to actually do something to improve your physical condition you will feel empowered and in control of you situation.

There is a great technique I use to help men with their depression, called EFT.   Please go to the PDI website to the page about using EFT for distressing emotional states.  I have worked with many PD men using this technique and the results are often rapid and gratifying. Contact me directly for an EFT session when you are ready to feel better. 

What you describe as a failure of the integrity of the wall of the wall of the penis on your left side is not at all uncommon for men with PD.  This is commonly called a ding, dent,, hinge or pivot.  It can be caused in one of two ways, or a combination of both.  The first is by the abnormal internal tissue tension or pulling from within the shaft by the fibrous PD scar located in the tunica albuginea.  The second is by leaky veins within the shaft that do not close completely because the presence of the PD scar.  You can think of the PD scar acting almost like someone putting his foot in the doorway and preventing door from closing.  In PD the scar prevents the veins from closing, thus no pressure is built up within the shaft.  Without trapping of blood in the shaft the needed hydraulic pressure never develops to create a completely strong erection.  This can happen in just one small area of the shaft that creates the small dent in the side of the penis.   

Your left leaning erection is probably related to both the scar and weak erection on the left side of the shaft. 

There is not any need to send pictures at this time, since PD treatment is not based on the distortion or curve of the shaft.  Treatment is guided by the size, shape, density and surface features of the PD scars that create the distortion.   You must develop an exact knowledge of these characteristics in order to help your PD.   Once you reduce your scars, you will improve the distortion pattern that  bothers you so much.  This physical improvement will greatly help your sense of depression. 

So, i suggest you get busy.  Please get started with a reasonable Peyronies treatment plan that you can find on the PDI website.   If you need help with this, please let me know.  TRH 

Can masturbation cause Peyronie's disease?

Dr. Herazy, I know you are a busy man, but if you can recommend something specifically for me, then I would greatly appreciate it to boost my confidence. I struggle with a very black depression from my Peyronie's. Here is my status: when not erect my penis is just fine/when about 30% erect I have the beginning of an hour glass shape/when about 70% erect the curve is on the left side/when fully erect it hangs to the left and has a curve on the left side. Also, question: can masturbation cause this to have happened? Thank You

Greetings,

If you are like most men, i believe the primary reason you are so depressed is that you do not realize how much you can actually do to help yourself recover from PD.  A large part of your emotional state is due to feeling helpless and depressed, and these start with not understanding Peyronie's disease.  Therefore, once you begin to learn more about the problem you will feel less scared and alone, as many men do with PD.  Once you begin to actually do something to improve your physical condition you will feel empowered and in control of you situation.

There are three things you can do right now to help yourself:
1.  Go to the PDI website to the page about using EFT for distressing emotional states.  I have worked with many PD men using this technique and the results are often rapid and gratifying. Contact me directly for an EFT session when you are ready to feel better. 
2.  Get my book, "Peyronie's Disease and Sex" to develop a better understanding of yourself and how women relate to your condition.  Men usually make their situation worse by assuming that women will automatically reject a man who has PD; this is often not the case when the man knows how to effectively manage his sexual problems.  This book can help you in this area.   
3.  Get started on the most aggressive Peyronies treatment plan you can sustain for a few months to hopefully begin to make positive changes in your physical condition.   As part of your PD education you should read, "Peyronie's Disease Handbook."  

Masturbation, by itself, will not cause injury that can lead to Peyronie's disease.  However, very rough or physically abusive masturbation practices can cause injury to the tunica albuginea that leads to PD.   All masturbation to be safe should be as gentle and well lubricated as sexual intercourse.   TRH 


Does this Peyronie's treatment really work?

Dr. Herazy, I am 43 years old with this condition. It sucks my erections are not as good as they used to be. I have also lost some of my length and width. The curve is upward,it has been 3 years now and I need some aggressive treatment that WORKS…REALLY WORKS….BOTTOM LINE DOES YOUR TREATMENT THERAPY WORK… AND CAN IT REALLY HELP ME. I am taking Peyreton at the moment and really questioning the herb. I do not feel its doing anything. If you can help please respond.


Greetings,

If you think about your basic question and what you are asking of me, I cannot respond either way.  No one can know ahead of time if any valid treatment will help any health condition.   You are asking for a guarantee, and I cannot do that for you; no one can do that for anything in life. 

No doctor can say that any blood pressure medicine will work, no surgeon can guarantee results, and you will note that not even the makers of aspirin can guarantee results.  Your request shows me you do not understand the Peyronie's treatment concept that is taught on this website. 

What I can tell you is that I receive anywhere from 10-12 emails and phone calls telling me of positive results and good success reducing the size, shape, density or surface features of the PD scar and subsequent improvement of penile curvature for every one email or phone call saying there is no progress under the PDI treatment. 

I can also tell you that the way you ask your question, "…can it really help me" is asked as though you want me to take the responsibility for your recovery and you are somehow not involved.  That is not the way this treatment works.  With the Peyronie's treatment concept you find on this website I offer ideas and suggestions to increase your ability to heal and repair the Peyronie scar, and you do the work.  You must take responsibility to learn, to understand and to apply these concepts to increase your ability to heal the PD scar; it works well for a high percent who work aggressively and diligently.  I have no way of knowing how you will apply what I teach, so I cannot guarantee any results for you.  

You bought your Peyreton because of the wild promises you read in their ad.  Not only did they guarantee you results from one or two bottles of their product, they made it sound as though the treatment is as easy as popping a few magical herbs and if it did not work they said you would get your money refunded to you.  Good luck with that one.  Over the years I have tried to communicate with the makers of Peyreton and I have yet to receive a single response from them.  I have offered to sell their product on my website if it is as good as they say, and they ignore my requests for information about their product and their company.  Many dozens of men have communicated with me over the years who say they got no help from Peyreton and were cheated on the promise of a refund from this company.  You should have known better.  I cannot make any promise to you because recovery from Peyronie's disease is never easy, it is never as rapid as anyone wants, and not everyone does it the right way.  You seem to want things easy and fast and guaranteed, and I cannot do that for you.  Your request for a guarantee suggests you do not understand the treatment concept that is taught on this website. 

if you want help getting over your PD I suggest that you spend some time reading about how this works for a lot of men.   If you really want to recover you will do this and you will contact me if you have questions.  Here is a good page to get started.  Just read the entire first page to get a better idea of how this Peyronie's treatment really works; you might even click on a few links that interest you. You will find that I will do all that I can to help you do the work of recovering from PD to the best of your ability.   TRH

How long to wait between using DMSO and intercourse?

Dr. Herazy,

Thank you for your time a moment ago when we spoke on the phone. If I may impose upon you for one last question: How long between application of DMSO to the shaft of the penis and sexual engagement should there be to avoid "sharing" the DMSO with your partner? Or, is this not something that one needs to be concerned with due to the benign nature of the substance?

Thanks,

Foster

 

Greetings Foster,

If you read on PDI website about DMSO you will learn that about 7-8 minutes after application for Peyronies disease treatment all DMSO is essentially gone from the surface of the skin and is being chemically taken deeper into the tissue; actually most is gone in 5 minutes or so.  Nonetheless, I suggest washing the shaft prior to intercourse because the penis shaft is covered with common skin as is the majority of the body, but inside the vagina is found a mucus membrane layer of tissue, similar to the inside of mouth or sinus passages.  This thin and delicate tissue might respond differently than the rest of the body – better safe than sorry.   TRH

Is hyperbaric treatment for my Peyronies worth doing?

I am considering hyperbaric treatment for my Peyronies. Is this something that would be worth the time and money?

Greetings,

Thank you for the interesting question.

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy or hyperbaric medicine is the medical use of oxygen when delivered to tissue a higher than normal atmospheric pressure.  To do this a flexible or rigid pressure chamber is used to deliver 100% oxygen (air typically has 21% oxygen to all or part of the body. 

Use of hyperbaric treatment is usually limited to those diseases that would benefit from greater than normal oxygen saturation in the tissue (stoke, air embolism, massive compression injury, bone marrow disease, etc.)  I do not see the possible association to Peyronie's disease treatment.   

Insurance reimbursement for this procedure would not be covered for Peyronie's disease, so the cost would have to be paid personally.  Since you did not say what the costs might be or time time involved in such treatment, i have no idea if it would be worth the time or money.

With so many various Peyronie's disease treatments around that have direct research behind them and a track record of success when used as PDI suggests, why would you want to experiment with this treatment?  

Will the PDI Manual Stretching Technique help a congenital penis curvature?

My penis has a bend in it which is approximately 45 degrees to the left and upward. Its been this way as long as I can remember, Im now 50 years old. I have had no problems with sex and have two children. My wife is starting to have some issues, so I want to know if its Peyronies or something that Im born with. Will the stretching techniques be good for me or is there something else I should try?


Greetings,

There are a few things I do not understand in your question.

It is not fair to either of us to ask if you have Peyronie's disease based on the information you have presented.  Besides, I really do not understand what you mean when you say you have had a 45° bend for as long as you can remember.  Are you saying you believe you were born that way or are you saying that you have had a curved penis for a very long time?  

When you say your wife is starting to have some issues, what do you mean?   Are you having sexual difficulty because of reduced ability to achieve an erection?   Difficulty making penetration?   Reduced size issues that often are a part of Peyronie's disease?  You will have to be more specific.

The PDI gentle Manual Penis Stretching Technique was first tested on men with PD, not congenital curvature issues.  However, I have now hard back from men with congenital curvatures who have reported positive responses; some small and some great.    TRH   

Report of reduced double Peyronie's curvature

Thanks for both the privacy of your followers and the knowledge of your experiences. It's been some time since I've both ordered the "Best" plan and have spoke with you.

I'm very pleased to say that my Peyronie's disease has improved to a point of encouragement. When this horrible thing of PD introduced it's self to me I had two points of curvature; one of approx 25* just below the head and a more severe, 90* curve at the base of shaft in which the 90* curve was to the left. Today after much work, when time is available, I'm very pleased to announce, the 25* curve below the head has completely corrected it's self with no sign of ever being scared and the 90* curve at the base has improved a little and is curved in an upward position when erect. This make relations more possible. Also the pinching pain of PD has all but go away. Therefore, I've ordered another plan today, together with both the positive experience and months of knowledge of dealing with this monster, "The PD I'm referring to" LOL,

I'm confident today more than ever that progress and healing will be in my future. Thank you so much for being the source of encouragement.

Again,

Thanks, LT


Greetings LT,

Thank you for the encouraging report of your success.   It is good to know you have reduced the double curve to some degree.  From the way you present your information it also appears that you have made this improvement while not being very faithful or aggressive with your therapy plan.

Please take this time as we begin the fall season to dedicate yourself to being more serious about doing what you know you should be doing.  If a partial effort got that kind of improvement, I can only assume you could have earned more progress by working more along the lines of our suggestions for your self-care. 

If you are having any questions or problems putting your plan together or following the plan you would like to use, please let me know and I will do my best to help you.  TRH 

What is the benefit of taking Neprinol rather than Nattokinase and Fibrozym?

Hello Dr. Herazy,

Thank you for the great site.

I am getting ready to place my first order with you and have a couple of questions:

1)  In your opinion what if any is the benefit of taking Neprinol over taking Nattokinase & Fibrozym. I understand your philosophy of overwhelming the problem but it seems like taking all 3 is overkill and from my limited understanding taking Nattokinase & Fibrozym sounds better than Neprinol?

2)  You do not mention the 15% Verapamil topical solution from PDLabs which seems to have had quite a few scientific studies done on it and the results seem to be very positive. Any thoughts on this would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks–I look forward to placing my order and getting started on a treatment plan.

Richard


Greetings Richard,

1)  The benefit of taking the single product, Neprinol, rather than the two products, Nattokinase and Fibrozym, is that the Neprinol is more concentrated and should result in taking fewer systemic enzyme pills per day while having a higher dosage intake.   In addition, Neprinol contains the additional enzymes of papain and bromelain.   The cost is higher for Neprinol, but considering the higher level of enzyme in the product, it is less expensive in the long term.   Yes, taking three different forms of a systemic enzyme might be more than is necessary, but for some men it does make a difference.  There is no way to anticipate how anyone will respond to their therapy plan, so I encourage everyone to experiment with different combinations of therapy products to determine how their scars will respond as you go through different combinations of products.

2)  Most every medical treatment for PD is the same – one or two positive studies and a larger list of negative studies about it.  The same with topical verapamil from PDLabs of Texas. The different studies mentioned by PDLabs of Texas are intriguing, but are contradicted by other similar studies of topical verapamil.  When i first developed PD in late 2001 or early 2002 and found the PDLabs website on the internet and read those studies I also was impressed with their conclusions.  for this reason I used their topical verapamil product for about six months, during which time my PD worsened considerably and I developed overwhelming side-effects that caused me to stop using the product.  At that time I realized I would have to look outside traditional medical treatment for helping my PD and I began to intensely investigate Alternative Medicine options; eventually I came upon the concept and and treatment protocol that developed into the Peyronie's Disease Institute.   Over the years I have discovered more controversy about their findings – but this is typical of any kind of treatment for PD.  It seems PD is always tangled in controversy and exceptions.   TRH 

What type of Peyronie's treatment should my husband try?

Dr. Herazy,

My husband has been struggling with accepting he has Peyronie’s disease.  The purchase of your book has really helped inform us about this disease. He is also a diabetic. What type of treatment should he try to help with his condition? He has not tried anything yet due to the fact of feeling like there is nothing that can be done or that will work. His case does not seem to be severe. We would appreciate any advice/support.
 
Thank you!

 
Greetings, 

Your husband should start with the most aggressive therapy plan he is comfortable following so he will get the best results possible. If he is inclined to want to do everything possible to help himself, then perhaps he could consider using what is called the “Large (Best) Plan” for personal treatment. The “Medium (Better) Plan” is perhaps the most popular of the three plans. There is a “Small (Good) Plan” that is also well designed. These products and plans are found at Peyronie's treatment products.   All plans can be modified, by subtracting or adding, to suit your personal Peyronie’s disease treatment philosophy.

Or, you can design your own therapy plan using the information found on this website. You do not have to use any of these model plans, they are only examples – but they make sense and they have helped hundreds of men improve their Peyronies plaque and reduce the bent penis of Peyronie’s disease.

For a starting point for treatment, go to Peyronie’s treatment help starts here.

However, there is a larger issue, isn’t there? If he has taken the word of people who have played with using vitamin E for their Peyronies, or dabbled with taking Neprinol, and found that their results were not good, then he is in trouble. So many people love to get on the Peyronie’s disease forums and write, “I tried PABA (or something else), and it did not work. Nothing works!” I know from many hundreds of cases I have dealt with each year since 2002, that when someone writes something like that they have not gone about their treatment in the correct way. Using a single therapy is not the way to get results with PD. Their lack of good results is not surprising.

We are not conducting formal research, nor is it possible to collect meaningful research data based on the way that I have no way to monitor how people are following their plans. What I can tell you is that I receive 10-12 phone calls and emails telling me of Peyronie’s progress and improvement, for every one phone call and email I receive saying nothing is happening. That is a good rate of success. When I learn what these men who say they are not progressing are actually doing, it is easy to understand their lack of progress.    

If your husband is waiting for some Peyronie’s treatment that comes with a guarantee, then he is in for a long wait. No PD treatment works all the time or works well in every case.

It could be that he is in a state of depression and denial about having Peyronie’s disease. If you think that might be the case, please suggest to him that he calls so I can speak to him. I will be happy to do what I can to help him.   TRH


Any suggestions for using a DMSO "wrap"?

Hi Dr.Herazy my question is about using "wraps" im only using DMSO/Vitamin E/Castor oil wrap, im just curious what is the best way to leave a cloth/wrap that a guy uses to keep it in place, i tried using duct tape to keep the cloth on my penis it works but the thing is i can't keep it in one place, kinda loose on my penis so i feel like my penis isn't getting the complete benefit if i were to find a tighter wrap or bandage somewhere at or store… because i can't keep the cloth from sliding off, so i would like to know is there something i can buy like at Walmart or something im thinking of a way to keep the cloth adhere to the penis skin so i'll know the wrap with the 2 oils are getting into the plaque online some websites say to use a rubber band to keep it in place but that frightens me, so what is the best way and a place i can find a wrap that can adhere too the skin so it isn't so loose wrapped around the penis. It's so frustrating trying to use a DMSO wrap but can't keep it in place… any suggestions for people going this route?


Greetings,

Stop what you are doing for two reasons:

  • What you are doing is potentially dangerous – by applying prolonged compression to the penis with rubber bands or duct tape you cannot help but cut off blood circulation, and this is a good way to develop Peyronie's disease.  One of the proposed mechanisms of developing PD is by micro-reduction of blood circulation, and this is what you are doing.  Just like we are warned to release a tourniquet for a minute every ten minutes, you do not want to cut off blood circulation for too long to any part of the body.  Many men develop PD from using a "cock ring."  Your method of holding the wrap in place could easily do the same thing to you.
  • How you are using DMSO does not make sense – DMSO works in just a few minutes and does need to held in place for hours.  DMSO is a great PD therapy, but it must be used correctly and safely.   When you buy DMSO form this website you will be given complete instructions how to use it properly and without harm to you.  There is absolutely no reason to leave a "wrap" in place for hours on end, because nothing happens under that wrap after a very short time.  Your DMSO does its maximum work in the 1st seven minutes or so after you apply it to the skin, and after that not much happens. Using DMSO is not like sunbathing, when the longer you do it the more will happen.   If you feel a sensation of warmth, it is only because you have your shaft wrapped in a cloth that is covered by plastic.    

It is really amazing what dangerous and upside down thinking I see on the Peyronie's disease forums from people who promote ideas without knowing  what they are doing.  I think you were given some bad information.    

You are apparently, for some reason you did not explain, using a modification of the Thacker's formula.  If you intended to use the Thacker formula you were given false information about that, also.

There is a better way to use DMSO, just go to the PDI website to read how it should be done.   

Advice about penis spitting whitish yellow drops

HELLO DOC,

I am having this problem and i am very conscious about my penis being disturbed. I have research a lot on your website and concluded that i am suffering from Peyronie's disease with slight left penile curvature without any constrictive ring or hourglass. 

My penis is spitting whitish yellow drops whether i am awake or sleeping and I am helpless to do anything.  I started throwing all my underpants and pajamas.   I used to masturbate a lot before 3 to 4 months, and used to grab my dick head to stop wasting the sperm, until one day it hurt me very bad.  But ignoring that day i slept  and after a couple of days i started feeling heavy pain that I used to hold my piss for a whole day or even 2 sometimes getting afraid of the pain.  Then gradually it decreased, and now again i am feeling pain with every piss.   My penis is curved slightly left and spitting drops very often.  I have postponed my wedding due to this, and really is very dishearted of the situation.

Please help me out.  I will always pray for you and your family in good or bad times.  A detailed and prompt answer would be highly appreciated

Best regards,  Umair

 

Greetings Umair,

Based on your description it is possible that you injured your urethra by your practice of masturbating but pressing on the head of the penis to prevent complete ejaculation.  I think it is not likely you have Peyronie's disease, even though you do have a penile curvature.

I strongly encourage you to go to your local medical doctor and explain your problem to him for prompt medical attention.  

Good luck to you.  TRH

Is there a treatment for my hypospadias?

i don't think i have this condition, but what is the matter with me is, i never was circumcised and i have a false opening. i urinated from beneath the head of the penis through a very tiny opening. after all these years, i can't even ejaculate  anymore. Is there a treatment for my problem?

 

Greetings,

As you are probably aware, you were born with a condition called hypospadias.  This is a birth defect that affects 400-500 births in which the opening of the urethra (pee hole) is not in the normal location.  When hypospadias occurs in boys, the opening is located on the underside of the penis, and when it occurs in girls the opening is into the vagina.  Surgery is most often elected to be performed before the child reaches puberty. 

There is no association of hypospadias and Peyronie's disease.  

I suggest you find the most competent and skilled surgeon specializing in genital reconstructive surgery for consultation.  

Good luck to you.  TRH  

What about using Kegel exercise as a Peyronie's treatment?

2 very simple short questions do kegels exercises help peyronies i read it will or may because it's said to be a exercise that women used but it can be used in men and online says it can force more blood into the penis and help with the healing process. The other i have on my mind is i read W What does it mean to "Break Up Scar Tissue" I was reading about castor oil and they said it "breaks up" internal/external scar tissue and breaks them up? Is it different than "reducing" Could you clear up this definition? Thanks, and hope this wasn't too much to ask, but i just didn't want to forget the other question so i just put them both here in one, thanks again Dr. Herazy.


Greetings,

Yes, spend a of of time in our video. "Massage and Exercise" for Peyronie's disease to give you specific measures to assure you do Kegel exercises correctly for PD.   I have advocated Kegels for PD for many years, and used them as part of the Peyronie's disease treatment protocol when I got over it. 

You will have ask those people who use these terms – breaking up and reducing scar tissue – what they mean when they use them.  To me it sounds like careless use of words.   TRH

What are the chances my Peyronies will stabalize soon?

i am a healthy 50 yr old who has been diagnosed with Peyronie's disease about 14 months ago.  I've had a dent about 1 inch from the base approx.2 inches long during erection.  I thought it was stabilizing but seems to be getting slightly worse, moving towards the head.  I now think I'm starting to get some ED.  No treatment except vitamin E.  Starting to stress,what are your suggestions on treatment?   What are the chances this will stabilize soon?  Should i expect this to get worse?  Are the ED drugs (Viagra) a good idea to use?

Greetings,

You are asking several questions, most of which are answered many places within the PDI website.  I suggest that if you wish to learn more about PD you spend a little time reading what is here for you.  I will go through the questions and points you raise in order.

What looks like movement of the indentations is more likely the result of changes in the internal scar tissue, causing different patterns of pull on the tunica albuginea and layers of fascia within the shaft.  There is a wide variation of development of Peyronies, so be aware that your particular situation might be different from others you read about.  for many men these small but accumulative changes of the PD plaque or scar causes deformity changes over a period of many years.

There are two probable ways you could be experiencing ED at this point:  Physical – from the growth or contraction the PD scar material causing the internal valves of the veins of the shaft to remain open, thus preventing development of internal hydraulic pressure that creates an erection.  Sometimes this is a widespread problem affecting the entire shaft, and sometimes a local problem causing dents or bottleneck deformities.  Emotional – you are, as most men feel, angry, confused, scared, and/or embarrassed about what is happening to you.  The emotions have a great impact on the development of the erect state.

Using vitamin E by itself is almost no treatment   Vitamin E as a Peyronie's treatment is a great therapy, very essential, but it must be combined with other therapies to get the right kind of tissue response you are looking for.  

Treatment is the most thoroughly discussed subject on this website.  See Introduction to Alternative Medicine treatment of Peyronie's Disease, and Guide for Peyronie's Disease Treatment, and many others.

The PDE-5 category of drugs (Viagra, Levitra, and Cialis) can cause problems due to excessive erection development, resulting in over-inflation and possible tearing of internal tissues of the shaft.   See Peyronie's Disease Plaque, Viagra, Cialis, Levitra and Blood Supply  and  Peyronie's Disease Treatment and Viagra, Levitra and Cialis and many others.

Far better to learn about Alternative Medicine treatment of Peyronie's disease, take control of your situation, stop feeling so helpless and reduce your stressful state.  If you have specific questions about treatment please let me know.     TRH   

Is it really possible that Peyronie's disease completely disappears?

Hello,

Is it really possible that Peyronie's disease actually completely disappears?

One often-quoted study says that 13% of cases improve spontaneously after one year. This, however, includes very small curvature or plaque reduction. However, I have not heard of one single reliable and medically documented story of complete remission. It seems that even if some treatments appear to be effective in reducing or even dissolving the plaque, the tunica can never regain its original elasticity.

Can you give us your thoughts about this please.

Best regards,

Leo

 

Greetings Leo, 

Thank you for the excellent question.

How often, and to what degree, Peyronie's disease spontaneously recovers is such an interesting and important PD topic that I wrote,  Spontaneous Remission and Natural Cure of Peyronie's Disease.    You might consider reading this also for additional ideas.

Anyone who has looked for help with Peyronie's disease knows why it has been called the bastard-child of medical practice.  No one should be surprised it has never been the subject of investigation to determine the frequency or degree of spontaneous recovery or natural healing.  I could not find any information about what criteria is used to determine a complete response to treatment or a spontaneous remission of Peyronie's disease.  For example, when all outward signs of cancer disappear after treatment, this is called a "complete remission" or a "complete response."   These terms do not necessarily suggest the cancer has been cured.  It only means the cancer cannot be detected in a way that it was previously used to identify it.  If after treatment the cancer is still present but in a reduced capacity to incapacitate the patient or of a reduced size, it is called a "partial remission."  In regard to Peyronie's disease these concepts might also apply, but this has not been worked out clinically for PD.  For this reason, the words we use (remission, recovery, response, cure, improvement, complete, partial) are subject to controversy because they have not been defined in relation to Peyronie's disease.  

Thus, there is room for interpretation when you ask if Peyronie's disease ever "completely disappears."   A consensus would have to determine if a practical (functional) or anatomical (structural) definition of recovery was to be used for Peyronie's disease.  Previously I have written, "the average man would not care at all that he had Peyronie's disease if it did not cause a penile distortion that denies him from having sexual intercourse.  If the Peyronie's lump did not interrupt sex activity, the problem would be essentially ignored." 

While i understand the thought and motive behind asking about a study of spontaneous remission of Peyronie's disease, I believe it is unlikely for the pharmaceutical or medical industries to actually spend money to research if this problem goes away on its own.  Their focus is far more likely to be directed toward drug creation or surgical advancements.  In preparation for writing this reply I Googled "spontaneous remission cancer" and "spontaneous recovery flu" and could not find any medical studies for those searches.  That this information is not available should not be interpreted that these things do not happen, but only that no one yet has taken the time, effort and money or has a vested interest to study these topics.   

For a majority of men, from a practical or functional standpoint, restoring sexual function would define "complete recovery" if this occurred as a result of direct treatment, or "spontaneous remission" if this occurred without treatment, regardless if the Peyronie's plaque persisted or the tunica albuginea was less elastic.  To underscore this prevailing and practical attitude that men take about their Peyronie's condition, I have communicated with many men who have told be that they like having Peyronie's disease because their particular direction and degree of penile curvature increased the sexual pleasure of their partner and thus they saw themselves as better lovers. Their interest in correcting their Peyronie's disease was equally practical and sexually motivated:  they were concerned that if the curvature worsened, they would not be able to engage in intercourse.  Conversely, from a clinical or anatomical standpoint, restoring previous physical normalcy (external appearance of the shaft, elimination of the internal fibrous plaque, complete elasticity of the tunica albuginea), would define "complete recovery" if this occurred as a result of direct treatment, or "spontaneous remission" if this occurred without treatment.  Without these terms being defined it is difficult to communicate accurately.

Yes, I am aware of that study reporting 13% of cases improve spontaneously; others reports suggest up to 50% of Peyronie's disease cases simply go away without treatment.  This variation in numbers is probably due to a different set of criteria for determining what degree of improvement constitutes a real improvement  or recovery; this is discussed in the 3rd paragraph. Given the nature of the problem It is easy to understand why there is still controversy and revision (usually upward) of the reported rate of occurrence of PD in the general population, to say nothing of the rate of spontaneous remission for the problem. 

When I developed Peyronie's disease I struggled frantically looking for a way out of the Peyronie's nightmare.  After reading reports of 20-50% spontaneous recovery from PD my thoughts turned in a more positive and productive direction.  The pivotal insight that occurred to me was:  "If 50% of men heal their own PD, then the body has a cure – even if the MDs do not.   All I have to do is increase my immune response to this PD scar in whatever way makes sense to me, and I believe I might be able to heal my problem like those lucky men who spontaneously correct their own problem.  Now I am in control."  Before that I held the common negative and hopeless victim mentality displayed on many of the Peyronie's forums. This little bit of information so encouraged me and uplifted my thinking, that I eventually developed the treatment protocol that enabled my body to heal my PD problem.  This same protocol (now improved in several significant ways) has since been used many hundreds of times by men who learned about it on this PDI website.

From my experience in working with men since 2002 I have used the informal, uncommitted, and long-distance format of the internet, emails and telephone calls.  Since I am not conducting formal research, I have no way to control, monitor or verify how anyone is conducting his PD therapy plan.  Men do what they want to do.  I can only offer suggestions and hope my message gets through.  Not only does everyone seem to create a slightly different therapy plan, but each man goes about using his plan in a different way.  The non-uniform and irregular application of the ideas you see on the PDI website makes it difficult to evaluate effectiveness or degree of improvement achieved.   Not only that, men are notoriously bad communicators about this aspect of their private life.  Once Peyronie's disease is eliminated from a man's life he quickly disengages from the problem and happily returns to his previous life, rarely contacting anyone about his success.  They gladly try to forget about the condition that so humiliated them and nearly ruined their lives.  Men are reluctant to discuss or report on the stigma of diminished size, erectile dysfunction and disfigurement associated with Peyronie's disease.  For these reasons the number of men who experience spontaneous improvement of their PD will always be much more speculative than even the number of men who have PD, which is wracked by speculation for the same reasons.      

You are correct, there are no formal medical studies of complete Peyronie's remission.   But what of those published medical statistics reporting 13-50% of cases that get well without treatment or outside intervention.  Is that not more than the medical acknowledgment or the single story of complete remission you asked for?  Further, what of the hundreds of urologists and family doctors each day around the world who advise their newly diagnosed Peyronie's patients to "come back in six months to see it it goes away"?  Aren't each of these MDs implicitly saying that from their experience they see a sufficient percent of PD cases clear up on their own, thus justifying the standard wait-and-see strategy they all use?  "Wait-and-see-back-in-6-months" is part of the standard medical protocol and must exist for some reason; do you think that spontaneous remissions happen often enough to build a treatment protocol around it?  I do.

I offer a simple speculation about the condition of the tunica albuginea after favorable Alternative Medicine treatment, because I do not know.  The body eliminates to the best of its ability what it does not need.   I have a scar on my knee from a childhood injury.  Over the years it has slowly faded and now is barely visible.  I assume that if there is no useful purpose for the PD scar within the tunica albuginea, the body will pick up the collagen fibers over time.  This might not be a fast process like the body removing the cells of inflammation, but it should at least in theory happen if only because the body is designed to eliminate foreign matter.  Along that line of thought, I am a retired chiropractor with a highly refined sense of touch developed over 42 years of practice.  When I report that I cannot find any evidence of my previous gang of PD scars, you can believe that they are either gone or so dramatically diminished in size.  Of course, this is ultimately speculation because surgery would be required to verify the actual state of my tunica.       

Lastly, it is difficult to know how to label my particular improvement of Peyronie's disease or the experiences of those men with whom I have worked.  They no longer come to the PDI site for treatment information because they are apparently satisfied with their previous Peyronie's problem after following their version of PDI therapy protocol.  I do not know if I can say my body eliminated or cured my Peyronie's disease, or not. I do not know if I can say I had a "complete remission" or a "partial remission" because those terms have not been defined clinically. 

All I know for a fact is that back in 2002 when I was at my worst, I could easily describe 4-5 different plaque primarily on the left and dorsal aspect of the shaft.  My primary distortion was a combination 35 degree curve to the left, a ten degree curve upward, with a counterclockwise rotation.  I say primary distortion because twice while I had this combination curve and twist, it was replaced for a few weeks by a severe bottle-neck deformity that made me sick to look at.   After following an aggressive and faithful PD therapy plan that I devised over many months, all of that went away.  I was able to monitor the slow and gradual reduction of the size, shape, density and surface features of each of those 4-5 plaque.  As I observed them slowly fragment and disappear, my distortions disappeared and my lost length and girth returned.  Today I cannot find any PD plaque and my shaft is straight.   I have worked with many men who have reported various stories along that same basic outlineOf course, some men respond better to Alternative Medicine therapy than others; not all respond well, and some do not get any improvement at all.  When I learn of men who are not making improvement I can usually trace it back to a small and non-aggressive application of the PDI therapy concepts that is revealed by meager and irregular purchase of therapies. Conversely, those men who report better results ask more questions, follow a more faithful and aggressive plan of action, and overall seem to be more focused and serious about their eventual recovery.       

Back to your original question, "Is it really possible that Peyronie's disease actually completely disappears?"   By that question I take it that you mean, "Is it possible that the tunica albuginea returns to a completely normal state after what you call a self-repair, self-healing or spontaneous remission?"  To that question l answer that I do not know.  I must assume that in order for my curvature pattern to improve, for my scars to be undetectable, for my lost length and girth to have been returned, that some favorable and demonstrable tissue change must have occurred within substance of my tunica.  This in turn should have caused the tunica to become more elastic than when it supported the nasty Peyronie's plaque.  Speculation, for sure, but logical.

For me, and I believe for the men who come to the PDI website looking for some straight information about what they can do to help themselves get well, I wish to say we do not care if the tunica albuginea completely returns to normal or not.   I am satisfied when a man tells me he cannot find his PD scar any longer; that he can have intercourse for the first time in many years; or that his penis is now straight.  At this time I am more interested in learning how to more effectively help the men who have Peyronie's disease so they can more quickly and efficiently eliminate their problem, than I am in splitting hairs while defining the words cure, healing, recovery and remission.

Again, thanks for the great question that gave me the stimulus to put a few thoughts on the internet that were not there previously.

Good luck to you and I trust that you are successful in dealing with whatever prompted your interest in this subject.  If you have interest in learning about Alternative Medicine Peyronie's disease treatment, please let me know.    TRH

Do you have any natural treatment to replace Flomax?

I am using your program of PDI.I am using flomax for prostate enlargement. Do you have any natural treatment to replace the flomax which destroyed my sex life.I will send any fees in advance. I am grateful for your help. Thank you Sami Shenouda

Greetings Sami,

Flomax is well known for its long list of unpleasant side effects.  Many men decide they are worse than the symptoms of prostate enlargement.   You should talk to your doctor about the side effects of Flomax and discuss alternatives with him before changing your prescription drug intake.

Because Peyronie’s disease commonly occurs in men who are in the same age group in which BPH (benign prostate hypertrophy) occurs, I am often asked about working with BPH at the same time as PD.  For this reason PDI lists two very good herbal products, BioProstate and Prostate Supreme.  I have taken Prostate Supreme daily for many years. You can find them by going to the PDI store front.

Please talk to your doctor before making any change with your prescription drugs.   TRH

Can I treat Peyronie's disease after 16 years?

I have had PD since I was 57. I am now 73. Is there anything I can do at this point or has the time for treatment passed?


Greetings,

Yes, there is a lot you can do and this might make you feel good about yourself for the first time in a long while.

From my experience in working with men who have Peyronie's disease, most stop looking for information and help after just a year or two.  These men are defeated by the negativity they encounter on most Peyronie's forums.  The great majority of men who contact PDI for assistance have had their problem for less than five years.  Occasionally someone will contact me who has had PD for 10 years.  The longest standing case I have worked with previously was 12 years old.  Your 16 year old case of PD puts you in a special category.

While working with these men whose problem is older than average, I have always been impressed with the ability of the Peyronie's plaque or scar to still respond favorably.   As with those whose PD is still in the common five-year range, the response to Alternative Medicine treatment still seems to be in direct proportion to the aggressiveness and faithfulness of care provided. 

There is no way for me to predict or anticipate how anyone will respond to non-drug and non-surgical Peyronie's treatment.  I think the healthiest and fairest way for you to approach your decision if you should attempt treatment is to first learn what is involved in the Alternative Medicine approach to recovery from Peyronie's disease.  Then decide what is a reasonable length of time you should be willing to devote to an aggressive and faithful program of care; maybe 4-6 months.  If it all makes sense to you, then begin care with the attitude that you will do your very best.  

After so long living with this lousy problem, I commend you for not being beat down by all the negativity and hopelessness that surrounds Peyronie's disease. 

A good place to begin learning about this unique PD treatment is start Peyronie's treatment.   Let me know if I can assist you in any way.  TRH

Is it possible for the Peyronie's scar to be that small?

Hello,

Please allow me to explain what's going on with me and advise on if I should proceed with treatment.

I've been having painful erections for 6 months now. It was an immediate progression and the pain has not subsided at all. It begins as i'm getting erect and the pain is quite substantial for the first few minutes after which it subsides quite a bit. There is additional pain when I squeeze/flex it…like you would if you tried to stop peeing midstream. This leads me to believe that it's something with the blood stream. The range of motion is extremely limited and is very painful whenever it's moved too much. I'm now at the point where i'm not getting as hard as I used too and part of it is a mental block because I know it's going to hurt. I haven't been able to achieve a full hard erection on my own for a couple months now.

I've gone to my general practitioner and a urologist and left without a resolution. I've searched tirelessly for an answer and peyronie's is the only thing that even remotely fits my symptoms. I've been checked for STD's, did a urine and blood sample, and everything checked out. My hesitancy with the diagnosis is I have no deformity with my penis and I'm unsure of any plaque buildup. There is a very small hardness in the center of my penis when flaccid that is a little painful when I press it. I would relate it to the size of the tip of a ballpoint pen. But it's not rock hard because it still feels somewhat squeezeable. Is it possible for it to be that small?

Could I be in the beginning stages and still feel this much pain? Is it safe for me to treat myself as if I have it to see if works? I keep reading about where this could lead and it's quite scary. My experience with traditional doctors has been very frustrating and expensive. The urologist didn't even consider peyronie's until i mentioned it but both doctors checked for it and neither felt any buildup. He said to take some vitamin E and that should fix it. I've been taking an extensive amount for 2 months now and nothing has changed.

'm 32 years old and in great health with an active sex life. I'm extremely concerned with these issues and i feel completely lost in finding a solution…please help.

 

Greetings,

Your story creates a picture of some poor care. 

First some basics about a few statements or observations made about Peyronie's disease in general and your situation in particular.  I will just respond back to what you have mentioned:

  1. Peyronie's symptoms can be rather variable from one man to the next.  You are having more pain, and more consistent pain, than most men experience with PD, but that does not mean it is not PD.   Some men have no pain with their PD condition.  
  2. Not having the advantage of having examined you, I can only speculate about the source of your pain.  My educated guess is that it is not coming from a blood vessel but from the PD scar pressing on the tunica albuginea and another layer of penile tissue called Buck's fascia which is rick in pain fibers.  If you had constant pain, or if your pain coincided with your heart beat I would then consider it could be related to a blood vessel.  Both of these tissues I mentioned could be irritated and stimulated enough to generate pain when being squeezed.
  3. You say you left two medical offices without resolution, meaning they did not come up with the diagnosis of PD.  What did they speculate could be your problem.   Did they just leave you hanging with no ideas, no follow up?  So it is you who has come to this possible conclusion of Peyronie's disease on your own after doing some reading on the internet.  The fact that you mention your blood work was negative makes a case for not having a serious or life threatening problem going on, my speculation is that this supports PD as a possible diagnosis.  Personally, I have to suggest that you go to a third doctor to see if you can find a doctor who will take your problem more seriously than the first two.
  4. Peyronie's disease does not always cause a deformity, especially as early i the problem as you could be at six months duration.  Do not expect all cases of PD to demonstrate deformity, or to have it so soon; some do, and some do not.
  5. The small area of hardness you feel when flaccid that is the size of a ballpoint pen tip, could be your PD scar.  Did you show the MDs this area?  What was their response?  Many times a rushed medical examination will miss a small lesion like this.  You should have shown it to both of them, and demanded more time and attention to your problem. 
  6. Not all PD scars are rock hard. Some are so soft as to be almost undetectable.  This is why so many are missed on examination.
  7. Yes, you could have this much pain in the early stages of your problem.   It is amazing to me that you could have seen two doctors about your PD and not have been given this basic information. 
  8. Considering you were told you have Peyronie's and they only extended vitamin E as a treatment option, it is up to you to determine how you wish to proceed.  It is also up to you to determine the safety and appropriateness of undergoing a therapeutic trial of care for Peyronie's disease using Alternative Medicine  I cannot make that judgment; you have to take that responsibility for yourself.   I have had many men take this approach and were glad that they did.
  9. The PDI website is full of information for you to read and learn.   I suggest that you go the PDI and look at this link to learn how to start Peyronie's treatment if that is what you decide to do.  

Good luck to you and let me know if I can answer any questions as you look into this further.    TRH

Could Peyronie treatment plans still possibly help my congenital curvature?

I have been searching for a possible remedy for my penis. I have a slight downward curve, I believe it is congenital because I've always had it, and there is no scarring underneath my shaft or pain. Could your treatment plans still possibly help my congenital curvature? even if i don't have Peyronies? PLEASE HELP, this is causing me so much emotional discomfort doc!


Greetings,

The PDI treatment plans are specific for Peyronie's disease.  However, I have been told by men who have congenital penile curvature that they used the information and technique from the PDI Manual Penis Stretching CD with great benefit.  I suggest you review that information to see if it makes sense to you and proceed accordingly. 

Additionally, since most congenital curves tend to be gradual and mild, I suggest that you could be making more of your lack of total straightness than it deserves.  Perhaps your values and sense of self-esteem exaggerate your emotional response to your variation.  It might be helpful for you to read "Peyronie's Disease and Sex" to get some insight into the way you are feeling about yourself.  TRH

Spontaneous Remission and Natural Cure for Peyronie’s Disease

Helping nature to remove the Peyronie’s plaque 

Peyronie’s disease is filled with unknowns and controversy. There is even controversy about how often this problem simply goes away on its own. Some say it never goes away; that once you have Peyronies you have it for life. And there are those who say it goes away half of the time, and those who say it rarely goes away on its own.       
 
The term “simply goes away on its own” is another way of saying “self-healed” or “spontaneous cure” or “the body healed itself without outside assistance.” This is not an example of playing with words. In my world of working to help men reverse their Peyronie’s disease by improving their ability to heal or correct this problem, there is no difference in what these terms mean. It is important – even critical – to realize that when the body is able to rid itself of a disease process or abnormality it is an instance of true healing or a self-cure. Hence, it cannot be said that there is no cure for Peyronie’s disease. The body is able to cure Peyronie’s disease; it happens either rarely, or up to 20-50% of the cases, depending upon whom you choose to believe – but it does happen.
 
This is an extremely important point to consider in regard to using Alternative Medicine to treat Peyronie’s disease. When you use the different internal and external therapies to rid yourself of the Peyronie’s scar all you are attempting to do is to increase your body’s ability heal or cure itself of PD.         
 
Most of us would be in agreement that the body can and does rid itself – by a process in which the immune system heals, or “cures itself” – of Peyronie’s disease. How often this happens might be of some disagreement, but I think it is fair to say that most people know the body is able to cure or heal the Peyronies problem in some cases. This is an important point to keep in mind when you read or hear that there is no cure for Peyronie’s disease.
 
When the medical doctor says there is no cure for Peyronie’s disease what he really means is that there is no drug that he can prescribe that is a Peyronie’s cure. We have established that the body can and does heal the Peyronie’s plaque in an undetermined number of cases. With the Peyronie’s Disease Institute therapy program we are attempting to increase that natural healing ability.   
 

Is cancer more difficult to treat than Peyronie’s disease?

A spontaneous healing, also called spontaneous remission or spontaneous regression, is the unexpected cure or improvement of a disease which previously appeared to be stable or worsening. These terms are typically used to explain unexpected improvement of a cancer. The spontaneous regression and remission from cancer was defined by Everson and Cole in their 1966 book, Spontaneous Regression of Cancer, this way: "The partial or complete disappearance of a malignant tumour in the absence of all treatment, or in the presence of therapy which is considered inadequate to exert significant influence on neoplastic disease."

Because most of our medical information is presented through medical sources, it has long been suggested spontaneous regressions, let alone cures, from cancer are rare. Frequency of spontaneous healing was estimated to occur approximately at the rate of 1 in 100,000 cancers. Everson and Cole report that at least for small tumors, the frequency of spontaneous regression had been was drastically underrated and underreported. In their carefully designed mammography study they found that 22% of all breast cancer cases underwent spontaneous regression. They explain spontaneous regression from cancer: "In many of the collected cases … it must be acknowledged that the factors or mechanisms responsible for spontaneous regression are obscure or unknown in the light of present knowledge. However, in some of the cases, available knowledge permits one to infer that hormonal influences probably were important. … In other cases, the protocols strongly suggest that an immune mechanism was responsible".
 

When you read that in 20-50% of the cases the Peyronie’s disease goes away on its own, these are the instances in which the body was able to heal itself of the excess Peyronie’s scar. This issue of spontaneous resolution and tendency for improvement of Peyronie’s disease has been commonly cited. 1-4 If the body can cure cancer on occasion, why not Peyronie’s disease if you are doing many things at once to encourage this to happen?
 
