8 things you need to know about Peyronie’s Disease (PD)
1 Not all curves are created equal.
Like fingers and noses, erections come in all shapes and sizes. And while it may be common for an erection to curve slightly, the curve shouldn’t be bothersome. And it shouldn’t be painful.
2 A noticeably curved and/or painful erection?
PD is a condition in men in which there is an abnormal curve that can be painful during intimacy or arousal. PD can be extremely difficult for the men who experience its effects, and may result in anxiety, feelings of low self-esteem, or depression—not to mention emotional and relationship problems with their partners.
3 How common is it?
It is estimated that PD can affect as many as 1 in 10 men worldwide—in the US, PD is considered a rare medical condition. Diagnosis rates remain low because men living with PD may be too uncomfortable to see a urologist, a doctor who specializes in men’s health conditions.
4 What causes PD?
PD is caused by a buildup of fibrous scar tissue (plaque) that develops under the skin of the penis. And while the exact cause of the plaque is unknown, it’s most commonly believed to be caused by injury “down there”—maybe even during sex.
5 Who gets it?
PD is found in men of all ages but is most common in men aged 40 to 70. And even though it’s rare, PD has also been reported in men in their 30s.
It is not known what places patients at a higher risk for having PD. It is thought that genetics, injury to the penis, and other factors, such as smoking and diabetes, may play a role in this condition.
6 How do I know if I might have PD?
Only a urologist can make an accurate PD diagnosis, but there are a handful of signs to look out for, which could include:
- A curve in the penis during erection with or without associated difficulty during sex
- Lumps in the penis
- A shrunken or shortened penis
- Pain during erection
7 Sounds like some serious form of ED—is it?
PD can be confused with erectile dysfunction (ED), but it’s actually very different.
Some men with PD may also have ED. A urologist will be able to identify which condition(s) you may have.
8 What should I do if I think I might have PD?
Ask about the curve! Talk to your doctor—or, better yet, see a urologist about the symptoms you are experiencing. It may seem embarrassing, but it is important to speak up and get the help you need.
A few terms you should know...
Urologist: A doctor who specializes in men’s health conditions
François Gigot de la Peyronie: The French guy who first described PD as a disorder
PD: A condition in men in which there is an abnormal curve that can be painful during intimacy or arousal
ED: Erectile Dysfunction is an inability to develop and/or maintain an erection
Fibrous plaque: A buildup of scar tissue in the connective soft tissue that causes an erection to curve abnormally
Jerry Punch, MD: A sports commentator—also a licensed doc—who will speak about PD. See his video on the Jerry Punch page.
Peyronie’s disease (PD):
A condition in men in which there is an abnormal curve that can be painful during intimacy or arousal
PD can make intimacy a challenge
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Some men with PD may have a shrunken or shortened penis
Men with PD may have difficulty penetrating during intercourse
Painful erections may occur in men with PD
PD is caused by a buildup of fibrous scar tissue, under the skin of the penis
Jerry takes on Peyronie’s Disease (PD)
Jerry Punch, MD, is a nationally-recognized sports announcer, best known for his role covering college football and basketball, the Indianapolis 500, and other Verizon IndyCar series events. In addition to his time in front of the camera, Dr. Punch also spent 14 years as director of emergency room services at a Florida hospital and served two terms as chief of staff.
Now, Dr. Punch has joined Endo Pharmaceuticals and international non-profit Men’s Health Network, to bring his medical experience to the public to help raise awareness of an important and intimate men’s health issue, Peyronie’s disease, and to encourage men to ask about the curve.