Every person is different, and so is every penis. Some are slightly curved, and some are completely straight. When men first hear about Peyronie’s disease, which usually presents as curvature of the penis, those that have some curvature will wonder if they have Peyronie’s. A basic rule is that if you had the curvature since puberty, and never experienced any trauma to the penis before that point, your curvature is most likely congenital (present from birth). However, having a natural curve does not mean that you can’t get Peyronie’s. Any change in the curvature of the penis is a sign that you may have Peyronie’s, which can develop from a trauma to the penis or could develop seemingly spontaneously.
Curvature isn’t the only sign that someone has developed Peyronie’s disease. About half of men will first notice pain in the penis. This can happen whether it is erect or not. Some men never develop any pain during the course of the disease. The next symptom of Peyronie’s is deformity of the penis. This can include curvature in any direction, indentations, or an hourglass shape. Sometimes there are one or more plaques too, these can sometimes be felt or even seen just beneath the skin. This initial stage of disease is known as the acute phase. It usually lasts 12 to 18 months before entering the stable phase.
If you think you might have Peyronie’s, your results from treatment can be greatly improved if you seek out help as soon as you can. More importantly, find a urologist that specializes in treating Peyronie’s disease. No matter the stage of disease or degree of curvature, an experienced specialist will be able to treat you.
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