All of this should give you some encouragement that the Peyronie’s Disease Institute therapy program is following a logical and reasonable course of action to help the body remove this problem, as the body was designed to do.
 

Is it OK to eat only the white part of the egg?

Hi Dr. Herazy, 

I have recently been diagnosed with Peyronies and I have bought your book and just started the medium plan.

I have always been interested in nutrition and thought that my diet was OK but now I realize that I actually need to change what I eat a lot. I am just about to change my diet based on the recommendations you have laid out in your book. However I have a few questions about the diet:

I have noted that eggs and diary products are on the avoid list. Is it OK to eat only the white part of the egg?

At breakfast I often eat porridge made of oat flakes and water together with cottage cheese, fruits and milk. Is it OK to still eat cottage cheese if it is low in fat if I cut out the milk?

The reason for these questions is that I try to understand what is not good with eggs and milk. I assume it is because of the yellow part of the egg with cholesterol and because of the fat in the milk. However there may be other factors so I would be most grateful if you could pls let me know if I can still eat cottage cheese and the white part of the egg. I want to have an aggressive approach to cure my Peyronies disease and I am ready to change my diet, do various exercises and follow my supplement plan as long as it takes.

Pls give a comment also on my plan as follows:

Daily I will take the following:

vitamin e factor 400/400 – 2 pills per day
vitamin e factor maxi-gamma – 1 pill per day
vitamin c natural c – 1 pill per day
vitamin c ascorbplex 1000 – 1 pill per day
MSM 10g per day – 5g in the morning and 5g in the evening
Fibrozym – 2 pills x 3 times a day
nattokinase – 2 pills x 2 times a day
Scar x – 3 times a day
DMSO + cupper + Unique E oil at least once a day after shower

Added to my plan:
Paba – 1 pill x 2 times a day
OmegaT – 1 pill per day
Quercetin Bromelain Complex – 1 pill twice a day
Acetyl L-Carnitine – 1 pill twice a day

Would be most grateful for any feedback. Thank you so much for having created this service. Rik


Greetings Rik,

Thank you for your diet questions and the detailed report on how you are approaching your Peyronie's therapy plan.  

You have obviously taken to heart the dietary recommendations found in chapter 5 my book, “Peyronie’s Disease Handbook”   In this chapter is discussed the dietary aspects of treating PD in which I present the idea that certain foods and styles of eating can contribute to PD.  

In that same chapter of the book that talks about different dietary issues, at the very beginning I say that most of the dietary suggestions are based on ancient Oriental concepts that are used in the practice of acupuncture and yin/yang.  I go on to say that it would require an explanation that could run for several books to completely and thoroughly explain these concepts.  You are asking a simple and direct question that from a Western standpoint should have a simple and direct answer – that makes sense.  But the answer is not so simple or direct – it is very complex without a good understanding of traditional yin/yang concepts. 

The chapter that you are referring to is very clear on this point,  that this list represents Eastern thinking, not Western thinking.   Many of the food items mentioned in the list to avoid are really good nutritional foods – from a Western standpoint.  However, these foods are not considered from a Western perspective but from an Eastern perspective.  This is where the idea of avoiding cheese, eggs and banana comes from; not from a nutritional standpoint but from an energetic standpoint.  It is not related to fat or cholesterol as you suggest, but from the Eastern concepts of energy creation, movement and stagnation of that same energy.  

The closer you follow these dietary guidelines, even it does not make sense to your Western thinking, I believe you will see your results follow. You can decide to eat all or part of the egg hte

If you really want to know more I suggest that you simply get several acupuncture text books and study the subject thoroughly.

Your PD therapy plan is balanced and is a reasonable start in Peyronie's treatment.  Congratulations.  There is nothing I can see that is essentially wrong with it.  As you are using your plan right now, it could help take you all the way to reversal of your PD problem, or it could be insufficient to help you.  There is no way to know if a plan is correct for you by looking at it.  You must put it into action and see what it does after 10-14 days to change or reverse the size, shape, density of your scar that is always the ultimate determinant if your plan is correct or not. 

If following this plan causes changes in your scar, then continue with your plan until your scar is either gone or stops responding to it.

If following this plan causes no changes in your scar, then modify it in some way and again re-evaluate your scar in 10-14 days to see if your scar changes in some desirable way.   If you need help in determining what to change in your plan, please provide a detailed description of your scar as you learned to do in chapter 4 of that same book so I might understand what is going on with you a bit better and I will offer you some suggestions to consider.

Follow your plan faithfully and aggressively and let me know if I can help you in any way.  TRH 

18 year old wants help determining if he has Peyronie's disease

I am 18 years old and need help figuring out if I have peyronie's disease. My penis first started curving to the left about 1 and 1/2 years ago. It was only slight so I wasn't too worried. About a week ago it curved a little more to the left and now I'm worried that it's going to get more severe. Since I was a kid (long before I had any curvature) there was always a slight lump on the right side of my penis. I believe it has gotten slightly larger recently. Do I have peyronie's disease? How do I stop it from curving more? And does masturbation cause it to curve more? If you could please help me out I would greatly appreciate it, I'm really stressing out over this.

Greetings,

Given your history of a longstanding childhood penile mass in someone who is currently 18 years of age, I strongly encourage you to consult with a urologist about your situation.  Since your penis curve is aimed to the left and you say your lump is on the right, those two findings do not seem to correlate; this is not typical of Peyronie's disease.  But is is not possible to confidently tell you if you have PD or not based on the limited information.  This is not the kind of problem you should attempt to figure out on your own.

If you have not told your parents or some adult you trust about your problem, now is the time to do so.  You do not have to go into great detail.  Just say, "I have a urinary problem and I think I should see a doctor."  If you are pressed for details, and you are uncomfortable giving any, you can always say, "I am really uncomfortable about this, and I would prefer to discuss this with a doctor."  Any reasonable adult should respect your right to privacy.   

Put aside any embarrassment you might feel and allow a medical professional to determine your diagnosis. Getting yourself examined to determine exactly what is happening to you would be the wise and mature thing to do.  Please let me know what you are told.   TRH 

Is there a specific treatment for Peyronie's disease that occurs after a prostatectomy?

My PD occurred nearly four years ago after a laproscopic prostatectomy.  What is your opinion about the efficiency of your treatment after such a delay?   Is there a specific treatment for Peyronie's disease that occurs after a prostatectomy?  Thanks, John 

Greetings John,

Peyronie's disease is a fairly common reaction that can occur as a result of trauma to the urethra during a laproscopic prostatectomy.  I have discussed this bad result in another area of the PDI site, Possible Peyronies Cause: Catheter and Cystoscope Trauma

Many men start their PDI treatment plan three and more years after the onset of their problem.  Actually, it seems that many men begin PDI treatment three to five years into their PD problem.  At this time I have not noticed any great difference in the effectiveness and end results of those who have a late start or an early start working to increase their ability to heal and repair the PD scar.  What seems to be a more important factor for overall success of treatment is the level of faithfulness to the treatment plan and the diversity of treatment; those who follow a large and aggressive therapy plan and do it without deviation are usually most successful.       

There is no special or different treatment for Peyronie’s disease based on how it occurred.  Your treatment would be the same regardless of how it started since it is the scar that is the important aspect of Peyronie's disease treatment regardless of how it actually started.  To get an idea how to start, click on Peyronies Treatment Help Starts Here.

Do you think using vitamin E by itself will help my Peyronie's disease?

Greetings Doctor,

My urologist recommended taking 400 I U of vitamin E daily when he first told me I had Peyronie's disease, although he was not too specific about the quality or type of vitamin E I should use, or anything else for that matter.  Before he ran out the door he did not say what the next step would be if that did not help me, but he did stress that I should return in six months for another visit. 

Thank you for the helpful information about vitamin E on your Peyronies website.  At least I know now how to do it, and I will get mine from you so I know I will be taking the best vitamin E for this purpose.  I will try my doctors recommendation of just using vitamin E by itself and keep my fingers crossed.  Do you think using vitamin E  by itself will help my Peyronie's disease?   Paul

Greetings Paul,

No, I do not.  Vitamin E for Peyronies treatment is great, but it needs a lot of support from other kinds of therapy to get the job done.  And finger crossing has nothing to do with successfully treating your Peyronie's disease.  

Success is based on hard work, determination, dedication and focus to a broad based Alt Med plan that will increase your body's ability to heal and repair the Peyronie's scar.  I suggest you do all you can during these next six months to learn about your PD and the process of natural correction. The PDI treatment protocol has a high degree of success when it is done correctly.  The problem is that many men try to bastardize the PDI treatment protocol to save a few bucks, or is too lazy to do what is required, or is always looking for the easy way out.  I trust you are not that way.

Go ahead and follow your urologist's idea of using vitamin E as a solo therapy.  I have never heard of anyone who has been successful with this idea – and neither has your urologist.  He is just telling you to do that because that is what the text books tell him to say and he cannot get into trouble for repeating what is accepted current medical thinking. What is probably on his mind is that at your next office visit in six months he will be able to follow the same current medical thinking and tell you that you need Peyronie's surgery because the vitamin E did not work. They have a great thing going for themselves. 

I suggest you spend a little time on the PDI website educating yourself about the non-drug and non-surgical treatment of Peyronie's disease.  If you need any more information please let me know.  TRH     

 

 

Question about Peyronie's treatment

Dear Sir,

I M.A. Mujeeb from India is suffering from Peyronies. Up to May 2010 I was quite well in sex but May or June 2010 onwards my penis is bending from both side (stem side and ring side) While incursing I am getting pain. I request you to tell me whether this medicine is effective for the above problem for me.

Thanks and regards,

M.A. MUJEEB

 

Greetings M.A. ,

Any or all of the different Peyronie's therapies found on the PDI website can be successful when combined in an aggressively and faithfully applied treatment plan.  The likelihood for that success is increased by following a broad based plan that includes both systemic, topical and external therapies.

Even if you did mention several therapies there is no way for anyone to intelligently predict the outcome of your use of any therapy.  Treatment results is far too complex, with far too many variables, to give a meaningful answer to your question if you could be helped.  It is always something that each man must attempt to learn for himself how he will respond. 

To assist you I suggest you read at least a few of these articles:  Peyronie's disease treatment frequently asked questions and  Peyronie's treatment philosophy and Peyronie's disease natural treatments: introduction.  

 

 

 

TRH 

Do you think this is a bad idea?

Can you tell me what you think of using DMSO and possibly vinegar since it contains acetic acid, i used it and it didn't hurt but the mixture got very warm to almost hot, and it wrinkles the skin, i got this on a website… Wikipedia and other sources say….Diluted acetic acid is also used in physical therapy to break up nodules of scar tissue via iontophoresis. So can't you use dmso to deliver the acetic acid in vinegar similar to iontophoresis to break up peyronie's plaque? Do you think this is a bad idea to try?

 

Greetings,

Yes, I think this is a bad idea.  You got lucky that you only felt a hot sensation and that it just wrinkled your tissue.  I suppose had you left the vinegar on longer, or used it a second time, or in some other way increased your exposure to it, you would have probably developed a deep and serious burn of the penile tissue.  Do you know what would have been the likely result of a burn-injury to the deeper tissue of the penis for someone who already has Peyronie's disease?  More Peyronie's disease. 

Acetic acid of vinegar is a dangerous acid that will affect different tissues of the body in a variety of ways. The thin tissue of the entire genital region is unusually vulnerable to a burn injury caused by acetic acid.  When it is combined with DMSO the damage can be even more severe. 

Please do not do use vinegar again this way for your Peyronie's disease.  TRH  

How can I correct a congenital penis curvature?

Hi, i have had this problem. My penis are bent to the left and i have no pain or stress when i do the self ejaculation. But i am in a big confuse that i can marry or not? Its happen by born. What i do to get rid from it?

Greetings,

If your penis has been bent to the left since birth, it is not likely you have Peyronie's disease.  You probably have what we call a congenital penis curvature, or a small variation of your body that makes you different from other men.  

You ask if you should marry.  I do not know the answer to that question.  I also do not know if your penis is bent too much for you to be unable to complete the sex act. 

Keep in mind that when a woman has sufficient sexual stimulation her vaginal muscles will relax greatly, and she will produce a significant amount of lubrication.  As a result she will be able to open her vagina to allow entry of even a bent penis.  In your case, it all depends on how much you are bent and how much she can accommodate to allow entry.  That is something you will not be able to answer until you try.  

You ask how to get rid of your problem.  Many men with a congenital penis curvature have used the Peyronie's Disease Institute Manual Penis Stretching Method to reduce their curvature.  Although the method I developed was designed and researched to be used for Peyronies treatment, it apparently also helps me born with a bent penis. Again, you will not know if or how much this will help you until you try.  TRH

Do you suggest SSKI (potassium iodide) as a Peyronies treatment?

Do you suggest using Potassium Iodide (SSKI) as a Peyronies treatment online shows good results from using iodine for scars?


Greetings,

Yes, there is information online about using SSKI (potassium iodide) for treatment of Peyronie’s disease.  That information comes from the website of Jonathan V. Wright, MD of the Tohoma Clinic. He has some interesting things to say about it.  He is an intelligent and provocative author. I like Dr. Wright's work. 

However, concerning the work of PDI, there is a problem with the idea of using SSKI for PD:  Dr. Wright is the only one saying it. 

His concepts and opinions might very well be correct, and SSKI might be the best therapy imaginable for PD.  But I doubt it.  Why?  Because, from what I can determine, there has been absolutely no research or study of SSKI for treatment of PD or DC by anyone at any time.  It is all conjecture and theory, even if it is interesting and might make sense, it is still unfounded at this time.  It is a far more unfounded idea than anything you will find on the PDI website.  

The intent of PDI is not to present all Alternative Medicine therapies for your review simply because they are non-medicinal in nature.  We do not advocate Peyronie's therapies simply because they are “natural” or easy to acquire without a prescription.  Those therapies you find on the PDI website are there because of research (often a lot of it) that supports the use of that particular Alternative  Medicine therapy for PD, in spite of the contradictory research.  We take the position to only use those therapies that have satisfied an adequate percent of researchers to suggest the possibility of therapeutic efficacy.  If taken as a group, in aggressive doses and high combinations, these therapies stand a good chance of creating sufficient synergy to initiate a healing response to correct the Peyronie's plaque. 

SSKI does not fall into that description.  It has not been studied.  When it is studied and receives a positive review from several independent sources we will likely consider adding it to the lineup. 

Keep reading Dr. Wright’s articles, he has a lot of good information for all of us.  TRH

       

Should I continue with the same Peyronies therapy and for how long?

On 4/15/11 I suffered a trauma to my penis during sex, (no black and blue or bleeding), my girl leaned too far back while on top. I went to the urologist 2 days later experiencing pain and a lump at the base. He suggested 4 weeks of abstinence. Unfortunately that didn't work and I searched the internet for some answers. I am 47, of good health, exercise regularly, no health problems. I did the enzyme therapy,Vita-E and C, PABA and applied the Thackers formula every night. It has been 3 months now and no change in the lump at the base. I have an hour glass shape, no bend. The only change was the pain subsided within the first 2 weeks but the lump only changes size when erect it's larger and smaller while flaccid. This has been constant since the beginning. Should I continue with the same therapy and for how long? Please reply with any suggestions.

 

Greetings,

You ask for suggestions:

1. While abstinence might have been wise during the very acute stage of injury, it is poor Peyronie's disease treatment.  I suggest ice and anti-inflammatory measures (essential fatty acids, aspirin, etc) would have served you better.     

2. I do not know what you mean when you say you "did enzyme therapy, Vita-E and C, and PABA."   That does not tell me enough; you need to provide dosage, frequency or timing for how how you used them.  That makes a tremendous difference for the possibility of success.  Just popping pills in hopes that something works is usually not helpful and it is definitely not the way PDI suggests anyone conducts good therapy.  I cannot comment on the kind of treatment plan that you followed without knowing more about it.  I suggest you provide more information.

3.  Further, it appears that while you got your idea for using vitamin, E, vitamin C and PABA from the PDI website but you did not get your therapy products from PDI.  This is often a mistake since you have no assurance about the quality of those products or how to use them.  People who visit the PDI website for a few ideas and then experiment on their own with only partial compliance to our ideas, usually earn partial results.  I suggest you made a big mistake by deciding to experiment when you should have been actively treating yourself with known products of high quality.

4.  When you say their is no change in the lump at the base of your penis, what do you mean?  What is the current size, shape, density and surface features of that lump?  If you do not know the specific answer to those questions, I suggest you are only guessing if your lump has or has not changed.     

5.  You say since the time of your injury the lump changes size when erect compared to being flaccid, but you also say you were not black and blue as a result of the initial injury. This seems to be contradictory. Since I am not able to verify this information, I would suggest that you might be mistaken on this point. 

6.  You ask if you should continue your therapy and for how long.  You did not tell me enough about your therapy or your lump so that I can answer that question. Please provide those details. 

7.  Based on the information you provided, you "did enzyme therapy, Vita-E and C, and PABA." for about two months.  That is a short time for whatever you did.  I suggest you are being too hasty judging the effectiveness of care.  This tissue is often slow to respond.    

8.  I suggest you might not have Peyronie's disease at this time; you might be on your way toward it but you might not have it at this time. You notice I used the word "might" three times in that last sentence.  This is because I am unsure since your injury happened less than four months ago, and you did not present your story in a way that is typical of Peyronie's disease. My guess is that you are still in the acute stages of a soft tissue injury and that you should consider doing more to reduce the active inflammation at this time.  

9.  My last suggestion is the most important:  Learn more about the correct Alternative Medicine treatment of Peyronie's disease by spending more time reading about it in the PDI website.  

Good luck to you.  TRH

Does this mean I have Peyronies?

 

In previous questions someone asked below "how do I find my PD scar?"

 

 

In your answer you stated: "…….it is important to know your scar is not located on the surface; it is located below the surface and cannot be seen……"

I have been informed that I have Peyronie's disease, however my erections are 100% straight.  They are just less flexible and half the top surface of my penis feels very hard, because of the scar tissue.  When my penis is flaccid and erect I can easily always see the scar tissue.

Does this mean I have peyronies, also does this mean the scar tissue is just below the external skin and not on the actual erectile tissue? Is this possible? I have spoken to you previously but I am not sure if I mentioned this.

Greetings,

If you have been medically diagnosed with Peyronie's disease, what you say does not give me reason to doubt that diagnosis.  

After reading your entire question several times I am unsure what you mean when you say "I can easily always see the scar."   If I were to try to hide a ball under the blanket on my bed, it would still be "seen" because of the way the ball would push up and distort and wrinkle the blanket.  I would not be able to see the ball directly, only able to see the effects of the ball on the blanket that is above it.  Is this what you mean when you say you can see your PD scar?

By definition the Peyronie's plaque or scar is not located on the top surface of the skin.  It is located within the layer of tissue called the tunica albuginea that is located well below the surface of the skin, by many millimeters.     The tunica albuginea is sitting right on top of and is in contact with the actual erectile tissue, making it anatomically impossible to directly see the Peyronie's scar.  

I have communicated with many men whose PD scars are so thick and dense that they distort the skin above, and thus they can see the outline of scar that lies below.  TRH

What is the difference between DMSO in gel and liquid form?

Online the PDI site says your DMSO LIQUID is more effective than the GEL. I fear the topicals I use won't penetrate as deeply if i were to use the liquid? How is effectiveness different?  Thank you.

Greetings,

Both the gel and liquid format are effective in their own way, depending on what you want to accomplish. Read DMSO in Peyronie's Therapy.

We have determined that the DMSO liquid penetrates faster than the gel, but not only a little faster.   And we have determined that the DMSO gel penetrates deeper and carries more therapy agents with it.  For this important reason in 2009 PDI converted both the Dusa Sal DMSO (Dupuytren contracture) and PMD DMSO (Peyronie's disease) products to being made with a gel base.  It makes sense to sacrifice a little speed of penetration to gain depth and amount of therapy delivered to the tissue involved.   TRH

What are the exercises to make the penis straight?

hi

i want to know what are the exercises to make the penis straight.  i have a curve about 40 degree in my penis.  i am not sure that i have Peyronies disease…thanks a lot

Greetings,

First things first.  You should have your curvature examined by a doctor and your condition diagnosed so you know what you are dealing with. That is important, so please do it.

I think you are a bit confused about your exercise question.  I am not aware of any exercise that can be done to reverse the bent penis of Peyronie's disease. 

PDI has two different educational CDs, an exercise video and a stretching video. The exercise CD is called PDI Massage and Exercise CD; it explains how to increase energy and increase blood and lymphatic flow in the lower pelvis.  The stretching CD is called  Peyronie's Disease Institute Manual Penis Stretching Method©; it explains how you can lengthen the contracted tissue of the penis and so straighten it.   TRH    


What can I do to make sure my penis curvature continues to straighten?

Greetings Dr. Herazy,

I've had Peyronies for close to 4 years. All I heard from those sad guys on the PD forums was that there is nothing you can do to cure PD.  But after being on your large PDI treatment plan for less than two months both my wife (a nurse) and I can tell there is a huge improvement in the curvature of my penis.  Not only is my bent straighter, I can enter her easier and we both have less pain during sex.  What can I do to make sure my Peyronies changes continue?   G.H.

Greetings G.H.

I am concerned here. Do not make any changes to your plan until you are fully versed in how to evaluate your progress via evaluation of your scar(s).  Judging your progress by positive changes in your curvature is all well and good, but it is not a reliable or accurate way to determine progress. Do not make the mistake of evaluating progress of your Peyronie's treatment plan solely on the basis of your reduced curvature. That is not the way you should do it. 

You must evaluate your treatment progress based on changes in the size, shape, density and surface features of your scar(s). Peyronie's disease is all about the scars, remember.  If you get rid of the scars your penis curvature will go away, but if your penis curvature gets straightened without change to your scar then the curvature will only come back.  

You must learn how to evaluate the scar for progress. I have a whole chapter devoted to this subject in my 1st book, “Peyronie’s Disease Handbook.” If you do not do your evaluation this way you are only guessing about progress and therefore you cannot determine correct dosage levels. Get the book if you do not have it. If you already have it, then re-read Chapter 4. 

Once you have a firm description of your PD scar then you will be able to use it as a reference point or benchmark to guide necessary changes in your treatment plan.  

Congratulations on your improvement so far, if you follow my suggestion I think you will be pleased how easily you can continue making good progress over your Peyronie's disease.   TRH

How can I get on the offensive after penis fracture surgery?

Hi doctor,          

How can I get on the offensive after penis fracture surgery I had two months ago. I don't acquire any scar tissue that could result in Peyronie's disease.  Is there anything you can recommend for me so soon after surgery that might help me prevent excess scar tissue from forming?  James

Greetings James, 

I suggest you consider using a PDI small plan along with Omega T in your situation to assist your tissue to heal with minimal scarring. With this approach you will supply many of the basic nutrients to your tissue  to heal your injury in this way.  At least you will have assurance that you will reduce the degree of damage if in fact some scar develops.  TRH

 

 


What can PDI do for my 20 year old Peyronie's disease?

hi, what can your method do for me and my 20 year old pd that started because of a sex accident?  bill 


Greetings Bill,

Thanks for the question.

Since you have given me no details of your problem, I can only answer with generalities. The longest standing PD case with which I have been involved was a fellow who had it for 12 years. You see, most of the men I work with are usually in the 18 month to 3 year time range with their Peyronie's disease.  I think this is so because the average person who has dealt with PD for several years tends to just give up on himself and his situation, and assumes there is nothing out there for him.  The MDs eventually convince them to stop trying to get help because they do not have any drug for Peyronies treatment, and that is a shame.

Folks like you usually are not looking for help and answers – unfortunately.  But in the early phase of PD, a guy will really burn up the Internet wires looking for answers to his unsettling predicament. Having explained all that, it is my opinion that based on the favorable changes in the 12 year PD problem I worked with, and several others in the 3-8 year range I have worked with, your 20 year old problem stands as much a chance to improve as these others.

A long time ago I learned to never doubt the ability of the body to heal.

Many men, and myself, were able to get back all lost dimensions and eliminate any detectible scar formation, so I know it can be done. I assume you have just started to look at the large PDI website. Bear in mind what we propose is really different in the past in two important ways:
     1. Synergy – grouping several therapies together at the same time.  If you are like most men who go the medical route, you probably used synthetic vitamin E for a short while and then did some POTABA or verapamil drug use later.  PDI approach is different because we advocate a combined treatment approach with many Alternative medicine therapies.
     2. Quality and quantity of Alternative Medicine
most men do not appreciate the need to hit these two factors fairly hard. I can guide you in this respect to perhaps a better conclusion than you had in the past. In addition to a few vitamins, we also propose several other concurrent therapies for your PD that you have not used. These are very important to achieve the desired end result. The more you do, the stronger your synergy, the greater your odds for some success.  If you want to broaden your thinking about Peyronie's treatment with natural methods see natural Peyronie's treatment.

If you want some help to do this right, and I assume you do, send some specific questions about treatment.  PDI has a different website from anything else you will find anywhere because we have a reasonably optimistic attitude and track record with this problem, and because we actually know and care about men who have this lousy problem. I am retired now from active practice, and since overcoming and curing my own Peyronie's disease, I have pretty much devoted myself to this cause in appreciation and gratitude for the gift that was given to me.

When you are ready to do something good to help yourself, let me know.   TRH

Is the reduced penis size typical of Peyronie's disease?

Dear Dr. H.,

I have had peyrones for about 2 years.  In that  time my penis has gotten noticeably smaller, shorter, and skinnier.   At first it looked like it did (flaccid) when I was a 10 year old kid!   And when erect, it is also smaller and bent.  Is this decrease in size a typical part of my peyronies condition?

Thank you for your response and God Bless you for all your work.

Again, thank you,

Joel

 

Greetings Joel,

Most men who develop Peyronie's disease begin to notice some reduction in penis size between the 6th to the 12th month.  Since everyone seems to follow a slightly different timetable for these changes this is only a guess based on information from 100s of men.  Some men experience size reduction sooner and others are later. Penis size reduction is caused by widespread thickening and contraction of the tunica and other soft tissue of the shaft that no longer can expand when the penis is filled with blood during an erection.  

This variation is also true for amount of lost erection size; some men more and some men less loss.  I have also noticed that some men lose more length than girth, and others lose more girth than length.  All of this variability is common for the way Peyronie's disease is inconsistent in so many ways. 

Loss of  penis size is a very common part of the process.  It seems that most men complain of losing 1 to 1-1/2 inches of length and about that same loss girth or circumference.   I do not recall anyone saying he has lost more than 2 inches of length, although it might only be that someone who has lost this much length is reluctant to admit to it.    TRH

 

 

Does anyone know the best treatment for Peyronie's disease?

Does anyone know the best treatment for Peyronie's disease? I want to know how do I cure myself in the fastest way I can before this problem ruins my life and pushes me over the edge.  My doctor does not seem to care at all how this problem is affecting me.  He actually told me to do nothing for six months, and then he would decide if I needed surgery. I really need to know how to get back to feeling like a normal man again.

Greetings,

Before I give you the best and most honest answer I can, I want you to know that I had Peyronie's disease and cured myself of it in 2002.   That is how this website got started and how all of this information was put together.  When I first developed Peyronies I felt really terrible inside just like all men do when they lose this part of their lives.  I know how rotten and scared you are feeling because I felt that way and so did hundreds of men I have worked with over the years.  Many of us, just like I did, were thinking the same terrible black thoughts you are thinking right now.  You cannot let yourself lose control of who you really are and what is really important in life.  You must not let PD win over you because you are more than just a penis, and you are stronger and more important than this problem.

Every week I get emails and phone calls from men from around the world who are making improvement with their PD scars and their curvatures.  Some get a little help, some get a tremendous amount of help, but almost everyone who works hard and follows a few simple ideas about Peyronie's treatment earns some level of improvement of this PD. 

You will not know if you can help yourself until you decide to try.  Right now you are letting PD control your thoughts and feelings, and this is not good.  You are making the mistake of allowing yourself feel like a PD victim.  Just because your MD did not spend time talking with you and did not have answers for you does not mean you cannot take care of yourself.  You can be in control of your situation if you make that decision.  It all comes down to deciding to be bigger, stronger, tougher and more determined than your PD.  Once you do that you will be in control of your feelings and you will get busy helping your body eliminate your Peyronie's plaque to the best of your ability.

This will not take you more than 15 minutes:

1. Read Peyronie's Disease and a Man Whose House is on Fire.

2. Read Peyronie's Treatment Options.

3. Send me an email with your phone number.  I will call you and we can talk about anything you want to talk about.

TRH

Peyronie's treatment safety issue when applying moist heat

Hi Dr. Herazy,

The use of an electrical heating pad was suggested in last month's Peyronie's Disease Institute newsletter for the moist heat therapy. I am curious as to whether or not the immense heat and warmth provided by this electrical pad would be detrimental to the testicles. The pad it hot but does not seem hot enough to scald the penis. Thank you! 

Greetings,

To reduce possibility of excess heat being applied to penis and testicles you should:

     1. Reduce heat setting on the control of the heating pad so that the heat is not "immense" but only comfortably warm
     2. Place a small moist wash cloth between your skin and the heating pad to act as a buffer or spacer, thus reducing heat to the penis
     3. Position yourself so that your testicles are not in contact with the heating pad
     4. Place a dry wash cloth between the scrotum and heating pad to act as a buffer or space, thus reducing heat to the testicles

This suggestion for using an electric heating pad was submitted by one of the PDI Warriors and was presented in our last newsletter as an alternate way to apply moist heat to the shaft of the penis.  The original method that has been suggested by PDI is to use a hot water bottle wrapped with a moist towel and positioned to heat the shaft of the penis.  This method has the safety advantage of staying warm for 15-20 minutes before slowly losing heat.

Thank you for your observation.  TRH

How do I know if I have Peyronies disease?

Doctor,  Can you tell me how do I know for sure if I have Peyronies?  I went to my family doctor urologist last week because my penis started to bend to the right 2 months ago and it hurts.  After being in the room with me for less than 3 minutes and not even touching me, he said he was not sure if I have Peyronies so he told me to come back in 6 months to see if it gets worse.  It is driving me crazy not knowing for sure what is happening. Do I have PD or not?  Please help.  Carl

 

Greetings Carl, 

Sorry to learn of your problem and the difficult situation you are in. 

Unfortunately, no one can diagnose a condition as complex as Peyronie’s disease solely on the basis of the limited information you have provided.  While in your description there are certainly aspects that sound like you have PD, there is no way to say with any certainty without a direct examination.  

Typically, there are three primary criteria that must be fulfilled in order to establish a diagnosis of PD:

1.    Presence of one or more scars or nodules felt under the skin of the shaft

2.    Pain during erection

3.    Recent development of bend or significant distortion 

It is possible to make a diagnosis without one of the above, if the other two are strongly affirmative.   My advice is that if you are in doubt about the condition affecting you in this way, you should go to a urologist specializing in PD, or at least one who says he has considerable experience in this area, and ask him these same questions.   Do not allow another doctor to get away with the poor care that has been provided to you previously.

You deserve to have the peace of mind that comes from knowing exactly what it is that is affecting your health in this way.  

Good luck to you and let me know what the answer is to your question, please.  TRH

Do you perform Peyronie's surgery?

Hello doctor!

I read your book and I am happy that the vitamins worked for you!

My husband has Peyronie's disease the last 2 years. He saw 2 doctors and they just recommended surgery,

Do you perform Peyronie's surgery? If you don't, could you please let me know which one is the best surgeon?

Thanks so much

 

Greetings,

Yes, the PDI treatment concept worked for me and for many men who followed the concepts you see on this website.  I assume the great majority of men who have been helped to regain their freedom from Peyronie's disease were also told they needed surgery, just like your husband.  They resolved their PD problem by using Alternative Medicine treatment and did not need surgery.

When you go to a surgeon you will usually find that they tend to think of and recommend surgery.  Since I am not a surgeon and I philosophically prefer to first use natural conservative means before resorting to drugs or surgery, I suggest before considering any type of risky surgery that your husband should first attempt a few months using Alternative Medicine to correct his problem.   TRH   

Is there any penis surgery procedure you could recommend?

Greetings,

I must admit that I am very embarrassed to send this message.

I'm 52 years old with what could be a fairly long 4.5 to 5" penis, but the curvature is painful and very very frustrating for my lover and me. I keep my pubic hair shaved to give the appearance of more mass, but he is not satisfied, nor am I.

Is there any penis surgery procedure you could recommend? I have been too embarrassed to mention this to our family practitioner (female).

What first steps can I do to improve my condition?

In His name, Peter

 

Greetings Peter,

After reading your email a few times I am not sure if you are more concerned about the pain and distortion of your Peyronie's disease, or by your loss of penile size since you developed PD. 

We live in a strange culture in which personal self-worth and value as a human being is based on penis size.  Your penis is attached to you; you are not attached to your penis. Think about that a bit. 

There is no need for embarrassment since developing PD is not a personal character flaw or a deliberate act that suggests an imperfection of who you are as a person; it is just an unfortunate  health problem.  No one should feel embarrassed for having glaucoma or asthma, not should you feel that way because of your PD.

From my experience in communicating with many hundreds of men since 2002 about penis enlargement surgery, I hear far too many horror stories of failed surgery.  Learn to enjoy what you have and who you are, or you might be left with little to enjoy.

If you want to actually treat your real problem I suggest that your go to the PDI website at Start Peyronie's Treatment to learn how to increase your ability to heal and repair your Peyronie's disease – which in turn could result in return of lost penile length and girth.   TRH

Is it adviseable to needle the penis directly?

Dr. Herazy,

I am an acupuncturist treating a patient with Peyronie's disease.  I bought your "Peyronie's Disease Handbook,"  hoping you had included specifics on the use of acupuncture, especially whether or not you think it's advisable to needle the penis directly?  I know you advise to not cause additional injury to the penis, but needling near scar tissue on other parts of the body is not contra-indicated, but actually beneficial.

What are your thoughts on this please? My patient is willing to try anything.

Greetings Doctor, 

Yes, needling a superficial scar on other parts of the body is very often beneficial, but the penis is a different part of the body. I would not needle the penis for concern of puncturing the tunica albuginea and further extending his Peyronies problem.  My concept is never to puncture the tunica in an attempt to help this problem. 

However, local treatment has always been an important part of my acupuncture practice, such as the famous Circle the Dragon technique, and that is why I advocate heavy use of the Genesen Acutouch pens to treat the PD lesion in this particular way because it will not risk injuring the patient by avoiding compromise to the tunica.

If you feel required to needle, distal points are always advisable. I do not treat a lot based on Five Elements theory, but I believe you would likely benefit your patient by evaluating for an Excess Wood situation.  Bear in mind that the “Peyronie’s “scar” is not a scar in the traditional sense of being a superficially located skin lesion; it is below the subdermis and within the tunica so the standard methods of needling a scar – that I have done daily for over 35 years – does not apply to PD.  At least, that is how I understand it based on my concept and methodology in guiding Peyronie's treatment.

If you feel obligated to needle, distal points are always advisable such as SP3, SP6, K3, GB34, the master points of the Conception Vessel, Sedation points for the Wood element and and Stimulation points for the Fire element. as well as appropriate Eight Extraordinary Meridian points (Du Mai, Chong mai, Yin Wei mai, etc.)    TRH  

Why is it you do not offer any guarantee?

I have Peyronies disease now since I discovered I was getting a bent penis in November last year. My doctor prescribed potaba but it has done nothing in almost 4 months of treatment and in fact it seems to have got worse. I also am taking vitamin e and c that I got from the health food store but again it has done nothing.

My penis is bending sideways and upwards and seems to have an indent underneath at the head of the penis. All very upsetting psychologically also.

I found your web site and read your treatment options.  Why is it you do not offer any guarantee of your treatment?

Alex

Greetings Alex,

You must be using the correct vitamin products in the correct way to gain a positive response.  Just because you got your vitamin E and C from the health food store does not mean that they were good products.  It is estimated that over 25% of vitamin and herbal supplements sold on the open market do not contain what the label says. Many have inferior grade synthetic products.  Not all vitamin E products are created equal, and many are not what they say they are. If you are using an inferior product (without knowing it) you will not get good results. That is why I strongly encourage any one who wants to treat his Peyronie's disease with Alternative Medicine products to get them from PDI for a few reasons:

  • High product quality – these are the same products I used when I successfully treated my own PD problem
  • Great prices and discounts
  • Fresh products since PDI is the largest buyer of several of the products we sell
  • Proven effectiveness – results since 2002
  • Consultation about your treatment – I cannot discuss your treatment, or answer your questions, if I do not have experience or confidence in outside therapy products

Using only vitamin E and vitamin C is a very limited and poorly designed Peyronie's treatment idea.  I have never heard of anyone getting results with that kind of plan.   These two vitamins are great products and serve an important part in many of the plans we use, but they cannot do the total job to eliminate the PD scar. I would never suggest to anyone to try using only only vitamin E and vitamin C as you did.   

Most men who go about using their own ideas and get their own products like you are doing make very little progress with their Peyronie's disease problem.  This is a complicated and difficult problem.  You will have to admit you are guessing at a lot of what you have done and your are experimenting on yourself at a time when you should be actively treating yourself.  On the PDI website we provide a tremendous amount of free services and information like this constantly updated Q&A section and a Peyronie's treatment forum, along with private emails to men from around the world. We make these resources available to men to support their effort to correct their own PD.  If you work with the PDI system of treatment I can assist you when ideas, information and suggestions based on my experience; you will not be working alone.

You ask about a guarantee.

Who do you know in the healthcare field who offers a guarantee for any procedure or therapy? Aspirins do not come with a guarantee.  Jock itch spray does not come with a guarantee.  Toothpaste does not come with a guarantee.  Foot supports do not come with a guarantee.  Surgery does not come with a guarantee.  No one in healthcare offers a guarantee because of the complexity and difficulty of what we are attempting to do.  Everything in health care is completely unpredictable.   When you go to your dentist and he puts some Novocain in your gum, during your dental procedure he will ask you frequently if your mouth is still numb, right?  He has to ask you if your mouth is numb because he cannot guarantee the Novocain will work for you, or if he got enough in your tissue, or if he put it in the right location, or if it is not wearing off sooner than it should.  Nothing in health care can be guaranteed. 

Only people who are trying to fool you offer a guarantee for their unscrupulous products.  I see many international companies ( like in Pakistan, India, Romania) who try to sell secret herbal products and guarantee results in 30-60 days.  I hear frequently from men who bought those pills, got no results, and got no response from those companies when they tried to get their guaranteed refund.  

Be very suspicious when you see some treatment offered with a guarantee especially for Peyronie's disease.

If you are interested in trying to help your body heal the Peyronie's scars, please let me know.   TRH 

What is my opinion of prescription drug injection?

What is the Dr's opinion on using the prescription Edex injected with a syringe? 

Bryant from Ohio

 

Greetings Bryant, 

You ask for my opinion about Edex injections.  I will not comment on the drug, because that is the decision of your treating doctor.  But I will make a few observations about injections in general and how they could further injure the tunica albuginea.

Anytime you inject ANYTHING – even sterile water – into the penis and directly or indirectly contact the delicate tunica albuginea, you are taking a serious risk of making your Peyronie's disease worse. This could either occur just from the simple act of piercing the tissue of the tunica albuginea, or the placement of a concentrated chemical that is foreign to that tissue, or both.

I have communicated with many, many men whose Peyronie's disease started or was made worse from penile injections of a variety of substances.

If your problem is PD, why are you taking an ED medication? Some MDs prescribe Viagra, Edex, etc to their PD patients in the belief that this increases the local circulation which in turn is beneficial to PD.

What if you could take a drug that would enable you to lift a ton of weight above your head and keep it there for an hour? Nice trick, very impressive, but your body is not built to take that kind of pressure. It would cause great damage to internal organs, your spine, your blood vessels, all major joints, etc. Simply put, “It just ain’t natural.” Same with Viagra, Levitra or Cialis. The increased pressure created by these medications can be very damaging to the delicate tunica albuginea, and can result in or worsen a case of PD. What would happen to your car tires if you happened to over-inflate them with 100 pounds of air pressure, even though they were built to take just 40 pounds of pressure. You would be running the risk of damage to the internal structure of tire, wouldn’t you? Of course.

The same thing can happen if the penis is over-inflated and then given a “rough ride.” This is where the problems start, and this is what I wanted to bring to your attention. It is very likely that the MDs who prescribe these medications to men with PD will not agree with this thinking. MDs tend to favor a chemical “fix” even if it is temporary, so you would tend to expect a prejudice from an MD to use drugs to solve most problems.

A penis that is predisposed to PD in the first place cannot tolerate the kind of stress that these erections drugs create.  If you think independently and logically about what happens when these drugs are used, you should have no trouble understanding how this could work against you.  That is just the way I see it and I feel compelled to share this rationale with you. Use of Viagra and other related meds like it could easily be worsening the very problem you are attempting to heal. Something to think about.  TRH

How do I help my husband deal with his Peyronie's disease?

Doctor,

My husband was diagnosed with Peyronie's disease a little more than two years ago but is not doing anything about it.  His doctor told him there is nothing to do for his condition  except surgery, so he has just shut down.  He will not talk to me about his severe curvature and he refuses to discuss how we are going to continue like this.  In fact, over the last few months he is talking to me less and less.  We have not had intimate relations since all this started. 

Of course I am worried about his physical condition, but I also see him becoming more isolated and quick to get angry and this makes me worried for him.  He is a good man and we had a great relationship before this happened. 

I see that your attitude and approach is so much different about this problem that I hope you can help us.  How do I help my husband deal with his Peyronie's disease?

Harriet

P.S.  Thanks for helping others.

 

Greetings Harriet,

Sorry to learn that your husband has withdrawn from his problem, but this is actually a very common situation.  Many men respond this way when they develop Peyronie's disease.  I know so because I receive emails all the time from worried wives that report the same thing you are going through. Peyronie's disease can be very stressful and confusing for the man who gets it, but also for his wife who desperately wants to help and does not know how. It can hurt a lot.

This subject is broad and deep.  In fact, because it is so common and important in PD treatment I devoted a considerable portion of the 2nd book I wrote to this area of the relationship of any couple dealing with PD.  I suggest you go to the PDI website and order the book, “Peyronie’s Disease and Sex” to learn what you can do to help your husband, because there is actually a lot you can do.   I know this book will help you to understand what is going on inside him, and what you can do now to bridge the gap between you.

From considerable past experience I can tell you that his lack of communication with you, and his withdrawal from sexual contact, are all related to fear and shame.   Become more knowledgeable about Peyronie's disease; learn some of the more technical terms and concepts; learn about natural PD treatment; memorize just a few facts about PD.  The very next time you are given a natural and appropriate opportunity to mention something about PD, include some of this new technical information in your conversation.  Talk about Peyronie's disease and the treatment ideas you learned on the PDI website.  Do not talk about or mention what is going on with him.  Do not make it personal at this time; make the conversational general so he is not made to feel any more uncomfortable than necessary,   Just the fact that you suddenly know these things will tell him that you are on his side, and that you now know a few things that might help him.  Slowly draw him out this way. If he asks, show him the PDI website and show him how to explore it.

If you can make him aware that there is actually a reasonable and effective approach to Peyronie's treatment that his MD did not know about, you can give your husband a a reason to get excited about overcoming his problem.  This approach has helped save other marriages and could help you also.   

Let me know if you have any specific questions I can assist you with.    TRH


What is the daily dose recommended for Neprinol?

What is the daily dose recommended for Neprinol? Thank you.

Bill C.


Greetings Bill C.,

There are several things to say about dosage in general for Peyronie treatment, that applies to Neprinol dosage in particular

1.  The starting dosage for any therapy is often the one that is listed on the label for that product.  This standard starting point is used to see if the dosage recommended by the product manufacturer can bring about a favorable change in the size, shape, density and surface features of your scar.  Often it cannot.

2.  The ongoing treatment dosage that eventually proves to reduce the original size and shape of the scar, or soften the density, or alter the surface features of a Peyronies plaque will very often be higher than what is suggested on the label of each product. 

3.  No matter which therapy product you use, it must be taken in a safe and reasonable dosage.  All of this information is available to you in the treatment section of the PDI website.  Please read that information and adhere to it.  

4.  Dosage for any ONE therapy product that is actually going to help your Peyronie's disease is not easy to determine because you will be taking MANY therapy products at the same time.  You are juggling many balls at once and this requires some patience and the ability to keep good notes about what you are doing. 

