Peyronie's Disease, also known as penile curvature, is described as an abnormal bend in the penis that occurs during erection. A man with Peyronie's Disease has a plaque of hardened tissues in his penis causing a restriction and preventing the penis from expanding correctly during an erection. The result is a curvature at the point of restriction. Though it cannot physically kill anyone, the curvature can actually kill your sex life rather effectively.
Nearly 3 percent of the entire male population is estimated to be afflicted with Peyronie's Disease. It usually occurs between the ages of 45 and 60, though it's been known to occur in men as young as 18. Symptoms of this disease include:
Many men with Peyronie's Disease do not need any treatment. The disease sometimes clears up by itself, although it may take several years. Other men, however, do need treatment. So if you notice a slight bend or arc or in your penis during erection, you should immediately take action before it gets worse. The condition is typically progressive and leads to impotence or inability to have intercourse.The exact cause of penile curvature is unknown but many researchers believe that the plaque that's typical of Peyronie's Disease develops following trauma (hitting or bending the penis) or vigorous sexual activity that causes localized bleeding inside the penis. Other researchers trace it to diabetes, circulatory disorders, or a genetic link.
There are several drug treatments for those suffering from Peyronie's Disease like Vitamin E or B-complex treatment, steroid and calcium channel blockers injections, and radiation therapy but these are mainly for the reduction of pain. The most well known treatment for the disease however, involves surgery.