Your penis has three tubes, and one is called the urethra, which transports urine from your bladder to the outside. The other two penis tubes are the corpora cavernosa, which fill with blood to make your penis stiff for sex. The three tubes of your penis are covered together by a tough fibrous tissue called the tunica albuginea (TA). Sometimes, the fibrous covering of the penile shaft may be affected by Peyronie’s disease Los Angeles. The condition got its name from Francois de la Peyronie, who first described it in the early 1700s. When you have Peyronie’s disease, often your erect penis bends instead of becoming straight because the erectile tissue has abnormal, fibrous lumps.
Although you can get Peyronie’s disease at any age, generally, it affects men aged 40 and above. The exact cause of the fibrous plaque, mainly on the top of your penis, is still unclear. However, some researchers believe the hardened plaque or inelastic scar may be due to an injury, causing the inside of the penis to bleed. The disease may also be inherited. Consequently, below are typical signs that may indicate that you have Peyronie’s disease.
- Penile curving or bending
A deformed penis is one of the primary indications that you may have Peyronie’s disease. Because of the hardening of the scar tissue, it is impossible to realize a straight erection associated with healthy penis tissue. Therefore, your penis curves.
Your penis may curve or bend upwards, downwards, or sideways. You may also notice irregular bending or twisting in the penis section with hardened plaque. And if you have several plaque accumulations in the penis, it may curve in different directions.
- A hard lump in the penis shaft
Although rare, you can have more than one thickened area in the shaft of your penis.
The hardened lump or area results from scar tissue. You can see or feel the hard lump under the skin when you touch your penis.
The band of firm tissue can occur anywhere along the penis shaft. Remember, the hard lump may feel soft in the beginning before becoming harder.
- Pain in the penis
At the start of the formation of the hard lump in the shaft of your penis, you may have pain, which often appears when you have an erection and are ready to penetrate the vagina or ejaculate. Still, the pain may occur even without a penis erection.
The pain happens because the plaque buildup under the skin of your penis causes pressure on healthy tissues, leading to their irritation and inflammation.
- Shorter and narrower penis
The plaque in the shaft of the penis causes loss of length or girth, and the penis resembles an hourglass. The narrow appearance of the penis may be due to the presence of hard lumps on opposing sides of your penis, forcing an inward shape.
You may not achieve and maintain an erection that can enable satisfactory sexual intercourse when you have Peyronie’s disease. That is because you may become depressed and anxious when you are about to engage in sex. The curving of your penis can make it difficult and painful to have sexual intercourse.
Contact Atlas Men’s Clinic today to book an appointment to explore treatment options for your Peyronie’s disease.