Of course, if you are taking five different internal therapies (vitamin E, vitamin C, Neprinol, Acetyl-L-carnitine and PABA) each one must be individually determined.  An important part of your therapy plan are the external therapies you are using (Genesen Acutouch pens, gentle manual stretching, DMSO, etc.) While you do all the internal and external therapies that make up your total therapy plan you must monitor the size, shape, density and surface quality of your scar(s) to note at what dosage level changes begin in the scar material.  It is as simple – and difficult – as that.

5. No clear and specific treatment dosage numbers are offered to you since everyone uses different internal and external therapies, in addition to doing them in different ways.  In this sense, since each man is different, and each man follows a different plan, each man must determine what he must do to improve his scar behavior.

The procedure to determine scar size, shape, density and surface quality is explained in great detail in “Peyronie’s Disease Handbook.” The correct dosage of any therapy product is not determined from a chart. The chart that you receive with your first order only tells you the average range of what most men are doing. Your dosage should be what you need to take daily to cause changes in your PD scar. The dosage for you is what you learn works for you. I cannot tell you what you need to take. You have to determine that by your observation of the dose that makes the scar size, shape, density, and surface quality change. This vital information will guide your use of all the therapy products; it is the measurement that tells you if your plan is working or not. All of this is explained in great detail in “Peyronie’s Disease Handbook.”

What is the average age for onset of Peyronies?

Greetings Dr. Ted, 

Thanks again for all the information you have provided in the past. My curve has gone from 60 degrees to less than 10 degrees.  I can't believe all this change in just 13 weeks after only getting worse for the last three years.  

One more question that I have is about my age when my PD started.  I am 36 now and I got PD when I was 33.  According to most sites you read it states that occurrence typically is after age 55+, and some even say 40+.   Although I am sure there is great variation, does 33 seem young or typical given your experience?

Thanks again,

Gary

Greetings Gary, 

No, 33 is not especially young to develop Peyronie's disease.  I, unfortunately, communicate with many men your age and even younger who have PD.  Last week I was involved in a lengthy discussion with a young man of 18 years who has had a diagnosed case of PD for almost two years. It does happen.  

Age is less of a factor in Peyronie's disease than people would like to think, and the numbers are not absolute.  Just as you have stated that many sources report that PD usually occurs in men 40+ or 55+ or whatever age you might read, that does not mean there is a wall protecting you for the next few years if you are 37 years old.  While it is true Peyronies disease is a problem of older men, you youngsters can develop it also.  I would not put too much emphasis on that entire subject of age and PD.

The real question is now that you know you have PD, what are you going to do about it?  Let me know if I can help you tweak your plan a bit more to increase the rate of your improvement.  TRH

Why are two different vitamin E products made available?

Why are 2 different Vitamin E sources (400/400 and Gamma E) suggested in your therapies?  What are the differences? Would only 1 suffice in an effort to help manage costs?

Greetings,

Your question about the reason for the two different types of vitamin E to treat Peyronie's disease is a common one.  Thank you for bringing it up again.

I cannot put an entire detailed answer to your question in this reply. Let me just comment that the Maxi-Gamma vitamin E is used because it provides a higher ratio of the Gamma type of vitamin E that is helpful in healing and removing scar tissue.  The other vitamin E product, Factor 400/400, is a balanced vitamin E providing all eight types of vitamin E that does not emphasize the Gamma type the way the other one does.   When used together they complement each other and work nicely to provide an excellent and highly concentrated source of vitamin E that will assist your body to correct your Peyronie's disease to the best of your ability. 

To get the full answer and to learn more about vitamin E in a Peyronies treatment plan, go to Vitamin E for Peyronies treatment

Sure, if you used only one type of vitamin E it would manage costs.  But, which one to use?  I do not have a clear answer on that one because I can make a good argument for both of them as being the one you should use if you were going to only use one. 

If you must use just one, then I suggest you experiment a bit by using one of the products in your overall plan to see how you respond, and then use the other one to see if you respond differently to it.  Of course, this is how I suggest that anyone approaches any of the therapies to see if it should be included in a therapy plan.  TRH

Should my husband have a penile implant?

My husbands penis curves 90* upward when erect and has painful intercourse. We believe it's from an injury he sustained during intercourse about a year or so ago. We have seen a urologist several times and have been told our only real option is a prosthesis. Do you think your program could help us?

Greetings,

It is not my intention or desire to interfere between your husband and his urologist concerning any aspect of his treatment or his relationship with his doctor.  I will not answer your question directly if your husband should or should not consider having a penile prosthesis surgically implanted to resolve his current sexual problem – I have no direct opinion or advice for your question.  That is a subject for discussion between the two of you and your husband's treating doctor.  My only interest and purpose in making this reply is to offer general ideas, and pose questions to you, to broaden your discussion with the urologist about the progression of your husband's care.

My general opinion on this subject and ideas for you to consider, as you make up your own minds about his treatment, are these:

    1.  The penile prosthesis is a mechanical device that induces an artificial state of erection – either temporary or permanent –  so that intercourse can take place.  It is usually thought of a surgical treatment for Erectile Dysfunction, and less so for Peyronie's disease. Regardless of the type of penile prosthesis that is used it is necessary to surgically remove all or part of the corpora cavernosa (the bulk of the internal tissue that gives body to the penis) to make room for the prosthesis.  Once this is done the penis can never be returned to normal.  If there is some reason (massive infection, his body rejects the foreign material of the prosthesis, failure of the device) to remove the prosthesis, his penis will be just a small shell of what it once was.      

    2.  There are several basic types of prosthetic devices, and each has its advantages and disadvantages.  Which one is suitable for a patient is often determined during the actual operation when internal measurements can be made. Sometimes it happens that the patient wants one thing, but the surgeon is not able to provide that option because of anatomical problems.  The type of prosthesis to use is a huge subject and one that is very important for you to consider ahead of time.  I suggest that you go to several websites to research what your actual options are for each type of prosthesis, and what are the pros and cons of each.  Some sites you can visit are http://www.urologicalcare.com/advanced-ed-treatments/types-penile-implants/    and   http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/penile-implants/MY00358

    3.  While it is stated that 90%-95% of inflatable prosthesis implants produce erections suitable for intercourse, it is important to note that this must mean that 5-10% of  inflatable prosthesis implants produce erections that are not suitable for intercourse.  In my opinion for 5-10% of men to wind up having a non-functional erection after going through a gruesome surgery so they would have a functional erection, is a huge failure number.  The medical profession is proud to tell patient that the rate of patient satisfaction is very high with penile prosthesis use, and state that somewhere in the range of  80%-90% of men are satisfied with their results.  Again, I look at it from other direction and think about the 10-20% of men who are not satisfied with their device after going through the surgery.  Many people I communicate with are disappointed because of the lack of natural feel and natural appearance of the penis after surgery, the partial or total loss of sensation, the occasional or constant pain they experience, and/or the feel of something foreign in their groin area.  They must either continue to let it remain inside their body or remove it and be left with a flap of skin. 

    4.  Very few of the websites that discuss penile prosthetic surgery provide much detail about surgical failures and adverse surgical reactions. No surgery is totally free of possible direct complications, and penile implants have their own unique list of  possible complications:

  • Infection, and even recurrent infections that return long after the surgery is over
  • Uncontrolled bleeding after surgery, possibly leading to re-operation
  • Scar tissue formation, especially important in someone who already has Peyronie's disease
  • Tissue erosion and breakdown internally where the implant touches tissue, leading to eventual removal
  • Accidentally cut nerves, arteries or veins that lead to unintended consequences like pain, numbness, coldness, and/or chronic edema 
  • Mechanical failure of the prosthetic implant, leading to re-operation and removal

I have communicated with hundreds of men whose penile implant surgeries have gone bad.  Some doctors might mention post-operative infections, and even severe post-operative infections, but they do not elaborate what that really means in terms of possible long-term consequences to the patient and his partner. As a result of infections that occur, scar formation and unintentional cutting of nerves, arteries and veins the patient is left with more problems than before his penile implant surgery.  A man can be left with partial or total loss of sensation that means partial or total numbness of the penis no sexual stimulation or pleasure is felt.  He can be left with temporary or permanent pain, of a mild to severe nature, that is made worse by anything contacting the penis.  I have communicated with men whose only option after several failed penile surgeries was amputation.    

    5.  Most people who write to me about surgical options for  Peyronie's disease are considering an operation that will correct the curvature, not install a foreign device. What is the reason you were given to not do a Nesbit procedure or a skin graft?   Most often, after the Nesbit or skin graft fails only then, as a last option, is a penile implant suggested.  I am curious why in your husband's case the implant was suggested to start.  While I am not a big fan of the Nesbit and skin grafting options, they are still more conservative than a penile implant.  

    6.  It makes sense to me to first attempt more conservative options; options that do not have permanent and irreversible consequences. If this makes sense to you, you could consider spending a little time on the PDI website learning about the conservative options available to you.  You might check out Natural Peyronie's Disease Treatment.

   7.  There is no way for me to tell you in advance if the Alternative Medicine methods of PDI will help your husband.  It is something that has to be worked on over time to determine if he is capable of supporting and enhancing his immune response to eliminate the Peyronie's plaque that is causing his penile curvature. 

In college a wise professor repeated frequently to our class, "There is never a perfect situation."   As I grow older I understand the importance of keeping this in mind.  When it comes to the often imperfect nature of surgery of any kind, it is better to be conservative at the onset and gradually play out to more aggressive and potentially risky options as your conservative choices are used up – not the other way around.    

Good luck in discussing this subject with your urologist.   TRH   

 

Should I continue penile injections for Peyronies treatment?

I have Peyronie's disease causing a bend to the left and downwards and it's closer to the tip then the base. I have seen a urologist who has injected it twice now. I haven't seen any improvement. both my doctor and myself have trouble finding any plaque. I'm 50 and in good shape….this just showed up a couple of months ago…there was no trauma…should I continue with the injections?  .

Greetings,

It is not my intention or desire to interfere between you and your urologist concerning your treatment or any other aspect of your relationship.  Nor will I answer your question directly if you should or should not continue with the injections you are receiving – I have no direct opinion or advice for your question.  That is a subject for discussion between you are your treating doctor.  My only interest and purpose in making this reply is to offer ideas, and pose questions to you, to broaden your discussion with the urologist about the progression of your care.

My opinion and ideas for you to consider are these:

    1. Any time you make a simple injection into the penis with anything, even sterile water,  you are physically traumatizing the thin tunica albuginea membrane where the Peyronie's plaque is located.  Many times when these injections are given at multiple sites of the tunica albuginea at one office visit, causing multiple trauma.  Yes, these are small needle holes, but they are holes none the less.  When given at multiple sites within a small area, and done on multiple occasions, that is still a lot of trauma (think of a shot gun blast which is just a lot of small holes). Your body has already demonstrated the tendency and ability to lay down excess collagen in the form of Peyronies plaque without any trauma or trauma so small that you do not remember it, so what will be its reaction when actually traumatized?  It is my opinion that any injection is a direct injury that could possibly cause more plaque or scar tissue to develop or worsen plaque already present. 

Avoidance of the trauma of needle injection is the reason that since 2002 I have counseled perhaps 20 or so MDs (of whom 2 were urologists) who had PD and wanted to avoid surgery, injections and drugs. 

    2.  The needle injection points are not the only potential trauma to the tunica.  Since you did not mention what drug was being injected by your doctor, I cannot comment specifically on that issue, but it is my opinion any drug has a potential to cause chemical trauma in the form of an allergic reaction, side effect or perhaps just a chemical irritation to the tunica in certain individuals.  If this is the case with you, this could result in additional irritation internally and further trauma to tissue that has already created Peyronies plaque for no apparent reason you recall.  It is my opinion that any drug reaction or unexpected side effect could possibly result in additional  plaque or scar tissue or further aggravate plaque already present.  

Unexpected drug reactions and unexplained side effects are a fact of life in medical practice.  This is such a large problem that there is a medical term for it, "Adverse Drug Reactions" or ADR.  In fact, a 1999 report in JAMA of a meta-analysis entitled "Incidence of Adverse Drug Reactions in Hospitalized Patients" by J. Lazarou concluded that

             "The overall incidence of serious ADRs was 6.7% (95% confidence interval [CI], 5.2%-8.2%) and of fatal ADRs was 0.32% (95% CI, 0.23%-0.41%)
             of hospitalized patients. We estimated that in 1994 overall 2216000 (1721000-2711000) hospitalized patients had serious ADRs and 106000
             (76000-137000) had fatal ADRs, making these reactions between the fourth and sixth leading cause of death.

             Conclusions.— The incidence of serious and fatal ADRs in US hospitals was found to be extremely high."

I am not at all suggesting that any penile injection could cause a fatal reaction, but I am suggesting that if in hospitals serious and fatal ADRs occur at the rate of 6.7%, the rate of less serious ADRs must be even higher.  All of this means that drug reactions occur at a seriously high rate, you are taking drugs directly into the penis, and you are already in a position in which you should be extremely careful because your penis will probably overreact if it is further injured.   

    3.  If you say that you and your doctor have trouble finding any plaque, then where are these injections being given?  If the exact location cannot be confidently identified by your doctor, then how accurate is the placement of these injections you are receiving?

    4. It is estimated that 50% of men who begin Peyronie's disease will self-limit or cure their own problem without any outside help or medical care.  The  Alternative Medicine treatment concepts of PDI is simply to do all that you can with natural methods to increase the natural healing ability of your own immune system to eliminate your Peyronie's plaque.  How to go about doing this is the subject of the large PDI website.  I suggest that you, and everyone else with Peyronie's disease, consider attempting conservative measures before undertaking more aggressive Peyronie's treatment that has potential for side effects and drug reactions.     

Good luck in discussing this subject with your urologist.   TRH    

Benefit of VED for treatment of Peyronie's disease?

Dr. Herazy,

Do you recommend or see any benefits for using a Vacuum Erection Device (VED) for the treatment of early stage Peyronie's Disease when the patient has no difficulty achieving a normal erection by sexual stimulation?


Greetings,

Please review my blog post on this subject from a few years ago, http://peyronies-disease-help.com/ved-vacuum-pump-peyronies-disease-treatment/

Generally, like with most things related to Peyronies, I find men saying different things about the VED; some say it helps and some say it does not and others say it caused their PD.  The greatest limitation I find is that whatever stretching of the penile tissue occurs using the VED is too general.  To do any good in Peyronie's disease treatment the stretching must occur only and specifically at the site of the scar, not the entire organ.  To do this I developed the Peyronie's Disease Institute Manual Penis Stretching Method described in this video.    

Another way to look at the subject  of the VED is in regard to the current level of injury and vulnerability of your penile tissue at this time.  You already have a problem, and the problem often starts from a very small injury – sometimes so small that it goes unnoticed.  The VED will apply perhaps up to 100 PSI to your tissue; enough to often break blood vessels and tear tissue.  This amount of force applied to the penis that already has shown a tendency to over-respond to injury by creating excess scar tissue does not sound like a good idea to me.  TRH

How to use Thatcher's formula for Peyronie's disease?

Doctor, I have one question. How does someone use Thatcher’s Formula (DMSO + Castor Oil + copper) for Peyronie’s disease? Over the last few months I have researched various PD topics I have found a few random posts about this formula and how to apply it using flannel and warm heat…if you have any more specific information, would you kindly pass it along?  Thank you for your time and information, Bill

Greetings Bill,

Yes, I know about using Thacker’s formula.  Thacker’s formula has bounced around a lot for many years in Peyronie’s disease discussion groups, and has achieved something close to cult notoriety.

The first thing you should know about Thacker’s formula is that it does not contain copper.   It contains, DMSO, castor oil and apple cider vinegar.  It is essential that you do not use this therapy, or any other, based upon what you pick up here and there on the various Peyronie’s forums where many untested and untrue ideas are promoted – like the notion that Thacker’s formula contains copper.

My suggestion to you is to first use a well balanced and aggressive Peyronie’s therapy plan such as you see on the PDI website, while you carefully monitor your scar for changes in size, shape, density and surface features to give evidence to your progress.   Our PDI therapy plans have been used since 2002 with success and are based on reasonable science and positive research findings.  This makes more sense to me than using Thacker’s formula by itself.   I would agree that you should consider using Thacker’s formula along with other therapies in a combined effort, just as we recommend combining other PD therapies for best effect.

Please let me know how I can help you during your therapy effort.  TRH

Too late for help after Peyronie's surgery?

Dear Dr. Herazy,

My husband developed Peyronie's disease almost seven years ago after an injury while making love. His urologist first did a series of injections with verapamil. When that did not help he talked us into surgery by saying that it was the only way to straighten his 90 degree curvature. The surgery went very badly and now his curvature is worse and he has no feeling in his penis. He has become withdrawn and is very angry with himself and takes it out on me. i am so glad to have finally found your non-drug website and only wish we had found it sooner before the surgery. Do you think it is too late for my husband to get help from your alternative medicine treatment ideas?

Thank you.

Marge V.

 

Greetings Marge,

Sorry to hear of your husband's bad reaction to surgery. 

There is no way I can answer your question directly, since there are far too many unknowns and variables.  However, I can tell you that many men who have had bad Peyronie's surgery results have seen a reduction of scar tissue after following a PDI treatment plan; some of these changes were very small and some were remarkably great.  The work is always long and difficult because of the complications of additional scar tissue, but always worthwhile for any reduction of numbness and reduction of other problems such as curvature and pain that can occur.  There is no way to tell ahead of time if your husband is capable of any change in his scar tissue, but if some can be made it could result in some degree of improvement of his current sad situation. 

I suggest that you get both of my books and that you and your husband read them, especially "Peyronie's Disease & Sex." 

Go slowly with your husband and do not push him too much to follow any of these ideas,  He is angry and scared about injuring himself more with any kind of additional treatment, and most of all he is embarrassed.  Give him some room to warm up to the ideas of safe Alternative Medicine care.  If he has any questions or hesitation please encourage him to email me directly.  I will try to help him as much as I can.    TRH

Do I need your book or a doctor?

Thanks Doctor, I’m 64 and do a lot of heavy exercise. Yesterday I got a hard-on ….and for the first time time there was a break (left bend in the bottom third of my penis).  Do I need your book or a doctor? Thanks. Mike Adler

 

Greetings Mike,

What you really need is to know for sure what is going on with that bent penis.  The best way to do that should be to go to a doctor for an examination and diagnosis.  The problem is often that the doctor does not know, does not want to take the time, or does not seem to care about dealing with Peyronie’s disease.  Even after a medical examination it is common for a man to still be unsure if he has a correct diagnosis. 

To help you along this line of thought I suggest you read two blog posts that I did a while back.  The first is  Disorders of the penis besides Peyronie’s disease. This will give you an idea of what other problems you could be dealing with that could cause the sudden bend in your penis.  The second is Who is a Peyronie’s disease expert?.  This will give you some insight about the medical visit to have your penis examined. 

I suggest that you get a very good medical examination or at least in some way come to a point where you are confident with the condition going on below your belt.  It is not always easy, however, so be prepared.

If you wish to learn more about treating PD I urge that you start with the book I wrote, “Peyronie’s Disease Handbook.”  It will ground you so you know how to deal with PD from a physical and mental standpoint, treatment concepts, how to develop the essential skill of determining the size, shape, density and surface features of your Peyronie’s plaque, and how to avoid doing things that can cause additional injury to yourself. 

Let me know if I can help you in any way. Good luck.  TRH

Change Peyronie’s Treatment Dosage

How to change Peyronie’s treatment

Starting Peyronies treatment dosage can be easy if you start by taking therapy products at the manufacturer’s suggested rate – perhaps for the first 14-21 days.  If this dosage causes a change in the size, shape, density and surface qualities of your scar(s), then that simple and small dosage is adequate to provide you with the help you need to eliminate your Peyronie’s disease scar formation.   
 
This is a list of all therapy products available through Peyronie’s Disease Institute and Online Natural Healthcare LLC with the manufacturers’ suggested dosage:
1.     Vitamin E Factor 400/400 (60) – 1 or 2/day – with food
2.     Maxi-Gamma E (60) – 1/day – with food
3.     Unique E (180) – 1 or 2/day – with food
4.     Natural C 1 gram (100) or (250) – 1 or 2/day – with food
5.     Ascorbplex (90) or (180) – 1 or 2/day – with food
6.     Fundamental Sulfur (100) – 3/day, taken between meals, or if upset occurs, – with meals
7.     Acetyl-L-carnitine (60) – 1/day – with food
8.     PABA (100) – 1 or 2 daily – 1/day – with food
9.     Quercetin Bromelain ((100) – 1-8/day – between meals 
10. Fibrozym (100) or (200) – 2 tablets, three times a day – between meals
11. Nattokinase 1500 (120) – 2 tablets, two times a day – between meals
12. Neprinol (90) or (300) – 1-4 capsules with 8 0z of water – between meals
13. Scar-X  (1 oz) – 10 drops three time a day – between meals
14. PMD DMSO Gel (4 oz) – 1-3 times a day, depending on skin tolerance
15. Super CD Serum (1 oz) – applied to skin before PMD DMSO
16. Unique-E Vitamin E oil (1 oz) – applied to skin before PMD DMSO
17. HJG and KBG Honso herbs – 1-3/day
18. Genesen Pointers – used 15 minutes or longer, daily if desired
19. Massage and Exercise instructions – performed 2-4 times a week
20. Gentle Manual Penis Stretching Method © instructions – used 15 minutes or longer, daily if desired
21. Prosta-Support (120) – 4/day – with meals
22. Omega T – 1 or 2 daily – with meals 
 
Dosage usually increases as care continues.  Later intake of therapy is often increased in an effort to determine what dosage is needed to make the Peyronie’s plaque respond in a desired way.   Time and scar response eventually determine dosage.  

Peyronie's treatment dosage example

Let us say that you decide you will take PABA at a dose of 2/day. After doing this for a reasonable time – maybe 10-14 days – you do not notice any change in your plaque or scar at the 2/day dose. In this case you probably should consider increasing dosage until your scar responds to your therapy.  The usual method is to simply increase the dosage by one capsule or pill to the total every few weeks until you notice change in the size, shape, density or surface features of the scar.  

The process is made more complicated by the fact that you should be taking multiple therapies, but that is necessary to achieve results.

Peyronies dosage determined by scar response

To know exactly how to modify your dosage it is necessary to compare the size, shape, density and surface features of your scar from the onset of treatment. This critical information enables you to recognize positive changes when they occur. If you do not know how to determine and record the size, shape, density and surface features of your scar you will have to refer to chapter 4 of the “Peyronie’s Disease Handbook” to learn about scar measurement.   

All dosage increase is done slowly and carefully over a period of time to allow the body the opportunity to respond to a favorable change in therapy. If the dosage is changed too rapidly or too often it will not be possible to determine what factor caused a favorable response.  If you develop any unusual symptoms or change in body behavior or appearance while increasing dosage, simply stop taking the product for 48 hours after that problem/symptom disappears. Restart after 48 hours or when the new symptoms clear up, using the next lower dose.  From this point forward, once again begin the process of increasing dosage to promote favorable scar change. After reaching a higher dose at which changes are noted in the scar, remain at that dosage level for a few weeks.  Your correct dose is discovered by accompanying improvement in scar size, shape, density or surface quality.

Discuss your PD therapy plan with your family doctor or urologist so he/she is fully aware of what natural Peyronie’s treatment you are following.  You should consider this discussion about dosage strategy after getting final approval from your doctor. 

Does Peyronies last forever?

Does peyronies last forever, or is their an estimate to how long it lasts? Thanks.

 

Greetings,

Here are your short answers:    Peyronie's disease can last forever, but in a large percent of cases it does not have to if the man actively and aggressively works to increase his healing ability against PD.   And, PD can last a life time in those men who do nothing about it.

In about half of the cases of Peyronie's disease, the disease will be self-corrected or eliminated without doing anything about it.  The body heals and eliminates the PD problem naturally like it heals and eliminates thousands of other health problems. jeale.  In the other half of persistent cases, the problem tends to continue indefinitely unless it is treated with Alternative Medicine methods that increases the body's ability to self-correct and heal the Peyronie's plaque.

For those men whose Peyronie's disease does not go away on its own, they tend to be very active and motivated to get help for their problem.  But after talking to a few MDs, reading a few online websites or asking a few questions on Peyronie's forums, they eventually learn the standard medical answer that there is nothing that can be done for Peyronie's disease – that there is no cure for PD.  After learning this from multiple sources they tend to get depressed and discouraged and stop looking for help.  Since they accept defeat, and never start to assist their natural recuperative abilities, their PD tends to either stay the same or slowly worsen over time.  Some men report slow gradual improvement of their PD while other men report slow gradual worsening, the opposite.  These contradictory reports of long term outcome of what eventually happens in Peyronie's disease is consistent with the extremely variable and contradictory nature of this problem.

So in this sense, I suppose you could find different opinions about how long Peyronies lasts.  Given the variable and contradictory nature of PD, most men agree that they do not want to risk that their PD will get better in 10 or 20 years.  They get active and they get started working a PD treatment plan as we discuss throughout the PDI website.  A good place to start learning about Peyronie's treatment is start Peyronie's treatment.

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. Another good source of information is the Peyronie’s Disease Handbook.

Pentoxifylline, Niacin and Peyronie’s Disease

Pentoxifylline is not an approved Peyronie’s disease drug

There are several things I find interesting in a question and answer about Peyronie’s disease and Pentoxifylline (Pentox) I discovered online recently.  It appears on the Peyronie’s forum of a medical doctor who is well known as a Peyronie’s disease expert.  I will not use the doctor’s name since it does not serve a useful purpose to mention his name.

Here is the question, followed by the doctor’s answer:

Question:  Can Pentoxifylline help with increasing blood flow when a man has PD?  Also is Niacin also an alternative that might achieve any results?

Answer:   Pentoxifylline has been shown in animal studies to potentially reduce the development of the Peyronie’s scar when the animals consumed the Pentox in their drinking water from the time that the Peyronie’s process is triggered.  Pentoxifylline is indicated to enhance blood flow to the lower extremities in patients with peripheral vascular disease likely because it has a mild non-specific vasodilating effect.  Therefore, it is possible that it can increase blood flow in the man with PD.  As to whether this will improve erections or has anything to do with preventing progression of already established PD is unknown.  Niacin, to my knowledge, has not been studied as a treatment for Peyronie’s disease.

Pentox preferred simply because it is a drug

Point # 1.  The doctor responds that the use of Pentoxifylline is used to treat Peyronie’s disease because it has the ability to enhance blood flow to the lower extremities in patients with peripheral vascular disease likely because of its mild non-specific vasodilating effect.

My response:  Here the doctor is saying that Pentoxifylline is used in Peyronie’s disease because it improves blood flow in people who have peripheral vascular disease.  Anyone who has studied this subject knows that Peyronie’s disease is not a vascular or blood vessel disease, so it is difficult to understand from this answer the connection between the two conditions. This reason he gives for using Pentox for treatment of PD is not supported by what we know about this condition.

Point #2.  The doctor states that Pentoxifylline is used in Peyronie’s disease (of the penis) because it improves blood flow in the periphery of the body, meaning arms and legs.

My response:  These are two different areas of the body. This part of the answer suggests that Pentox has not been tested or shown to actually improve the blood flow to the penis, only the upper and lower extremities.  This reason he gives for using Pentoxifylline for treatment of PD is not supported by what we know about this condition.

Point #3.  The doctor attempts to tie his two points together and then carefully speculates that “it is possible that it can increase blood flow in the man with PD.”

My response:  What the doctor is saying is that using Pentox for Peyronies treatment might possibly work since it works for other conditions that are only remotely related. This kind of speculative use of a drug is common, and would not be objectionable except for the fact that Pentoxifylline is known to have side effects that can affect the cardiovascular, immune, digestive, respiratory, visual and nervous systems. That is a risk taken by a patient for use of a drug that might only possibly help an unrelated condition.  I doubt many patients know that they are exposing themselves by taking drugs that are not known to help the condition they have.

Point #4.  The doctor reports that it is unknown if Pentoxifylline will improve erections or has anything to do with preventing progression of an existing case of Peyronie’s disease.

My response:   Saying that it is unknown if Pentox will improve erections suggests that it does not influence blood flow to the penis. Yet, improving penile blood flow is one of the reasons given by this doctor to justify using it for Peyronie’s disease.   Since I have never heard of anyone taking any medication for prevention of Peyronie’s disease, the doctor also says that Pentoxifylline will not alter the progression of a case of PD once it has started.  This sounds to me that it would not help Peyronie’s disease.

Point #5.  The doctor reports that to his knowledge niacin (a member of the B vitamin family) has never been studied as a possible treatment for Peyronie’s disease.

My response:  Niacin is well known to those who take vitamins for the “niacin flush” that it causes.  Niacin causes an increased blood flow throughout the body, experienced as heat, redness and itching that occurs after taking a few hundred milligram dose.

So we have the doctor reporting that Pentox (with side effects) is used to treat Peyronie’s disease because it has a “mild non-specific vasodilating effect,” yet niacin (with no side effects) which also has a mild to moderate non-specific vasodilating effect has never been studied as a Peyronie’s treatment.

I think this is a classic example of the drug industry ignoring potential non-drug therapies simply because they lack profitability.  This is a point to remember when you are told that no nutritional therapy has been shown to help PD.   This is only true because these companies refuse to do the testing to prove they might have merit.

Point #6.   The doctor uses  only one brief  sentence to discuss niacin, and 90% of his reply to discuss a drug that does the same thing as niacin can do and do it without side effects.  In his short sentence about niacin he only says that it has not been studied as a Peyronie’s treatment.  Period.  As a scientist, as a physician interested in advancing the body of thought about Peyronie’s treatment, wouldn’t you think the doctor would be more interested in something like niacin?  Instead, he merely brushes the idea of niacin use for PD aside.  This is so typical of the attitude of organized medicine about treatment of Peyronie’s disease.

Point #7.  The man who asked a reasonable and intelligent question about niacin was not given an actual answer about niacin.    He was only given a reply that promoted the use of a drug that has side effects and not known to be effective against Peyronie’s disease.   And you wonder why men get frustrated with the lack of help and useful information about Peyronies treatment.

Read a few testimonials that show what the PDI concept of Alternative Medicine treatment of Peyronie’s disease can do.

Spontaneous Remission and Natural Cure for Peyronie’s Disease

Helping nature to remove the Peyronie’s plaque

Peyronie’s disease is filled with unknowns and controversy.  There is even controversy about how often this problem simply goes away on its own.  Some say it never goes away; that once you have Peyronies you have it for life.  And there are those who say it goes away half of the time, and those who say it rarely goes away on its own.

The term “simply goes away on its own” is another way of saying “self-healed” or “spontaneous cure” or “the body healed itself without outside assistance.”  This is not an example of playing with words.  In my world of working to help men reverse their Peyronie’s disease by improving their ability to heal or correct this problem, there is no difference in what these terms mean.  It is important – even critical – to realize that when the body is able to rid itself of a disease process or abnormality it is an instance of true healing or a self-cure.  Hence, it cannot be said that there is no cure for Peyronie’s disease.  The body is able to cure Peyronie’s disease; it happens either rarely, or up to 20-50% of the cases, depending upon whom you choose to believe – but it does happen.

This is an extremely important point to consider in regard to using Alternative Medicine to treat Peyronie’s disease.  When you use the different internal and external therapies to rid yourself of the Peyronie’s scar all you are attempting to do is to increase your body’s ability heal or cure itself of PD.

Most of us would be in agreement that the body can and does rid itself – by a process in which the immune system heals, or “cures itself” – of Peyronie’s disease. How often this happens might be of some disagreement, but I think it is fair to say that most people know the body is able to cure or heal the Peyronies problem in some cases.  This is an important point to keep in mind when you read or hear that there is no cure for Peyronie’s disease.

When the medical doctor says there is no cure for Peyronie’s disease what he really means is that there is no drug that he can prescribe that is a Peyronie’s cure.  We have established that the body can and does heal the Peyronie’s plaque in an undetermined number of cases.  With the Peyronie’s Disease Institute therapy program we are attempting to increase that natural healing ability.

Is cancer more difficult to treat than Peyronie’s disease?

A spontaneous healing, also called spontaneous remission or spontaneous regression, is the unexpected cure or improvement of a disease which previously appeared to be stable or worsening. These terms are typically used to explain unexpected improvement of a cancer.  The spontaneous regression and remission from cancer was defined by Everson and Cole in their 1966 book, Spontaneous Regression of Cancer, this way: “The partial or complete disappearance of a malignant tumour in the absence of all treatment, or in the presence of therapy which is considered inadequate to exert significant influence on neoplastic disease.”

Because most of our medical information is presented through medical sources, it has long been suggested spontaneous regressions, let alone cures, from cancer are rare.  Frequency of spontaneous healing was estimated to occur approximately at the rate of 1 in 100,000 cancers.  Everson and Cole report that at least for small tumors, the frequency of spontaneous regression had been was drastically underrated and underreported. In their carefully designed mammography study they found that 22% of all breast cancer cases underwent spontaneous regression.  They explain spontaneous regression from cancer: “In many of the collected cases … it must be acknowledged that the factors or mechanisms responsible for spontaneous regression are obscure or unknown in the light of present knowledge. However, in some of the cases, available knowledge permits one to infer that hormonal influences probably were important. … In other cases, the protocols strongly suggest that an immune mechanism was responsible”.

When you read that in 20-50% of the cases the Peyronie’s disease goes away on its own, these are the instances in which the body was able to heal itself of the excess Peyronie’s scar.  This issue of spontaneous resolution and tendency for improvement of Peyronie’s disease has been commonly cited. 1-4 If the body can cure cancer on occasion, why not Peyronie’s disease if you are doing many things at once to encourage this to happen?

All of this should give you some encouragement that the Peyronie’s Disease Institute therapy program is following a logical and reasonable course of action to help the body remove this problem, as the body was designed to do.

Learn about starting a Peyronie’s treatment plan.

  1. Williams JL, Thomas GG. The natural history of Peyronie’s disease. J Urol 1970; 103: 75-76.
  2. Furlow WL, Swenson HE, Lee RE. Peyronie’s disease: a study of its natural history and treatment with orthovoltage radiotherapy. J Urol 1979; 114: 69.
  3. Williams G, Green NA. The nonsurgical treatment of Peyronie’s disease. Br J Urol 1980; 52: 392-395.
  4. Gelbard MK, Dorey F, James K. The natural history of Peyronie’s disease. J Urol 1990; 1441: 376-379.

 

 

 

Penis Extender Claims and Peyronie’s Disease

Correcting the curved penis of Peyronie’s disease

Many men with Peyronie’s disease are interested in recent advertising promotions reporting that penis extender devices can correct penile curvature. Any man who faces penis surgery because of Peyronies wants to believe this is true.
 
Penis extender is an advertising term used for a mechanical device that is claimed to increase the length and girth of the penis by applying prolonged traction to the organ. This is supposed to be accomplished by wearing a plastic and metal device on the penis designed to firmly hold onto the head of the penis while using variable length metal rods to apply a traction force away from the body by pushing against the pubic bone of the pelvis. There is no proof that the extender can cause the penis to become larger and remain that way for more than a few weeks. 

In early 2011 there are about 12 companies that manufacture penis extenders, with five of these companies that seem to dominate the market in terms of very aggressive internet marketing. Of the many penis extender devices I have personally evaluated, all are of the same basic design and engineering concept, with only small differences in regard to materials used and design features to hold the head or shaft of the penis while traction forces are applied.  The only great difference amongst this group appears to be in the advertising and promotional claims that they dare to make about the effectiveness of their products.  Prices range from $250 to $430 for the most common models.  

Problems with penis extenders

None of these penis extender companies inform their potential customers in their advertisements that best results are achieved when the device is worn for eight hours a day for six months or longer. That particular information is revealed only in the literature that comes with the penis extenders after the purchase is made.  
 
Also, none of these penis extender companies reveal that these penis extenders weigh on average just a little over a pound. This is why men who have tried to use the penis extender products as instructed report to me that over a short period of time they experienced a rather rapid break down of the tender penile skin (tissue erosion from compression and rubbing that causes blisters, bruises, (and in some cases Peyronie’s disease).   For this reason a few of the more careful companies (perhaps those who are already been sued for damages) include in the penis extender kit special bandages, extra lamb’s wool padding, antibiotic ointments and instructions to follow when – not if – tissue erosion and bleeding develop after using the penis extender.
 
All penis extender manufacturers claim that in addition to making the penis larger, their products can be used to treat Peyronie’s disease. However, none of these companies explain how this is accomplished. The closest explanation offered by one company is that “The device produces results by forcing tissues of the penis to expand rather than retract.” This is, of course, nonsense since the problem of Peyronie’s disease is not the tissue has retracted. When something retracts it pulls back, withdraws or pulls in. That is not what happens in Peyronie’s disease.   The problem of Peyronie’s disease is that excessive collagen material is deposited at the a site of suspected penile injury and develops into a mass of scar-like tissue, which in turn prevents expansion of the penile tissue during erection as well as prevents full closure of the penile veins during erection causing reduced ability to achieve a fully hard erection.   
 
In order to accept the explanation of the penis extender manufacturers you will have to accept the idea that Peyronie’s disease is simply a problem of the penile tissue contracting for some reason they do not explain. They propose that the answer to this problem is to pull on the retracted or contracted tissue, like pulling for a while on a rubber band. This simplistic description and answer to the problem of Peyronie’s disease does not address the well known science surrounding Peyronie’s disease. Anyone who has taken the time to understand his problem will know this does not make sense. This is like saying that if a person is short they can be made taller by using traction that will cause the tissue to “expand rather than retract.”             

Penis extender not Peyronie's treatment

The best things about the penis extender devices for Peyronie’s treatment are that they must be easy to sell because:
            1. Any man would like to believe that the answer to his Peyronie’s problem will also cause his penis to be bigger.
            2. The simple idea that fixing a curved penis is as easy as straightening a bent paper clip must appeal to anyone who is frustrated by the complexity of Peyronies disease.
 
It should be pointed out that none of the makers of the penis extenders offers a good explanation how this process is supposed to reverse the penile curvature of PD. It is my belief that they have not done so because there is none.  
 
For information about the Alternative Medicine treatment of Peyronie’s disease.    
  

Broken Penis and Peyronie’s Disease

Penile fracture can lead to Peyronies

The most frequently found explanation of Peyronie’s disease usually refers to it as an exaggerated healing of penile trauma. This injury can be so small as to be unnoticed or so severe as to be considered a broken penis or a penile fracture.

A fractured penis is also known as a broken penis syndrome.  It is a severe and painful form of bending injury that occurs to the erect penis typically during intercourse when a thin tissue membrane of the penis called the tunica albuginea becomes ruptured or torn crosswise, not along the length of the penis.  When a penile fracture occurs it is often accompanied by a popping or cracking sound that can be heard by the sexual partner, and results in immediate flaccidity. Because of the severe pain in the penis, bruising, and swelling, this is considered a medical emergency that often results in surgical repair. When the fractured penis is severe, the urinary tube within the penis that drains urine from the bladder (urethra) can be damaged, leading to blood in the urine.

All couples who use the woman-on-top intercourse position have experienced times when the woman will thrust back and lift off  the penis only to come back down again, forcefully pushing and bending the penis against her pelvic bone , groin or vulva region.  And all men have had the experience of missing the point of penetration at the opening of the vagina during intercourse.  These two are the most common way to cause a penile fracture.

Approximately 1,000 cases of broken penises are reported each year in the U.S.  Men in their 20s and 30s are a higher risk because they are more inclined to engage in vigorous or acrobatic sexual activity that result in a broken penis.   Men in their 50s and 60s are less inclined not only because of reduced frequency and vigor of sexual activity, but because their erections tend to be less rigid.

It is not necessary to stop sexual activity if you have Peyronie’s disease, only that you become more careful and conservative about a few aspects of your sexual repertoire.  Especially for a man who already has a penile problem, it is most wise to avoid additional injury of another fractured penis so that the Peyronie’s sex problem is not made worse.   Peyronie’s Disease Institute suggests the following safety steps to avoid reinjury and possible worsening of an existing case of Peyronies:

  1. The man should not allow himself to be so filled with sexual excitement and abandon that the throws caution to the wind during intercourse.   He must be the calm and sensible one who monitors and evaluates the strength and control of thrusting and selection of sex positions so as to avoid those that put him at risk for additional injury.
  2. The man should be the one who does primary thrusting in intercourse  to reduce the chance of  additional penile trauma.
  3. Use of additional sexual lubrication during  sexual intercourse.  Even if his sexual partner produces adequate natural lubrication, apply additional sexual lubrication to avoid dryness during intercourse that can lead to additional injury while thrusting.

After the broken penis has healed begin a treatment plan using Alternative Medicine measures found on the PDI website.  Learn more about increasing the ability of the body to heal and repair PD at Start Peyronie’s Treatment.

Prostate Screening Tests and Peyronie’s Disease

Older men undergoing unnecessary PSA screening

A new study from the University of Chicago reports on the use of PSA-based prostate cancer screening in the United States, concluding that many elderly men could be receiving excessive and unnecessary prostate cancer screening tests.  This same study also determines that while elderly men are over-tested for prostate cancer, while a significant percent of men in the 50-60 age group are not being tested enough for prostate cancer.

The prostate specific antigen (PSA) test is used to help detect prostate cancer or other prostate abnormalities.

These same University of Chicago researchers report that data from two separate surveys conducted in 2000 and 2005 found that slightly less than half of men in their seventies received PSA screening tests within the prior year, a number almost double the PSA screening rate of men in their early fifties.  Consistent with this trend, men who are 85 years and older were given PSA screening tests about as often as men in the 50-60 age group.

Senior author of this study, Scott Eggener, MD, said, “Our findings show a high rate of elderly and sometimes ill men being inappropriately screened for prostate cancer. We’re concerned these screenings may prompt cancer treatment among elderly men who ultimately have a very low likelihood of benefiting the patient and paradoxically can cause more harm than good. We were also surprised to find that nearly three-quarters of men in their fifties were not screened within the past year.”  In the active study group were 2,623 men age 70 years and older and almost 12,000 men between the ages of 40 and 69 served as the control group. .

Published online in the Journal of Clinical Oncology (March 28, 2011), Dr. Eggener and his colleagues evaluated test  results in 2000 and 2005 of health surveys from randomly selected households, as part of the National Health Interview Survey initiative.  Reviewing this survey data, Dr. Eggener was able to calculate the estimated 5-year life expectancy of each participant over age 40 who had received a PSA test.

The total PSA screening rate for all men (40 years and older) within the past year was 23.7% in 2000 and 26% in 2005. A breakdown of this total number into meaningful groups shows that the PSA screening rate was lowest in the 40 to 44 age group (7.5%), the PSA screening rate increased to 24% in men ages 50 to 54 years.  The PSA screening rate increased again with a peak rate of 45.5% for men  s 70 to 74 years of age. Screening rates then declined with age, with 24.6% of men age 85 years or older reporting being screened.

The study concludes with the suggestion that treating physicians should be more selective in recommending PSA cancer screening tests for elderly male patients who are less likely to receive benefit from the results of that testing.  Instead, they recommend that more rigorous prostate and PSA screening tests should be done routinely for those men who are in the younger and healthier 40-50 age groups, since it is they who will more likely benefit from early prostate cancer diagnosis.

How does this relate to Peyronie’s disease?  Well, it shows that as your medical doctor is recommending tests and procedures for you, he is also calculating values and factors that might  not be related to your direct benefit.  This is the aspect of modern government-managed and insurance company-dictated health care that is warned about.   Medical decisions are made for you and about you that are based on what is good for others.  Keep this in mind when health care options are being given to you.

Who is a Peyronie’s Disease Expert?

