Peyronie's Disease

A bent penis or curved erection caused by Peyronie’s disease can make sex difficult, painful and embarrassing, but there are ways to continue enjoying a fulfilling sexual relationship.

Shockwave therapy for Peyronie’s disease is a clinically proven treatment that can help treat erection problems associated with the condition and can also help to permanently breaks down the fibrous plaques which causes the penis to bend.

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What is Peyronie’s disease?

Peyronie’s disease (pronounced pey-roe-neez) is a condition that causes the penis to bend when erect. Men with Peyronie’s disease experience pain when erect, embarrassment, lack of confidence, sexual performance issues, and anxiety.

Peyronie’s disease is a very common condition which affects around 4 out of 100 men between the ages of 40 and 70. It is most commonly seen in men over the age of 30, but can appear in younger men too.

Peyronie’s is caused by fibrous scar tissue building up under the skin of the penis, called a plaque. Plaques form along one side (usually the top), which causes the penis to bend out of shape during an erection. Many men with Peyronie’s disease can still have sexual intercourse but for some, it can be a very painful condition and cause erectile dysfunction.

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What causes Peyronie’s disease?

Doctors and urologists are unsure as to exactly why Peyronie’s disease happens. Researchers believe the development of fibrous plaques could be down to genetics or trauma that causes bleeding inside the penis, which may have been caused by contact sports or vigorous sexual intercourse. In some men, trauma and genes could both be involved.

Injury to the tunica albuginea (tough fibrous layer of connective tissue that surrounds the penis) can result in scar tissue forming in the cells (fibrosis). This scar tissue then forms the plaque of Peyronie’s disease. Usually the body would be able to heal wounds like this, if minor, however genetic factors may influence the effectiveness of repair.

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What treatments are there for Peyronie’s?

Pills, creams and injections can ease some of the symptoms of Peyronie’s, but the effects of these treatments are short-lived, and none of them are able to tackle the root cause of the problem. Penile traction therapy or PTT may help decrease the severity but again the results are temporary.

Surgery is an option but carries many risks some of which can be life-changing. Surgery is usually only recommended in severe cases for patients who fail to respond to non-surgical treatments and have curvature for longer than 12 months. Surgery involves removing the fibrous scar tissue using various techniques, all carry different risks and side effects. Surgery risks include impotence post-surgery, a risk of nerve injury and loss of sensitivity, decreased blood flow and risk of infection. Surgery also requires anaesthesia, an overnight hospital stay and then a recovery time anywhere from 3 days to 6 weeks.

Shockwave therapy for Peyronie’s disease is a clinically proven treatment for erection problems that are caused by the condition. ED Clinics is a collective of UK clinics which provide shockwave therapy as a treatment for Peyronie’s disease.

It has no known side effects, is risk-free and treats the root cause of the problem. It works by passing low-intensity sound waves that accurately target the fibrous plaques that cause the curving. The treatments are quick, pain-free and discreet, patients can return to their daily activities immediately after treatment.

Result are not guaranteed and may vary from individual to individual.

If you’d like to book a free consultation to find whether shockwave therapy might be right for you, find your nearest clinic here.

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Treat Peyronie’s disease naturally without medication or invasive surgery. Harnesses the body's own healing power to breakdown, dissolve and metabolise the plaques that cause Peyronie's Disease.

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