Bent penis to left or right when it is erect is highly common.
The penis of every man differs in its shape and size. Having a slightly bent penis is not something to be worried about.
However, significant curvature of the penis has to be paid attention to, as it can result in various problems such as pain, erectile dysfunction and difficulty in penetration during sex.
A truly curved penis can result from Peyronie’s disease and penile fracture due to two rare conditions.
This post focuses on what causes a bent penis and how it can be treated.
Keep reading to find out everything you should know about Peyronie’s disease in a quick turn-around time.
What is Peyronie’s disease?
Peyronie’s disease is an inflammatory disease that leads to the formation of a curved penis. It is a non-cancerous condition that occurs due to the formation of fibrous scar tissues under the skin of the penis.
The exact cause of this disease is unknown; however, speculations include repeated injury to the penis or autoimmune disorder.
Additional study revealed that this condition is frequent in men above 40. The symptom of Peyronie’s disease differs among men, and it can range from mild to severe symptoms.
The mild symptoms might resolve on their own. Serious symptoms include reduced flexibility of the penis and painful intercourse.
Some common symptoms of a curved penis due to Peyronie’s disease include:
- Development of curve in the penis during erection
- Painful and difficult intercourse
- Erectile dysfunctions
- Reduced flexibility
- Formation of scar tissue called plaque resulting in lumps or band of hard tissue under the penis skin
- Your penis might have a significant bend upward, downward, or to either side
- Your penis might shorten
Curved penis due to penile fracture
The second reason that results in a bent penis is penis fracture. A penile fracture occurs due to a fracture during an erection.
Forceful or sudden erection can sometimes damage one or both the cylinders in the penis resulting in a bent penis.
A fracture usually occurs due to aggressive movements during intercourse and masturbation.
Though a curved penis is a rare condition, it is a serious condition and has to be taken immediately to your doctor’s attention.
Symptoms of penile fracture include:
- A leak of blood at the urethra
- Severe pain in the penis
- A cracking sound during intercourse
- Dark bruising of the penis
Causes of Peyronie’s disease
The cause of Peyronie’s disease is beyond complete understanding, but medical professionals explain that several factors contribute to the condition.
The disease is speculated to arise due to continuous injury to the penis. For instance, it might get injured repeatedly during sexual intercourse, aggressive sports activity, or an accident.
However, specific trauma causing the condition is not registered. After an injury, the penis heals during which scar tissue formation occurs in a disorganized manner.
This results in nodule formation or curvature of the penis. You will be surprised to know that study revealed that you had increased risk of Peyronie’s disease if anyone in your family was or is currently affected with it.
Common risk factors associated with Peyronie’s disease include:
- Disorders of the connective tissue
- Health conditions
How to Straighten A Bent Penis?
If you encounter any of the symptoms mentioned above, you should fix your appointment with a Urologist without any delay.
The doctor will perform certain tests to diagnose the cause of the curved penis and suggest an ideal course of treatment.
Treatment won’t be suggested, or mild treatment is suggested when the symptoms are mild.
In case of severe symptoms, surgery is proven to be an effective treatment. However, surgery is recommended only after observation for months.
The treatment to straighten a bent penis depends on the degree of curvature and its cause. Primarily two types of treatments are available to straighten a bent penis.
1. Surgical treatment for bent penis
Surgical treatment to straighten bent penis involves various procedures which involve:
- Removal or cutting of the scar tissue and attaching skin or vein to make the penis straight
- Shortening of the penis: some portion of the penis opposite to the scar tissue is removed to balance the bend and make the penis straight.
- Penile implants: implants are placed into the penis in the desired position to reduce the curvature.
2. Non-surgical treatments for bent penis
For mild conditions, various non-surgical options are available such as medications and steroid injections and medicines that make penis long and strong.
Another non-surgical treatment that has set guidelines is ESWT.
ESWT expands as extracorporeal shockwave therapy. In this treatment, sound waves specific wavelength is targeted at the scar tissue.
ESWT is a safe option, but its effectiveness is not proven.
Though not proven, lifestyle changes reduce the risk factors that cause Peyronie’s disease. You can follow the following lifestyle changes:
- Quit smoking
- Reduce consumption of alcohol
- Avoid usage of illegal drugs
- Follow regular exercising routines
A slightly curved penis is nothing to be worried about while a significantly curved penis, accompanied by severe pain, should be taken to the immediate attention of your GP.