The problem of the Peyronies specialist

The problem for a man with Peyronie’s disease is much greater than his physical condition. If it were not bad enough that there is no known cause and no known cure for Peyronies disease and that most medical doctors prefer to rush out of the room rather than explain this problem, there is another layer of distress to deal with when you have PD.   It appears that even within the medical profession there is disagreement about who should provide Peyronie’s disease treatment. While reviewing an internet Peyronies forum recently I discovered an interesting Q/A.  This brief exchange demonstrates just how great the difficulty is for any man who has a curved penis to know where to go for help.  The doctor’s name has been omitted only because it is actually not important to this discussion. Suffice it to say that this doctor is considered a Peyronies specialist and practices in one of the largest US cities. His answer says a lot about the low knowledge and poor experience level of the average general practitioner and urologist with Peyronie’s disease.  It is both amazing and sad to think he believes so few doctors are capable of providing good care for this problem. I have been diagnosed with PD by a urologist 3 months ago. I am 59. He has prescribed 800 IU of Vitamin E daily & also Infam-away (a hi-potency Enzyme formula) capsules 6 daily on a empty stomach. Nothing has helped after taking these medicines for 3 months. Erections are very painful and curvature has developed to the left. An indentation about 1" below the glans has also developed. He has basically told me that there is nothing else he can do. My primary care physician admits that this is a disease that not much is known as to the whys and what will work to help the pain and hopefully stop or reverse the curvature which at present is 30-40%. I was given a pain killer to help especially if erections get too painful. Are there any over-the-counter or on the internet medicines that may help? Dr. XXXXX Answers: There are no known over-the-counter products of benefit in Peyronie's disease. Most urologists know little about this condition and are generally not completely up-to-date on treatments and we suggest that you seek out a Peyronie's disease expert for evaluation and a discussion of treatments From his response you could almost hear the professional rivalry and his impatience with his medical colleagues who he thinks do not know as much as he thinks he knows.  You will also notice he did not offer any helpful advice to this man who asked the question. If you should not go to a urologist for a problem with your penis, then to whom should you go for care?  If “most” urologists do now know enough about PD to be current with care, how is the average patient to know who is safe to go for care?  No urologist has on his/her business card, “I am a urologist but it do not know how to treat PD.” Many of the people who write to me at the PDI website info@peyronies-disease-help.com live in small states and areas of low population, with poor access to a urologist and have no idea who a “Peyronie’s specialist” might be.  This is why so many men who contact me after going through the medical route of Peyronies treatment are totally confused, frustrated and angry about their medical care. While I do not agree with the opinion of this Peyronie’s specialist, “[t]here are no known over-the-counter products of benefit in Peyronie's disease,” I can only assume he is referring to the absence of studies in medical journals about non-drug treatment of PD and not his own private investigation or experience.  This tends to be true in this country because our medical doctors are not comfortable or experienced doing independent thinking. They only repeat what the drug companies and the multi-million dollar drug research have told is the truth. This truth of course changes when that same multi-million dollar drug research is found to be false, full of bad research, or riddled with corrupt findings.  When a new “wonder drug” is suddenly pulled from the market after patients are made worse or die from the prescribed drugs they are given by doctors, the doctors are told to think and prescribe in a different way.  They are given new truths from the drug companies and new drugs. In Europe it is different.  This is why so many new ideas and innovative discoveries come from Europe. In my own opinion, it is best to attempt to promote your own spontaneous recovery from Peyronie’s disease by doing all that you can to increase your body’s ability to heal and repair the curved penis plagues you.  Read about this process at Start Peyronies treatment

Can’t Find Peyronie’s Plaque or Scar

Help to locate the Peyronies plaque

It is not uncommon for the Peyronie’s plaque to be difficult to locate.  Sometimes it even happens that the examining urologist is not able to definitely locate a mass of foreign tissue that he/she is certain is the offending Peyronie’s plaque that is causing the bent penis to develop. First of all, it must be mentioned that if you are expecting to see the scar or plaque on the surface of the skin, you will not.  And Peyronie’s disease seldom causes a lump that raises the skin of the shaft.   The “scar” of PD is internal, not external – it is never seen, only felt.  It is a poor term to use, but the lesion of PD is also called a plaque (which is also a poor term). Generally, you do not have to examine the entire shaft looking for something that feels like a foreign mass of tissue.  Your examination should be centered in the immediate area of the concavity of your distortion.   By concavity I mean the condition of being curved like the inner surface of a sphere or the depressed area of an indentation.  You can also think of a concavity as being the lower bent area on the underside of a rainbow.  As far as the Peyronie’s disease is concerned, the concavity if that part of the bent penis that is the inner part of the arch that is formed.  If you want to learn more about the anatomy of the penis, please see Peyronie’s Anatomy of the Penis and Related Areas. Some men do not have a curved penis, but instead their distortion is that the shaft has small depressions, that look like dents or dings or areas where the surface has been pushed inward.  All of these are caused by one or more Peyronie’s plaques immediately below the lowest portion of each depressed area on the shaft. In fact there could easily be one, two or three or more internal plaque formations that are responsible for causing a single curve of the penis.  For this reason, as one of these scars responds to treatment faster than the others, it can cause the distortion to temporarily appear worse as the scar actually improves. Once you know where to find the scar it is a simple matter to carefully and thoroughly examine all the tissue directly at the lowest area of the concavity of the distortion to find the foreign plaque material that is preventing complete expansion of the shaft.

Peyronie’s plaque easier to find if you have an open mind about it

If your internal scar or plaque is not easy to find, forget about finding a “scar.”  Just try to find something – anything – within the mass of erectile tissue of the shaft that feels unlike the other tissue.  Find something that is unlike the rest of the tissue. When you find it, mark its location with a marker pen or something that will stay on the tissue for a day or two.  Go back each day to that area and re-think what you are feeling.  You are trying to see if it becomes easier to make sense of it.  It could be that you have an unreasonable expectation of what a “scar” should feel like, and you are missing what is really rather obvious only because your expectation is wrong.  Really, how could you know what a PD scar feels like if you have never had to do this before?  It is a common problem. “Peyronie’s Disease Handbook” is available from PDI and presents great information about finding the PD scar and valuable information about Peyronie’s Disease treatment. If you have any trouble finding your Peyronie’s scar, please write an email to Dr. Herazy at info@peyronies-disease-help.com

Peyronie’s Disease and Phimosis

Phimosis treatment and Peyronie’s disease

There is a lot of discussion these days about how the sellers of the mechanical penis stretchers say they can be used for treatment of Peyronie’s disease.  Any reader of this forum knows that PDI has taken a position against these awkward mechanical devices because of countless conversations and emails from men who report to PDI that these stretchers have actually caused their PD or worsened the PD problem if it was already present.  See Penis Stretcher: Big Problem as Peyronie’s Treatment and Penis Stretching for Peyronie’s Treatment and Penis stretching for Peyronie’s Disease Treatment

There is another way to that is better and safer to correct the distortion and bent penis of PD.  It is to use the PDI Gentle Manual Penis Stretching Technique © instruction CD to actually make significant improvement in the curved penis that is caused by the Peyronie’s plaque.  For confirmation how this might work for Peyronies disease, one has only to look at how the medical profession advises a man to help himself when he has a condition of the penis called phimosis.

Phimosis is a fairly common condition of the penis in which the prepuce or foreskin is too tight or small for it to be completely pulled back or retracted over the head of the penis.  Most of the time this condition is detected in early childhood, but sometimes persists into adulthood.   In the adult with phimosis, since the foreskin cannot be easily pulled back over the head, oil and dead tissue cells collect between the head and foreskin and results in the collection of a smelly white cheese-like accumulation called smegma.  During sexual activity the skin can become irritated and painful because of the forced friction and movement of the otherwise tight skin.  To correct this problem the medical profession has a simple solution that should be kept in mind by anyone with Peyronie’s disease.

Phimosis treatment shows how to manage Peyronie’s disease

There are two basic ways to stretch the foreskin or prepuce when phimosis is present:

  1. Gently pull back on the foreskin when erect, so that its opening feels tight around the head without feeling real pain.  Hold this position for a few minutes, and repeat a few times at one session.  Do a few sessions per day.  This stretching can be made easier if you first soak in a warm bath.
  2. Gently pull the foreskin forward over the head to create extra tissue in front of the head.  Then, with the foreskin forward and the two little fingertips inserted into the foreskin opening, hold each side of the foreskin further open and gently pull out and away on each side of the opening you have created so that the opening is larger than usual.  Continue stretching the opening with the tips of the little finger until it feels like you have stretched it to a comfortable limit and is never painful.   Hold for a few minutes and repeat a few times during a session.  This is also done best after soaking in a warm bath for a few minutes.

Continue stretching the prepuce or foreskin for a while longer once you develop to the diameter foreskin opening you want.

Peyronie’s treatment can also be done by stretching that should be easy, gentle and done in a relatively short time.  Heavy weights, tight clamps that abuse the tissue, and months of treatment are not necessary.  All of this is best accomplished with the PDI Gentle Manual Penis Stretching Technique ©.

How to Change Peyronie’s Treatment If Not Effective

In 2002 I started working exclusively with men who have Peyronie’s disease.  Since that time I have noticed a common pattern with men about 6-8 weeks after the start of their treatment with Alternative Medicine.  This pattern occurs no matter the size of the PD treatment plan a man uses, or even with some personalized modification of a standard PDI plan based on personal needs.

It seems that after seeing some initial changes in the size, shape, density or surface quality of their scars at about 6-8 weeks of treatment, improvement and progress will often level off or plateau.  It seems that most men assume that all recovery and progress remains on a level and constant course, like putting your foot on the accelerator of a car.  When they begin to notice their improvement has slowed down or stopped, they are stumped about what to do next.  They will not know what to do with their current plan to improve it or modify it to assure continuation of those early positive changes.

Time and again I have seen this pattern:  Start care, make progress, slow down or stoppage of progress.  What must be done is some modification of the initial treatment (usually increase of treatment in some way) to again stimulate the healing capability of the tissue.  This can be expressed as: Increase care by increasing current therapy or adding new therapy, re-stimulate immune response, make additional progress, monitor for next slow down.  What happens after the next slow down or stoppage can be expressed in the same way:  Increase care again in a same or different way, re-stimulate immune response, monitor for next slow down, and so on.

This process of exactly how to slowly modify Peyronie’s treatment to increase activity of the immune response against the PD scar is where the day-today challenge is found – and it is not easy.

Peyronie’s treatment plateau of progress

It is common for a man who experiences his first plateau of progress to think only in terms of adding more therapies to his treatment lineup to re-energize his recovery.   If he has gotten good results from a medium size PD plan, he will assume he must add one or more therapies that are not part of his current plan – like PABA, or the Genesen pointers, or acetyl-L-carnitine, or Unique-E vitamin E oil as an external application or the gentle manual penis stretching technique, etc.  However, this is usually not necessary and not the best course of action.

From my experience, to help you get off your plateau and begin progressing again toward additional recovery it is best to work within the same group of therapies that was good enough to create your initial improvement.  This is usually accomplished by slowly and carefully increasing the dosage of one of those therapy items a little at a time.  If you develop any unusual problem/symptom while increasing your dosage, simply stop taking the product for 48 hours, and restart from the next lower dose.  When you reach the highest dose where you had no problem or symptom, stay at that dosage level for a few weeks.  After 2-3 weeks without problems, then slowly increase the dosage until you are at the desired level.  You will know you are taking the correct effective dose when you begin to see improvement in your scar size, shape, density or surface texture.

Modify slowly and deliberately

If no improvement or change occurs in the features of your scar after being on the increased dosage for about 14 days, then increase the dosage again.  Repeat this process until you begin to note improvement in your scar size, shape, density or surface texture.

Only after you have attempted to increase all therapies singly, and have attempted to increase several therapies together as a group, and all have shown to be unsuccessful should you then consider expanding the number of different therapies you use – like adding in PABA, or the Genesen pointers, or acetyl-L-carnitine, or Unique-E oil as an external application or the gentle manual penis stretching technique, etc. to your Peyronie’s treatment plan.

Peyronies Treatment and Attitude

Peyronies care improved with right attitude

When someone starts Peyronies disease treatment using Alternative Medicine there is always a sense of heightened anticipation about how fast results might occur, and how quickly sexual function and lost size might be restored.  Often this attitude of expectation is so intense that an unreasonable anticipation develops that can only lead to disappointment, frustration, and ultimate failure.   This is unfortunate since so much of this self-inflicted problem is totally avoidable.

The best attitude to have while starting Peyronie’s treatment is a simple combination of determination, honest curiosity and low expectations.  Your determination should stem from the fact that there is no known Peyronies cure, other than the fact that 50% of men get over their PD solely because of natural healing and repair of their immune system.   This should serve to make you determined to be one of those 50% of men who corrects his own PD problem.  Honest curiosity should arise from learning about your particular case of Peyronie’s disease in terms of the size, shape, consistency or hardness, and surface features of your plaque or scar formation.  You should also be curious to learn what you use and what you can do to make your scar go away on its own.  Keep your expectations low and allow yourself to the surprised and delighted by whatever progress you can achieve on your own.  Reasonable expectations reduce your stress, and stress slows and inhibits your progress.  Contribute to your recovery with the right mindset that leads to the success you are looking to earn.

Contributing to your ultimate success is to keep in mind that Peyronie’s disease follows almost no pattern of behavior or similar findings or reaction from man to man for comparison.   It seems that each case of Peyronies is different in small and large ways.  And for this reason it is also difficult to anticipate the course of recovery for anyone.  You must be willing to accept the uniqueness of your situation, including how long it will take to begin to see improvement and the eventual elimination of the Peyronie’s plaque that plagues you.  Peyronie’s disease us unlike any other health problem you have ever dealt with, so do not make the mistake of using past experiences to anticipate PD progress.

Lastly, you should not expect to gain good results against your Peyronie’s disease with a half-hearted or minimal effort.  Over and over again I see that men who do little, gain little, and men who do their best, achieve the best.  Stay focused and work hard to eliminate your Peyronie’s plaque and you stand the best change of ridding yourself of this terrible problem.

Vitamin E as Peyronie’s Treatment

About once a month we receive an order from a new customer who purchases only vitamin E.  Often these are one-time orders; these people order their vitamin E only once and we never hear from that person again.  When these orders appear I always assume it is from someone who has not taken the time to learn about correct Alternative Medicine treatment, and is simply following his MD’s suggestion to “try some vitamin E.”

Using vitamin E as a single therapy with no other support therapies to develop synergy, from my experience in over 10 years of work with Peyronie’s disease, is never effective.  For this reason it is the policy of PDI to always include a note with that order to explain the limitation and problem of using vitamin E by itself.

I have talked to many of these men who order only vitamin E to learn a bit more about their thinking, and how they come to believe this is all they have to do to recover from Peyronie’s disease.  Usually these men tend to take their health for granted, they do not use Alternative Medicine for their health problems and generally are not interested in knowing about this kind of treatment.  They place their vitamin E order simply because they were told to do it.

During this conversation I will also learn that they are reluctant about taking vitamin E because they say “I recall that taking vitamin E can be dangerous.”    This is usually a minor objection that can be explained easily with the information from the PDI blog post, “Peyronie’s Disease Treatment and Vitamin E.”   Once the facts are presented there is no real reason to be fearful about using vitamin E in general or in a well designed treatment plan for PD.

To be really successful using an Alternative Medicine to reverse the tissue changes of Peyronie’s disease requires that a man use multiple therapies to develop a synergistic effort to improve the ability of the body to heal and repair the Peyronie’s scar.   to learn how to do this, see Start Peyronie’s Disease Treatment.

Poor Peyronie’s Disease Treatment Results

Every few months I will receive a telephone call from someone who asks why he has not had any improvement after using his Peyronie’s treatment for a while.

Usually the first and last question I ask is, “What is the size, shape, density and surface texture of your scar?”  The typical response I receive is at first silence, and then the caller will admit he does not know the answer to the question.  At that point I will explain that if he does not know the current size, shape, density and surface qualities of his  scar and he did not have that information when he  started his treatment, there is no way to know for a fact that he did not progress.

Basically, these men are comparing minimal information to minimal information, and conclude that nothing has changed.

Further, I also get emails and calls from men who complain that they have not made enough progress to justify continuing with their treatment plan.  My line of questioning goes like this:

1.  What products and therapies are you using now?

2.  What is your dosage for each?

3.  Honestly, how faithful are you to your plan; how often do you forget to do what you are supposed to do?

4.  What kind of change to your PD therapy plan have you made recently?

5.  What was the size, shape, density and surface quality of your PD scar before treatment started and what is it now?

As you can imagine I usually learn they have not been following the PDI plan, but picking and choosing to do a few things that suit their fancy.

Most often the men who do not respond well are those who use no more than 1-3 different therapies.  Sometimes the products they use are not from PDI but they use something recommended by someone at a local vitamin store. Compliance on a day to day basis for taking their products is “not great”.  I learn they have not read the book I wrote but were trying to base all their therapy on the information only from the website.  Along the way I might also learn they have been using Viagra while following their modified PDI plan or that they have received a series of Verapamil injections within the past few years.  These men also seem to naturally eat all wrong for PD based on the suggested diet in “Peyronie’s Disease Handbook.” In short, they are their own worst enemy.

If any of this describes how you approach your Peyronies treatment, please consider changing your ways if you wish to get good results.

Please take your problem seriously, and take your treatment even more seriously.  The more you do the better your results should be.

Click here for information about Peyronie’s disease treatment.

Stay focused to your plan, and do not become discouraged.

Erections and Peyronie’s Disease

Erections can be difficult to develop on demand while in a sexual situation.  Paradoxically, erections can be difficult to stop or inhibit at certain times, especially during sleep.  All of this is important to Peyronie’s disease treatment since erections during sleep can have an adverse affect on progress of care.

A nocturnal, or nighttime, erection occurs because it is important for the basic health of the deep tissue, known as the corpora cavernosa, of the penis.  These deep tissues of the shaft fill with blood and trap it within the corpora cavernosa to create the erect state. If this term, corpora cavernosa, sounds familiar it is because the tunica albuginea is a thin and tough layer of tissue that covers the corpora cavernosa and the tunica albuginea is where the Peyronie’s scar is located.A nocturnal erection can be thought of as type of stretching exercise that takes place during the night when there is little other activity going on, to make sure the penile tissue is stretched and used in this unique way to keep the tissue healthy.

The problem during a nocturnal erection when Peyronie’s disease is present is that restriction and binding of the already-bent erection can be sustained against the penis for a long period of time.  Also, it is important to keep in mind that this added pressure poses a risk of additional injury top the man who already has PD.  For this reason it is important to be careful with an erection when the penis has no comfortable or safe direction to extend itself.   Since it is not possible to stop an erection while asleep, it is smart to not wear tight or limiting underwear or pants while sleeping if you have Peyronie’s disease. It might be even smarter to wear nothing at all while you sleep since this avoids a great potential for binding and restriction.

For the most part, a normally occurring erection that can simply “stand on its own” with no pressure against it, is not going to bind or incorrectly stretch out the penile tissue in a way that is detrimental to the penis.  Problems occur during a drug-induced (Viagra, Cialis, Levitra) or artificial erection, during which an abnormally great amount of blood is drawn into the penis by more soft tissue relaxation than normal.   For this reason it is understood that a naturally occurring erection is safer than an artificially created erection.

Drug induced erections can start Peyronie’s disease

Over the years I have communicated with many men whose PD started after a drug induced erection that stressed the penile tissues by greatly increased internal pressure.  This process would not be much different than taking a car tire that is meant to go no higher than 40-50 pounds per square inch during normal use, and over-inflating it to 100-150 pounds per square inch.  Because it is not built to take that kind of pressure, you could expect some problems to develop in using a tire that way.  Not much different with the penis.

Sexual activity is NOT to be avoided if you have Peyronies, but rough, aggressive, hard sex can be dangerous and really injure the already damaged tissue further. Developing and using a natural erection is not to be avoided either in Peyronie’s disease.  However, it is important to keep your wits about you and do not go wild during sex.  The emphasis should be on an easy, smooth and gentle sexual encounter.  Any sexual activity or posture that causes pain should be avoided.

Many important related topics about taking care of yourself, avoiding injury, doing nothing to set your progress back while you are attempting to heal your problem, are covered in my book, “Peyronie’s Disease Handbook.”   Check out the website about this book at  http://www.peyronies-disease-help.com/PD-owners-manual.html I think you would enjoy learning more about what you can and should do to take care of this nasty problem.

When Peyronie’s Scar Not Easily Located

Peyronie’s plaque

If you are going to be in charge of your therapy plan, you must know where your Peyronie’s plaque or scar is located.  Even though it is not always easy or obvious, it is essential to Peyronie’s disease treatment because our method is to use “scar behavior” as a guide – a bench mark – a barometer – to judge effectiveness  of care.  Scar behavior is not a matter of curiosity; you MUST know about the scar in as great detail as possible to know if you are making actual progress or not.  If you do not know if there is a change in the size, shape, density or surface features of your scar during treatment, then you are guessing – and shame on you because your results will not be as good as if you actually knew what was going on down there.

Before I go into this subject in some detail, I must remind you that the Peyronies scar is best located while the penis is soft or flaccid – meaning not erect.  This will be true 99% of the time, so don’t bother to look unless you are flaccid.

Peyronies scars or plaques can be extremely variable in most all aspects.  For example, while some men have an obvious scar, others could not find one if their life depended on it.   Often, when a scar is not found, but there is still pain and bending or any kind of recent penile distortion, a diagnosis of Peyronie’s disease is still made.  This diagnosis can be accurately made because the scar that is causing the pain or bending is either:

1. So small – it cannot be found

2. So very soft – it blends into the other tissue and cannot be detected

3. So deep – it cannot be reached or felt easily

4. So large and flat – that the edges are not easily determined, almost like trying to find the edge of a roll of plastic wrap.  When it is a large scar – as many of them are – it is something that is so close to you that you do not see it because you are looking far away and cannot see what is under your nose

5.  The doctor’s lack of ability, experience or concern when he does the examination – that he simply misses what is actually there if he was better at this kind of thing – yes, I know, it is difficult to imagine but it is true.

When a scar is never found it is because of a combination of two or more of these factors – deep and small, or soft, large and flat, or deep, soft and doctor error, and so on.  From my experience with those who have an extremely difficult time locating their scar, it seems that #4 (so large and flat) is often an issue.  Keep this in mind when you search your personal  landscape while trying to locate your scar.

Finding your Peyronie’s plaque

Ultimately, if you have Peyronie’s disease you must begin the search with the attitude the scar is there, and only waiting to be found.  Do not start with a negative attitude; you want to have a sense of high anticipation that it will be found within the next few seconds – this will help keep your senses alert.   You should use as many different tactics as you can to find your scar(s) because having a good knowledge of your scar situation will help your treatment effort.

Hint:  Try to think in terms of your scar being much larger than you have previously imagined.  Allow yourself to mentally expand the size of the scar you are looking for.  Meaning, if you were looking for a “pea” before, start looking for a “peanut” size structure or even larger.  This changes your methods and your outlook about what you can detect.

It seems that lately I have many men reporting that their scars are as large as the length of the shaft.  Of these, some are narrow while others are wider. With this in mind, image that your scar is very large.  If you are looking for a pea-sized scar it will prevent you from easily finding something much larger.

Do not be discouraged if the scar you have is large since it does not seem that the size has much to do with difficulty or time required to eliminate it.  Larger scars can take just as long as smaller scars to treat.

Different way to approach Peyronie’s scar

Try this:  forget about finding a “scar.”  Just try to find something – anything – within the mass of erectile tissue that feels unlike the other tissue.  Find something that is unlike the rest of the tissue. When you find it, mark its location with a marker pen of something that will stay on the tissue for a day or two.  Go back each day to that area and re-think what you are feeling.  You are trying to see if it becomes easier to make sense of it.  It could be that you have an unreasonable expectation of what a “scar” should feel like, and you are missing what is really rather obvious only because your expectation is wrong.  Really, how could you know what a Peyronie’s plaque feels like if you have never had to do this before?  It is a common problem.

Peyronie’s Disease Institute has much success with the methods we present to you.  Just because your doctor could not locate your scar does not mean it is not there.  And it definitely does not mean that you cannot find it, just because he can’t.   As so many men with PD finally come to understand, you must take control of your situation and begin to get well on your own.

I have worked with hundreds and hundreds of men who wanted Peyronie’s treatment.  Some of these cases were mild and some were severe, some had it just a few months and a few more than 10 years old.  I had a bad Peyronie’s disease problem until I cured my condition using the procedures found on the PDI website.  You will not feel like a victim once you start working to improve your health and immune response against the presence of this foreign tissue.

Protection for Peyronie’s Disease during Intercourse

Girth enhancement rings stabilize Peyronies

Since 2002 Peyronie’s Disease Institute has made several different products available to our customers that offer important penile protection while still allowing sexual intercourse to take place.   One of these is the girth enhancement ring or sleeve, please see Girth Enhancement Ring.

Using this uncomplicated device provides a level of support that greatly reduces the possibility of re-injury of the penis during intercourse.  For many men this simple and inexpensive device is essential in a couple’s ability to engage in sex at all – for many men the added support is needed to make penetration.

The basic girth enhancement sleeve is a thick but flexible tube that is open at both ends, made of very soft and stretchy silicone material.  The penis is slipped into the tube and the glans or head of the penis sticks out at the other end for full sexual contact.   With this added support the shaft is less likely to be re-injured by sudden bending or collapse.

Even if the cause of Peyronie’s disease in your case was not trauma, it is critical that you do all you can to not injure your penis during sex if you have PD.  The following deformities present a real or potential weakness of the shaft of the penis that can easily get re-injured during sexual activity, and therefore will benefit from the use of girth enhancement sleeve:

1.    Twist

2.    Curve

3.    Bend

4.    Dent, dink, nick, depression, impression or filling error

5.    Bottleneck deformity

6.    Hourglass deformity

Any of these Peyronies deformities is weakest at the area of the greatest distortion, or thinnest part of the shaft, that can suddenly bend, fold or collapse during insertion or while thrusting.  This is the area over which the girth enhancement sleeve should be worn.

Dealing with a penis that is weak in one small area is like having an ankle that is weak because of an earlier injury, making it susceptible to re-injury.   Also, just like a sprained ankle, each penile re-injury occurs more easily and gets progressively worse.  The best approach to take is to not allow additional injury to take place so the tissue remains as healthy and strong as possible.  For the ankle the treatment is to wear a support and to slow down so that you do not hurt yourself again.  The same with Peyronie’s disease.

A valuable second benefit to the girth ring support is the additional thickness or girth it adds to the penis that can make up for the lost dimension that many men experience.

I urge any man whose penis is distorted by Peyronie’s disease – known as a Peyronie’s penis – to investigate the girth enhancement sleeve to provide protection during sexual activity to avoid re-injury and worsening of his problem.

Communication Vital for Peyronie’s Teatment Success

Saying you do not know might be the wisest thing you can do

The Peyronie’s Disease Institute has been working with men since 2002, offering the most effective therapy ideas and products we can find, and helpful information about successful Alternative Medicine treatment of Peyronie’s disease.

Usually within the first month of Peyronie’s treatment a man will enter into a critical point of his Peyronie’s treatment when he can become confused and doubtful.  Many men become unsure if they are using the correct treatment products or using them in the right way. Many times men want to change their plan but do not know how to do it.  If this describes how you are feeling about your treatment plan, you must let me know your questions and I will do my best to help you with all of this.

Please do not hesitate to send an email asking for help and information.   I would be happy to answer your questions, and offer insights and ideas gained after successfully treating my own PD, writing two books on this subject, and working with nearly a thousand men from around the world with their Peyronie’s treatment.

Contact Dr. Herazy at info@peyronies-disease-help.com

Peyronie’s Surgery

Finding a surgeon for your Peyronie’s surgery

There are those times when Peyronie’s disease surgery must be done.  If you sincerely feel you have faithfully and honestly used all possible drug and non-drug options to avoid Peyronie’s surgery, and they have all been unsuccessful, and now you cannot continue with the pain and limited sexual ability that started with Peyronie’s disease, then you should carefully consider penis surgery.

From my experience in talking and emailing to many hundreds of men each year since 2002, I have only occasionally found men who are happy with the results of their Peyronie’s surgery.   Am I saying that most Peyronie’s operations are failures?  Not necessarily.  All I can say is that of those men to whom I speak, the great majority are not pleased with their results to restore the penile curvature of Peyronie’s disease.

When I get to speak to someone who has good things to say about his Peyronie’s surgeon and the results of the operation, I always make it a point to ask a lot of questions about the surgeon’s name and location, his credentials, and the interpersonal issues and insights that develop while working with the surgeon.

Here is some advice in helping you select a Peyronie’s surgeon, or any surgeon, because it all comes down to the same traits and characteristics that make someone a good surgeon:

1.     Do your research.  While many physicians can claim to do surgery, or be someone who specializes in being a Peyronie’s doctor, you should only consider using a doctor who is a board certified surgeon in the area of specialty you need the care.  You definitely do not want to have surgery performed by someone who comes to you randomly, without experience in working with Peyronie’s disease. The need to have experience and site-specific and disease-specific training cannot be emphasized too much. After all, it is your penis that is going to be cut on, and you want the best you can find holding the knife above you.

2.    There is no need to rush into anything.  Plan on spending at least six months doing your research.  No need to rush into anything.  The more time you spend the fewer mistakes you will likely make when you must decide.  If it takes you a full year to collect information, all the better you will feel and all the better your results will occur.

3.    Your doctor should be a Board Certified Urologist with a sub-specialty in genitourinary surgery, or a Board Certified Urologist with a sub-specialty in surgery that does exclusively genitourinary surgeries.  For example, a surgeon might be a board certified urologist with a subspecialty in genitourinary surgery, but might also further specialize in operating only on male patients.  Whether this surgeon might do male urogenital surgery on the elderly (geriatrics) or male children (pediatrics) only makes his experience more valuable.

4.    Generally, using a plastic surgeon is not a good idea.  While a plastic surgeon might be skillful in facial work, and have a good technique and a good hand for doing the fine details around the face, that does not mean these skills will carry over into removal of the PD scar material.  If your primary Peyronie’s or genitourinary surgeon wants to use a plastic surgeon for one particular phase of the PD surgery, and that primary surgeon will stay at the operating table the entire time, that is fine.  It all comes down to training and experience in the area of the penis, especially removal of the PD scar.

5.    Your surgeon should have vast experience with Peyronie’s disease, having performed at least 25 prior surgeries of the specific type you need – usually the Nesbit plication, or others. The larger this number, compared to others, the more likely you should consider this doctor.   Someone who has done 10 Nesbit surgeries does not know as much as someone who has done over 100. You want someone who has seen it all, done it all, knows what to do in all circumstances, and will not be surprised while you are under the knife – or later.

6.    While this might seem to be a small and superficial consideration, I suggest you employ a surgeon with a meticulous office and very neat appearance, and a clean non-cluttered desk –you want someone who is really meticulous and highly motivated for fine detail work to be doing your Peyronie’s surgery for you.  You want a neat-freak, someone who is “anal” doing this kind of work, cutting into your one and only manhood.

7.    Good eye contact and warm personality – two reasons: not only will this be what he/she will be like when you are under his/her knife, but how you will be treated in discussions and after surgery care – not ignored or forgotten.  You want someone who will be open and friendly and a good communicator before surgery, because these are great doctor skills after the surgery when you need it the most.

8.    If you have a friend that is a nurse in area, ask her to ask around for you about the surgeon you are thinking about using.  I worked for orthopedic surgeon who was the rave of the hospital and all the nurses who worked in that hospital brought their kids for broken bones and for their husband’s bad backs.  Nurses are more likely to know, and talk about, the bad stuff and the good stuff concerning doctors in your area.  It is a high recommendation when you know that nurses like work of the doctor you want to use.

9.    Go to the internet to Google your surgeon professional work history with your state board of medical review to see if any disciplinary actions have been taken against this doctor.  This is important because it will give you a strong indictor about the skill and ability he/she possesses. If your doctor has been sued three times for malpractice, and there are two others who have never been sued, the decision becomes much easier to make.

However, it is always best to avoid any surgery, especially Peyronie’s surgery, if at all possible.  That is what the Peyronie’s Disease Institute is all about.  Helping you to naturally treat Peyronie’s disease by helping your body to heal and repair so you can eliminate the scar and avoid getting cut on in the first place.    Look at a few of the testimonials about our Alternative Medicine treatment for Peyronies.

Peyronie’s Disease and Intercourse

Peyronies and problems with sexual intercourse

Sexual intercourse can be a problem in Peyronie’s disease due to the penile distortion that occurs because of the presence of fibrous scar tissue, or Peyronie’s plaque, within the shaft of the penis.  The presence of this fibrous plaque can cause the penis is bend in any direction to a minor degree that is hardly noticeable, up to and even beyond a 90 degree curve.  In addition to a significant bend, Peyronies disease can also cause distortions that are described as “bottle neck” and “hour glass” for their resemblance, as well as simple dents or dings along the side of the shaft. Click here for Peyronie’s pictures.

The cause of Peyronie’s disease has not yet been determined even thought the condition has been known for almost 500 years.  Some researchers theorize the distortion forms as a result of trauma to the penis, or when minor contact causes an indirect micro-trauma shearing force that can result in minor bleeding into the wide area of tissue.   While healing is taking place certain growth factors that appear to be genetically determined cause an abnormal amount of scar tissue (or plaque) to form at the site of injury.

The penis is composed of three cylindrical cavities, with two of these at the top and one below.  The top two are wider and thicker, and are called the corpus cavernosa, while bottom cylinder is the corpus spongiosum and contains the urethra or the tube through which urine flows.  During erection the two top corpora cavernosa expand to trap and hold the blood that produces the pneumatic force that results in enlargement and rigidity.   Each of these paired cylinders is surrounded by a very elastic covering called the tunica albuginea, similar to the casing of a sausage.

In a case of Peyronie’s disease the elastic tissue of the tunica is replaced by scar tissue, so it lacks flexibility and the ability to stretch.  Because the plaque is not elastic, but rather hard, it will not stretch with erection.  When this happens the erection that occurs is not even or symmetrical, and often smaller than before.

What starts out as a small nodule or constriction on the penile shaft just below the skin surface, eventually expands to form a flat plaque or deposit that can sometimes extend along the entire length of the shaft.  This plaque invades and replaces the elastic tunica albuginea covering of the internal tissue of the penis, leaving a mass of inflexible material. In some patients the penis beyond the plaque will not become as rigid. When a man with this degree of extensive Peyronie’s has an erection, the scar or plaque material cannot expand, resulting in a curved or bent penis, or one that exhibits a bottle neck or hour glass deformity – or a combination of these distortion patterns.

Often the plaque is located on the top surface of the penis, causing an upward curvature.  However, plaques can occur anywhere on the penis; the scar or plaque will always be worse on the concave portion of the distortion pattern.

Many men with Peyronie’s disease complain not only about their curved or distorted erection, but also about the loss of length and girth. These are all results of the inelastic tissue within the substance of the penile body.

Peyronies curved penis and sexual intercourse

One-third of men with Peyronie’s have pain when erect, and a smaller number become impotent. In some cases, the head of the penis does not fill with blood, resulting in a penis that is erect on the bottom near the pubic area, and soft or flaccid toward the top part of the penis – this is called a bottle neck deformity.  This type of distortion would make intercourse difficult due to penetration problems.  About half of men with Peyronie’s disease continue to function sexually when their curving penis is gradual and minor.  But as the curvature becomes abrupt and large the amount of sexual difficulty also increases.   Half of men with Peyronies experience frequent to constant problems with intercourse due to their distortion pattern.

For in-depth solutions and discussion of the sexual problems related to Peyronie’s disease please review the contents of Peyronie’s Disease & Sex, a one-of-a-kind book written by a man who completely cured his PD using the Alternative Medicine treatment principles found on the Peyronie’s Disease Institute website.

Disorders of the Penis besides Peyronie’s Disease

Penile conditions, other than the curved penis of Peyronie’s disease

There are additional problems of the penis that can develop while a man treats his Peyronie’s disease.  There are not many additional problems, but all can complicate your life more than you need at this time.

Priapism

Priapism is a persistent, often painful erection that is not associated with sexual activity and is not relieved by orgasm, lasting from a few hours to a few days.  In priapism blood enters the penis but does not leave, thus the erection is maintained.   The more common causes of priapism:

  • Penile injections, as verapamil, collagenase, steroids or interferon-alpha-2b
  • Drugs, such as anesthetics, antidepressants and blood pressure medications
  • Alcohol or drug abuse, especially cocaine
  • Spinal cord disease
  • Injury to the genitals
  • Blood diseases, including leukemia and sickle cell anemia

Rapid treatment for priapism is important, even without Peyronie’s disease present, because a prolonged erection can result in tissue destruction by reducing blood flow and lead to scar formation. Treatment involves removing trapped blood with a needle placed in the corpora cavernosae, as well as treating any underlying medical condition or substance abuse problem that might be present.

Balanitis

Balanitis is an inflammation of the foreskin, or skin covering the head of the penis.   Symptoms are redness, swelling, itching, rash, pain and a foul-smelling discharge in the area of the foreskin.   Balanoposthitis is a similar condition in which the glans (penis head) and foreskin are inflamed and present similar symptoms.   Both problems can occur in men or boys who are uncircumcised (foreskin has not been surgically removed).  If an uncircumcised male does not wash under the foreskin regularly, then sweat, debris, urine, dead skin cells and bacteria will collect under the foreskin and cause irritation.    Other common causes include:

  • Infection – local or systemic infection with candida albicans, the yeast responsible for thrush, can result in an intensely itchy and scaly rash.  Several sexually transmitted diseases (STD), gonorrhea, herpes and syphilis can also produce balanitis in addition to their unique infections that affect other parts of the body.
  • Dermatitis/allergy Dermatitis is any inflammation of the skin often caused by contact with an allergen or irritating substance. Sensitivity to even a small amount of certain chemicals in  soaps, detergents, perfumes and spermicidal preparations can cause balanitis.
  • Diabetes – When a diabetic has glucose (sugar) in the urine, this can be trapped under the foreskin and acts a rich breeding medium for many bacteria.

Treatment of balanitis depends on determining the underlying cause, improved hygiene and perhaps  circumcision if the balanitis cannot be controlled in any other way.

Phimosis and paraphimosis

Phimosis is a medical problem in which the foreskin (prepuce)of the penis is so tight, preventing it from being pulled back or retracted from the head of the penis.  Paraphimosis is a medical emergency in which the foreskin is stuck, after being rolled back or retracted, and cannot be slid back to its usual position over the head of the penis.

Phimosis is most often observed in children, and may be present even at birth.  When it occurs in an adult male it is usually caused by an infection of the reproductive tract, or scar tissue that formed as a result of injury or chronic inflammation of the prepuce.   Phimosis can also be caused by balanitis when it causes the foreskin to the scarred or tight around the head of the penis.  Immediate medical care is required if phimosis makes urination difficult or impossible.

Paraphimosis is a medical emergency because serious complications can arise if it is not treated. Paraphimosis may occur after sexual activity, a nocturnal or typical daily erection, or after trauma to the head of the penis, leading to pain and swelling, and impair blood flow. When extreme, this reduced blood flow can result in death of the penile tissue (gangrene), making amputation of the penis necessary.

Treatment of phimosis may only require gentle manual stretching of the foreskin repeated daily over a period of time.  Circumcision is often used to treat phimosis.  When the phimosis has gone on a long time the prepuce sometimes adheres to the glans.  When this happens, a surgical procedure called preputioplasty is used to separate the foreskin from the glans.

Treatment of paraphimosis focuses on rapidly reducing the swelling of the glans and foreskin, using ice and pressure applied to the head of the penis. If these simple measures are unsuccessful, an injection of medication can be used to drain the inflammation and blood from the penis, or small cuts in the foreskin are made by a surgeon to release the prepuce from behind the glans.

Penile cancer

Penile cancer is a rare form of the disease.  While the exact cause of penile cancer remains unknown, certain risk factors for cancer are known, including:

  • Phimosis – Tight foreskin that is constricted and difficult to retract, discussed above.
  • Uncircumcised penis – Men who are not circumcised are at higher risk for cancer of the penis.
  • Smegma – Natural oily secretions from the skin of the prepuce can accumulate if not cleaned daily.   If allowed to collect under the foreskin, this results in thick, cheesy white, bad-smelling substance, known as smegma.   Smegma by itself is irritation to the prepuce and lead to inflammation and a host of other problems.
  • Human papillomavirus (HPV) infection – More than 70 types of  human papillomaviruses can cause warts (papillomas).   Only a few of these HPVs infect the reproductive organs and the anal area, being passed as a STD from one person to another.
  • Smoking –Cigarette smoking brings many cancer-causing chemicals into the blood stream  that affect more than the lungs.
  • Psoriasis treatment – The medication and ultraviolet light used to treat can cause penile cancer.
  • Age – Penile cancer occurs most commonly in men after age 50.

Common symptoms of penile cancer are sores or unusual growths on any area of the penis, abnormal discharge from the penis, and bleeding.  Surgery or radiation is commonly used to remove the cancer from the penis.

Since 2002 PDI has advocated Alternative Medicine Peyronie’s treatment options to avoid any of these complications that compromise penis health.

Pentoxifylline and Peyronie’s Disease Treatment

Pentox for Peyronie’s treatment is an off-label use

Every now and then I get an email asking for my opinion about using Pentox (Pentoxifylline) for Peyronie’s disease treatment.  Over time I have developed a few ideas about this controversial drug that is gaining some popularity as an off-label Peyronie’s treatment.

Those MDs who prescribe Pentox are still trying to figure out the best way to use it, not only for PD but for many other conditions.  While the primary use for Pentoxifylline is based on its ability to increase peripheral blood circulation, hence it is used to treat senile dementia and intermittent claudication, Pentox is gaining acceptance with the medical community for Peyronie’s treatment.

Some MDs who have learned the hard way that PDE5 drugs (Viagra, Cialis, Levitra) are not at all a safe or effective Peyronie’s treatment have instead begun to prescribe Pentox to increase blood flow in Peyronies.   But to have that make any sense at all you have to believe that PD is caused by reduced blood flow in the first place, or that merely increasing the blood flow will somehow help PD.  I can totally agree with that thinking if you have evidence that your penis suffers from reduced blood flow (it is cold and blue).  But if your penis is not cold and blue and bent, then you probably will not benefit from Pentox in the way that most people think.

It is my opinion that when Pentox is said to help men with PD it is because as the blood flow is increased to the periphery, it also brings in an increased flow of nutrients to assist the healing process.  Further, when Pentox helps a case of PD it is because of the totally secondary benefit of increasing the body’s ability to heal and repair the PD plaque when there are more nutrients in an area of the body.   It is a small point, perhaps, but a vitally important point to understand that it all comes down to the body healing the PD scar – not the Pentox having some curative ability by itself.   If Pentoxifylline can increase general circulation more safely than Viagra, Cialis, and Levitra, then great I am all for that.  But you have to consider that if you do not have a circulatory problem in the first place, then why take any of these drugs at all?

If the benefit of Pentox is to bring more nutrients into the tissues, to assist healing and repair of the PD plaque or scar, that is wonderful.  If it is beneficial to bring more nutrients into the tissue, would it not be a more logical and effective Peyronie’s treatment to intentionally and intelligently supply a wide variety of nutrients at a higher than average dosage to the body to assist the healing process?  After all, that is what PDI has been doing since 2002 and it works in a great percentage of cases when it is done correctly.

Since extremely few men actually have any evidence of a circulatory problem in the pelvis, taking Pentox or even Viagra, Cialis, and Levitra, will not make a difference because that is not the problem that is going on with PD.   If the problem is that you did not heal your tunica albuginea injury because of poor nutrient availability then I suggest it would do you a lot of good to increase the nutrients directly, not indirectly by playing with the circulatory system when there is no circulatory problem.

You notice that I do not say, “Do not take Pentox,” I only say it is new so use caution.  I also say that when Pentoxifylline helps it probably does so only because it helps the body work better by increasing available nutrients, not because it specifically increases blood flow.  If you want to help your pelvic blood flow:

1.    Wear boxer shorts

2.    Uncross your legs when you sit

3.    Do some Kegel exercises

4.    Put a moist hot pack on your privates when you watch TV

Most MDs are taking the attitude that while they do not know if Pentox helps PD, or why it helps when it appears to help PD, at least they currently have no evidence that it makes PD worse – so what the hell, take it and let’s see what it does for you.  This is how many medical patients get hurt in the long run with such a cavalier attitude about drugs.

I say better to take an Alternative Medicine approach to your problem to help your body heal and repair the Peyronie’s pathology naturally.

Viagra Peyronie's Disease Connection

Greater Viagra use and increase of Peyronie’s disease

In a 2002 article in the International Journal of Impotence Research about possible causes of Peyronie’s disease, authored by Sikka and Hellstrom of Tulane University, these two medical researchers observed that with the increased use of Viagra, Peyronie’s disease also increased.

In my work with the Peyronie’s Disease Institute, while corresponding with six to 10 men daily who have Peyronie’s disease concerning various aspects of their problem, I have also made this observation – that with greater use of Viagra, Peyronie’s diseases clearly increases.  The difference between Drs. Sikka and Hellstrom’s and my explanation why Peyronie’s disease is becoming more common as the use of Viagra – and other PDE5 drugs like Cialis and Levitra – increases around the world.

Their explanation, quoting Drs. Sikka and Hellstrom’s report:

“Peyronie’s disease usually affects 13% of males between the ages of 40 and 70, and the number of patients with such lesions have increased since the advent of oral sildenafil (Viagra, Pfizer) either because more men are becoming manifest and/or not hesitant anymore to come to clinics for such evaluations.”

