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Kenya: Peyronie's Disease - I'm Worried About My Bent Penis

It's normal for the penis to curve - slightly to the left or right - when it's erect.

However, if the bend in your penis is causing pain, making it difficult for you to have sex, or you've lost penile length; then seeing a doctor would be ideal. You never know, maybe you have Peyronie's Disease.

What is Peyronie's disease?

Peyronie's disease causes the penis to become curved during erection. This disorder occurs in 1 to 3 percent of men. Of those affected, only a small amount of men require surgery or cause impotence. The condition mostly affects men over 40, although it can happen at any age. Estimates of the number of men affected vary, but one recent study suggests around 3-9% of men may have the condition.

Peyronies disease can have a strong psychological impact - especially in single men who are not in a well-established relationship.

What are the symptoms of Peyronie's disease?

The symptoms of Peyronie's disease include:

a thickened area or hard lump (plaque) in the shaft of the penis (it's rare to get more than one plaque)

a curve in the penis when it's erect (usually it curves upwards)

pain in the penis, usually during an erection (pain in the non-erect penis is rare)

the penis looking misshapen, like an hourglass

loss of length or girth of the penis

Some men with the condition get pain in their penis, while others get none. If you do get pain, it may get better over time. However, in severe cases, the curve in the penis can make having sex difficult, painful or even impossible. Peyronie's disease may also lead to erectile dysfunction.

What causes Peyronie's disease?

The cause of Peyronie's disease is not yet understood. It's thought that the condition sometimes occurs after an injury to the penis when erect, such as being bent during sexual activity. However, it can develop without any obvious cause. Peyronie's disease may run in families.

What should I do if I'm worried about my curved penis?

If you're concerned about a lump or bend in your penis, or if it's causing problems with sex, go to your general practitioner for further assistance.

Source: http://www.peyronies.org

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