Peyronie’s disease is the development of scar tissue, also known as a Peyronie’s plaque, under the skin of the penis, which causes it to curve during an erection.
The rate of Peyronie's disease is hard to calculate but the condition is thought to affect at least 5% of men, which equates to approximately half a million Australians.
The cause of Peyronie's disease is unclear but it could be due to injury to the penis, perhaps during sex. Genetic factors might also be involved.
Common symptoms of Peyronie's disease include bending or curving of the penis when erect, pain during an erection, narrowing or shortening of the penis and erectile dysfunction. Not all men experience the same set of symptoms.
Depending on the degree of curvature and the direction of the curvature, some men with Peyronie's disease may find it difficult to have sex, masturbate or have sex in their preferred positions. In addition, it may be painful to have sex for both the male with Peyronie's disease and his partner due to the curve in the erect penis.
Peyronie's disease may also cause difficulties achieving or maintaining an erection, which may interfere with the ability to have sexual intercourse.
It is estimated that Peyronie's disease will go away without treatment in 12% of men diagnosed with the condition. For some men diagnosed with Peyronie's disease, their symptoms may progress over time if left untreated, and for other men, their symptoms may remain constant.
A range of medical and surgical options are available to treat Peyronie's disease. If you think you might have Peyronie's disease, the best thing to do is speak with your doctor who can perform a proper assessment and discuss the best way to manage your Peyronie’s disease.