In other words, these two Tulane researchers say the only reason PD appears to be increasing is that more men are willing to talk about it, now that men are talking more about erectile dysfunction with the greater awareness brought about with the frequent TV and magazine ads about this problem and drug solution of it.

While they offer the simple explanation that because men are becoming less hesitant to talk about their sexual problems, they assume more men are inclined to enter medical clinics asking for help – like asking for a prescription for Viagra, Cialis and Levitra.  That is certainly a possible explanation of perhaps some merit.   But that does not match my experience in talking with men who actually  have Peyronie’s disease.

Peyronie’s and Viagra

Men I talk to about starting Peyronie’s treatment still ask about how the mailing package will be labeled and if the return address will mention “Peyronie’s disease,” lest their letter carrier will learn they have PD.   I am asked if the credit card statement will mention that their therapy products are for treatment of PD, lest someone at the credit card company will learn they have PD.   I am asked by men how to explain the problem of Peyronie’s disease to a new girl friend so that she will not be scared away from a relationship with someone who has a disease of the penis.  I talk with men who do not want to talk at work about their PD lest someone overhears the conversation.  I learn from men that the worse thing about PD is not the pain associated with the scar development, but the loss of penile girth and length – something that most men would seem hesitant to tell the world about.

I do not doubt for an instant that men are more relaxed and casual about admitting to a problem with erectile dysfunction, and more willing to ask for a Viagra prescription than they were a few years ago.  This is a more sexually open society – for good or for bad.  Yet, I doubt that men are just as willing to admit that they have Peyronie’s disease in which their penis is shockingly smaller than average or that can be so distorted as to be incapable of entry to engage sexual intercourse.

Erectile dysfunction is one problem related to advancing age that perhaps has some dignity related to it and hope of easy drug solution, but Peyronie’s disease might not be seen in the same way since it is associated with permanent deformity and reduction of the size of the male organ.

My opinion is that Drs. Sikka and Hellstrom are reluctant to discuss the possibility that these PDE5 drugs sporadically, irregularly and without warning cause severe injury to the tunica albuginea by extensive over-inflation of the corpora cavernosa of the penis.  The mechanism of this possible route of injury was discussed on 8-17-09 in the Peyronie’s Disease blog under the title, Peyronie’s Disease Treatment and Viagra, Cialis and Levitra, and again on 8-1-10 under the title Viagra, Cialis and Levitra Use with Peyronie’s Disease.

These doctor’s hesitance to discuss or speculate that the increase of PD parallels the increase use of these drugs due to yet another drug side-effect of yet another group of drugs itself can be speculated upon.   Each man with PD must make up his own mind if this possibility makes sense to him, and if it is further reasonable to avoid the use of these drugs if he wishes to avoid further injury to his penis.     

Fix Penis Curvature

How to straighten curvature of penis

For most, the main focus of Peyronie’s disease treatment is primarily to fix penis curvature or whatever distortion might exist.  However, this is not the best goal to have when you want to get fix your bent penis.

The primary goal of Peyronies treatment should be elimination of the internal scar (Peyronie’s plaque material) that causes a curved penis to develop in hte first place – not to fix penis curvature.  Although the most obvious aspect of Peyronie’s disease is the curved penis, it is not the actual problem.  Using penile curvature to determine success of any Peyronie’s disease treatment is unwise and counter-productive since it is not the real problem.

Healthy internal tissue of the penis is able to fill, trap and expand as blood enters it for a normal erection to develop. In Peyronie’s disease one or more areas of a layer of tissue known as the tunica albuginea develop a dense and inelastic fibrous scar tissue or Peyronie’s plaque.  During a normal erection the slightly elastic tunica albuginea will stretch and expand evenly in all directions.  But when a man has Peyronies disease expansion is limited because the tunica albuginea contains fibrous tissue, resulting in a curved penis.

Peyronie’s disease usually begins as a small internal nodule or band of fibrous tissue on the top or sides of the penis, within the tunica albuginea.  A few weeks to a year later, this fibrous nodule can develop into a larger irregular plaque of variable size, shape, density and surface quality.  The Peyronie’s plaque can be as long as the penis and sometimes surrounds the penis, creating an hourglass indentation around the shaft. Some are one large mass, while others are small isolated islands of fibrous tissue in many areas. Scars can be so soft and small, with edges so tapered and vague, that no scar can be found.  When no Peyronie’s plaque or scar can be found it is assumed to exist when a curved penis develops during erection.

Peyronie’s disease causes penile curvature because the inflexible fibrous tissue of the Peyronie plaque prevents incomplete filling as an erection develops or by pulling unevenly on those same internal tissues.  The location and degree to which this poor filling and internal tug-of-war takes place is different from man to man, and so the bends and distortions are also different.  At times a small internal scar can cause a great amount of distortion and poor erection quality, just as a large scar can cause very little problem.  In other words, the scar size does not determine the degree of problem that is observed.  Sometimes as a Peyronie’s plaque or scar increases or decreases, the distortion can get either better or worse; many times the degree of penile curvature does not indicate the severity of the Peyronies plaque or the success of Peyronies disease treatment.  For this reason, the true measurement of success of Peyronies treatment should be determined by the reduction of the Peyronies plaque or scar.  Once the fibrous plaque material reduces in size, shape, density or surface quality, only then can improvement of the curved penis or reduced erection strength be expected in time.

Fix penis distortion by treating the Peyronie’s plaque

A curved penis that suddenly appears one day might be difficult to ignore, but it is only a symptom of the real problem of Peyronie’s disease that lies below the surface – the fibrous scar in the tunica albuginea.  Without that Peyronies scar there would be no curved penis; because it is the cause of the distortion it should be the only way that treatment success is determined.

Evaluating progress of a Peyronie’s therapy plan can be difficult, if not impossible, if only paying attention to a curved penis.  A small scar – or a scar that is getting smaller – can cause a large penis curvature.  A large scar – or a scar that is getting larger – can cause no bend at all if it is balanced by other scars that are applying a symmetrical force.  Making matters more complicated, a man can have many more scars than he can locate because the often overlap.  Thus, it happens that a curved penis can worsen as the scar is actually being reduced or eliminated.

When only one scar is present the curvature problem is direct and easy to understand, although this is uncommon.  More commonly multiple scars cause internal pulling and twisting that create complicated distortions that can worsen as the scars become smaller.   Several scars can interact on many planes of internal penile tissue.   Any significant reduction in one or more scar will alter the internal tension on the tissues, resulting in an altered curvature.  Because there is no guarantee the curvature will improve initially, I advise to focus all attention to the size, shape, density and surface qualities of the scar while treatment of the Peyronies problem continues.  Realize the curved penis is just a reflection of Peyronie’s plaque structure below the surface.

Do not be discouraged as you try to fix the penis curvature related to Peyronie’s disease.  Instead, look for changes in the size, shape, density and surface qualities as you continue your Peyronie’s disease treatment.

Peyronie’s Disease Treatment and Insanity

Einstein and Peyronie’s treatment

We have all heard Albert Einstein’s definition of insanity:  “Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”   Well, I think this sometimes applies to the way some men conduct their Peyronie’s disease treatment plans.

I am reminded of Einstein’s famous quote each time I communicate with someone who wants to know why his Peyronies treatment is not getting results even though he is faithfully following it daily, for weeks and months at a time.

Please review the following email exchange between one of your PD Warrior brothers and me. You will see the writer had no idea about the size, shape, density or surface quality of his scars yet he was trying to treat himself with Alternative Medicine.   Because he had no idea of where he was, where he had been, or where he wanted to go, he was easily discouraged and was not successful with his Peyronies treatment.

I will use the familiar method to keep the email question sent to me in black and my responses to him in red within his email so the information becomes more of a conversation between us.

Hello Dr. Herazy,

It has been a while since we talked on the phone when I asked for help getting started treating my Peyronies correctly.   My name is BXXXXX, maybe you remember me.   I am the student at the University of XXXXXXXXX who was in the bike accident and was hospitalized with a fractured pelvis.  Three months later I was diagnosed with PD.  I asked my doctor if he thought there was a connection between the accident and the PD and he said no.  From my experience Peyronie’s disease is a fairly common outcome if you sustained direct injury to the penis shaft when your pelvis was fractured.  Many men develop Peyronies disease  after injuries that occur during sexual activity that are less serious than what you went through, so I am not sure why he would have said this.  Also, your Peyronies could have started either from the injury to the shaft that took place during the bicycle accident, or from the catheterizations that took place during surgery or afterward.  I have a large discussion about how PD can start from abusive catheterizations on the PDI blog at Possible Peyronie’s Causes: Catheter and Cystoscope Trauma.    Because of my limited funds I settled on using a PDI medium plan plus PABA.

I thought because I am young and the injury was recent I would get over the PD fast.  That is usually true for most men, but even some younger men take longer to recover because of overall poor health, stressful lifestyle, poor diet, genetic predisposition, or other reasons like drug abuse. But after two months I got discouraged and quit care for a few months.  I was following the medium plan for two months and my curve stayed the same as far as I could tell, so I stopped doing everything.   You made a few mistakes early in your care:  1. You did not contact me for ideas and advice about your treatment when you ran into a problem.  You were in a totally new area of your life and you were trying to do it all by yourself when you have help available.  Big mistake.  2.  I looked up your records and you did not getPeyronie’s Disease Handbookthat would tell you how to go about treating your problem.  For this reason you used the phrase “my curve stayed the same as far as I could tell.”  This means that you were not using the condition of your curve to tell you if your treatment was successful or not, and this is a big mistake made by people and MDs who have no idea how to approach PD treatment. The condition of the penile curvature is determined by the internal PD scars that affect the tunica albuginea.  If you want the curve to go away you must get rid of the scars.  All of your evaluation and attention should be directed to understanding and documenting the condition of the size, shape, density and surface qualities of each of your scars.  Once your scars are reduced or eliminated you will change in the distortion pattern or bend that you have.  3.  You were guessing about your care because you were guessing about your condition at the time you were treating yourself.

Before you go on a diet to lose weight you must at least measure your waist and weigh yourself so you know your situation at the start of your diet.  If you do not measure your waist and weigh yourself, how will you know if your diet is working?  If you are guessing about your weight, you will either quit a plan that is working because you do not know that it is working, or you will stay on a diet too long that is not working.   If you know your exact waist measurement and weight you will be able to tell immediately when the diet starts to work – or not.

You will then be able to intelligently either stay on a diet that is helping you or change the diet if it is not helping you – all based on your knowledge of the situation.  You must do the same with your PD treatment. Then I reinjured myself during sex   Always be very careful during sexual activity and maintain control of the situation because it is you who will suffer most.  All woman-on-top positions are dangerous because you do not have good control over her and she can bend the penis if she comes up too far and you slip out.   When she comes back down again you will get your shaft bent. and my curve got even worse.  I thought I had no choice but to start PDI treatment again since the idea of Peyronie’s surgery is out of the question for many reasons.     Good thinking.  Surgery is the last thing you want to do if you have PD.  I have many posts on the PDI blog about Peyronie’s disease surgery that goes bad.

I am sorry to say that after ten weeks of faithfully   No, you did not faithfully follow the PDI concepts of treatment. You think you did, but you did not.  You tried to make up your own rules and they did not work for you.  You cut a few steps out of the process and you wasted time and money guessing about your treatment.   As a necessary step at the beginning you must determine the exact size, shape, density and surface quality of each of the scars you can find. Once you know that, then you can begin care.  By applying or using whatever level of treatment you think would help you, you should frequently monitor your scar to see how they are responding to whatever kind of treatment you have chosen to use.  To learn more about this process, please refer to chapter four of the “Peyronie’s Disease Handbook” and many blog pages that refer to this process. treating my problem I believe I have not made any changes with my bend or the pain I have,  Again, it is not the bend or pain that is important – but it is the condition of the scar that is causing the bend and the pain that is important.  All focus and attention should be on the scar that is causing all of the things you notice. although sometimes it is difficult to say.   That is exactly the point I am making.  It is difficult for you to say because you were guessing for four and a half months and you got confused and frustrated along the way. The two nodules on the top of the shaft are smaller some days, but it is difficult to know for sure.  It is good that you can tell that they are changing, that means that your tissue will respond to your treatment if it is already responding to things that you are doing in your daily life.

For the last ten weeks this is what I take:

Nattokinase – 2/dose between meals
Fibrozym – 2/dose between meals
Vitamin E 400/400 – 3/day
Maxi-Gamma E – 1/day
Vitamin C – 1/day
MSM – 3/day
Scar-X – 2/day
PMD DMSO with Unique-E and Super CP serum – 1/day
PABA – 6/day
Massage and Exercise program – 4 or 5/week

There is nothing wrong with the plan you are following.  The problem is that you are not sure your body is not responding to it because you have no baseline for comparison to judge progress.  So, the job in front of you is to know exactly the size, shape, density and surface qualities of your scars, and to then see what you have to do to your plan to make your scars change from that baseline.  It is that simple – and that difficult.  More about that will be covered below.

If you are looking for my suggestions about what you might want to consider changing with your PD program:

1.    Consider increasing your enzyme dosage; maybe even adding Neprinol into your plan.

2.    You really should reduce the Factor 400/400 vitamin E for now

3.    Consider increasing the vitamin C intake

4.    Adding moist heat applications prior to your PMD DMSO treatment is always a good idea

5.    Consider getting the PDI Manual Stretching video – it is an inexpensive way to add a very different level of treatment to your plan

6.    Consider using the Genesen Acutouch pens – they are effective and often increase treatment results within a short time for many men

You do not want to follow all of these changes or additions at once; doing one at a time while monitoring your PD scar for positive changes is how it is done.

Putting these two different times I followed your system of treatment I worked for a total of about 4½ months and do not have anything to show for it.  How do you know you have nothing to show for it?  You could have a nice reduction of the size, shape, density or surface quality of your scars but you would never know it because you have not taken the time to learn how to document these important measurements.

Your system makes sense and I like the logic of it, but I do not know how to make it work for me.   It is really not that complicated or difficult to make the system work once you get a few things explained to you. What changes should I make to my treatment plan to create more definite changes in my problem?    All you have to do is to make some change – any change – to your PD treatment plan and check back in 7-10 days to see if there is any change in the size, shape, density or surface quality of your scars.  If you see a change, then keep doing what you are doing.  If you see no change, then change something else.  It is as simple – and complicated – as that.

Since neither you nor I am smart enough to know ahead of time what your body needs to recover from PD, it is your job to try different things to learn first-hand how your scar will respond to whatever changes you decide to make.

Following the same ineffective plan for four and a half months is insane.  If you are walking north and you really want to be going south, you must stop what you are doing and turn yourself around.  Successful PD treatment is not a matter of popping a handful of pills into your mouth, hoping that something will happen.  You must learn what it takes to make your PD scar respond favorably and continue to do that.  You must be in control of your plan and understand your Peyronie’s plaque or scar behavior better than your MD – and that should be pretty easy.  I can help you if you let me. TRH

Thanks for your time and help.

BXXXXXXX


I hope reviewing this email exchange was helpful.

It really is not a complicated process to figure these things out.  I believe the problem is that most people are accustomed to going to the doctor and following orders; they are not accustomed to being in charge of their treatment.   After men realize that their MD has no viable PD treatment to offer them, then they finally take on the challenge of taking control of their destiny and they start to see results.

Peyronie’s Treatment at the New Year

As this New Year begins it is a good time to stir your commitment to success in your Peyronie’s treatment.

When you consider that your odds for success against Peyronie’s disease are not very good if you do nothing, it is important that you do something to help yourself.  We specialize in doing all that you can to help you to heal this problem of PD.

Good luck to you.  Let me know what I can do to help you along on your path to successful Peyronie’s disease treatment.

“The secret of success is constancy to purpose.”  — Benjamin Disraeli

“Genius is divine perseverance. Genius I cannot claim nor even extra brightness but perseverance all can have.”  —  Woodrow Wilson

Don’t be discouraged.  It’s often the last key in the bunch that opens the lock.    — Ralph Waldo Emerson

“History has demonstrated that the most notable winners usually encountered heartbreaking obstacles before they triumphed. They won because they refused to become discouraged by their defeats.”  —  B.C. Forbes

“The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand.”   —   Vince Lombardi

Don’t be discouraged.  It’s often the last key in the bunch that opens the lock.   —   Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Desire is the key to motivation, but it’s determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal – a commitment to excellence – that will enable you to attain the success you seek.”  — Mario Andretti

“The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a man’s determination.”   —  Tommy Lasorda

He conquers who endures.   —   Persius

“Adhere to your purpose and you will soon feel as well as you ever did. On the contrary, if you falter, and give up, you will lose the power of keeping any resolution, and will regret it all your life.”   —   Abraham Lincoln

“The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of determination.”   —  Vince Lombardi

“Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed, is more important than any other one thing.”   —   Abraham Lincoln

Penis Stretcher: Big problem as Peyronie's Treatment

Question safety and effectiveness of mechanical penis stretcher

I closely monitor all aspects of Peyronie’s disease treatment.  On July 27, 2010, I received the following news release from the Food and Drug Administration.  This information is of vital importance to any man who has Peyronie’s disease and has considered using a mechanical penis stretcher for this curved penis problem.

Please carefully read the last sentence of the last paragraph of the FDA release since I will discuss that sentence in particular:

News & Events

FDA NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release: July 27, 2010
Media Inquiries: Erica Jefferson, 301-796-4988
Consumer Inquiries: 888-INFO-FDA

Federal Agents Seize FastSize Extenders and FastSize EQM Erectile Quality Monitors
Unapproved devices are adulterated and misbranded; safety and efficacy not established

At the request of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, U.S. Marshals today seized $346,954.43 worth of FastSize Extender devices and FastSize EQM Erectile Quality Monitor devices, as well as component parts used in the manufacture of the FastSize Extender. The FastSize Extender and the FastSize EQM Erectile Quality Monitor are manufactured and distributed by FastSize, LLC of Aliso Viejo, Calif.

The FastSize Extender and the FastSize EQM Erectile Quality Monitor are misbranded and adulterated because they, among other things, are unapproved and were manufactured under conditions that did not meet current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP) requirements. The seizure warrant was issued by the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.

The FastSize EQM Erectile Quality Monitor device was promoted to measure penile axial rigidity (intercavernosal pressure) and to aid in the diagnosis of health related issues such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease. The FastSize Extender device was promoted to gain length, girth, and overall penile health improvement and to correct penile deformity caused by Peyronie’s disease. Because the devices are intended to diagnosis, cure, mitigate, treat or prevent diseases, they are subject to the regulatory authority of the FDA. The devices do not have approved applications for premarket approval for these uses.

During a recent inspection of the FastSize LLC manufacturing facility, inspectors noted significant deviations from cGMP regulations. Additionally, the devices are not properly listed with the FDA as required by law, and the firm failed or refused to furnish materials or information regarding the devices to federal inspectors as required under the Medical Device Reporting regulation.

Three important issues come to mind about this penis stretcher:

1.    Seizure of more than a third of a million dollars worth of property is a serious action for the FDA to take.  It indicates they acted in accordance with strong evidence against the FastSize Extender manufacturer to immediately stop any further sales of this product.  This is not just a slap on the wrist over a difference of opinion or a minor offense; this suggests the FDA encountered a major problem with the FastSize Extender.  Perhaps they had reason to think they would not be cooperative or forthright if they were otherwise simply asked to stop selling this device to the public.

2.    Although the news release does not go into detail about the deviations from current Good Manufacturing Practices problems encountered by the FDA inspectors, it could possibly do with sanitation or material and assembly quality issues.  None of this should make anyone feel good who has used this product in the past.

3.    The first sentence of the second paragraph, in which the FDA says. “…The FastSize Extender…are misbranded and adulterated because they, among other things, are unapproved and were manufactured under conditions that did not meet current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP) requirements…” caught my interest.  I wanted to know more about what these “other things” might be.  For this reason I called the FDA spokesperson who wrote this FDA news release, Erica Jefferson,  to learn what she did not report concerning these “other things” that were a problem with the FastSize Extender.  I specifically asked her in a telephone conversation about details concerning the safety of this product and what is called efficacy (the ability to produce the desired result) meaning, the ability of the FastSize Extender to reduce the penile curvature of Peyronie’s disease.  In an email on 7-28-10 Ms Jefferson replied to me:

Dear Dr. Herazy,

Thanks for your call. So, I checked in with our compliance folks and as the release points out, the FastSize Extender has no approved application for premarket approval in effect (pursuant to 21 U.S.C. 360e(a) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act), thus, there is no assurance that the device is safe and effective for its intended uses.

Regards,

Erica

Erica V. Jefferson
Press Officer
Office of Public Affairs
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
office: 301-796-4988
cell:  240-753-3047
fax:  301-847-3536
email: Erica.Jefferson@fda.hhs.gov

So, apparently these “other things” are the fact that in spite of the extensive advertising about how great the FastSize Extender is to treat PD, the manufacturer has no proof that it is safe or effective.  No additional details were available about the safety issues.

If the manufacturer actually had any data or information to prove the FastSize Extender was safe or that it had efficacy (effectiveness) to treat Peyronie’s disease, you can rest assured they would have completed the necessary applications for premarket approval from the FDA.  It is reasonable to assume that they did not complete the required forms because they could not prove the safety or the ability to help treat Peyronie’s disease.

Mechanical penis stretcher not a Peyronie’s treatment

For years now this blog has addressed the problems of these mechanical penis stretching devices.  To read a past blog about this subject, go to Peyronie’s disease and the penis stretcher.   Many men have told me their PD started after they injured themselves with a mechanical penis stretching device; therefore, it does not make sense to me that this same device could actually help PD.

Please keep this FDA news release in mind the next time yo0u see one of those slick ads promoting a mechanical penis stretcher.  It looks like the government is starting to crack down on these folks.

Let me know what you think about this FDA announcement, and let me know your experiences with a mechanical penis stretcher.

Protection for Peyronie’s Disease during Intercourse

Girth enhancement rings stabilize Peyronies

Since 2002 Peyronie’s Disease Institute has made several different products available to our customers that offer important penile protection while still allowing sexual intercourse to take place.   One of these is the girth enhancement ring or sleeve, please see Girth Enhancement Ring.

Using this uncomplicated device provides a level of support that greatly reduces the possibility of re-injury of the penis during intercourse.  For many men this simple and inexpensive device is essential in a couple’s ability to engage in sex at all – for many men the added support is needed to make penetration.

The basic girth enhancement sleeve is a thick but flexible tube that is open at both ends, made of very soft and stretchy silicone material.  The penis is slipped into the tube and the glans or head of the penis sticks out at the other end for full sexual contact.   With this added support the shaft is less likely to be re-injured by sudden bending or collapse.

Even if the cause of Peyronie’s disease in your case was not trauma, it is critical that you do all you can to not injure your penis during sex if you have PD.  The following deformities present a real or potential weakness of the shaft of the penis that can easily get re-injured during sexual activity, and therefore will benefit from the use of girth enhancement sleeve:

1.    Twist

2.    Curve

3.    Bend

4.    Dent, dink, nick, depression, impression or filling error

5.    Bottleneck deformity

6.    Hourglass deformity

Any of these Peyronies deformities is weakest at the area of the greatest distortion, or thinnest part of the shaft, that can suddenly bend, fold or collapse during insertion or while thrusting.  This is the area over which the girth enhancement sleeve should be worn.

Dealing with a penis that is weak in one small area is like having an ankle that is weak because of an earlier injury, making it susceptible to re-injury.   Also, just like a sprained ankle, each penile re-injury occurs more easily and gets progressively worse.  The best approach to take is to not allow additional injury to take place so the tissue remains as healthy and strong as possible.  For the ankle the treatment is to wear a support and to slow down so that you do not hurt yourself again.  The same with Peyronie’s disease.

A valuable second benefit to the girth ring support is the additional thickness or girth it adds to the penis that can make up for the lost dimension that many men experience.

I urge any man whose penis is distorted by Peyronie’s disease – known as a Peyronie’s penis – to investigate the girth enhancement sleeve to provide protection during sexual activity to avoid re-injury and worsening of his problem.

Pentoxifylline and Peyronie’s Disease

Pentox not researched Peyronie’s disease treatment

Pentoxifylline (often called simply, Pentox) is a drug that is sometimes used in medical Peyronie’s disease treatment.  The exact mechanism by which Pentox affects the Peyronie’s plaque is not at all understood.  But then, its use for PD is called off-label – meaning experimentally and without scientific basis since the drug was not intended or designed to be used in this way.  This is similar to the way that Viagra, Cialis and Levitra are prescribed for PD, even though this is also an irregular use of these drugs; Verapamil is used in a similar off-label manner.

Pentoxifylline is not a vasodilator; it affects the body by changing the shape of red blood cells while in the blood vessels by a mechanism that is not completely understood.  This change allows for improved flow into the smaller arteries and even capillaries of the body. For this reason it is commonly used for treatment of circulation problems in the arms and legs.  While being taken, the effects are experienced as though Pentox is a vasodilator but it is not.

Pentoxifylline is one of those drugs that have multiple off-line uses as determined by any adventurous doctor who is willing to experiment with his/her patients. This is good and bad at the same time.  Apparently pentoxifylline does so many things in the body that it can and is applied to many conditions – this is good, I suppose.  But because it does so many things in so many areas and systems of the body that Pentox is more likely to cause widespread and surprising side effects and new problems that new health problems can develop in those who experiment with it – this is bad.    It has been used in humans for a wide variety of inflammatory and fibrotic conditions; hence, it has been also used for Peyronie’s disease at times.   When it does seem to help PD, the mechanism is not understood, but could be related to blocking of the transforming growth factor (TGF)-1-mediated pathway of inflammation, thus prevents deposition of collagen type 1.

It comes as a tablet that is specially coated to prevent stomach lining irritation.  For this reason do not break, crush, or chew the tablets; swallow dosage whole. Do not stop taking pentoxifylline suddenly. It may take 8-12 weeks for any beneficial effects of pentoxifylline to be noted.

This drug is so new that there have been very few – maybe only one – studies of pentoxifylline for any use.  It has yet to be determined how much and how reliably pentoxifylline reduces plaque formation in later term or well developed Peyronie’s disease.

Before taking this medication, let your doctor know if you have an ulcer of the stomach or duodenum, liver disease, any type of bleeding disorder or any type of surgery.

Lastly, because pentoxifylline increases the movement of blood into and out of all areas of the body, it increases how the body responds to some drug functions and reactions.  For this reason, if you are taking another medication along with Pentox you might notice that the other drug will begin to affect you stronger or differently than before.  Thus it might be necessary to adjust the dosage of these other drugs while you are taking pentoxifylline.

I have run across many men who were put on this drug and had no improvement of their PD, and experienced multiple side effects strong and bizarre enough that they had to stop usage – and this made their problem even worse.  These Pentox side effects include loss of appetite, nausea, constipation, headache, dizziness, anxiety or blurred vision may occur at first as your body adjusts to the medication.  More significant are the other side effects of chest pain, mental confusion, gastric irritation, difficulty breathing, or severe rashes that should prompt immediate attention of the prescribing doctor.  Also, pentoxifylline can be difficult to reduce once you are on it since rapid reduction can worsen any of the above side effects.

For information about the natural Alternative Medicine treatment of Peyronie’s disease please visit the Peyronies Disease Institute website.

Why is My Penis Curved?

Might not need to straighten your penis

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 Disease and Cancer Surgery

How Peyronie’s disease can start after cancer treatment

This blog entry will be different from the usual discussion of Peyronie’s diseaseIn this blog posting I will offer my comments about an email I  discovered on another website that covers the subject of prostate cancer and Peyronie’s disease; it is predominantly a medically leaning website in which the moderator and visitors discuss their personal experiences with prostate cancer treatment.

Because there is a statistical relationship between men who undergo radical prostate surgery and Peyronie’s disease, I am interested in discussing this topic from a different perspective.  There is a bit to say about these cases of secondary PD that occur after cancer surgery, often ignored in comparison to the more pressing problem of prostate cancer.

The man who wrote the following email wanted to tell others his experience while visiting an ED specialist after his radical prostate surgery.  After this kind of surgery it is common for erectile dysfunction (ED) to develop due to the large amount of nerve damage that occurs.  The writer mentions he developed Peyronie’s disease after his prostate operation, and makes several comments about PD that are typical of those I receive daily. This is why I bring this email and my comments to the Peyronie’s Disease Institute blog. Many people believe what this man expresses because of what they are told and read from other sources. I present my thinking to you to challenge your thoughts and beliefs.  If you disagree, I would like to hear from you.

The email I am using was posted on this other website without comment because no one thought there was anything wrong or unusual about this man’s Peyronie’s disease treatment comments. It is important for my audience of PD men to read this email because of the popular ideas and attitudes that the writer reveals.

The email from the man (RR) who had the radical prostate surgery is written in black, and my comments inserted within his email are in red.

From RR:

A recent posting stimulated me to go to my ED specialist, a trip which I have been putting off. My history: RP
This means “radical prostatectomy,” or surgical prostate gland removal along with surrounding tissues – usually related to cancer. 9/20/99 at age 65, one nerve spared, PSA still undetectable, and some detectable Peyronie’s, or at least a bending of the penis at about a 20% angle to the left (looking down on it) about one inch from the base.

I started early pursuing ED options and had tried Viagra, a VED and injections by seven weeks post RP. For those who have read the PDI website and blog you will immediately notice that this man within seven weeks after his cancer surgery did three things that are associated with causing Peyronie’s disease: 1. He used Viagra – this can excessively stretch and injure the tunica albuginea; the same is true of Cialis and Levitra.   2. He used a VED – this is the vacuum pump device that can overstretch and injure the internal tissue of the shaft.  3.  He received injections into the shaft of the penis, probably to create an artificial and temporary enlargement, apparently because his doctor thought this is beneficial to his recovery.  I never really had success with the VED, partly because I got enough initial take from the Viagra for a stuffable erection, This is an interesting point he makes here.  After using Viagra he says it is necessary to  “stuff” his penis into the vaginal opening for intercourse to take place.  Forcing or stuffing a weak enlargement into the vaginal opening is a common way to start Peyronie’s disease or worsen your problem if you already have it.  If a man is so soft that insertion is difficult, he runs the risk of abruptly bending his weak erection during insertion or possibly causing the shaft to bend, buckle or collapse during the thrusting of intercourse.  This can easily injure the delicate tunica albuginea enough to start or worsen Peyronies.  You never want to engage in sexual relations with less than a fully hard erection because a soft erection is an unstable situation that often leads to injury and PD.  His doctor should have warned this man about his need to “stuff” his penis, but apparently did not.  This fellow is writing as though this is just the way things are supposed to be when you use Viagra; you just have to push and “stuff” yourself in, like it is no big deal.  This is a foolish and dangerous thing for a man who already Peyronie’s disease, but no one has warned him about this danger. but primarily because I had early success with injections. Notice he uses the plural form, “injections.” You will see in his next sentence he is referring to injections of the drugs Trimix and Papaverine Chloride into the shaft to create a temporary artificial enlargement.  I have repeatedly warned about any kind of injection into the penile shaft that is known to start or worsen Peyronie’s disease because the needle damages the tunica albuginea. I have scores of conversations in which men who tell me their PD started after just one injection. It is certainly possible that this fellow’s PD started because of repeated injury caused by inserting a needle into the tunica albuginea and leaving irritating chemicals there. Trimix gave me too much discomfort for intercourse, so I was soon switched to Papaverine Chloride which is one of the three ingredients in Trimix. A 30 cc dose of this gives me a reliable erection for about an hour, and the pain-free reliability of this made me forsake the other options, even though I still take 100 mg. of Viagra two to three times a week to encourage nocturnal erections.

I now get nocturnal erections both with and without Viagra, and can get rather full erections without Viagra, but it takes a fair amount of stimulation, so that my wife and I have just continued with the Papaverine when we desire intercourse, Papaverine is an injection drug that is used each time this couple desires sexual union.  So, rather than take Viagra because it is too much work because it requires “a fair amount of stimulation,” he chooses to inject himself each time with Papaverine. He does not say how often he does this, but this could be many injections monthly. Yet no one has presented the idea to this fellow that his shaft is not a pin cushion that could eventually develop Peyronie’s disease after this kind of repeated injury. This is how people get into trouble being far too casual about the use of drugs and intrusive therapies. rather than risk the undependability or hassle of the other options. Because he wants to avoid the risk of undependability and hassle of other options, he repeatedly stabs a needle into his tunica albuginea and now wonders why he has Peyronie’s disease.  This kind of casual and repeated use of drugs in general is a common way for many people to create many problems for themselves – yet no where in this discussion does this fellow’s doctor try to stop this kind of behavior.

The Peyronie’s hadn’t seemed to be getting worse, and didn’t interfere with the enjoyment of sex, so until today I had been putting off the trip to my ED specialist because it involved a long trip. My specialist is Dr. Steven Auerbach who is listed as an ED specialist in the appendix to Eid’s book and who also contributed the chapter on erectile dysfunction in Aubrey Pilgrim’s book.

Auerbach’s reply was that there did not seem to be enough scarring to take any action now. If it gets worse he will give me either Verapamil cream or Verapamil shots if the problem is more localized.  He has about 15 men on Verapamil, and although there is not yet any real documented success he is pursuing this treatment. Please read that last sentence again.  Both the doctor and this patient are not at all bothered that there are no reports of success using Verapamilthey will use it anyway.  Neither the doctor nor the patient do not mind there are real dangers (increased or decreased blood pressure, lung and breathing complications, liver and kidney damage) posed by the use of topical Verapamil, because they think it might help his PD.  Further, he does not mention that Verapamil is a calcium channel blocker that has been implicated as the cause of Peyronie’s disease in some men. He also continues to recommend taking Viagra frequently, if for no other reason than to stimulate blood flow. This is a favorite topic of mine – the idea that Viagra should be used “to stimulate blood flow.”   First, no one can question the need for good blood flow and adequate circulation for health and healing.  But, when should a person really consider taking action to increase blood flow?  Answer: when there is actual evidence of reduced or inadequate blood flow to an area.  This evidence would be slight coolness or a slight blue colored tint to the skin.  We all know that if your skin is cold and blue, you need to increase circulation.  If your penis is not cold or blue, but it is as warm as the rest of you and is the usual color, this is strong evidence that your circulation is fine.  Second, the idea of increased circulation of blood should bring to mind either a faster blood flow into an area or more blood than is normally found in an area of the body.  Let’s say that you are running for a while.  You would expect more blood to be flowing into the lungs and legs, at least, and probably all the rest of you.  This would be an example of increased blood flow.  Do you know what an example of decreased blood flow is?  (Remember, before you answer, that this means “a faster blood flow into an area or more blood than is normally found in an area of the body.”)  Well, a good example of decreased blood flow in the body is what happens during an erection. What? Think about it.  During an erection blood is trapped in the spaces of the corpora cavernosae and corpora spongiosum of the shaft.  The primary veins of the shaft close, stopping drainage of blood that goes in and out, thus backing up or trapping blood to increase pressure against the walls of the tunica albuginea.  This is what creates the characteristic hardness and enlargement of an erection.  The shaft does get longer and thicker because more blood enters the shaft, but for the average man this might be only 2-3 tablespoons more blood than is normally present while flaccid.  However, this slightly greater amount of blood is still trapped inside the shaft and does not flow freely like when you exercise. There is a very small amount of exchange or circulation of blood during this time; otherwise it would be dangerous to have an erection for more than a few minutes.  But, overall, the actual movement and flow of blood is less at this time, compared to the non-erect state.  You can prove this to yourself by close examination of your erection. Your entire organ is darker and more purple colored – when the normally red head or glans becomes tinted blue because of reduced circulation, it appears to be purple by mixing of the two colors.  Also, the veins of the shaft become obvious (like varicose veins) in the same way they will if you wrap one hand around the other wrist and squeeze to stop the blood flow.  So, if all this is true – and it is – then how does taking Viagra increase blood flow?  Answer: it does not increase circulation in the penis.  An erection can only happen if blood is trapped like air becomes trapped inside a balloon to make it more rigid.  Go tell that to your MD the next time he wants to write a prescription for you to “increase circulation” down there.  He/She is not thinking, but only repeating some nonsense he/she read somewhere.

His web site (http://www.hisandherhealth.com/) is not all that encouraging about the use of Verapamil, but he now seems encouraged. I do not understand this comment at all.

I questioned him on the use of the VED for exercise, The VED (vacuum erection device) is not exercise. It does not increase blood circulation; again, it merely traps more blood in the shaft by creating a negative force. This is why the penis turns very dark and purplish while it is in the VED, and the penis comes out cold – because blood is trapped there, not moving.   This is also why in order to stay enlarged after removing himself from the VED, it is necessary to put a tight rubber ring around the base to keep the blood trapped inside. but he did not recommend it, but also did not recommend against it.   He recommended taking Vitamin E and counseled against taking Vitamin C, especially in the mega dosages that some take. MDs do not study nutrition in medical school, did you know that?  The vast majority of MDs think you do not need to take additional nutrients beyond what you get in your diet.  I could go on and on about what MDs as a group do not know about nutrition, but this blog post is too long already. I have never heard of anyone who has taken vitamin E by itself  – in the way that MDs recommend – and gotten any help with their Peyronie’s disease.

He also thought that my Peyronie’s, or whatever we want to call it, may be entirely independent of the injections I am taking. It is common for a doctor to not admit to the possibility that a patient’s Peyronie’s disease was caused by the Papaverine injections he prescribed.  That could result in a law suit.   He believes most of the Peyronie, scarring or fibrosis comes from lack of use. In all my years of researching PD, I have never heard of this before; that PD is caused by lack of use.   There is no way to support this idea that PD results from lack of sexual use – it just not make sense at all. He is strongly against sitting idly by for any period of time after an RP, believing that exercise and blood flow is very important for recovery. Of course good blood flow is important for recovery.  But taking a bucket of Viagra is not going to make that happen.  However, applying heat packs (rosy red skin and a larger shaft afterward) would be a good way to increase circulation.  Wearing boxer shorts rather than tighty-whitey briefs would be a good way to help circulation.   Also, a massage of that area to actually increase blood flow to the lower pelvis would be great.  However, this man’s doctor apparently did not mention any of that.  Your average MD would rather quickly write a drug prescription than take two minutes to talk about hot packs, underwear and massage. My bending is on the left side of the penis, which means that the scarring would be on that side, so being right handed I probably would be giving myself more injections on the other side. He probably gave himself more injections on the left side of the shaft.  Go here to see Peyronie’s pictures.

Just thought I would throw this information into the hopper of information to which we all have access. I believe what this post  actually did was to create more confusion and bad information about what to do after RP surgery and what not to do if you have Peyronie’s disease.  This is simply more drug promotion and little new thought about true health care.

RR

The email just discussed appears at http://www.phoenix5.org/sexaids/basics/penile/PeyPersRR.html

Please forward your thoughts and comments about my opinions.  I would be happy to hear from you, especially if you are interested in Peyronie’s disease natural treatment.

Curved Penis Facts and Humor

Since Peyronie’s disease is all about the effect of the Peyronie’s plaque that causes the classical curved penis, here is useful – and sometimes just fun – information about an important part of the male anatomy.

1. Pronged cigarette smoking can shorten the penis up to a centimeter, or slightly less than a half inch. Since erections are affected by normal blood circulation, and smoking leads to calcification of blood vessels, it is easy to see that erectile quality is not helped by smoking cigarettes.   If you are not concerned about how smoking is bad for your lungs and blood vessels, now you know it is also not good for your manhood. .

2. With knowledge and techniques developed through stem cell research, it is now possible to use the foreskins of circumcised infants to grow skin for burn victims.  A single foreskin can be used to create 23,000 square meters of new tissue.  This is an area large enough to cover every Major League infield in the U.S.

3.
An enlarged prostate gland can lead to premature ejaculation, as well as erectile dysfunction (ED).  If you have a problem with either ED or premature ejaculation that has not responded to direct therapy, consider having your prostate gland examined.

4. The average male orgasm lasts six seconds, while the average female orgasm lasts 23 seconds.

5. Scientists have identified the oldest male fossil animal yet discovered. It is an ocean-dwelling creature found in 425-million-year-old rocks in the UK. This creature is called is a hard-shelled sea creature called Colymbosathon ecplecticos; that is Greek for “amazing swimmer with large penis.”

6. Even after circumcision the foreskin can be grown back. The movable skin of the penile shaft can be pulled up toward the glans (head) of the penis and kept in place with tape.  Using a series of plastic rings, caps, and weights, and after a few years the male can once again say, “Everything is covered.”

7. From a physiological standpoint, there are two types of penises. The first type is called a “grower” because it can easily expand and lengthen when erect to a size much greater than its flaccid dimensions.   The other is called a “shower” because it is very large when flaccid, but doesn’t increase in size when erect.  It is estimated that 80% of men are growers, while 20% are showers.

8. German researchers say the average time for sexual intercourse is 2 minutes, 50 seconds.  Yet, women estimate that the average time for sexual intercourse is 5 minutes, 30 seconds, and men say it is in excess of 10 minutes.

9.
The record holder for numbers of sexual partners is King Fatefehi of Tonga, an island in the South Pacific Ocean.  It is recorded that he had sexual relations with 37,800 women between the years 1770 and 1784—that’s about seven women a night.

10. Spanish researches have determined that better-looking men may have faster and stronger sperm.  When women were shown photos of men who sperm was known to be in good, average, and unhealthy condition – and were told to select the men that they thought were most handsome.  The women consistently selected men who were in the good sperm category.

11. The act of ejaculation is not controlled in the brain, but it is a reflex that is started within the spinal cord.  It can therefore be said that it does not take any brains for a man to have sex.

12. The most common cause of penile rupture and injury is overly vigorous masturbation causing Peyronie’s disease.  For this reason it is wise to slow down, use a lot of lubrication, and enjoy a nice gentle ride.

Beta-Blockers and Peyronie’s Disease

What is a beta-blocker?

Anyone who has looked for a cause of Peyronie’s disease will eventually read about a drug called a beta-blocker.   I will not bore you with the technical aspects of the chemistry and physiology of beta-blockers, but only what might be important to you as someone who suffers with PD.

Beta-blockers are prescription drugs used to treat a wide variety of conditions, but most often heart-related disorders like abnormal and irregular heart rhythms, chest pain, and the immediate symptoms of a heart attack, as well as to lower the heart rate and reduce the force of heart contraction.  They are available in tablet, liquid and injection forms.  Beta-blockers can also be used to treat migraine headaches, social phobias, hypertension, muscle tremors related to anxiety and/or an overactive thyroid gland. Timolol is a particular beta-blocker that is prescribed as an eye drop, used in the glaucoma treatment since this beta-blocker reduces the pressure of fluid inside the eye. Beta blockers have been called “the musicians underground drug” because they can be used for performance anxiety.

Some of the more popular beta-blockers and their brand names are: acebutolol (Sectral), atenolol (Tenormin), bisoprolol (Zebeta), metoprolol (Lopressor, Lopressor LA, Toprol XL), nadolol (Corgard), and timolol (Blocadren).

Inderal is perhaps the most commonly prescribed beta-blocker.  This beta-blocker affects the heart and circulation particularly well.  It is frequently used to treat hypertension (high blood pressure), heart rhythm disorders, tremors, angina (chest pain), and other heart or circulatory conditions. It is also used to treat or prevent heart attack, and to reduce the frequency and severity of migraine headaches.

If you have taken a medication for any of these problems you might have taken a beta-blocker and were not warned about it.  This might be worth checking out.

If you know you have taken a beta-blocker in the past and now have Peyronie’s disease, this might be a possible explanation for your PD and you might want to discuss this with the doctor who prescribed it for you.

If you are currently taking a beta-blocker you need to know that this category of medication should not be stopped suddenly, since this can bring about an attack of the original condition – sometimes more severe than the original problem – plus a rapid and dangerous rise of the blood pressure.  If beta-blocker use should be stopped or reduced, this should only be done under close medical supervision.  The best way to continue your Peyronie’s disease treatment is to keep your doctor informed and aware of what you are doing with Alternative Medicine.  You should try to get him or her to be a part of your natural Peyronie’s disease treatment.

Peyronie’s disease connection to beta-blockers

All beta-blocker drugs list Peyronie’s disease as a possible side effect.  This association has been borne out in communication with men in my work with the Peyronie’s Disease Institute.

Channel Blockers and Peyronie’s Disease

Peyronie’s disease and Verapamil

Calcium channel blockers, or calcium antagonists, are a class of medications as well as natural substances (D-glucaric acid) that disrupt calcium ion conduction along what are known as the calcium channels of the body.

While some doctors use calcium channel blockers to treat Peyronie’s disease, there are researchers who have evidence that these very same calcium channel blockers can actually cause Peyronie’s disease.  This shows how strange and up-side-down is the world of Peyronie’s disease treatment.

