There are men who suffer from Peyronie’s Disease (Bent penis), a condition where the penis has an extreme, usual, 30 percent or greater, bend.The cause of the disease is largely unknown but medical professionals suggest it can develop over time due to injuries to the penis, both major and minor. Those traumas can cause bleeding which can lead to scar tissue formation and build up, however, this is not always the case.
Over time, a man may notice a curve in his penis becoming more dramatic, frequently leading to pain when urinating and getting and maintaining an erection. Having bent penis can also lead to erectile dysfunction and anxiety. The good news is there are some treatments out there to help men with Peyronie’s Disease or men who just have an extreme bend in their penis regain function and decrease discomfort.
Bent Penis Treatments
Determining the appropriate treatment depends on a variety of factors: the stage of the disease, the presence of pain, severity and direction of the curvature, penile length, and patient’s erectile status. Less severe cases can even go away on their own. In fact, many doctors employ a “wait and see” approach at first. If things aren’t remedying themselves, however, there are many options available.
1) Lifestyle Changes
Some adjustments to lifestyle will reduce the risk of erectile dysfunction related to Peyronie’s Disease. Reduction or abolishment of alcohol, non-prescription medications, and smoking help lessen the effects of the disease. Exercising daily for 30 or more minutes has also shown to help blood flow to the penis.
Often times, these drugs are, gulp, injected into the penis. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has only approved one drug to treat the condition. Xiaflex is the name of this drug. This drug is only recommended for men whose penis has a bend of 30% or greater. This treatment is given over time as a series of penile injections. These break down the collagen (scar tissue) causing the bend. Verapamil is another medication that is commonly prescribed. Verapamil is an oral medication. The final medication is Interferon, an injection that works similarly to Xiaflex.
Note: For men using Xiaflex, there is a six-week physical therapy program that works in conjunction with the treatment. Each day men should:
– Stretch the penis while not erect. Do this three times daily. Each stretch should be for 30 seconds.
– Straighten the penis when experiencing an unprompted erection unrelated to sexual activity for 30 seconds once per day.
3) Non-Surgical Bent Penis Treatments
There are several non-surgical options men have to treat a bent penis. A technique gaining popularity is Iontophoresis. A weak electrical current is used to deliver medication through the skin. Shock wave therapy is also being researched. This therapy breaks up scar tissue. In addition, stretching the penis through penile traction therapy, and various vacuum-like devices have also been tried.
Men who have been diagnosed with severe Peyronie’s Disease are suitable for surgery. Surgery can include penile implants, shortening the side opposite the bend, or lengthening the side of the bend. Lengthening runs a greater risk of causing erectile dysfunction. While shortening can create a straighter penis, it will be shorter which is undesirable for some men.
5) Natural Remedies
Sadly, there aren’t many natural remedies that have been studied as bent penis treatment options. One promising study from 2001 found that l-carnitine was a safe and effective option for acute and early chronic Peyronie’s Disease.
While research continues into what causes Peyronie’s Disease and how to remedy it. The men who suffer from the condition should continue to educate themselves on their options and staying current on penile health topics in general. This will help both in and out of the bedroom.
In conclusion, Men’s Clinic International deals with any sexual problems that are related to Weak Erections, Early Ejaculation, Low Libido, STIs or Circumcision. Get in touch with us to book a consultation with our professional doctors who specialise in Men’s Sexual Health.
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