The most widespread prescription use of calcium channel blockers is to reduce elevated blood pressure in patients with essential hypertension, particularly elderly patients.  Calcium channel blockers are notably effective to reduce large blood vessel stiffness, a common cause of elevated systolic blood pressure in geriatric patients.  They are also used to control and reduce rapid heart rate, prevent spasms of brain blood vessels and reduce chest pain due to angina pectoris.

Calcium channel blockers, or calcium antagonists, also treat a variety of conditions, such as Peyronie’s disease, high blood pressure, subarachnoid hemorrhage, migraines and Raynaud’s disease.

All tissue of the body requires oxygen, and the heart muscles in particular need oxygen to pump blood.  The faster and harder the heart pumps blood, the more oxygen it needs. Heart pain occurs when the amount of oxygen available to the heart muscle walls is inadequate for the work load of the heart.  Calcium channel blockers dilate the large arteries that supply blood to the heart muscles, and thereby reduce the pressure within those arteries. This action reduces the stress on the heart muscles and reduces the need for oxygen at the same time, thus reducing angina pain. In similar mechanism, calcium channel blockers reduced elevated blood pressure, and slow the rate at which the heart beats in a condition known as tachycardia.

Peyronie’s treatment with verapamil

One type of calcium channel blocker known as a phenylalkylamine calcium channel blockers, is called Verapamil.  It is used in the treatment of Peyronie’s disease because it is thought to be effective in disrupting the calcium ions found within the Peyronie’s plaque, thus slowing or reversing the development of the offending plaque material that is the cause of the notorious Peyronie’s curved penis.

Peyronie’s disease is a complex health condition without a known cause that affects nearly 4-6 percent of the worldwide male population.  It is best characterized by the development of internal fibrous plaque material below the surface of the penile shaft that results in curvature of the penis, as well as pain.  Peyronie’s disease typically on average at age 54, yet men of all ages (from 16 to 80) can and do  develop it for reasons that are not consist or clear.

Some medical doctors prescribe a topical gel of the calcium channel blocker, Verapamil to be applied once or twice daily over the area of the Peyronie’s plaque.  Since it is thought that calcium channel blockers change the way that calcium is bound within the plaque, that it might slow or reverse the development of Peyronie’s disease.  While this form of treatment has not proven especially effective, and has fallen out of general favor, other medical doctors attempt a more direct route of administration by injecting Verapamil directly into the plaque material of the penis.  This can be a rather painful treatment, and is often given in series of 12 to 20 injections over time.  Verapamil injections have not proven to be especially effective, either, yet remain on the list of medical therapies because it offers some avenue of treatment for both patient and doctor who do not have much medical treatment available for this troublesome and persistent problem.

Danger of Verapamil injections into the Peyronie’s plaque

In addition to the problem of inconclusive results and lack of support within the medical community for the use of Verapamil drug injections as a Peyronie’s disease treatment, there is also the vexing problem of trauma to the delicate tunica albuginea by repeated piercing of these multiple injections.

While there is still debate if calcium channel blockers actually cause Peyronie’s disease in healthy men, as well as if it can be used to treat Peyronie’s disease in those men who have it, the use of verapamil appears to be reducing if only because of discouraging clinical outcomes.

The Peyronie’s Disease Institute has maintained since 2002 that it makes sense to attempt to restore and support the natural healing ability of the body to correct Peyronie’s disease as occurs in about 50 percent of men who develop this condition. Read how you can use many Peyronie’s disease natural treatment options to help your body heal and repair without risk or danger of unnecessary drugs or surgery.

Possible Peyronie’s Cause: Catheter and Cystoscope Trauma

Unrelated cancer surgery possible cause of Peyronie’s disease

Debate and confusion persist about a Peyronie’s cause, no matter how much time passes.

We who deal with Peyronies on a daily basis know that not much research effort is given to this problem we share.  Medical research into the cause of Peyronie’s disease is often directed toward a genetic quirk or biochemical flaw within the cellular structure – that can be treated with drugs.  In spite of a hundred years of failure looking for a pharmacologically treatable Peyronie’s disease cause, one obvious area has not received much interest: trauma.

No one denies that trauma is at least a common secondary cause of Peyronie’s disease, if not the primary cause.  Yet, there is nothing in the medical literature that addresses the great amount of totally preventable trauma delivered while under medical care.  It is my opinion that doctors can be a Peyronie’s cause during the sometimes brutal and hidden trauma of male catheterization and cystoscopic examination that occurs before, during or after many types of surgery, like bladder or penis surgery.

Since 2002 when I started the Peyronie’s Disease Institute I have communicated with a host of surgical nurses.  They advise me that during surgery, while a man is under general anesthesia and is catheterized or given a urethral scope examination for any reason the process is often rushed and aggressive since the patient is not awake or aware.

To understand the potential problem, consider that the male urinary opening at the tip of the penis is a slit that averages 0.15 to 0.20 inches (4-5 mm) in length, compared to a 9 mm catheter or cystoscope that is put into that slit.  .

The potential for abuse that can lead to Peyronie’s disease exists because the size of the cystoscope used for men ranges from between the thickness of a pencil up to approximately 9mm.  In addition, many cystoscopes have extra tubes to guide other instruments for surgical procedures to treat urinary problems.  That is a lot of material that goes up that little passage way.  Sometimes twists and narrowed areas of the male urethra are encountered that prevent passage, when the catheter or cystoscope will be forced deeper by a surgeon who encounters difficulty.  This, I have been told, is a common problem that is not much talked about.

Nurses get into big trouble, and jeopardize job security, for revealing what they see and hear in the operating room.

It is my speculation that unnecessary injury related to forceful and rushed catheterization or cystoscope insertion is the reason many men develop PD that they cannot otherwise explain.  This opinion is based on the number of men I speak to who tell me they cannot account for their PD based on penile trauma.  Of these men who recall no direct penile trauma, when I ask about any kind of surgery that took place within a year or so before developing PD, at least 95% tell me they were either catheterized or received a cystoscopic examination for one reason or another.

For this reason I speculate these men were traumatized during their catheterization or cystoscopic procedure sufficiently to injure their tunica albuginea enough to cause Peyronie’s disease.

One example within Peyronie’s disease research to support this theory of an association between surgical catheterization and cystoscopic examination and PD, comes from the Urology Service of the Department of Surgery, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY, in June of 2010 published an article in Urology Times titled, “Peyronie’s Disease Following Radical Prostatectomy:  Incidence and Predictors.”

This search for a cause of Peyronie’s disease must consider that for men in their 50s, both prostate cancer and Peyronie’s disease are fairly common.  The purpose of this project was to determine if there was an actual link between those men who had a radical prostatectomy (RP) operation for prostate cancer and Peyronie’s disease.

They reviewed their sexual medicine database from 2002 to 2008.  They isolated men who received a RP as the only form of treatment for a well-defined and localized prostate cancer, looking for those who developed Peyronies within three years after their RP surgery and compared this group to those men who did not develop Peyronies.  They studied 1,011 such men, of whom 15.9% PD – a number higher than the general population.   They found that the average time for a man to develop PD after his RP was 14 months, give or take a month.   The average curvature was determined to be 31 degrees, +/- 17 degrees.   They further found that younger men (average of 59 years) who had a RP operation were more likely to develop PD afterward, than older men (average of 60 years), and that white race men (18%) were more likely to develop PD than non-white rave men (7%).    Also, they discovered that erectile function after RP surgery did not predict the later development of PD.

Because men who experienced sexual dysfunction after RP were found to develop Peyronie’s disease more frequently than the general population, the study suggested that this group should be routinely evaluated for PD.

This study, written by R. Tal, M. Heck and others, speculates that the Peyronie’s cause for these men might be somehow related to their prostate cancer.
Because it is common for the medical community to primarily delve deeply and intently into the biochemical and hereditary factors for a cause of Peyronie’s disease,  without consideration of more simple and obvious reasons, they do not much evaluate for trauma.   Surgical trauma is a possible Peyronie’s disease cause for those with a history of prior radical prostatectomy (because of the cystoscopic and catheterization procedures they receive), but apparently is not investigated since this would cause a medicolegal problem for the medical community and little reason to use medication.

Peyronies: Disease of the Penis?

Peyronie’s disease is not a disease

The problem that brings men to this website that is usually commonly called Peyronie’s disease is not a disease of penis tissue, actually.  We continue to use this term only because for hundreds of years it has been commonly associated with this problem we share, but it is not accurate.

A disease refers to an altered condition of the body that is associated with extreme pain, significant and limiting organ or system dysfunction, social problems, and even death.  Further, a disease is typically acquired by means of indirect or direct contact or transmission from one person to another.  While there are many definitions of what constitutes a disease, the above definition is universally acceptable.

Let’s consider each element of what constitutes a disease, point by point.

1.    Peyronie’s disease seldom causes extreme pain, and sometimes no pain at all – does not fulfill definition.

2.    The genitourinary system of which the penis is only a part continues to function carrying urine in all cases, and has reduced sexual function in about half of the cases – does not fulfill definition.

3.    Society is not affected by a Peyronie’s curved penis that plays havoc with the man who has it in the way that diseases like the flu or measles, alcoholism, syphilis and tuberculosis  do – does not fulfill definition.

4.    Lastly, it is not communicable.  It is not possible to catch Peyronies from someone else or pass it on to another person  – does not fulfill definition.

5.    Peyronie’s disease is not fatal, except to some couple’s sex life – does not fulfill definition.

You will notice that throughout the PDI website and blog I often refer to this problem as a “condition.”  More clinically accurate names that were taken from the Peyronie’s Disease Institute website:

1.    Indurato penis plastica

2.    Penile fibrosis

3.    Penile fibromatosis

4.    Penile induration

5.    Chronic cavernositis

6.    Fibrous sclerosis of the penis

7.    Fibrous cavernositis

8.    Fibrous plaques of the penis

Peyronie’s syndrome

Some people use the term Peyronie’s syndrome to refer to this problem, but technically that is also not a correct way to refer to Peyronie’s disease.

A syndrome refers to a typical group of several essential and clearly recognizable clinical signs, symptoms and characteristics that often occur in association or together, creating a picture or profile of a recognizable clinical condition.  In an actual syndrome the presence of one feature, sign or symptom will alert a doctor to the possibility a particular syndrome might be present.  Once this is established, the doctor will automatically look for other features, signs and symptoms that normally occur with it within the profile of that suspected syndrome. If additional typical findings are found, a diagnosis of that suspected syndrome can be made.

Peyronie’s syndrome is not a valid term because the characteristics, signs and symptoms of Peyronies are actually too few, and seldom present a customary group of features that suggest this particular health problem.  By usual medical standards the few symptoms and signs associated with PD are actually vague and sometimes are totally missing. Since there are typically only three such standard findings associated with Peyronie’s disease (penis pain, penis curvature, presence of the common Peyronie’s plaque or scar), this group is not  large enough to strongly suggest this condition, hence Peyronie’s syndrome is not a good term to use.

Disease of penis not fair to either party

Many times I am asked how I would suggest telling a woman about Peyronie’s disease.  The first thing I say is, “You want to be fair and accurate when you tell this new woman you have just met about your problem. For this reason do not tell her you have a ‘disease.’  PD is not a disease, so do not create a problem for her or yourself that neither of you deserve.”  I then go on to explain that to be most accurate and honest requires that you describe what is wrong with you, avoiding the term “Peyronie’s disease.”  Simply say, “I injured myself a few years ago, and now I have an excess of internal scar tissue that has caused some penile curvature.  I am not as straight or large as I was before this scar material developed, but I am otherwise very healthy. Do you have any questions about what I have just said?” Then answer her questions honestly and forthrightly.  I have never met a man who has gotten into trouble or lost a woman in a new relationship if he offers this type of description of his problem.

You do not have a disease of penis tissue so do not frighten her or create problems where none should exist.

If you wish to learn more about this condition usually called Peyronie’s disease, or Peyronie’s disease treatment, please review our website and blog for additional information.

Difficulty Swallowing Many Peyronie’s Vitamin Pills

Can’t easily follow Peyronie’s disease vitamin plan

It’s sometimes difficult to swallow a solid substance without first chewing it; you feel like you are working against a protective instinct.  This is made worse when there are many such solids to swallow.  Nonetheless, it is often necessary to swallow 4-18 pills several times a day as part of the Peyronie’s disease vitamin plan you have created to assist your recovery over PD.

Frustration grows when you can’t easily take many pills in your Peyronie’s disease vitamin plan because you hesitate or gag.  There are different useful strategies to get over this hurdle.  I have never met anyone who cannot get over this problem if they work at it.

Since pill swallowing will likely remain a required skill until you correct your Peyronie’s disease, approach a pill swallowing problem from several angles using old and new tricks:

1.    Practice with common food. Swallow mini candies, or small bites of food, without chewing to simulate pill taking.  Deliberately think about and feel the sensation of having chunks of solid food sliding down your throat; get comfortable with that feeling; focus on how easy it is to be relaxed when you swallow pieces of cooked vegetables or meat that are actually larger than the pills that make you uncomfortable.

2.    Put 1-4 pills in your mouth.  Keep them there while you carefully go through a few small chewing motions – do not actually chew on them to avoid a nasty taste. After you have satisfied the need to “chew before swallowing,” immediately drink some water as you swallow the pills already in your mouth.  You will thus fool yourself into the idea that you have chewed what you want to swallow.

3.    Take pills one at a time to avoid overloading your gag reflex.

4.    Drink a large glass of warm water BEFORE taking your Peyronie’s disease vitamin plan.  This will relax your throat muscles and make taking the actual pills easier.

5.    Sip a cold, carbonated beverage (sparkling water, lemon-lime soda) straight from the bottle when swallowing a pill.

6.    Spray or gargle with an over-the-counter topical anesthetic (normally used for sore throats) before swallowing.

7.    Take a deep breath and hold it in, before putting the tablet in your mouth; some say that this can suppress gag reflexes.

8.    Place the pill on the back of your tongue, drink some water, tilt your chin down toward your chest, and swallow.

9.    Put the pill on the tip of your tongue, drink some water, tilt your head back, and swallow.

Combining some of the above ideas could yield a remedy for you, but if none of them help you should really consider some larger issues.

The fact is your throat operates as part of a complex system. While it may seem you have an extraordinarily strong gag reflex or odd throat mannerisms, consider that it may actually be the power of your mind, not the power of your throat. Try to psych yourself out with this pill swallowing mantra — “I can swallow this…I can see the pill going down.”

Or, perhaps not being able to swallow pills has something to do with a past event. If you are unusually tense about pill swallowing from something that happened in your childhood, it makes sense for it to surface when you try to swallow a pill again. Did you choke on a raisin many years ago? Did a school nurse with dirty hands force you to take a pill? You may be subconsciously dealing with issues such as these every time you swallow an aspirin or vitamin.  Fear of choking, fear of medicine, or general anxiety may be preventing you from swallowing pills. If you think these mental factors are to blame, you might consider talking with a counselor.

While it seems unlikely, the possibility of a greater medical issue does exist. The medical term for difficulty swallowing is dysphagia, and the term is often used with regard to a disorder of the esophagus. Keep in mind, though, that if you can swallow your food without trouble, your esophagus is probably fine.

This is an important issue to address because you cannot allow trouble swallowing your Peyronie’s vitamin pills to prevent you from achieving success over your PD.

Help Peyronie’s Disease Treatment with One Simple Idea

Early Peyronie’s treatment experimentation

In the early phase of experimenting with my own Peyronie’s disease treatment in 2002, I saw only slight improvement.  With so little helpful information available at that time, I was forced to constantly experiment on myself based on my reading and research.  My double-curve was only slightly better after a few months of using a wide variety and a great amount of different natural therapies.  I was discouraged because I was not sure i would be able to figure out how to get the Peyronie’s help I needed.

About this time two important things happened that would change everything for me.

The first was that I began to notice that while my curvature did not change at all in the early part of care I noticed that my Peyronie’s plaque or scars were not only changing, but changing often and in different ways.  The penile curvature did not change but the scars were very active. I began to notice that the size, shape, density and surface features of each scar would change – sometimes a lot – sometimes for the better and sometimes for the worse – every few days.   This was a fascinating and frustrating observation that I had never read or heard about while doing a great amount of investigation into Peyronie’s disease. I thought I was the only one whose scars changed so much, because in all my reading I had never read about rapid and significant scar changes.

This was the unique discovery about PD in 2002 that I was the first to make:  Not only do the size, shape, density and surface features of the Peyronie’s scar change, but they change on a frequent – sometimes almost continuous – basis.  Realizing that the scars were changing made me think differently about Peyronie’s disease; as a result I had to re-evaluate my early Peyronie’s disease treatment ideas.

The second thing that happened was my wife made a brilliant observation about my scars in relation to what I was eating.  I would discuss my scar changes with my wife because I was fascinated that so much change could take place often in just a few days.  One day, after making yet another report to her about my scars getting worse again (after showing improvement for several days), she casually told me, “You know, it seems that whenever you eat ice cream your scars get worse.  You said your scars were softer and more difficult to find a few days ago.  You had a big bowl of ice cream last night, and now your scars are hard again and easier to find.  I noticed the last few times you ate ice cream that two or three days later you complained about your scars getting bad again.  Maybe you should stop eating ice cream for a while and see what happens to your scars.”

Well, like any husband, at first I thought she was wrong.  But when I began to experiment with her ice cream theory, I saw to my amazement that she was correct.

This led to a series of other direct observations that changes in the size, shape and density of the PD scar are often in relation to what I was eating.  It also led to my second important discovery:  By observing for changes in the size, shape, density and surface quality of the PD scar, it can be “used” to act like a guide to determine what is good and bad for that person’s Peyronie’s disease.

Help Peyronie’s treatment: compare to scar

If you want to help Peyronie’s treatment be more effective you must learn to measure your treatment efforts against changes in your PD scar.  All treatment must be evaluated to learn if your scar responds favorably to it.  In order to do this you must know how to determine and record the size, shape, density and surface feature of each scar.  This very important topic is discussed in detail in “Peyronie’s Disease Handbook” – in addition to other important topics.

Don’t guess with your Peyronie’s treatment.  Know what makes your scar get better or worse.  Use that critical information to guide you to your best level of recovery of which you are capable.

Detoxification during Peyronie’s Disease Treatment

Consequence of systemic enzymes like Neprinol for Peyronie’s treatment

When using any of the systemic enzyme products (Neprinol, Nattokinase 1500 or Fibrozym) in a Peyronie’s disease Alternative Medicine program, it is not uncommon to go through a detoxification reaction.   Avoiding a detoxification reaction, and what to do if you have one, is the reason anyone who orders these particular products receives specific suggestions for their use.

Any of these systemic enzymes will destroy foreign fibrin in the body, regardless of the location of the fibrin material.  Over time as Peyronie’s plaque and fibrin is destroyed the greater the problem for the body is to eliminate the fibrin protein break-down products and tissue debris.  Like when you clean the attic – you must  find a way to get rid of all the accumulated junk.

When starting to use the systemic enzymes in a Peyronie’s disease treatment plan, this can amount to a flood of break-down debris that possibly can overwhelm the ability of the liver and large intestine for removal.  The end result is often nausea and diarrhea that are caused by this “housecleaning” that performed by the systemic enzymes.

Besides being no fun, the nausea and diarrhea problems that detoxification causes will also make absorption of nutrients more difficult and inefficient.   It is difficult for the body to absorb nutrients through the bowel wall while diarrhea is taking place.  For this reason I suggest that you stay at an enzyme dose high enough to just border on digestive distress (light occasional diarrhea and nausea, but definitely controllable), but less than having bad out-of-control problems.  This way you are attempting to still push for the benefits of detoxification without losing nutrients because your system is in a state of irritation from toxic overload.

Peyronie’s treatment personal and specific for the individual

There is no one who can tell you the exact dosage to go about detoxification without developing a lot of diarrhea; you have to figure out how to do it; no one can do it for you. I suggest you not stay on a constant or level dose of enzymes.

Let’s say you wish to try a 6/day dose of your enzymes (either Neprinol, Serrapeptase or Fibrozym).  I suggest you start at 3/day and over a 7 day period slowly work your way up the level you wish.  If you notice a slight case of diarrhea starting, drop down to one less pill per day for a few days but do not totally stop taking the enzyme because you then interfere with your body’s tendency to adapt to and tolerate that product.  After a few day go back up to the dose that had caused a little diarrhea and you will likely have no problem.

As an option for those who want to take – as an example – 6/day of a systemic enzyme consider this effective variation.   Play with that 6/day dose by taking 5/day and 7/day on alternate days; or even 4/day and 8/day on alternate days.  This way, on the high days you are pushing yourself for detox but this is followed by a day of relative “rest” with the lower dose of enzymes so that you your gut does not stay irritated for a long time. This method also has the advantage you are not stopping your program; you are staying with it but modifying it for maximum benefit to you.

If you are taking these enzyme products you might consider trying this pattern of taking them for a few weeks.  I found I was experiencing toxic overload when I was taking about 12/day of Neprinol in addition to other systemic enzymes.  I did this higher/lower pattern and it really seemed to help.  Eventually I got to the point I could take up to 18/day of Neprinol with no problem at all.  This higher level of systemic enzyme therapy can be a little complicated, but it was definitely worthwhile for me.

A Peyronie’s disease treatment plan requires planning, work, and dedication to be successful.   Read the testimonials of the Peyronie’s Disease Institute from those who do did it the right way and learned how to avoid detoxification problems.

Drugs Can Cause Peyronie's Disease

Prescriptions drugs that start Peyronie’s disease

The cause of Peyronie’s disease remains unknown.  However, among the more commonly suspected causes are injuries as during intercourse, penile trauma as during a difficult catheterization procedure or surgery, genetic predisposition, or a problem of the immune system.

Because medical Peyronie’s disease treatment is also poorly defined, with no standard drug receiving formal approval, one must wonder about the drugs that are currently being prescribed by medical doctors for their Peyronies patients.

Several prescription medications list Peyronie’s disease among the potential side effects.  While no formal research exists that proves these medications cause Peyronie’s disease, presumptive evidence and frequent patient complaints of strong association with these drugs supports these as possible causes.

  1. 1. Beta Blockers – These are the most common medications in popular use that list Peyronie’s disease as a potential side effect.  Beta blockers is a class of drugs used for various indications, but particularly for the management of cardiac arrhythmias, protection of the heart after a myocardial infarction (heart attack), angina pectoris, atrial fibrillation, cardiac arrhythmia, congestive heart failure, glaucoma, migraine prevention, mitral valve prolapsed, and hypertension (high blood pressure). They tend to diminish the effects of epinephrine (adrenaline) and other stress hormones in the body, thus reducing cardiac demands.  If you have ever been treated for any of these conditions, and were treated with a beta blocker, this might explain a current case of Peyronie’s disease. Commonly prescribed beta blockers:

Acebutolol                  Alrenolol                     Atenolol
Betaxolol                 Bucindolol                     Carteolol
Carvedilol                   Celiprolol                    Esmolol
Labetalol                    Metoprolol                  Nadolol
Nebivolol                    Penbutolol                  Pindolol
Propranolol                Sotalol                        Timolol

  1. Interferon – This prescription medication is used to treat multiple sclerosis, leukemia, and hepatitis.  Its manufacturers list Peyronie’s disease as a possible side effect.
  2. Dilantin – This is a well established anti-seizure medicine, also reported by its manufacturers as a potential cause of Peyronie’s disease.
  3. PDE5 drug group (Viagra, Cialis, Levitra) – this is a group of inhibitor drugs that block an enzyme process of the smooth muscle cells lining the blood vessels supplying the corpus cavernosa of the penis.  As a result of this influence, these drugs act to increase blood flow in the penis in response to sexual stimulation.   The maker of each of these three drugs advises that men with Peyronie’s disease should consult with their doctors due to possible adverse effects on the penis.

The bottom line concerning all these drugs is that every one of them has side-effects and related ways of complicating the problem of someone who is already sick.  Drugs should be used with great reserve and discretion, and avoided if at all possible.

Once PD is present and a man learns that there is no known medical treatment available, he should consider using Alternative Medicine for Peyronie’s treatment options.  This is an option that the Peyronie’s Disease Institute has researched and developed since 2002, with considerable success.

Peyronie’s Sex Problems Can Be Helped

Sexual intercourse and Peyronie’s disease

The heat of a sexual relationship is a chemical (hormonal) reaction, and over time it can fade unless a couple takes measures to prevent that from happening.  This is especially true when Peyronie’s sex difficulties must be dealt with.

Compounding the usual situation in which, over time, a couple will often experience their usual sexual heat cooling down to a comfortable glow.  This is perhaps a sign of maturity of the relationship, indicating there is more than sex between them that keeps them committed and attracted to each other.  Perhaps this is why some couples who deal with Peyronie’s disease sex problems actually improve their relationship, while others do not stay together.

Peyronie’s disease sex enhancing strategies

1. Let her lead you

Be the submissive one.  Follow her lead.  A University of Michigan study reports  that female rats experience a dopamine  (a pleasure and euphoria-inducing neurotransmitter chemical) boost only when they control sex. The critical point is that she is actually leading the sexual activity, not just conducting sex the way you like it to be done.  If this means you both get your nails done – go for it.  She will pay you back.

It seems that women really enjoy sex related to role-playing.  It is reported in Men’s Health that 76 percent of women surveyed said would be interested in sexual role-playing in which the woman is in a position of authority and the man is the sexual novice she is instructing.  Most popular fantasies: professor/student and nurse/patient.

2. Learn new moves

A new sex position is more than a new way to do the same old thing.  “Anything novel or exciting is likely to drive up the levels of dopamine in her brain,” says anthropologist Helen Fisher, Ph.D., author of Why We Love. Oxford University MRI scans found that learning any new motor skill – learning to ties a new knot, taking piano lessons, or some new sexual activity – stimulates the brain in the same way and the same region as those stimulated during orgasm.   Therefore, a new sexual maneuver or activity will boost sexual activity and pleasure.

3. Games are fun for many reasons

Competitive games and situations in which there is a mild and healthy tension and sense of anxiety (as when competing in a game of chess or poker, or Trivial Pursuit)0 increases the dopamine levels outside the bedroom.  This could increase sexual pleasure and interest in sexual activity because “Your brain can’t differentiate between the external anxiety caused by a novel situation and the internal anxiety caused by being attracted to someone,” says Victoria Zdrok, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist. “A boost outside of the bedroom can carry over for when it matters most.”  This happens because competition promotes the release of the sex drive-boosting hormone, testosterone.

4. Start all over

Approach your sexual activity as thought it was your first date. “If you’ve learned how to pleasure her, it’s too easy to forget about foreplay and all the other things that keep sex fresh,” says Debbie Herbenick, Ph.D., a Men’s Health sex advisor.

To heighten the foreplay experience, do this: First, take a 3-day sex break to heighten sexual tension and anticipation.  This will cause dopamine to collect in the brain.  Next, spend an evening just necking like two teenagers, and keep your clothes on to increase the sense of anticipation. This will cause an increase of dopamine in the body without a way of release.  Third, wait two days and spend another evening only touching each other sensually any where you want – except the genitals.

Then, wait another two days with no physical or sexual contact.  The fifth step is to spend another evening using only your lips to stimulate and touch each other sensually any where you want – except the genitals.  Without sexual release and continued sexual stimulation over this prolonged time period, your dopamine  levels will be sky high.  In addition both of your testosterone levels will be higher than usual, leading to explosive sex and heighten sexual sensations when you finally do engage in full wonderful sexual contact.

5. Massage message

Stimulate her body to increase her levels of oxytocin. This is the hormone that battles stress, increases sexual arousal, creates a bonding affect between sexual partners.

Physical contact – such as kissing, cuddling and deep muscles massage – unleash oxytocin in her body.  The best time to do this is after sexual activity.  The more time and tenderness involved in giving physical contact AFTER sex, the better your bonds will be. It is certainly possible for your relationship to improve in spite of your  Peyronie’s disease.

6.  Nostalgia has benefits in bed

Discussing the early part of your relationship, from the first date to your honeymoon, is not just an exercise in nostalgia. With the simple act of revisiting old memories when romance and sexual passion were fresh and strong will stimulate the hormone norepinephrine.  This is a brain hormone that highlights and intensifies those sexual memories.   “You’ll unlock her passion,” says sex therapist Laura Berman, Ph.D., director of the Berman Center in Chicago, “and intensify the new memories you’re making, too.”

When you use these simple and easy methods to stir hormone activity in the body the net affect will be to reduce your Peyronie’s sex problem.  Add to that an aggressive and faithfully followed Peyronie’s disease treatment plan and you will find yourself feeling better about a lot of things.

My Penis is Curved

How to straighten a penis

What a shock when you realize, “My penis is curved.  How did that happen, and what is going on down there?  And the most important question to Google, How to straighten my penis?”

While there are several other causes of a curved penis to suddenly happen, the most common one, and the most difficult one 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 on the inside of the penis.  The presence of a nodule or band of fibrous tissue under the skin of the penis will prevent the normal expansion of the chambers of the penis during an erection.  This causes the erection to be distorted resulting in a curve, bend, hinge, hourglass or bottleneck distortion.

To assist you to determine if you have PD, please visit Peyronie’s symptoms and check out some of the Peyronie’s pictures of curved penis.  It is necessary for anyone who thinks he might have Peyronie’s disease to go to his doctor to have a complete examination so an accurate diagnosis can be made. Do not make the mistake to think you can self-diagnose this problem.

It is important to remember that the problem of Peyronie’s disease is not that you have a curved penis.  The problem is actually the Peyronie’s scar that is present within the deep tissue of the tunica albuginea causing incomplete filling of the penile chambers, resulting in the curved penis that got your attention.  For this reason any treatment that is directed solely at trying to make the penis straight without removing or eliminating the PD plaque will not be successful.

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.   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.  What does he assume will happen to that same tissue when a surgeon cuts that same tissue and also tugs on it, stretches it, and put stitches into it during the course of Peyronie’s surgery?  There is a very good chance that more excessive scar tissue will result.  This is why many urologists and surgeons take a position against all Peyronie’s surgery.

Since 2002 the Peyronie’s Disease Institute has educated men 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; the problem just goes away on its own like any other health problem should.  Our approach is to assist each man to enable his body to heal naturally like those in that lucky 50% group.

So if you are one of us who has said in shock, “My penis is curved,” you now know what to do about it.  Learn more about Peyronie’s disease treatment with Alternative Medicine. Another good source of information is the Peyronie’s Disease Handbook.

Viagra, Cialis and Levitra Use with Peyronie’s Disease

Peyronie’s treatment using erection producing drugs

The erectile dysfunction and soft erections associated with Peyronie’s disease are sometimes treated with Viagra, an erection causing drug made by the Pfizer Pharmaceutical Company.  The information about Viagra duplicated in this blog post is written by Pfizer about Viagra, in relation to Peyronie’s disease.   The basic information presented by Pfizer is essentially true for other erection producing drugs, like Cialis and Levitra.

Here is the Viagra drug information from Pfizer, found their website.  I have removed a considerable amount of technical Viagra information that does not apply to Peyronie’s disease to make it easier to find what you need to know. Notice the section below that I have put in bold and underlined.

PRECAUTIONS

General

The evaluation of erectile dysfunction should include a determination of potential underlying causes and the identification of appropriate treatment following a complete medical assessment.

Before prescribing VIAGRA, it is important to note the following:

The safety of VIAGRA is unknown in patients with bleeding disorders and patients with active peptic ulceration.

VIAGRA should be used with caution in patients with anatomical deformation of the penis (such as angulation, cavernosal fibrosis or Peyronie’s disease), or in patients who have conditions which may predispose them to priapism (such as sickle cell anemia, multiple myeloma, or leukemia).

The safety and efficacy of combinations of VIAGRA with other treatments for erectile

dysfunction have not been studied. Therefore, the use of such combinations is not recommended.

In humans, VIAGRA has no effect on bleeding time when taken alone or with aspirin. In vitro studies with human platelets indicate that sildenafil potentiates the antiaggregatory effect of sodium nitroprusside (a nitric oxide donor). The combination of heparin and VIAGRA had an additive effect on bleeding time in the anesthetized rabbit, but this interaction has not been studied in humans.

Use of any drug to assist erections in Peyronie’s disease

It is my opinion that any man who is undergoing Peyronie’s disease treatment is taking a huge risk to use any of these erection producing drugs because it has been my observation and experience in talking to hundreds of men about their Peyronies problem, that these drugs can injure the penis and actually start Peyronie’s disease, make it worse, or possibly delay or interfere with your effort to try to heal your Peyronie’s plaque.   This happens because of the damage done by the surprisingly strong and uncontrollable erections these drugs can create.

With the use of these drugs it is possible that the forced erections they cause can place great internal stress within the penis that can injure the delicate tunica albuginea.  The erections created by these drugs can be indeed super-erections, greater than what a man normally experiences.

I have had a number of men tell me they are convinced their Peyronie’s disease started after using Viagra, Cialis, etc.   I am confident that at a later time we will start to hear reports about more side-effects of these medications.  This should not be so difficult to believe when you can read for yourself that the drug manufacturer is already warning men in particular with Peyronie’s disease to be cautious about its use.

Peyronie’s disease aggravated easily

Super-charging an erection is not the way the body was designed to be used.

What if you could take a drug that would enable you to lift a ton of weight above your head and keep it there for an hour?  Nice trick, very impressive, but your body is not built to take that kind of pressure to the muscles, ligaments, joints, bones and blood vessels.  A trick like that would cause great damage to internal organs, your spine, blood vessels, all major joints, etc.  Simply put, “It just ain’t natural.”  Same with these erection drugs like Levitra and Viagra.  The increased pressure created by these medications can be very damaging to the delicate tunica albuginea, and can result in or worsen a case of PD.

What would happen to your car tires if you happened to over-inflate them with 100 pounds of air pressure, even though they were built to take just 40 pounds of pressure?  You would be running the risk of damage to the internal structure of tire, wouldn’t you?  Of course.  The same thing can happen if the penis is over-inflated and then given a “rough ride.”  This is where the problems start, and this is what I want to bring to your attention.

Viagra, Cialis and Levitra are not a Peyronie’s treatment

It is very likely that the MDs who prescribe these medications to men with Peyronie’s disease will not agree with this thinking.  MDs tend to favor a chemical “fix” to most problems, so you would tend to expect a natural and automatic prejudice from an MD to use drugs to solve most problems.

If you have taken Cialis or any other erection producing drug because it was prescribed for you, and you mention this information to your MD, what do you suppose he or she will say?  Well, the first thing you must consider is that this information indicates that your doctor prescribed something for you that was not safe or appropriate.  The natural reaction would be for your doctor to immediately defend her decision.  That makes sense.  It is not my intention to make trouble for your doctor, she was only doing what she thought was best for you.  It is my intention for you to independently think about these things and see if they make sense to you, the owner of the penis that could become injured.  Do more research on your own, then talk to your doctor.  This way you are armed with both sides of the story.

It is my further intention to prevent you from injuring yourself further with these erection producing drugs.

A penis that is predisposed to Peyronies in the first place cannot tolerate the kind of stress that these erections drugs create.  It is just like someone with asthma cannot tolerate dust, odors or smoke that does not bother other people.  If you already have Peyronies you should do everything you can to avoid any kind of stress to this tissue, including avoidance of erection producing drugs.

I talk to a lot of men who are given a prescription for Viagra, etc. to help their sexual difficulty, and they instinctively know that this treatment does not make sense to them.  Yet, they are tempted to use the drug because of the promise of improved sexual performance; besides, they are also tempted because they feel, “Heck, my doctor would not do anything to hurt me, maybe it is OK to do.”  I would agree, your doctor would not want to hurt you intentionally.  Yet, we all know that tens of thousands of people are hurt each year by drugs that are given with good intentions and bad consequences.

In addition, I have talked to many men who have reported to me that they used these erections drugs many times, maybe for several months, with absolutely no problem.  The erections were “normal” and controllable, and everything was fine, and the sex was great.  Then, one night, one time, they took that same drug in the same way, and they got an erection that was unbelievably hard and huge, and they thought they were going to explode.  It scared the devil out of both partners.  A few days or weeks later – a curved penis and Peyronie’s disease developed.

If you attempt to think independently and logically about what might happen to your Peyronie’s disease when these drugs are used, you should have no trouble understanding how this could work against you.  If your doctor can convince you that they are perfectly safe, then you should do what your doctor says to do. Just remember, who that penis is attached to if a tragedy happens.  Your doctor will shrug his shoulders; you will have a worse case of PD.

My opinion is that the use of Viagra and similar erection drugs could easily be worsening the very problem you are attempting to heal.   The use of these drugs represents a calculated risk that you are taking, and you should be aware of it.

Please write a comment or question about this article if you want to know more about Peyronie’s disease treatment with Viagra, Levitra or Cialis.

How to Increase Peyronie’s Natural Recovery

Peyronie’s natural treatment is not like using drugs

“What is the very best way to treat my Peyronie’s disease?”  That is the million-dollar question, my friend.

When I developed Peyronie’s disease in 2002, my basic strategy for recovery was this:   50% of men get over their Peyronie’s disease without any outside help – in effect they experience a Peyronie’s disease natural cure.  If this is true – and it is – then it seems most logical to do everything possible to increase my ability to heal my problem like the men in that lucky 50% group.

Even from the start I felt like my Peyronie’s disease it was a problem I could beat since the odds for recovery are good at 50/50.  All I had to do was consistently support and promote my natural ability to heal in this particular area of the body over a period of time, knowing that this would increase the capability of my body to heal itself.   I believed then – and know now – that Peyronie’s natural treatment is often just a matter of time and persistence.

I studied the problem of Peyronie’s disease diligently, I worked even harder, I was always faithful to my plan, and I used myself as a guinea pig for every idea that seemed to have merit.  In less than six months I was free of all traces of the PD scar, all penile distortion was gone, and all lost dimensions returned.  I succeeded.

How to increase Peyronie’s disease natural healing

Everyone comes to the PDI website expecting to see a clear and direct answer, a logical 1-2-3 set of instructions that explains how I beat my Peyronie’s disease, and how you can do it also.   But, that is not the way it works.  There are no magic 1-2-3 steps to success.  Each case of PD is as different as the man who has the problem.  Therefore, every man must work out his own Peyronie’s treatment plan – using all the information and ideas I can supply to you. The lack of specific treatment rules is what frustrates men with PD – as if they do not have enough to be frustrated about already!  But that is just the way it is.

The entire PDI website (if you printed it out, you would have over 400 pages of information), is devoted to Peyronie’s natural treatment.  Even so, all I can give to you is an outline and the basic ideas of how to increase your ability to heal and repair the Peyronie’s plaque.  The “Peyronie’s Disease Handbook” is essential in your recovery from PD; it explains in great detail how to monitor and define the size, shape, density and surface quality of your scar(s) – the most important skill you can develop to speed your recovery. While I freely offer you whatever guidance and ideas you might need, and answer all your questions based on considerable experience with Peyronie’s disease natural treatment, you are still in charge of the way you treat yourself.   This is the way it must be because you must monitor the size, shape, density and surface qualities of your scar(s) to directly judge how your body is responding to your treatment plan.

I present the basic ideas of Peyronie’s treatment, but you must jump in and do your best to determine which of these ideas works best for you.  This is not an exact science, and these are not drugs used for treatment with exact dosages.

For most men it often comes down to deciding how much time and energy you have available to treat your PD each day, and how much money you can afford to spend each month; this is realistic.  You might want to do much more for yourself, but can only afford a little. Do your best – whatever that is. Men who get the best results are those who do the most to increase their ability to heal.  Do as much as you can to get this problem behind you.  Many do very well with the Medium Plan, or some variation of it.  Maybe that will be a good way to start your recovery from PD.

I get reports of success and progress weekly from men who use this approach for Peyronie’s natural treatment.  You will only know if it can help you if you give yourself a chance. I will help you in any way I can to be successful.

What is Peyronie’s Disease?

Not all definitions of Peyronie’s disease are honest or correct

Great question, “What is Peyronie’s Disease?”  However, an accurate and honest answer is not always easy to find.  If you are one of the hundreds of new people each day who surf the Internet for a Peyronie’s cure, you need to pay attention to the kind of answer you might run across.

In my experience it is common to receive an incorrect answer when it is provided by someone who only wants to sell you something, like a magic herb or a manual penis stretcher.  When a salesperson is the source of your information the answer will often minimize Peyronies by oversimplifying the real problem to the point the answer is not truthful.

The reason that someone will intentionally give you this false information is easy to understand.  If Peyronie’s disease can be made to sound like a simple problem, then a simple solution can be more easily presented to you in a believable way – and the more likely you will buy a product if the problem and solution sound uncomplicated and straightforward.

The usual short (and false) answer you will see to this question is, “Peyronie’s disease is a curved penis.”  This is almost like saying that Peyronie’s disease is no more complicated than a bent paperclip.  All you have to do is straighten out the paperclip – and we all know how easy that is to do – and you are as good as new.

What you must understand is that the bent penis of Peyronie’s disease is just a symptom of what is wrong.  The penile curvature is not the problem, it is just a sign of the real problem. What is causing the penis to curve is the actual problem that must be addressed.   Click here to view

If you have pneumonia, you will probably have a nasty cough. But, it is not correct – or helpful – to say, “Pneumonia is a cough.”   If the problem was presented to you like that, and you believed it, then someone could sell you a cough suppressant as a cure for pneumonia.  You would believe that stopping the cough is all you have to do.  The truth is that the cough is just an outward sign of a deeper problem. To address your pneumonia correctly you must do what is necessary to help your body reduce and remove the lung infection, the inflammatory response that occurs because of an invasion of foreign bacteria, and the cough – and the pneumonia – will no longer be an issue.  The cough is just a sign of the pneumonia, it is not pneumonia – just as a curved penis is a sign of Peyronie’s disease, but it is not the problem. The bent penis is just an outward sign of a Peyronie’s plaque or scar tissue within the tunica albuginea interfering with the normal filling of the corpora cavernosa, resulting in a bent or distorted erection. No amount of penis stretching or mystery herb from Afghanistan will eliminate the PD plaque.

So, what is Peyronie’s disease?

Peyronie’s disease is a problem with no known cause and no known medical cure in which the presence of a dense fibrous nodule or band in the tunica albuginea layer of the penis causes a variable degrees of pain, penile distortion during erection, reduced sexual function, and loss of physical size in length and girth.

If the explanation, “Peyronie’s disease is a bend in the penis” makes you think it is just like a wrinkle in your shirt that can be ironed out – then you are ready to accept the notion that pulling on the bent penis can magically remove that kink.  If it were only that simple and worked that well.

You will notice that none of the advertisements for the magical herbs or mechanical penis stretchers explain how they work.  The reason there is no explanation is because they do not affect the Peyronie’s plaque, which is at the heart of Peyronie’s disease.

For additional discussion to the question, “What is Peyronie’s disease?” please go to Peyronie’s disease discussion.

Penis Surgery to Treat Peyronie’s Plaque

Peyronie’s surgery from correction to amputation

It is not uncommon for a man to learn that he has Peyronie’s disease and to have his doctor immediately recommend penis surgery to attempt to remove the Peyronie’s plaque or straightened his curved penis.

When faced with even a mild degree of penis curvature someone might think that penile surgery is the only treatment option.   It seems to me from my perspective in talking to a dozen men each week about their history with Peyronie’s disease that many of them are given strong pressure to have surgery far too early in the process.

It seems they are not being told that many who undergo penis surgery end up with numerous side effects like pain, numbness or loss of all sensation of the penis, additional loss of length and girth greater than their PD gave to them, greater curvature than their PD gave to them, and total impotence or inability to develop an erection.   I frequently communicate with men who have more pain, distortion and loss of sexual ability after penile surgery than before it.

In a desperate effort to satisfy their sexual partner, and under false expectation of how easy and safe the surgery will be, men sometimes make matters worse with Peyronie’s disease surgery.  Worse yet, it often happens that a man will have a second Peyronie’s surgery to correct the errors and problems created by the first Peyronie’s surgery – only to have even greater problems after the second surgical attempt.

For information about the Leriche surgery technique for Peyronie’s disease.

Peyronie’s surgery to the extreme

The worse case of failed Peyronie’s disease surgery I ever spoke to occurred sometime in 2006.  I received a phone call from a man who asked if I guaranteed the treatment we present in the PDI website.  I told him that no medical procedure or therapy is ever guaranteed – even aspirin.  I said there is no such thing as a medical guarantee provided anywhere in the world because of the complexity of human physiology.  I asked him why he was interested in a guarantee.  He said he was desperate for something to help his terribly curved penis that had gotten progressively worse after each of three separate penis surgeries.  He said he was scheduled to have his fourth penis surgery in two weeks, but he would cancel that surgery if I could give him a guarantee that the PDI process would correct his problem.  I told him I was sorry that I could not make such a guarantee, and said I doubted his surgeon was going to guarantee the next operation.  He corrected me.  He told me that the next surgery was going to “fix’ his problem because the next operation was for the surgeon to amputate – completely cut off – his penis!

He went on to explain that his penis was now just a tiny two inch mass of twisted scar tissue; he had no feeling in his penis; for the last two years when he urinated he would get his abdomen wet; his wife was long gone and he felt that suicide was his only other option, so having his penis cut off made sense to him.

I was shocked.   Just as I was starting to explain that I could not guarantee his results at this late stage in his problem I heard a click, and the phone was silent.  The entire conversation took less than five minutes, but it was the most powerful discussion I have ever had with any of my Peyronie’s men.  I will never forget the empty and desperate tone of his voice.

Penis surgery for a man who already has Peyronie’s disease presents a greater risk than for someone who does not have a Peyronies problem:

  1. High degree contracture due to fibrous tissue buildup, resulting in greater curvature than prior to surgery.
  2. Greater chance for numbness or total loss of sensation, or Peyronie’s pain,
  3. Greater chance for impotence.

Start with conservative Peyronie’s treatment, then penis surgery if necessary

I am not saying that a bad outcome will happen to all men who have Peyronie’s surgery, but it can and does happen so the possibility should be clearly kept in mind before rushing into surgery.    Every day I hear from men who tell me their doctor on the first visit suggested penis surgery to “correct” their Peyronie’s disease.

It is my opinion that it is safer and wiser to take a more conservative route of care using the Alternative Medicine form of natural Peyronie’s treatment options that have been presented here since 2002, before considering surgery.

Difficulty Finding the Peyronie’s Plaque

Peyronie’s disease plaque

Let’s clear up the confusion about the Peyronie’s plaque, the fibrous scar-like tissue that is the most common characteristic of Peyronie’s disease.  Many people when reading “scar” automatically think they should see it on the skin surface; for this reason I prefer the term Peyronie’s plaque.

Peyronie’s plaque is usually a flat or slightly elevated mass of fibrous tissue just under the skin, in a thin but tough membrane of the penis known as the tunica albuginea.  Sometimes it is cord-like or nodular, but usually it lies flat making it difficult to locate.

Peyronie’s plaque is not in any way related to plaque material that line artery walls. It is benign, meaning it is not cancerous and it is not a tumor.  Peyronie’s disease and this fibrous material is not in any way contagious, and is not in any way the result of any transmittable disease or microorganism – thus there is no way for a sexual partner to “catch’ the Peyronie’s plaque.

The mystery of Peyronie’s disease

For a male health problem that affects up to nine percent of the adult population, it is amazing that practically no man ever hears about PD until the day he is given the diagnosis.  It is this shock – a “mystery” condition that comes out of the blue, for which there is no known cause and no known cure that can wreck a man’s life.  While caught off guard, totally confused and shocked upon first learning about Peyronie’s disease, a man is often does not ask all the standard questions and does not remember the information as he receives his diagnosis.

With so many details pouring into his ears, and so many questions rolling around in this brain, it is easy to understand why a man can leave his doctors office and not remember much about the mystery condition.  Even the doctor’s explanation about a Peyronie’s plaque can become confused, making it sound like it is related to the blood vessels.

Location of Peyronie’s plaque suggested by penile curvature

You can usually count on finding your internal plaque on the concave part of a curved penis.  If a plaque is located on the topside of the penile shaft (the most common location), the penis will bend upward.  A plaque on the underside causes a downward penile curvature.  A plaque on the left lateral side of the penis causes a curvature to the left, and a Peyronie’s plaque on the right lateral side of the penis causes a curvature to the right.

Many times a distortion develops on both top and side, or top and bottom, resulting in twists, hourglass deformities or indentation, even shortening of the penis.

Peyronies plaque is elusive

Each week I receive emails asking, “Since my doctor examined me and could not find any Peyronie’s plaque material, and I cannot see a scar, do you think I really have Peyronie’s disease?”

There is never an EXTERNAL scar or plaque in Peyronie’s disease that can be seen.  The Peyronie’s plaque is always an internal mass of fibrous tissue that is sometimes called a scar, but is not a scar in the usual sense.  Peyronie’s plaques or ‘scars” are only sometimes obvious, while at other times they cannot be found if a person’s life depended on it.  Ultimately, if you have Peyronie’s disease you must assume it is there and you should try as many different tactics as you can to find your scar(s) because having a clear and accurate information will help your Peyronie’s disease treatment effort.

To find the internal Peyronie’s plaque, sometimes it is helpful to think about it being much larger than you have previously imagined; mentally expand the size of the scar you are looking for.  If you were looking for a “pea” before and couldn’t find it, start looking for a “postage stamp” or a “thumb nail” size structure.  This change of the mental image increases your odds to detect it.

When the plaque cannot be located, but there is still pain and distortion of any kind, a diagnosis of PD can still be made.  This is so because the fibrous plaque can be so:

1. Small – it cannot be found

2. Soft – it blends into the other tissue and cannot be detected

3. Deep – it cannot be reached easily

4. Large and flat – that the edges are not determined, almost like something that is so close to you that you do not see it because you are looking far away

When plaque is never found it is because of a combination of two or more of these factors – deep and small, or soft, large and flat, or deep, soft and doctor error, and so on.

It is common to have difficulty locating the plaque for the first time.  Sometimes it is best to forget about finding a “scar.” Instead just try to find something – anything – within the mass of erectile tissue that feels unlike the other tissue.  Finding something unlike the rest of the penis tissue will help define the problem tissue that can be difficult to locate. It might be you have an unreasonable expectation of what a “scar” or Peyronie’s plaque should feel like, making it easy to miss what is rather obvious to someone else with experience in this regard.

After an unusual tissue is found, mark its location on the penis with a marker pen or something that will stay on the skin for a few days.  Return to that location each day to re-evaluate it.  You want to determine if it becomes easier to make sense of it, so you can monitor it during your Peyronie’s treatment.

Curved Penis and Peyronie’s Disease

Can a curved penis be normal?

One of the common questions I am asked is if a lifelong curved penis could be Peyronie’s disease.  The fast answer is that not all penile curvature or bends are abnormal, or even a problem.  If you have had a bent penis all your life it is probably not PD.

To help readers make sense of the situation, a longer answer is that a curved penis might indicate Peyronie’s disease under these two basic situations:

  1. Curved penis that occurs with other signs and symptoms:
    A.  Pain – the pain of Peyronie’s disease can be variable
    i.     Constant
    ii.    Only when erect
    iii.   Only when non-erect
    iv.   Occasional
    B.   Nodule or chord of fibrous tissue (Peyronie’s plaque) present somewhere under the surface of the shaft, usually located on the concave side of the curved penis C.   Penile curvature, bend or distortion not present earlier
    D.  Loss of sexual function
  2. Sudden appearance of penile distortion or bend that was not present earlier in life

Causes of a normally curved penis

Everyone has some degree of difference or asymmetry between one side of the body and the other.  I can just about be 100% certain that if you looked into a mirror you would notice not one, but many, differences in the appearance of your face:

  1. One eye shaped differently than the other.
  2. Wrinkles around the mouth or eyes that are different on one side of the face than the other.
  3. Nose and nostrils not even on the face.
  4. Mouth crooked.
  5. Center of chin not lined up with the tip of the nose or the space between the eyes.
  6. Ears shaped differently.
  7. Cheek bones not curved the same.

While all of this relates to the face, but can also be said of the hands, feet, legs, abdomen – or penis.  All parts of our body demonstrate slight irregularities and imperfections that make us human.  These are the small and unimportant things that make us unique individuals.

Inside the penis are three long tubular chambers that contain erectile tissue – one corpora spongeosa and two corpora cavernosa.  If there is any difference in the length, width or straightness of these three chambers it will result in an erection that is curved or imbalanced in some way.

When a small boy first notices his erections he accepts them for what they are.  Later he begins to question and wonder if he is as good as other people, and does not like being different from other people who he assumes are all perfect.  Don’t allow a curved penis to become more than what it is.

It would be a good idea to have your curved penis evaluated by a doctor who has experience in this area if you also have recently started to have pain, a nodule or mass of fibrous tissue, and/or reduced sexual ability.

Your curved penis may or may not be Peyronie’s disease, therefor this diagnosis is always best left to the experts.

Visit the Peyronie’s Disease Institute website for information about the Peyronie’s disease natural treatments.

Peyronie’s Disease and Masturbation

Masturbation prominently factors into Peyronie’s disease either as a cause of PD, or later as a man attempts to cope with his curved penis.

Masturbation is the self-stimulation of the female or male genitals to arouse sexual pleasure, usually to the point of orgasm or sexual climax.  It is commonly performed by touching, stroking, or in some way pleasurably stimulating the penis or clitoris until orgasm occurs.

Peyronie’s disease intersects with masturbation in particular for several reasons:

  1. Older boys and men of all ages can injure themselves during rough masturbation rituals with the potential to lead to Peyronie’s disease, especially if genetically predisposed.
  2. Men who are unable or too embarrassed to expose their deformity to their sexual partner often resort to masturbation to release sexual tension.
  3. Men who are unable to engage in sexual intercourse because of severe penile distortions can receive masturbation from them partner as a way to share sexual pleasure, as a substitute for traditional intercourse.
  4. Women who are denied sexual intercourse because of a partner’s severe penile distortion or erectile dysfunction related to Peyronie’s disease can be masturbated as a way to share sexual pleasure, as a substitute for traditional intercourse.
  5. Women who are denied sexual intercourse because of her partner’s emotional and physical withdrawal, thus isolated from the man with Peyronie’s disease, can use masturbation to release sexual tension while he is working out his own problems.

General masturbation comments

At one time or another or all life long, just about everyone masturbates – male and female.  It is an extremely common behavior, even among people with access to sexual intercourse and other erotic outlets with a partner.  While in one national study 95% of males and 89% of females reported they have masturbated, those who reported they had never masturbated admitted they would be reluctant to admit it if they did – thus these numbers are probably low.

For young children masturbation is a normal part of youthful exploration, becoming the first sexual act.  Most people continue to masturbate in adulthood, and many do so throughout their lives.  The most common explanation given why people limit or avoid masturbation is the shame and guilt that arises from religious and societal pressure.

Once regarded as a perversion and sign of a mental problem, masturbation is now seen as a normal, healthy sexual activity that is pleasant, fulfilling, acceptable, and safe. Masturbation is only considered a problem under certain circumstances:

  1. Directly or indirectly inhibits sexual activity with a partner.
  2. Causes significant distress if done compulsively and uncontrollably, against the greater desire of the individual to stop.
  3. Interferes with daily activities of life.
  4. Compulsively done in public or at socially inappropriate times.

No longer considered as being harmful, masturbation is thought to improve sexual health and interpersonal relationships if after learning what is personally pleasurable this knowledge is shared with a partner.  Especially in the situation of Peyronie’s disease many partners use mutual masturbation to develop and refine techniques for a more satisfying sexual relationship, when more traditional sexual outlets are not an option.

Masturbation can contribute to sexual dysfunction in Peyronie’s disease

Men who habitually masturbate in ways that are not common with a sex partner – employing mechanical measures that produce an unusually intense stimulus, stroking with great pressure or unnatural friction – can become so accustomed and dependent on that particular level or type of stimulus that partner-sex becomes insufficient for sexual arousal and leads to retarded ejaculation.  When a man experiences this sexual dysfunction he finds it difficult or even impossible to climax during more conventional partnered sex.

Michael A. Perelman, PhD, clinical associate professor of psychiatry, reproductive medicine, and urology at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City and the president of the Society for Sex Therapy and Research states, “Any man experiencing any sexual dysfunction should ask himself if he’s masturbating in ways that produce sensations that differ from those he gets from his partner’s hand, mouth, or vagina.  If so, then he should consider what he could say to her to make the stimulation more similar — and how he could change the way he masturbates to make it feel more similar to what his partner does.”

Safe masturbation in Peyronie’s disease

Generally, the best and safest masturbation you can enjoy by yourself or with a partner is that which is most like vaginal stimulation.  This can be as simple as using the hand in a fist to surround the erection while applying upward and downward stroking, oral stimulus, or sex toys that feel like a vagina.   This kind of masturbation is therapeutic once the Peyronie’s curvature has been corrected and more traditional sexual encounters can be enjoyed once again.

Lastly, because penile injury is thought to be a prime cause of Peyronie’s disease, it is mandatory that all masturbation be gentle and well lubricated to avoid worsening of an already bad situation. For more information, click on “Peyronie’s Disease and Sex.”

Peyronie’s Symptoms

Do I have Peyronie’s disease?

When someone asks about Peyronie’s disease symptoms they usually want to know if they have Peyronie’s disease.   This is a diagnosis that is not always easy to make, since the actual signs and symptoms of Peyronie’s disease can be tricky at times.

In order to answer this question it is first important to remember that a symptom is something a person feels or experiences inside, meaning it is subjective. A symptom is what someone experiences as a result or during an illness, injury or disease.  Symptoms can include chills, Peyronie’s pain, shaking, shivering, nausea, or dizziness.  Symptoms are reported by the patient to help a doctor diagnose a problem.

In the case of Peyronie’s symptoms the only subjective finding would be the penile pain that can be variable; pain can be felt constantly, only when erect, only when non-erect or only when flaccid.  In addition this pain can be extremely mild, very severe, or something between. Because the Peyronie’s pain is not always present – and is sometimes totally absent – it is not always a reliable way to make a diagnosis of PD.

You might say a sign is the opposite of a symptom.  A sign is an outward or obvious physical indicator or manifestation of illness, injury or disease.  In this way it is said that a sign is objective, since it is always something that another person can detect, measure in some way or see that helps to make a diagnosis.  Some common signs are rapid pulse, elevated body temperature, low blood pressure, bleeding, a rash or open wound, bruising, to name but a few.

In the case of Peyronie’s disease, there are only a few signs or outward findings that are used to make a diagnosis.  These signs can be just as variable as the Peyronie’s pain, such as the elusive Peyronie’s plaque or scar, a curved penis or some other distortion, and impotence or  reduced sexual ability.  Because each of these Peyronie’s signs are also not always present – and can be sometimes totally absent – it is not always a simple or easy thing to make this diagnosis.

Very often only a few Peyronie’s symptoms and signs are available to make a diagnosis, with perhaps the most common being some type of curved penis or distortion.

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Penis Doctors or Peyronie’s Doctors? – Take Your Pick

Doctors who specialize in Peyronie’s disease

When you think about going to a “Peyronie’s specialist,” you should understand a few things that could make all the difference in the world to you.  You should also know that Alternative Medicine is your safest and most logical approach to Peyronie’s treatment – more about that at the end of this article.

Each month I am asked for the name of a few Peyronie’s doctors; someone who specializes in the treatment of Peyronie’s disease, in a particular part of the country or a specific city. My answer that I do not know of any such doctor always seems to be a surprise.   Often a follow up question is posed in which I am then asked for the names of penis doctors, and again I give the same answer.

For anyone interested in finding a Peyronie’s doctor, first consider that Peyronie’s disease is known as “the doctor’s nightmare.”   Notice, the name is not “a man’s nightmare,’ or “a curved penis nightmare,” or “a patient nightmare,” but “doctor’s nightmare.”   This suggests how much doctors in general do not like dealing with Peyronie’s disease.  The average doctor does not like to deal with the diagnosis and treatment of Peyronie’s disease, as well as the many valid complaints and exaggerated demands of both the men and women who must live with this problem.  Frankly, we men with Peyronie’s disease are often a royal pain in the butt for an MD to deal with.

Peyronie’s specialists

Most often it is the urologists who come closest to the idea of being penis doctors or Peyronie’s doctors.  But even they often want to avoid the many frustrations and long explanations that are a part of working with men who have Peyronie’s disease.  I guess that 99.4% of men who are given a diagnosis of Peyronie’s disease have not once ever heard of it before it is dumped on them.  That this condition exists is a total shock to the man who first learns he has the problem. And just like the denial phase of someone who learns of the death of someone, there is a denial phase when first being told that the reason for the penile curvature, pain, or strange lump is an interesting thing called Peyronie’s disease that has no known cause and no known medical cure – other than Peyronie’s surgery.   This news creates a lot of denial issues in the patient that the doctor must take the time to explain away.

It is said that no one is happy while dealing with Peyronie’s disease.  Another reason the doctor is not happy is because he or she has no standardized or accepted form of medical treatment to rely upon.  Generally, there are four three basic approaches for managing this problem medically:

  1. Offer no treatment, but simply monitor the progression of the problem. Suggest the patient come back in six months to determine if the problem has deteriorated enough to warrant the risks of surgery.
  2. Offer the patient to either “try verapamil or cholchicine or POTABA for a while, although I have not had much luck with any of them, or you can always use some vitamin E if you would like.”   This kind of low key and unenthusiastic recommendation is based on the fact that none of these approaches work, and the doctor knows it.  The MD is put in a tough position because he or she cannot help PD, and this is a known fact from the start.  Talk about a negative situation that only gets worse as the penis shrinks or sex becomes difficult as a curved penis develops.
  3. Suggest surgery right away.
  4. Go home, ignore it, and try to learn to live with it.

These four options all seem wrong to the thinking patient. Yet, the doctor feels obligated to offer some kind of treatment when none actually exists, and he knows ahead of time that the patient will be upset when nothing helps.  Long explanations, distrust, and complaints will follow over a few office visits until the patient figures out the doctor really has no Peyronie’s disease treatment. The doctor knows ahead of time he will look incompetent and non-caring no matter what he does.  Hence the term, “doctor’s nightmare.’

For all these reasons only a few medical doctors have focused on Peyronie’s disease treatment.  Some of those who work in this area of urology are:

Thomas Lue, MD – Los Angeles, CA
Culley Carson, MD – Chapel Hill, NC
Lawrence Levine, MD – Chicago, IL
Martin K. Gelbard, MD, Los Angeles, CA
Sudhakar Krishnamurti, MD – Hyderabad, India

These doctors are essentially using the same drugs as any general practitioner or urologist, with perhaps maybe the surgery they perform being different in some cases.   You need to understand that while these doctors can be called Peyronie’s specialists because they hold themselves out to being more interested in or spending more time in the area of Peyronie’s disease treatment and diagnosis, there is not that much different they can offer than the doctor down the street in your town.  The great difference with these doctors is the number of people they see who have PD, so they will have more experience in this area.

For this reason when some calls to ask about a Peyronie’s doctor, I suggest they just contact a local urologist they have confidence in and stick with him.

Since there is no accepted standard medical treatment for Peyronie’s disease, and so many doctors suggest not doing anything for the first 6-18 months, I strongly suggest that a person consider building up his own ability to heal and repair the Peyronie’s plaque or scar.  Information can be found at natural Peyronie’s disease treatment.

Peyronie’s Vitamin Therapy

Peyronie’s disease vitamin treatment to promote healing and repair

All Peyronie’s disease treatment is controversial.  Peyronie’s vitamin therapy is even more so because the medical profession has always been slow to understand the use of nutrition to promote wellness.  This website presents information about the use of natural Peyronie’s disease vitamin and minerals unlike the conventional use of drugs and surgery to treat Peyronie’s disease.

The use of Alternative Medicine in the form of Peyronie’s disease vitamin, mineral and enzyme treatment has been developed in the following manner:
1. Distillation and interpretation of opinions and data found in hundreds of medical research studies and ongoing technical data from the scientific community, as found in the footnotes at the conclusion of each of the Peyronie’s disease treatment subheadings.
2.  Concurrence of opinion of the three primary medical doctors, and Dr. Herazy, who practiced together at Pioneer Medical Clinic, Chicago, IL, using their combined clinical experience of 90 years in practice, along with their medical knowledge and experience with  Complementary Medicine to promote the innate healing response of the immune system.
3.  Observations and personal experience of Dr. Herazy who treated his own Peyronie’s disease problem while using these same Peyronie’s vitamin treatment principles. Dr. Herazy was successful treating his severe case of Peyronie’s disease, and presents on this website what he learned from his valuable experience.
4.  Dr. Herazy’s experience and direct feedback from thousands of men and women who successfully used the Peyronie’s disease vitamin and enzyme treatment principles outlined throughout this large website.  This valuable information is retrieved from many dozens of telephone and email discussions each day since 2002, in which issues of progress and lack of progress, modifications of Peyronie’s disease treatment protocols are worked out on an individual basis.
5.   Analysis of data and information derived from PDI’s ongoing seven-year survey questionnaire research project, voluntarily provided by approximately 2,400 men who have Peyronie’s disease.

Peyronie’s disease vitamin treatment not mainstream

Traditional medicine, with no accepted Peyronie’s drug treatment, offers only surgery as a mainstream cure.  The Peyronie’s Disease Institute is not against Peyronie’s surgery when a case has been unresponsive to prolonged and aggressive use of multiple conservative care.  However, this is not how it is often done; too many men rush into surgery believing that is an easy and sure solution to a big problem.  Each surgical candidate should remember these three things:
1. Surgery will not restore the penis to its original length.
2. After surgery, hardened scar will develop to shorten the penis, often by 1-2 inches.
3. There is no guarantee that additional scarring might occur at the site of surgery, resulting in a return and possible worsening of Peyronie’s disease.

Yet, there are many Peyronie’s vitamin therapies investigated in large body of medical research that documents positive, but inconclusive and sometimes variable, reports of success while treating PD. Improvement and recovery made in the body while using Peyronie’s disease vitamin and enzyme treatments can be subtle and slow since their purpose is only to support or encourage a normal process of nature that is reduced or absent.

Our Peyronie’s disease treatment theory is that the potential benefits of these subtle natural therapies are enhanced and multiplied by simply using several alternative therapies at the same time – known to science as synergy.  It is easy to understand – at least for most laypeople – that a single natural therapy will not work as well as aggressive multiple therapies; like “ganging up” on the problem. One child cannot lift a grown man; five or six children can do it with ease.

It is our opinion that it is safe and reasonable to attempt to improve the eventual outcome of PD by faithfully and aggressively using several conservative Peyronie’s vitamin treatment ideas that are based on sound science and common sense.  For more information, click on Peyronie’s treatment help starts here.

Potaba and Peyronie’s Disease Treatment

Potaba for Peyronie’s treatment based on PABA, a vitamin

PABA, or para-aminobenzoic acid, with a formula of H2NC6H4CO2H, is a white crystalline substance that is slightly water soluble.  POTABA is simply PABA with a molecule of potassium added to it.

PABA has been referred to as Vitamin Bx because it is an intermediate step in the bacterial manufacturing of folate or folic acid in the intestinal tract.  Some bacteria in the human intestinal tract, such as E. coli,require PABA for proper metabolism. Humans require folate since we lack the enzymes to convert PABA to folate, hence it is made available via the bacterial flora.  Sulfonamide drugs are similar to PABA in their chemical structure, and their antibacterial activity is due to their ability to interfere with the conversion of PABA to folate by the enzyme dihydropteroate synthetase.  In this way bacterial growth is restricted through folate deficiency without effect on human cells.

Medical use of Potaba (potassium para-aminobenzoate)

Potaba inhibits abnormal fibroblast proliferation, thus it can reduce formation of scar material early after injury.  It is speculated that this POTABA anti-inflammatory activity is dependent on initial biotransformation that starts with granulocytes that are stimulated through the initial injury.  It also inhibits abnormal fibroblast proliferation, acid mucopolysaccharide and glycosaminoglycan secretion that occur during the normal inflammatory process.

POTABA has been used to treat a variety of conditions characterized by chronic inflammation and fibrosis; this list includes scleroderma, dermatomyositis, morphea, pulmonary fibrosis and Peyronie’s disease.

A POTABA research study was conducted by Carson who retrospectively reviewed 32 patients who were treated with 4,000 Mg of Potaba three times daily, for at least three months and later were followed for an average of 14.4 months.   Carson reported reduction of penile pain in 44% of those studied,  plaque or scar size reduction in 56%, and improvement of penile angulation in 58%. Complete reversal of penile distortion and angulation occurred in 26% of those studied. The average interval to improvement was 4.2 months, and younger patients with a shorter duration of disease were more likely to respond to therapy.  Even thought Carson’s study did not have controls, it suggests a possible role for POTABA in the medical therapy of Peyronie’s disease.

Unfortunately, the results of Carson’s retrospective and uncontrolled research were not reported as an intent-to-treat study.  Further, the number of research subjects who started therapy but stopped because of severe abdominal symptoms prior to three months has never been disclosed.

Because of the expense of POTABA, the need to take POTABA three or more times daily, and frequent occurrence of severe gastrointestinal side-effects (burning pain, abdominal cramping, and bowel irritability0, make it very difficult for the average man with Peyronie’s disease to follow the treatment guidelines for even a short time.  Yet in order to be effective, the length of POTABA therapy is variable, but sometimes lasting 12-24 months of active care.

Medical use of PABA

When a single potassium molecule is added to PABA, it results in what is called a potassium salt; this combination of potassium and PABA is called POTABA.  It is used as a drug against fibrotic skin disorders, and as such it can be used in Peyronie’s disease treatment.  PABA is also occasionally used to treat Irritable bowel syndrome to and related gastrointestinal symptoms, and in nutritional epidemiological studies to assess the completeness of 24-hour urine collection for the determination of urinary sodium, potassium, or nitrogen levels.

Despite the absence of any recognized syndromes of PABA deficiency in humans, many benefits are claimed for PABA as a nutritional supplement.  PABA is said to improve fatigue, irritability, depression, weeping eczema (moist eczema), scleroderma (premature hardening of skin), a patchy pigment loss in skin called vitiligo, and premature gray hair.

Peyronie’s disease:  POTABA or PABA?

The first Peyronie’s treatment work involved PABA, the vitamin.  When this was shown to be successful, work was then done to show that POTABA, the drug, could be more successful.  The interest is working with POTABA – the drug – was greater than with PABA – the vitamin – because the drug is more profitable and is easier to control use and distribution through the medical profession.

The reason PDI promotes the use of PABA for Peyronie’s disease treatment is because it has almost no side effects, is much less expensive to use, does not require a prescription and it combines well with other Alternative Medicine therapies.

For more information about the many ways to use Alternative Medicine to promote tissue repair and reversal of penile curvature, go to Peyronie’s Disease Institute.

Diagnosis of Peyronie’s Disease

Poor welcome to the world of Peyronie’s disease

It seems that most men cannot clearly or fully understand the scope of the problem when they are first given a diagnosis of Peyronie’s disease.

Obviously, when a man goes to the doctor for the first time it is because he is having a problem of some type with “his plumbing.”   It might be the sudden or gradual appearance of pain, a lump or nodule, curved penis or distortion of some type, or reduced sexual ability, that brings him to see his doctor or surf the Internet. While he knows he is having a few Peyronie’s disease  symptoms that were not there until recently, he is surprised to learn there is actually a medical condition that causes his problem.

After being given the diagnosis, a common first mental question often is, “If there is this problem that can so cruelly affect a man, why on earth have I never heard of Peyronie’s disease before today?

It has been recently estimated that after the age of 40, there are about four to six cases of Peyronie’s disease for every 100 men around the world.  That is a lot of men and a lot of cases of Peyronie’s disease.  For such a common condition, why is it that no one seems to know about PD until it is too late?

There are a few answers to this question, and they are all important to any man dealing with Peyronie’s disease:

  1. No one likes to admit he has a problem, or is less than perfect, when it comes to his sexual apparatus and his sexual ability.
  2. No one wants to the subject of teasing or to be pitied.
  3. There is often such social restriction limiting discussion of sexual matters that prevents open and free information that limits the discussion of Peyronie’s disease or similar topics.

This is indeed unfortunate because if there was more knowledge of Peyronie’s disease there probably would be less of it. Additionally, if there was more knowledge and comfort  discussing this problem we would probably be a lot closer to a genuine Peyronie’s treatment than we are now.

If more young men were given more information, such as how trauma is associated with the start of Peyronie’s disease in over half of the cases, it is more likely that reasonable caution and defensive measures would be taken.  It is very difficult to avoid a problem if you do not know it exists. This is why in “Peyronie’s Disease Handbook” I spend a fair amount of time describing how men should talk to their sons about this problem.

To learn more about Peyronie’s disease, please go to the Peyronie’s Disease Institute website for information about cause, progression and Peyronie’s natural treatment.

Medical Peyronie's Cure is Lacking

Peyronie’s disease cure right under your nose

Everyone wants a medical Peyronie’s cure that is a fast, easy, economical – and, oh yes – guaranteed.  In short, the ideal cure for Peyronie’s disease from the traditional medical viewpoint would be simply to pop a pill or two.  In this way everyone with a bent nail could go about with his life as before, with minimal inconvenience or effort.

Why would I say that this is the viewpoint of “everyone”?   Well, simply because we live in a medical society.  When people think of a “cure’ they think of medicine as it is currently being practiced.   All efforts on the medical industry drawing board are directed toward looking for a drug – oral or injectible – to be the great cure for Peyronie’s disease that has evaded us for over 425 years.   Currently, Peyronie’s disease surgery is the only treatment that organized medicine makes available to someone with this problem and it is beset by limitations and drawbacks.

Other than the Peyronie’s Disease Institute no other effort has been made to seriously investigate a treatment for Peyronie’s disease outside of the traditional medical model.

This limited viewpoint of looking only for a medication to treat Peyronie’s disease is typical of the medical and drug industries.   The business people who decide how to approach a particular health problem tend to look at these issues from a profit standpoint; they also only look in directions and for treatment approaches that are not only profitable, but which they can control so that their profit is protected.

Since the perfect Peyronie’s drug has eluded the medical establishment, they are quick to say there is no known cure for Peyronie’s disease.   What this statement really means is that there is no known cure for Peyronie’s disease using a drug or medical procedure they can profit from, control, and manipulate.

There is a Peyronie’s cure

What kind of medical quackery and heresy – nonsense – is it to say that there is a cure for Peyronie’s disease?  Actually none.  The body itself, in a fairly high percent of cases, will heal and correct – cure – the Peyronie’s plaque so that the problem does not advance.  Peyronie’s disease eventually leaves without a trace of deformity, pain, scar formation or limited sexual ability for about half of the men who get this problem.  It is said that about in half of the men who develop Peyronie’s disease, within the first 12-24 months the entire problem will just go away on its own.  Does that sound like a Peyronie’s cure to you?  It does to me.

How does the body go about doing this miraculous thing, to rid itself of the terrible curved penis that is the hallmark of Peyronie’s disease, and heal over the mass of fibrous material that is known as the Peyronie’s plaque?  I do not know; no one knows.  But then again, I do not know how my body does the thousands of miraculous and complex things it does every second of every day of my life.  I do not know, as a small example, how my body can take the breakfast I just ate and convert into living tissue.  We are all just wonderful that way, and part of this is demonstrated when a man heals his own Peyronie’s disease.

The Peyronie’s Disease Institute is involved with the use of a wide variety of nutritional and supplemental products that are intended to increase and improve the ability of the body to heal the Peyronie’s scar.  It is really not so complicated or more mysterious than that.

For those who say it is quackery or nonsense to think that a person can improve his ability to heal and function better in life, I ask, “Why it is that a person eats?”

What is the purpose of eating?  To satisfy the taste buds?  No, that is just a side benefit.  We eat, we put nutrients into our body so it can function; the food we take in is fuel to enable life and repair to take place.   By following the ideas of the Peyronie’s Disease Institute about PD treatment, all we are doing is trying to increase the odds and opportunity for the body to heal and repair in a way that is better than what is happening now.  Call this a Peyronie’s cure if you want, but it is no more miraculous than anything else that your body does during the course of an average day.

For more information about the philosophy, click on natural Peyronie’s disease treatment.

Peyronie’s Disease Vitamin Therapy

Peyronie’s disease vitamin E treatment and other nutrients

There are many important nutrients – vitamin, mineral and amino acids – that should be used to improve and support the ability of the body to heal and repair the Peyronie’s plaque and help reverse the curved penis it causes.  However, since starting this work in 2002, I have never heard of a medical doctor prescribe any supplement other than vitamin E.  I think this says a lot about what MDs know about Peyronie’s disease vitamin therapy; their knowledge is limited, focused only to the obvious, and tends to not go beyond what everyone else is prescribing.

Vitamin E and Peyronie’s disease

The standard Peyronie’s disease vitamin E recommendation of the medical profession is to “get some vitamin E, and take no more than 400 IU a day.”  Occasionally the dosage will be doubled to 800 IU daily of vitamin E by some doctors who think outside the box a bit.  This is important to remember because vitamin E is essentially the only non-drug Peyronie’s disease vitamin treatment that is suggested to a man with Peyronie’s disease.

Vitamin E is available in both a synthetic form and a naturally occurring organic form.  Which form you decide to use ultimately determines how much can be taken safely.  There are eight different members of the vitamin E family.  Four are known as tocopherols and the other four are tocotrienols.  The most widely found vitamin E member is gamma tocopherol, which assists the elimination of nitrogen free radicals, as well as being an effective anti-inflammatory agent.  Tocotrienols are primarily found in the skin and subdermis where they protect against UV and free radical damage. Tocopherols are found in the major organs.  A balanced diet – very difficult to achieve these days – contains all eight members of the vitamin E family.

Because of costs and chemical stability,  and because early research proposed it was the only member of the family to have biologic benefit to man, most vitamin E supplements contain only alpha tocopherol.  This means most men on Peyronie’s disease vitamin therapy as prescribed by their medical doctor will receive only one of the eight members of the vitamin E family.  Since the early days of vitamin E research (not so long ago in the 1950s) it has been proven repeatedly that the complete vitamin E family, stressing gamma tocopherol and tocotrienols in their natural and unesterified form, accelerate wound healing and minimize scar formation.   For this reason I am most insistent that men using Peyronie’s disease vitamin E treatment use a high quality vitamin E product that is heavily slanted toward gamma tocopherol and all the tocotrienols, like Yasoo Health’s Factor 400/400.

If you are concerned about vitamin E safety issues, please read Peyronie’s Disease Treatment and Vitamin E that answers all dosage and safety questions.

The body is like a house

In order to build a solid house and have it operate well, it is necessary to have a wide variety of components available during the construction phase and during the long maintenance phase when the house begins to need help in the form of repairs.

During the construction phase, many problems would develop if all the builder had to work with were roof shingles, or just windows, or just doors.  A wide variety of components are needed to make a good house – lumber of various widths, thicknesses and lengths, concrete, plywood, along with nails, dry wall, electric wire, and so many other hundreds of different things.

During the maintenance phase, many replacements and repair items are needed.  If the home owner only had nails, or furnace filters, or pale yellow paint to work with, it would not help a bit if the problem was a leaky roof, a squeaky door, or a leaky faucet.

It makes sense that a wide variety of replacement and repair parts are needed for all the parts of a house.  It also makes sense that a Peyronie’s disease vitamin therapy program has to also be broad and diverse.   How does it make sense that all the problems of Peyronie’s disease are solved with just vitamin E?

Peyronie’s disease vitamin, mineral, and amino acid treatment

Peyronie’s Disease Institute uses a variety of different nutrients to satisfy the many needs of the body to have all the needed supplies to heal and repair the scar tissue in the best way possible.

Look at the list of different products that are suggested for use in the large Peyronie’s treatment plan.  The list is long because the process is complicated.   Of course, even the large plan does not contain all the nutrients that could be recommended to heal and repair the Peyronie’s plaque; PABA, acetyl-L-carnitine, quercetin, bromelain and herbs to stimulate the process are just some of the additional therapies that can be used.

Your house is large and complicated, but it is nothing compared to the body. When the body develops Peyronie’s disease it just does not make sense to attempt to fix it with vitamin E only.  That would be like trying to fix a broken window with a screw driver.   The screw driver might be a useful to remove some glass from the window frame, but other tools – and glass – will be needed for the repair to be done correctly.

For more information about successful Peyronie’s disease treatment.

Peyronie’s Disease Treatment Via Direct Drug Injection

Injections can cause Peyronie’s disease

Peyronie’s disease treatment using drug injection into the delicate tunica albuginea of the penis is a medical therapy that is fast loosing favor for treatment of the Peyronie’s penis.  One of the reasons is the lack of good results, the other is that it has been shown that injections can cause or aggravate Peyronie’s disease in many cases.

I have personally communicated with hundreds of men whose Peyronies started after a series of penile injections that were undertaken for a variety of reasons.  It appears the drug is not so much the issue that causes injury to the tunica membrane, but the repeated penetration and trauma that causes the scar material that eventually starts a Peyronies problem.   However, it has also been shown that the presence of certain drugs can cause a chemical irritation to the tunica albuginea.  So in this regard, drug injections could easily represent a double threat of injury to the tunica that results in Peyronie’s disease.

Peyronie’s treatment – “First, do no harm”

This blog post about Peyronie’s disease treatment using direct drug injections (Verapamil, cortisone, etc.) should hit home for a large number of you.  Many men have undergone painful drug injections into the penis because their medical doctor thought it was worth the effort, and only found themselves with a new problem or worsening of their original Peyronie’s disease.

First I will simply copy an article, “Extracorporeal shock-wave therapy in the treatment of Peyronie’s disease.”  This research discussion is essentially about Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy, ESWT (or ESWL as they call it here).  This article comes from www.pubmed.gov under the reference number PMID: 15114750 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE].

What is important to note in our particular discussion is the area I have highlighted for emphasis.  You will note from an earlier post about ESWT in Peyronie’s Disease Treatment Forum blog, this form of therapy has been fairly well abandoned by a large percent of doctors who used it for many years since these injections seem to cause more problems than it helps. The reason this information about ESWT (or ESWL) is included in this article about penile injections is that these Russian physicians make a very interesting comment while discussing ESWT that underscores the damage created by injections (of any kind) into the tunica albuginea.

[Article in Russian]

Neĭmark AI, Astakhov IuI, Sidor MV.

The authors analyse the results of treatment of 28 patients with Peyronie’s disease using extracorporeal shock-wave lithotripsy (ESWL) performed on Dornier U15 lithotriptor. A total of 2-6 sessions were made, maximal number–12. The efficacy was controlled by clinical indices and ultrasonic investigation (Doppler mapping of the blood flow). ESWL proved to be efficient in the treatment of Peyronie’s disease (PD), primarily, in patients with early disease before appearance of severe fibroplastic alterations. Less plaque vascularization by energetic Doppler mapping due to ESWL is an important diagnostic criterion of PD treatment efficacy. Conservative treatment is not indicated in marked deformities and plaque calcification, erectile dysfunction. Moreover, any injection into the tunica albuginea, especially complicated by hematomas (deep tissue bruising) may be a damaging factor which triggers fibrous inflammation. Such patients should be treated surgically. If the patient is interested in immediate results or is not interested in continuation of sexual life, the treatment is ineffective. Thus, ESWL is an effective, safe method of PD treatment but requires further study and accumulation of clinical experience.

It seems that the problems penile injections can cause is not that necessarily about the drug that is injected into the tunica, but the needle itself that is used to deliver the drug. An injection to deliver any drug, or sterile water, can cause injury to this delicate membrane.  This sets off an inflammatory response that can result in significant Peyronie’s disease plaque or scar tissue formation for men who as so predisposed.   Doing this once can be risky.  Doing this up to a dozen times over a few months, as is often the recommended course of therapy, just multiples the opportunity for injury to mount on top of injury.

This Russian research team offers the opinion that the effects of such injection into the penile shaft causes such significant plaque development, that surgery is the best treatment option for the damage that it can cause.   Obviously, I do not agree with that, since surgery can also cause more scar development. Their conclusion is that they find men who receive these injections often eventually are rewarded with a disturbed and discontinued sexual life.

Growing concern about injections for Peyronie’s disease treatment

This idea is brought to your attention to demonstrate there are many in the medical community who agree with the same position that I have taken for many years now.  These doctors and I contend it is inherently risky, in fact, dangerous, to stick needles repeatedly into the penis for Peyronie’s disease treatment. Their  logic concludes that any treatment that can start or aggravate the very problem it is attempting to treat, is not much of a treatment.

It is unfortunate that the medical community turns a blind eye to the direct observation of poor results, serious irritation of the tunica, and the solid logic that reputes injections as a form of Peyronie’s cure.  Those who continue to inject their Peyronie’s disease patients, and bring these men farther down the road toward greater plaque development, must be desperate to look useful or just ignorant of how Peyronie’s disease often develops.  It is so common for medical doctors to think only in terms of medicine and surgery, notwithstanding the tragedy that can often result from their limited thinking.

The Peyronie’s treatment concept of using non-invasive methods to increase the healing response of the body is a safer and more trustworthy Peyronie’s disease treatment than some of the aggressive medial schemes being promoted today.

Pictures of Peyronie's Disease – Penile Curvature and other Distortions

What does Peyronie's disease look like?  Pictures of Peyronie's disease

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Peyronies pictures of the classic curved penis shown on this page are offered to widen the experience and education of anyone interested in this terrible problem. The pictures of Peyronie's disease found at the bottom of this page are graphic full male nudity, presented for educational purposes.

In the experience of PDI, most men do not understand the full consequences and eventual degree of distortion that are possible from Peyronie's disease – until it is too late. Because they do not know how bad the penile curvature, Peyronie's pain, and loss of sexual function can be, there is a tendency to underestimate the problem. Thus it is assumed that the small problem will stay “just an inconvenience, and hardly noticeable”. For some the curve or distortion starts small and stays small. However, for others it starts small and just continues to get more distorted, more curved, and perhaps more painful, eventually resulting in total loss of sexual function. At this point most men resort to surgical correction. For a discussion, click Peyronie's disease surgery.

If your Peyronie's penis is causing sexual distress, you might be interested in the in-depth and detailed discussion and loads of helpful information found in Dr. Herazy's   second book, "Peyronie's Disease and Sex."

There is a direct, safe and effective technique for manual penis stretching that has been researched and developed by PDI.  For details, click on stretching curved penis.

Without fully understanding where Peyronie's disease might take them, it is easy for some men to not take the curved penis of Peyronies too seriously. The uninformed and uneducated can accept and agree with the wishful thinking of the standard medical treatment to do absolutely nothing for PD in its early stages.

Click on "Peyronie's Disease and a History Lesson" to completely change the way you think about Peyronie's treatment.

Peyronie's Pictures: an Education and Wake-Up Call

To help comprehend and verify the nature of the Peyronie's disease problem, many men are shocked to see a Peyronies picture for the first time. It can be a real wake-up call.

These Peyronies pictures are not intended to aid a layperson make a self-diagnosis, nor are they intended to guide Peyronie's disease treatment. They are offered to encourage prompt medical evaluation and attention about any problem that might be PD. Bear in mind, just as every person is a unique individual, with unique physical characteristics – this even extends to the appearance of the penis in health and disease. Simply because you have a curved penis, or even a severely bent penis with a 90 degree angle, does not necessarily mean you have Peyronies. Do not think that your penis must look like any of these. Only a physician experienced in this condition can accurately diagnose this problem.

Learn how easy it is to create an effective Alternative Medicine plan, click on Organize Peyronie's Disease Treatment.

Before viewing these Peyronie's pictures, please review what causes the dramatic penile curves and distortions you are about to see.

Peyronie’s disease can be considered an exaggeration of the wound healing process. It is characterized by the presence of one or more flat and irregular benign (non-cancerous) fibrous plaques or scars anywhere along the shaft of the penis, as well as painful erections. Usually there is only one scar, but multiple scars do occur.

These scars can stop full expansion of the penis during erection, resulting in various degrees and patterns of distortion. Depending on the number, size and location of scar tissue, the penis can be slightly to severely distorted or shortened during erection or not at all. For more information, Anatomy of the Penis and Related Areas.

Peyronies pictures showing the erect penis from 5°- 45° are not uncommon, sometimes 90º or more. Sexual difficulty and impotency also range from mild to severe, depending on the degree of curved penis deformity.

Graphic pictures of  Peyronie's disease

Peyronie's Disease downward penile curvature - unusual
Peyronie's Disease downward penile curvature – unusual
 
Peyronie's Disease hourglass deformity in lower one-third
Peyronie's Disease hourglass deformity plus slight penile curvature
 
Peyronie's Disease upward penile curvature - common
Peyronie's Disease upward penile curvature closer to glans (head) – rather common
 
Peyronie's Disease upward penile curvature closer to glans (head) -
            rather common
Peyronie's Disease upward penile curvature – common
 
Peyronie's Disease bottleneck deformity with lateral penile
            curvature to left - common
Peyronie's Disease bottleneck deformity with lateral penile curvature to left – common
 
Peyronie's Disease 90 degree lateral penile curvature to right

Hopefully, these pictures of Peyronie's disease will help you to understand your own situtaion better, and motivate you to see your medical doctor. Please review the section, Peyronie’s Disease Treatment, to determine how to incorporate the aggressive use of multiple conservative measures to treat your PD.

Click here for more Peyronies pictures.

Thacker’s Formula – Other Peyronie’s Treatment Questions

Thacker’s formula and other Peyronie’s disease treatment questions

Perhaps a few times a month someone emails a question to me about Thacker’s formula.  This legendary Peyronie’s treatment – called Thacker’s formula because of the Dr. Thacker who is said to have created it – contains a specific ratio of Castor oil, DMSO and apple cider vinegar.  Although I know the exact proportions to make this Peyronie’s treatment I will not disclose this information here because I can not provide in this space all the details for correct use that are necessary to use it correctly and safely.

Along a similar line, I am sometimes asked if I know anything about using various things like herbs for herbal Peyronie’s disease treatment (ginkgo biloba, echinacea), a micronutrient (Coenzyme Q, EPA), or some type of old home remedy (garlic, Castor oil, olive oil) that might be used as a Peyronie’s disease cure.   They want to know what I would think about using the Thacker’s formula or other treatment, and why don’t any of these types of treatment appear in the PDI lineup of therapies?

In order for any therapy or procedure to be included in the PDI lineup of 14 potential Peyronie’s treatments, it has to have either been applied specifically in treatment of PD in a series of scientific studies and proven at least 50% effective in several trials (even though it might have done poorly in others), or it must have demonstrated good success and acceptance within the scientific community for treatment of other unrelated health problems (acupuncture and homeopathy).  With this simple criterion we establish some level of scientific credibility for those therapies in our PDI lineup, and further increase the possible effectiveness of therapy when several of these are united in a synergistic program of care.

There are probably some really good Peyronie’s disease treatment ideas that could be actually very effective.  But who among us wants to spend his time, effort, money, and most importantly, his opportunity to get over his Peyronie’s disease by experimenting with theories that have absolutely no proven ability to influence the body to promote healing? I did not want to waste my time on theories of questionable merit, when I knew there were many available that had already achieved some level of success.  This last group seemed to be a better place to look for answers, than chasing unproven ideas.

Edgar Cayce’s castor oil pack might indeed be an effective Peyronies’ disease treatment, but for one reason or another it has not been subjected to even minimal scrutiny for PD.  The goal of recovering from Peyronies is too great to use an untried treatment, when there are so many others of higher credibility and logic to work with.

Thacker’s formula does not meet Peyronie’s treatment guidelines

PDI was started on the basis of using treatments of some level of known and proven merit, and uses this standard today to determine what additions will be recommended and used in future therapy plans.  Rumors, stories, and speculation you read about on a Peyronie’s forum are not enough.  Alternative Medicine employs early science to see through the maze of superstition and learn the truth of what may or may not work to regain health.  These are the principles used to formulate the current Peyronie’s disease treatment strategies you have learned about.  We are already working on the outer rim of established medical practice, but we must be careful to not go too far away from common sense and valuable scientific information that will help us achieve our health goals.

Usually, my suggestion for someone who wants to use such a new Peyronie’s treatment is to do it in combination with several other known and better proven therapies already in the Peyronie’s Disease Institute lineup.  This way there is back-up treatment, and the total effort will create a therapeutic synergy.  Never is it suggested to use only the one therapy of any type, proven or unproven.

So, if you are just adding in an extra type of therapy because you read about it on a Peyronie’s forum, I say, all the more power to your curiosity and sense of adventure, but please do not use it exclusively as the treatment you provide for yourself.

While there is no reason to believe there is any potential harm in using Thacker’s formula correctly, and perhaps great therapeutic benefit,  at this time I cannot endorse the use of Thacker’s formula because it is essentially untested and unproven in any meaningful way.  There is a lot of good information about sensible Peyronie’s disease treatment, with reasonably good results in research testing, that should be used in a broad based  rehabilitation program.

Peyronie’s Treatment Help Starts Here

Peyronie’s Treatment Right Now

Every day I talk to men who have taken control of their Peyronies disease situation and are helping their curved penis when nothing else has helped them. They do all of their Peyronie’s disease treatment with the information found only on this Alternative Medicine website and “Peyronie’s Disease Handbook.”

If your Peyronie’s penis is causing sexual distress, you might be interested in the in-depth and detailed discussion and loads of helpful information found in Dr. Herazy’s   second book, “Peyronie’s Disease and Sex.”

If you are interested in a direct, safe and effective Peyronie’s treatment technique for penile curvature that was researched and developed by PDI, click on stretching curved penis.

What we propose at PDI is not so earth shattering or extreme in concept. We simply try to help you figure out why your Peyronie’s plaque did not heal or self-correct like the 50% of men whose Peyronie’s disease goes away on its own.  If half of the men naturally “cured” their own Peyronie’s desease, why not you? That is all we are attempting to accomplish with our therapy concept. It is really not so far out as some of the other things you find on the Internet.

To read success stories, click on Peyronie’s disease treatment testimonials.

Why Buy from PDI? It’s all about getting the best Peyronie’s disease treatment possible:

  • Service PDI offers email support and assistance for the products and services we provide. Dr. Herazy is here to help you with questions about the products we sell. This is an extremely valuable service the others cannot possibly match.
  • Quality and Quantity Repairing the Peyronie’s scar is such an important mission. It is critical you use a high quality and quantity of nutrients. We have done the hard part of selecting good companies and products. Buy with confidence.
  • Value PDI has a competitive pricing structure of which we are proud. You cannot find better products that deliver the quality and quantity for the prices we have set.
  • Convenience Everything you need is here, right now, in one place.

 

 

Three simple steps for Peyronie’s help:

1. Learn about your Peyronies problem. You were told  next to nothing about Peyronies disease by the doctor who gave you the diagnosis. You are on the internet right now looking for information about what you can do to help your Peyronie’s disease.   Get clear and concise information from a doctor who had Peyronie;s disease.  I put my personal experiences and how I recovered from PD in a book I wrote called “Peyronie’s Disease Handbook.” This book gives you all the information about day-to-day treating and living with Peyronie’s disease you will need. The information found in this book is different in many ways than the information on our website; there is no duplication of information between the book and the website. Another book that will help you tremendously is “Peyronie’s Disease & Sex” that covers all aspects of this complex subject. Get help through education.

2. Start the most aggressive therapy plan you are comfortable following so that you will get your best results. If you are interested in doing all that you can to help yourself, then perhaps you could consider using what is called the “Large (Best) Plan” for personal treatment. The “Medium (Better) Plan” is perhaps the most popular of the three plans. There is a “Small (Good) Plan” that is also well designed. It is very common for men to substitute Neprinol in place of the two smaller products, Nattokinase and Serrapeptase in any of the plans. These products and plans are found at Peyronie’s treatment products.   All plans can be modified, by subtracting or adding, to suit your personal Peyronie’s disease treatment philosophy.

Or, you can design your own therapy plan using the information found on this website. You do not have to use any of these model plans, they are only examples – but they make sense and they have helped hundreds of men improve their Peyronies plaque and reduce the bent penis of Peyronie’s disease.

3. Stop being discouraged. Sign up for the Peyronie’s Disease Treatment Forum blog and get motivated, inspired, educated and reminded that everyday men around the world are actually beating their Peyronies problem using the Alternative Medicine methods of the Peyronie’s Disease Institute.

As you will soon see, the PDI website is full of exciting and helpful research information about Peyronie’s disease treatment you have never seen before. You will also see this site is different because it gives you the answers you have been looking for. But you must work along with the PDI guidelines in order to get the kind of results you will read about.

Understand why Alternative Medicine treatment of Peyronie’s disease is not accepted by traditional medical practice, click  Science is Slow.

We strongly suggest you get all of your Peyronie’s disease natural treatment products and supplements from PDI. The products we use have been selected after years of experimentation because they are special, and a prime reason for the results our customers receive. The PDI therapy concept and strategy are built around the therapy products available from PDI, and no others. Peyronie’s Disease Institute only uses what are called “pharmaceutical grade” products, which are of a higher quality and purity level, and pass rigorous tests to guarantee that what is on the label is contained in each capsule. Time and again we see that when men switch over to PDI products and follow our instructions, good things start to happen. Our therapy products have been used successfully in hundreds of treatment programs. Most people understand that it is a poor time to experiment and sample bargain products while they are attempting to repair a serious health problem like Peyronie’s disease.

With over 31,000 nutritional products available on the worldwide market, this subject is confusing. Many of them – more than you would believe – do not contain what they are supposed to contain. They have far fewer – or none – of the nutrients you need to do the big job in front of you.

Commentary:  Standard medical “wait-and-see treatment” of Peyronie’s disease, click Peyronie’s Disease and Man Whose House is on Fire.

Peyronie’s Disease Institute cannot answer your questions or help you with your therapy plan if we do not have knowledge, experience or confidence with any “foreign” therapies you might decide to use on your own. On the PDI website we clearly state, “Sorry, but due to the volume of emails PDI receives and with limited hours available in a day, we can only answer questions from PDI customers. Purchase your therapy products only from PDI so you have full access to the vast experience and careful assistance available to our customers. If you purchase inferior grade or questionable bargain products elsewhere, you will have to rely upon that source for whatever help you might need later.”

Please email me any questions you might have about treatment of PD with Alternative Medicine, like how to use vitamin E or the best advice about those mechanical penis stretchers.   I will be happy to help you in any way that I can.  info@peyronies-disease-help.com.

Click on “Peyronie’s Disease and a History Lesson” to completely change the way you think about Peyronie’s treatment.

PEYRONIE’S TREATMENT STARTS LIKE THIS

Peyronies Help To Use Right Now

Every day I talk to men who are have taken control of their Peyronies disease situation and are helping their PD when nothing else has helped them. They do it all of this with the information found only on this site.

What we propose at PDI is not so earth shattering or extreme in concept. We simply try to help you figure out why your Peyronie’s plaque did not heal or self-correct like the 50% of men whose Peyronie’s disease goes away on its own. If half of the men naturally “cured” their own Peyronie’s desease, why not you? That is all we are attempting to accomplish with our therapy concept. It is really not so far out as some of the other things you find on the Internet.

Do these three simple things to get started right now:

1. Learn about your Peyronies problem. You were told nothing, or next to nothing, about Peyronies disease by the doctor who gave you the diagnosis. You are on the internet right now looking for answers, so get them in a special book I wrote, called “Peyronie’s Disease Handbook.” This book gives you all the information about day-to-day treating and living with Peyronie’s disease you will need. The information found in this book is different in many ways than the information on our website; there is no duplication of information between the book and the website. Another book that will help you tremendously is “Peyronie’s Disease & Sex” that covers all aspects of this complex subject. Get help through education.

2. Start the most aggressive therapy plan you are comfortable following so that you will get your best results. If you are interested in doing all that you can to help yourself, then perhaps you could consider using what is called the “Large (Best) Plan” for personal treatment. The “Medium (Better) Plan” is perhaps the most popular of the three plans. There is a “Small (Good) Plan” that is also well designed. It is very common for men to substitute Neprinol in place of the two smaller products, Nattokinase and Serrapeptase in any of the plans. These products and plans are found at http://peyronies-disease-help.com/buy.html All can be modified, by subtracting or adding, to suit your personal thinking about Peyronie’s disease treatment.

Or, you can design your own therapy plan using the information found on this website. You do not have to use any of these model plans, they are only examples – but they make sense and they have helped hundreds of men improve their Peyronies plaque and reduce the bent penis of Peyronie’s disease.

3. Stop being discouraged. Sign up for the Peyronie’s Disease Treatment Forum blog and get motivated, inspired, educated and reminded that everyday men around the world are actually beating their Peyronies problem using the Alternative Medicine methods of the Peyronie’s Disease Institute.

As you will soon see, the PDI website is full of exciting and helpful research information about Peyronie’s disease treatment you have never seen before. You will also see this site is different because it gives you the answers you have been looking for. But you must work along with the PDI guidelines in order to get the kind of results you will read about.

We strongly suggest you get all of your therapy products and supplements from PDI. The products we use have been selected after years of experimentation because they are special, and a prime reason for the results our customers receive. The PDI therapy concept and strategy are built around the therapy products available from PDI, and no others. Peyronie’s Disease Institute only uses what are called “pharmaceutical grade” products, which are of a higher quality and purity level, and pass rigorous tests to guarantee that what is on the label is contained in each capsule. Time and again we see that when men switch over to PDI products and follow our instructions, good things start to happen. Our therapy products have been used successfully in hundreds of treatment programs. Most people understand that it is a poor time to experiment and sample bargain products while they are attempting to repair a serious health problem like Peyronie’s disease.

With over 31,000 nutritional products available on the worldwide market, this subject is confusing. Many of them – more than you would believe – do not contain what they are supposed to contain. They have far fewer – or none – of the nutrients you need to do the big job in front of you.

PDI cannot answer your questions or help you with your therapy plan if we do not have knowledge, experience or confidence with “foreign” therapies. On the PDI website we clearly state, “Sorry, but due to the volume of emails PDI receives and with limited hours available in a day, we can only answer questions from PDI customers. Purchase your therapy products only from PDI so you have full access to the vast experience and careful assistance available to our customers. If you purchase inferior grade or questionable bargain products elsewhere, you will have to rely upon that source for whatever help you might need later.”

Please email me any questions you might have about treatment of PD with Alternative Medicine, I will be happy to help you in any way that I can. info@peyronies-diseae-help.com.

PEYRONIE’S TREATMENT STARTS LIKE THIS

Peyronies Help To Use Right Now

Every day I talk to men who are have taken control of their Peyronies disease situation and are helping their PD when nothing else has helped them. They do it all of this with the information found only on this site.

What we propose at PDI is not so earth shattering or extreme in concept. We simply try to help you figure out why your Peyronie’s plaque did not heal or self-correct like the 50% of men whose Peyronie’s disease goes away on its own. If half of the men naturally “cured” their own Peyronie’s desease, why not you? That is all we are attempting to accomplish with our therapy concept. It is really not so far out as some of the other things you find on the Internet.

Do these three simple things to get started right now:

1. Learn about your Peyronies problem. You were told nothing, or next to nothing, about Peyronies disease by the doctor who gave you the diagnosis. You are on the internet right now looking for answers, so get them in a special book I wrote, called “Peyronie’s Disease Handbook.” This book gives you all the information about day-to-day treating and living with Peyronie’s disease you will need. The information found in this book is different in many ways than the information on our website; there is no duplication of information between the book and the website. Another book that will help you tremendously is “Peyronie’s Disease & Sex” that covers all aspects of this complex subject. Get help through education.

2. Start the most aggressive therapy plan you are comfortable following so that you will get your best results. If you are interested in doing all that you can to help yourself, then perhaps you could consider using what is called the “Large (Best) Plan” for personal treatment. The “Medium (Better) Plan” is perhaps the most popular of the three plans. There is a “Small (Good) Plan” that is also well designed. It is very common for men to substitute Neprinol in place of the two smaller products, Nattokinase and Serrapeptase in any of the plans. These products and plans are found at http://peyronies-disease-help.com/buy.html All can be modified, by subtracting or adding, to suit your personal thinking about Peyronie’s disease treatment.

Or, you can design your own therapy plan using the information found on this website. You do not have to use any of these model plans, they are only examples – but they make sense and they have helped hundreds of men improve their Peyronies plaque and reduce the bent penis of Peyronie’s disease.

3. Stop being discouraged. Sign up for the Peyronie’s Disease Treatment Forum blog and get motivated, inspired, educated and reminded that everyday men around the world are actually beating their Peyronies problem using the Alternative Medicine methods of the Peyronie’s Disease Institute.

As you will soon see, the PDI website is full of exciting and helpful research information about Peyronie’s disease treatment you have never seen before. You will also see this site is different because it gives you the answers you have been looking for. But you must work along with the PDI guidelines in order to get the kind of results you will read about.

We strongly suggest you get all of your therapy products and supplements from PDI. The products we use have been selected after years of experimentation because they are special, and a prime reason for the results our customers receive. The PDI therapy concept and strategy are built around the therapy products available from PDI, and no others. Peyronie’s Disease Institute only uses what are called “pharmaceutical grade” products, which are of a higher quality and purity level, and pass rigorous tests to guarantee that what is on the label is contained in each capsule. Time and again we see that when men switch over to PDI products and follow our instructions, good things start to happen. Our therapy products have been used successfully in hundreds of treatment programs. Most people understand that it is a poor time to experiment and sample bargain products while they are attempting to repair a serious health problem like Peyronie’s disease.

With over 31,000 nutritional products available on the worldwide market, this subject is confusing. Many of them – more than you would believe – do not contain what they are supposed to contain. They have far fewer – or none – of the nutrients you need to do the big job in front of you.

PDI cannot answer your questions or help you with your therapy plan if we do not have knowledge, experience or confidence with “foreign” therapies. On the PDI website we clearly state, “Sorry, but due to the volume of emails PDI receives and with limited hours available in a day, we can only answer questions from PDI customers. Purchase your therapy products only from PDI so you have full access to the vast experience and careful assistance available to our customers. If you purchase inferior grade or questionable bargain products elsewhere, you will have to rely upon that source for whatever help you might need later.”

Please email me any questions you might have about treatment of PD with Alternative Medicine, I will be happy to help you in any way that I can. info@peyronies-diseae-help.com.

Peyronie's Curved Penis

Penile Curvature of Peyronie’s Disease

Peyronies bent penis is common diagnostic sign

Peyronie’s disease natural treatment is all about supporting your own ability to heal and repair the internal scar tissue (plaque) that causes a distortion or curved penis to develop.  Even though the Peyronie’s plaque is the most important element of this problem, Peyronie’s disease is known as the “bent nail disease” because the curved penis is the most noticeable aspect of this problem except for the sexual difficulty that often develops.

To read success stories, click on Peyronie’s disease treatment testimonials.

In a healthy penis the internal tissue is flexible and expandable to allow for a normal erection to develop when blood is trapped inside.

In Peyronie’s disease the healthy and elastic tissue of the penis (in a part called the tunica albuginea) is replaced by dense and inelastic fibrous tissue that is called a scar or plaque. During an erection the normal elastic tissue of the penis can stretch and expand to allow the penis to become larger in length and circumference (girth) symmetrically, resulting in a straight erection. With the addition of Peyronies fibrous scar material this normal expansion cannot develop, resulting in a curved penis.

Peyronie’s disease often starts as a small nodule or bump on the top or sides of the penile shaft immediately below the surface of the skin. Over a few weeks to several months, this small area of density can expand to develop into an irregular shaped mass of variable size, shape, density and surface quality. Some scars are as long as the penis, or surround the shaft like a collar. Some scars are either so soft or small, or their edges are so gradual and vague, that the scar is not detected. When the scar or plaque cannot be located, it is can still be assumed to exist because of the curved penis that is commonly associated with Peyronies.

To learn more about a new, safe and effective technique for manual penis stretching of the Peyronie’s curved penis that does not involve costly manual stretching devices. For details, click on stretching curved penis.

Curved penis affects sexual intercourse

Penile curvature of Peyronie's disease can break a marriage because it prevents sexual acitivity in a large percentage of cases.

Peyronie's disease is called the "bent nail disease" because a curved penis can prevent sexual penetration.

About 75-90% of couples who deal with Peyronie’s experience problems with sexual intercourse. The primary issue compromising sexual penetration is the presence of a greatly bent or curved penis that makes penetration physically impossible or so painful that intercourse impossible. Distortions can be so severe they are described as “cork screw” or “cane handle.”

Further compromising and limiting sexual activity is the incomplete filling with blood that can also develop in Peyronies that results in a small or large area of softness of the penile shaft. This softness causes a weakness of the normally turgid erection that can cause additional difficulty for the sexual act.

It is a rare Peyronies couple who does not experience sexual difficulty because of penile distortion and reduced firmness of the penis. Because of the complexity of so many physical and emotional issues that surface for the couple who struggles with Peyronie’s disease, the reader is best referred to “Peyronie’s Disease and Sex” for detailed discussion and answers.

If your Peyronie’s penis is causing sexual distress, you might be interested in the in-depth and detailed discussion and loads of helpful information found in Dr. Herazy’s   second book, “Peyronie’s Disease and Sex.”

Normally curved penis

Some men are born with a penis that is not perfectly straight. Just as some people are born with hands or feet of different sizes, curvature of the nose, or eyes that are not the same size, the two primary chambers of the penis can be of a different size. For these men the penis will look straight when non-erect, but then exhibit the imperfection only during erection.

Usually this type of lifelong penile curvature is more gradual and arched than what is associated with Peyronie’s disease, and seldom prohibits intercourse.

This slight penile distortion will be noted all throughout life, and does not appear suddenly as does the curved penis of Peyronie’s disease. Additionally there is rarely pain associated with the normally asymmetrical penis, while pain is often felt in the early stages of Peyronie’s disease since inflammation is part of the initial process.

Curved penis treatment

The most important point to keep in mind at the start of Peyronie’s disease is that any penile distortion that develops is not the primary problem. While a suddenly curved penis is difficult to ignore, it is only a symptom of the real problem of Peyronie’s disease – the scar or plaque material under the surface of shaft. If there was no Peyronies scar there could be no curved penis.

This is the reason I counsel men who use the Peyronie’s Disease Institute method of Peyronies treatment to focus their time and attention of the size, shape, density and surface qualities of the scar or plaque to determine if their Alternative Medicine treatment is being effective.

It is common during successful Peyronie’s treatment for the curved penis to worsen as the scar is being reduced or eliminated. This happens because it is difficult to know how many scars a man actually has, since they are often difficult to locate and often overlap. If only one scar is present (unusual), the curvature problems are direct and easy to understand. But, if several scars are present (common), the internal dynamics are made very complicated. Several scars could be influencing 2-3-4-5 different planes of connective tissue within the deep tissues of the penis to which they are all interconnected. Any change in one or more will change the way the internal tissues are pulled internally. This can make the curved penis and other penile distortion appear worse, even though the scars are improving under treatment.

For this reason it is wise to ignore the penile distortion and focus all attention to the condition of the scar while using Alternative Medicine to treat your Peyronies problem.

Do not be discouraged by the curved penis of Peyronie’s disease, but focus on effective natural Peyronies treatment.

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Peyronie’s Disease Treatment and Russian Roulette

Peyronie’s Disease Treatment is Not a Time to Gamble

Standard medical care of Peyronie’s disease often is to do nothing for the first year or so. The medical thinking is this: “In half of cases the curved penis  goes away on its own. If it doesn’t go away, we can always do Peyronie’s disease surgery.” For the half of the Peyronie’s disease cases that do not go away, the scar and problem either stay the same or get a lot worse. If the PD results in an “acceptable” level of pain, an “acceptable” degree of penile curvature, or an “acceptable” level of sexual impairment, the outcome of the Peyronie’s disease is said to be “satisfactory” and the wait-and-see strategy is said to have been successful for that individual.

Do you know who judges what is an “acceptable” outcome for YOUR penis? Well, it is not you. That determination is made for you, ahead of time, by someone else. Your doctor is only hoping that you will eventually develop a certain “acceptable” level of a penile problem. If you get only as bad as he or she hoped, then your doctor’s opinion will be that everything worked out pretty well for you − even if you don’t think so. Can you believe that? Did you know this is how the wait-and-see strategy is justified?

Read success stories, click on Peyronie’s disease treatment testimonials.

Peyronie's disease treatment can be a gamble if you do nothing for a year or two while your curved penis can worsen.  Peyronie's surgery is also a gamble.

Don’t gamble with your Peyronie’s disease treatment

You should find out early in your care if it is your doctor’s opinion that a 5-10-20° bend in your penis is a “satisfactory” outcome, and is not worth the trouble of perhaps taking some enzymes and other supplements. You should find out if it is your doctor’s opinion that not being able to have intercourse normally − as you have done previously − for the rest of your life is a “satisfactory” outcome, and is not worth the trouble of perhaps doing some exercises and using DMSO with copper and vitamin E. You should find out early if it is your doctor’s opinion that a dull ache and throb (maybe even a sharp pain) in your private parts every time you happen to get an erection is a “satisfactory” outcome, and is not worth the effort of perhaps following a nutritional program of MSM, vitamins E and C, Japanese herbs and maybe some carnitine. Carefully read those medical websites that discuss Peyronie’s disease treatment options. You will find how common is the opinion that so long as the penis is not terribly distorted and extremely painful, then everything is “acceptable”.

If you have PD you should know that the medical profession has a very low standard by which to judge what is an “acceptable” level of pain and distortion for YOUR penis, and what is an “acceptable” level of sexual impairment in YOUR bedroom. Using these standards by which to judge the health and well-being of YOUR penis, the medical profession has determined that this wait-and-see treatment approach makes sense to them. But, does it make sense to YOU? A man with PD should know his doctor is willing to take a chance like this with YOUR penis, when there are many reasonable conservative treatment options — even if they are currently unproven. Peyronie’s Disease Institute thinks this wait-and-see approach is a poor gamble and a bad strategy.

Learn how easy it is to create an effective Alternative Medicine plan, click on Organize Peyronie’s Disease Treatment.

Peyronie’s disease treatment with bad odds

The watch-wait-and-do-nothing strategy for Peyronie’s disease treatment must sound good only to the surgeon. To PDI it sounds like playing Russian Roulette with very bad odds. In Russian Roulette there is one bullet in a six-cylinder gun; that’s a one out of six chance of losing. In the wait-and-see approach, half of the cases clear up spontaneously; that’s a one out of two chance of losing. Or to put it another way, that’s like playing Russian Roulette with three bullets in a six-cylinder gun. No thanks.

Of course, if the PD worsens so that pain and/or distortion are intolerable, or intercourse is impossible, or impotency results, then surgery can always to taken as a possible solution.

Most would agree that it is better to do all that you can for your Peyronie’s disease, as soon as you can, using as many of the safe and scientifically grounded options that are known to have some limited success in helping the PD scar heal. If after following an aggressive alternative medical program, such as is presented on this website, there is less than complete repair and healing — as can happen — then surgery can still be used. Yes, you are taking a chance that the currently unproven alternative therapies PDI advocates might not work for you, but the down-side is minimal for the most part. We leave it to the reader to decide which is the greater risk: ignoring the problem, or exploring an uncharted treatment area. For further discussion, click on Heads You Win, Tails You Don’t Lose.

Standard medical care of PD often is to do nothing for the first year or so. The medical thinking is this: “In half of cases the PD goes away on its own. If it doesn’t go away, we can always do surgery.” For the half of the PD cases that do not go away, the scar and problem either stay the same or get a lot worse. If the PD results in an “acceptable” level of pain, an “acceptable” degree of penile distortion, or an “acceptable” level of sexual impairment, the outcome of PD is said to be “satisfactory” and the wait-and-see strategy is said to have been successful for that individual.

Do you know who judges what is an “acceptable” outcome for YOUR penis? Well, it is not you. That determination is made for you, ahead of time, by someone else. Your doctor is only hoping that you will eventually develop a certain “acceptable” level of a penile problem. If you get only as bad as he or she hoped, then your doctor’s opinion will be that everything worked out pretty well for you − even if you don’t think so. Can you believe that? Did you know this is how the wait-and-see strategy is justified?

You should find out early in your care if it is your doctor’s opinion that a 5-10-20° bend in your penis is a “satisfactory” outcome, and is not worth the trouble of perhaps taking some enzymes and other supplements. You should find out if it is your doctor’s opinion that not being able to have intercourse normally − as you have done previously − for the rest of your life is a “satisfactory” outcome, and is not worth the trouble of perhaps doing some exercises and using DMSO with copper and vitamin E. You should find out early if it is your doctor’s opinion that a dull ache and throb (maybe even a sharp pain) in your private parts every time you happen to get an erection is a “satisfactory” outcome, and is not worth the effort of perhaps following a nutritional program of MSM, vitamins E and C, Japanese herbs and maybe some carnitine. Carefully read those medical websites that discuss PD treatment options. You will find how common is the opinion that so long as the penis is not terribly distorted and extremely painful, then everything is “acceptable”.

If you have PD you should know that the medical profession has a very low standard by which to judge what is an “acceptable” level of pain and distortion for YOUR penis, and what is an “acceptable” level of sexual impairment in YOUR bedroom. Using these standards by which to judge the health and well-being of YOUR penis, the medical profession has determined that this wait-and-see treatment approach makes sense to them. But, does it make sense to YOU? A man with PD should know his doctor is willing to take a chance like this with YOUR penis, when there are many reasonable conservative treatment options — even if they are currently unproven. PDI thinks this wait-and-see approach is a poor gamble and a bad strategy.

Peyronie’s disease treatment with bad odds

The watch-wait-and-do-nothing strategy for Peyronie’s disease treatment must sound good only to the surgeon. To PDI it sounds like playing Russian Roulette with very bad odds. In Russian Roulette there is one bullet in a six-cylinder gun; that’s a one out of six chance of losing. In the wait-and-see approach, half of the cases clear up spontaneously; that’s a one out of two chance of losing. Or to put it another way, that’s like playing Russian Roulette with three bullets in a six-cylinder gun. No thanks.

Of course, if the PD worsens so that pain and/or distortion are intolerable, or intercourse is impossible, or impotency results, then surgery can always to taken as a possible solution, although not a good one as you can read in Peyronie’s surgery.

Most would agree that it is better to do all that you can for your Peyronie’s disease, as soon as you can, using as many of the safe and scientifically grounded options that are known to have some limited success in helping the PD scar heal. If after following an aggressive alternative medical program, such as is presented on this website, there is less than complete repair and healing — as can happen — then surgery can still be used. Yes, you are taking a chance that the currently unproven alternative therapies PDI advocates might not work for you, but the down-side is minimal for the most part. We leave it to the reader to decide which is the greater risk: ignoring the problem, or exploring an uncharted treatment area.    For further discussion, click on Heads You Win, Tails You Don’t Lose with Natural Peyronie’s Treatment.

Synergy and Treatment of Peyronie's Disease

How Synergy Applies to Treatment of Peyronie’s Disease

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Synergy (sin’-er-je) is the interaction of two or more substances or forces that when combined tends to produce a total effect that is greater than the sum of the individual elements. A short explanation of synergy is “1 + 1 +1 = 5”. Taber’s medical dictionary defines it as “the harmonious action of two agents such as drugs, or organs such as muscles, producing an effect which neither alone could produce, or an effect that may result which is greater than the total effects of each agent operating by itself”.

Synergy can be applied to winning a game of tug-of-war, or Peyronie’s disease treatment to reduce the terrible curved penis that so often develops.

Here is a very good example of synergy in everyday life. A doctor must closely monitor the combined effects of drugs that are prescribed to a patient. The effect of drug A on the body might be well known, and the effect of drug B might also be well known. But the synergistic effect of combining drugs A and B can be difficult to predict. As a result the doctor must closely monitor a patient when multiple medication is being administered. Thus, synergy is a significant part of the art of medicine.

There are many examples in life in which two or more agents or elements act in common to produce an end result that is greater than the simple sum each is able to achieve separately. A good example of synergy occurs in agriculture, when soil nutrients are applied to benefit crops. If nutrient A is known to produce a 2% increase in crop production, and nutrient B is known to produce a 2% increase in crop production, it is logical that using these two nutrients together should result in a 4% crop increase. However, because of the synergy between nutrients A and B a 6-8% crop production increase might occur, instead of the expected 4%. Taking it a step further, nutrients A, B, and C (with each increasing crop production by 2%) when used together might result in a combined synergistic effect above 12%.

Peyronie's treatment requires synergy to reverse a curved penis or eliminate Peyroie's plaque

Did you ever hear that some cooking recipes cannot be simply doubled if you want to make twice as much of a particular dish? Have any idea why that would be so? Sure you do: synergy. Perhaps, when a recipe is doubled, the oil, or the salt, or other ingredient reacts in a way that is more than twice its single effect. This is another example of synergy in action.

Let’s say that I can lift a maximum of 100 pounds, and you can lift a maximum of 100 pounds. It would seem reasonable that by working together, you and I should be able to lift 200 pounds. However, with the principle of synergy, it might be possible that together you and I could lift more than that, maybe 205, 210 pounds or more. Life is full of situations in which the synergy of team effort occurs.

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Peyronie’s disease treatment using synergy

PDI’s philosophy for Peyronie’s disease natural treatment makes a lot of sense when you think about taking advantage of the power of synergy. We are suggesting that you take advantage of a simple and frequently seen phenomenon that occurs all around us every day. This explains why it is better to combine vitamin E with vitamin C and MSM or PABA in your Peyronie’s therapy plan.

Commentary:  Standard medical "wait-and-see treatment" of Peyronie’s disease, click Peyronie’s Disease and Man Whose House is on Fire.

Peyronie’s Disease Institute’s  approach of using multiple natural therapies uses this power and expects a synergistic result in treating PD, just as in other applications commonly seen in medical practice, architecture, agriculture, or any other part of life. The synergistic effect applies in countless areas and situations, and treatment of PD is no different. Therefore, the synergy of multiple therapies selected from successful PD research and studies should result in an improved ability of the body to heal and repair.

Click on "Peyronie’s Disease and a History Lesson" to completely change the way you think about Peyronie’s treatment.

Science is Slow about Peyronie's Treatment

Science Can Be Slow – Especially with Peyronie's Treatment

It is said that if aspirin was discovered today, it would not meet the rigid and exacting standards of scientific proof that are currently in use. Aspirin would be one of those drugs that would be outside of accepted medical practice since it would lack sufficient scientific proof. Medical acceptance and scientific proof of a therapy is, of course, important and desirable especially with Peyronie's disease treatment for the elimination of the classic curved penis or other penile distortions that occur.  Yet it is important to keep in mind that just because a procedure or substance lacks this acceptance does not mean it is therefore ineffective or inferior. It might just mean that medicine and science have just not yet figured it out sufficiently to declare that it is OK. Remember that it was not too many years ago medicine and science said the following were falsehoods, and could not be proven scientifically: 1. Exercise is good for your heart. 2. Diet is related to heart disease. 3. Smoking causes lung cancer. 4. Smog is harmful to lung tissue. 5. High fat diet raises cholesterol in the blood. 6. Antioxidants, vitamin E and vitamin C are related to immunity and resistance. This list of what science made mistakes about could go on for a long time, all the way back to the “The world is round”. Most of us are old enough to remember the problem with Thalidomide. How about the AMA declaring that there was “insufficient scientific proof” of a correlation between a high fat diet (think French fries) and obesity? To read success stories, click on Peyronie's disease treatment testimonials. The point is simple:  Sometimes science is just slow to pick up ideas and information that are apparent to average people who use common sense and simple observation.  PDI thinks the same is basically true in regard to Peyronie's disease natural treatment.

For an interesting way of looking at things, click on A Honey of an Idea for Peyronie's Disease Natural Treatment.

Peyronie's Disease and a Man Whose House is on Fire

Peyronie's Disease and a Man Whose House is on Fire

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Here's a little story from the Peyronie's Disease Institute that expresses the thoughts and frustrations of someone with Peyronie's disease:

A man came home one day to find his house was on fire. He ran to his neighbor's house and yelled, “Hurry, call the fire department. My house is on fire!”

The neighbor came to the widow and replied in a professional voice, “Be calm, and try not to worry. Research shows that 50% of house fires go out by themselves, so in my opinion there is really no need to bother the fire department. I suggest you just wait and see if you will be one of the lucky ones.”

Peyronie's disease, a curved penis and Peyronie's plaque is an emergency for most men that requres immediate action

The first man replied, “Are you kidding? 50/50 odds are terrible! If I'm in the wrong 50% group, I could lose everything. I can’t take a chance like that. The fire is small now and it’s on the first floor, so maybe I can do something to take care of it. If you won’t call the fire department for me, then I'll just use a garden hose to help myself.”

The neighbor again casually replied, “I advise against it. There have been no double-blind or cross-over scientific studies to show that a man with a single garden hose can consistently put out a small house fire. Some studies have shown that it works, but then again there are other studies that show that it doesn’t work. There is so much controversy about this subject that the experts advise against doing anything but waiting to see if the fire goes out by itself. I think we need more studies in this area. I really can't explain why some indicate that it does help, and others show it does not. I hope you understand that I don't want to go out on a limb and recommend something that might not actually work. With no official agreement how to handle your situation, to protect my reputation for always being right, and to prevent you from suing me for giving you false hope that you can put out your own fire, I am going to suggest you do nothing right now. That’s about the safest advice for me to give to you.  I know your house is on fire, and all of that must be terribly inconvenient for you, but I have to protect myself you know. Can't you just wait a while longer for more research to actually prove your garden hose idea is correct? Research is being done right now to develop a new chemical that can be used to put out small house fires. Of course, any new chemical will be expensive and will only be available through authorized outlets that will have to charge a lot of money for the product, but in time, it could be helpful in a situation like this.”

The first man shouted in a panic, “Are you crazy? My house is on fire right now, and it is getting worse by the minute. I need help right now. I can’t wait for your studies and your research to prove anything, and I can’t wait for any new chemical. If some of the studies show that the garden hose will put out a house fire, or at least control it to some degree, then why shouldn't I give it a try? I would be a fool to not give it a try because it might be just the right thing to do. I know — maybe I can get a few garden hoses going and even increase the odds it will work. Maybe it will completely put out my fire. If it works, look at what I have gained – if it doesn’t work, who cares, at least I tried.”

The neighbor then explained to the worried and agitated man, “Not to worry: Be patient. You know, you are really getting worked up. If your home is destroyed – and becomes useless to you – you can always get a contractor to fix it. Think of it as your back-up solution. If your house becomes useless, just get it repaired. I've heard that some of the houses turn out pretty good.”

The first man snapped back, “You are nuts! Why should I let this fire get so bad that I need a contractor? Some contractors are better than others; what if I get a bad one? I’ve heard horror stories about dealing with a bad contractor. What if there are problems with the contractor's work? What if my house isn’t as good after his repair work as before the fire started? Even good contractors sometimes have problems with their work that even they can’t explain. I could be stuck for the rest of my life with bad results. No. Common sense tells me the best thing I can do now is to protect what I have and try to avoid dealing with any contractor if I can.”

The neighbor leaned against his doorway and told the frustrated man, “I guess the garden hose idea could do no real harm. But you could be wasting water, you know. Be careful that you do not use more water than you actually need. Now, I've read some studies about using too much water to put out a fire, and… ”

The first man didn’t hear the neighbor’s last bit of logic. He was now running back to his burning house and the garden hose. He shouted back to the neighbor, “Maybe you would feel differently if this was your house on fire. I’ve got to get busy and try to help myself if you can't offer me better help than that. I have to do what makes sense to me, even if there is no research to prove me right.” The man whose house was on fire picked up his hose and started working with it. He felt less stressed as he got busy doing all he could in a bad situation. Who knows, maybe he even put the fire out.

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Peyronie’s Disease and a History Lesson

Peyronies Disease and Important Lessons from History

This discussion is about a terrible sickness that appears in the news occasionally, with an interesting application to Peyronie’s disease natural treatment.

Throughout history great epidemics have occurred, killing huge numbers in a given population. However, it is rare to find evidence that an epidemic – no matter how devastating – killed an entire population.  In fact, it is not known if an entire population has been lost to a disease epidemic. This is a simple fact that has great importance to Peyronie’s treatment.

That the human race survived the ravages of many deadly epidemics tells us something about ourselves, and our ability to defend against disease and heal tissue.  You must remember that in every epidemic that has ever occurred some of us recover after becoming sick − or never even get sick at all − while others become severely ill and die. From this we learn our bodies, for the most part, do a great job of defending, mending and repairing, even in the face of great health challenges.

As an example, a smallpox epidemic will typically kill 30-50% of the people who are exposed. Yet, did you ever wonder if a small pox epidemic is so bad that 30-50% of a population will die, what about the other 50-70% of people who survive the small pox epidemic? Why do these 50-70% survive? Why don’t 80%, 90% or all of those exposed to smallpox die from it? What is so special about the 50-70% who survive? What do they do, or not do, that keeps them from contracting the disease or dying? No one knows exactly how those who survive such an ordeal do it. But, we can at least assume that those 50-70% who survive an epidemic have a healthier immune system and were able to maintain better function of body chemistry and physiology. There is another way to say it that sounds a little silly, but is true: We can generalize that people do not get sick after exposure to a disease like smallpox because they are healthier than those who get the disease. Some bodies function better in some way to heal, repair and survive than the others who get sick, or die. The same can be said of any health problem, even Peyronie’s disease – if your body is working at its highest level, you stand a better chance of avoiding or surviving a health problem. This is where the PDI theory about PD comes in.

We all have scars on our body. Sometimes a minor injury heals with a major scar, while on the other hand, some major injuries heal without a scar. Some scars from childhood injuries fade as we get older. These are important points to consider, since scar formation of the tunica albuginea of the penis is central to the problem of PD. If scar tissue doesn’t always develop after injury, and is reversible in 50% of the men with PD, what about you? Do you really have to be stuck with a scar and a permanently bent penis? Our interest at PDI is to determine why this reversal of scarring happens in 50% of PD cases, and how to assist scar reversal for more PD sufferers. We think we are on the right track with our efforts, and we offer our ideas to you for your consideration.

We all have seen from our everyday observations and experience that scarring is not always inevitable and is sometimes reversible. At the Peyronie’s Disease Institute we simply attempt to create a favorable environment in which scarring of the tunica albuginea is minimized to the best of each man’s ability, and maybe even eliminated, by enhancing and supporting the normal healing response of the tissue to injury. Remember:  no epidemic killed everyone, so we know our body has an amazing ability to repair and heal.   History proves this to us.

Just as we have seen from history that not everyone who is exposed in an epidemic of a fatal disease gets it, PDI is working with the theory that the scar of Peyronie’s disease might be avoided or minimized if you can improve your tissue health and immune response.    If you work a bit to increase your ability to repair and heal your problem, you might even be able to avoid Peyronie’s disease surgery, wouldn’t that be nice?

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Organize a Peyronie’s Disease Treatment Plan

An Effective Plan to Treat Peyronie’s Disease is Simple and Direct

Let’s understand something. You do not have to use each and every one of the following products to create a Peyronie’s disease treatment plan. Which therapies – and number of therapies – you finally select are entirely up to you. One therapy – any therapy – has got to be better than none; two are even better, three even more so, etc.

Perhaps the average number of therapies that are used in a treatment plan is about 9-10. As a general rule, the greater the number of therapies the greater the power of synergy working for you. Our experience is that those who try to do the least, get the least. Makes sense, don’t you think? No one can predict how a person will respond to any plan, but as the old saying goes, “You usually get out of it what you put into it.”

Additional information about Peyronie’s disease treatment – totally different and totally from a different direction, not presented anywhere on this website – is also available in the “Peyronie’s Disease Handbook.”|A good attitude seems to be directed toward an aggressive plan that can run for several months to help the body heal the Peyronie’s plaque material – anything that will avoid Peyronie’s disease surgery.

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  • Service PDI offers email support and assistance for the products and services we provide. Dr. Herazy is here to help you with questions about the products we sell. This is an extremely valuable service the others cannot possibly match.
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Brief guide to create your Peyronie’s treatment plan:

1. Be aggressive. Think in terms of overwhelming your problem and supporting your tissue health in a broad area. Picture this as a war plan and you wish to attack from as many directions and levels as possible to assure your success in battle.

2. Diversify. Use some internal therapies and some external therapies. Use some nutritional therapies and some energy therapies. From the internal options, consider some nutritional and some enzyme therapies. Mix it up.

3. Educate yourself. Read about the various therapies so you can understand why each is recommended in treatment of PD. Determine which are the most important to you.

4. Get personal. Think in terms of what you know about your own health and body. Try to select those options that address you personally.

5. Discuss your ideas with your doctor. Do not exclude your doctor from your decision-making process. Keep him/her informed and listen closely to all advice you are given.

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Options PDI recommends for your consideration in your PD treatment plan:

Method Item Product name, count PDI price
Internal Vitamin E Integral E 400/400 (60 soft gel) $28.00
internal Vitamin E Gamma E 500 (60 soft gel) 28.00
Internal Vitamin E Aqua-E (60 soft gel) 32.00
Internal Vitamin E Unique E (180 soft gel) 33.50
Internal Essential Fatty Acid Omega T 1000 (60 soft gel) 28.00
Internal Vitamin C Natural C 1 gram (100) 7.75
Internal Vitamin C Natural C 1 gram (250) 19.00
Internal Vitamin C Ascorbplex 1000 (90) 11.00
Internal Vitamin C Ascorbplex 1000 (180) 20.00
Internal