Can Peyronie's Disease Cause Erectile Dysfunction?

Peyronie’s Disease has been associated with Erectile Dysfunction either due to the plaques causing the erect penis to “bend” whilst attempting penetration or simply due to lack of firmness in area affected by the plaques.

Curvature due to Peyronie’s Disease is most noticeable when the penis is erect, although it can also be observed when the penis is limp.

The name “Peyronie’s Disease” is misleading, as the condition is not strictly speaking a disease, being neither the result of an infection nor can it be passed to another person. Peyronie’s affects approximately 3% of the male population and seems most prevalent between the ages of 50 and 60, although developing the condition at an earlier age is not impossible.

The symptoms of the condition seem to be the body’s efforts to heal traumas to the penis. In much the same way that scabs develop over scratches or cuts, plaques develop over areas of the penis which have been traumatized in some way.

Achieving an erection requires blood to flow to the Corpora Cavernosa which become stiff when full. The stiffer tissues constrict the veins that carry blood away from the Corpora Cavernosa, allowing us to maintain an erection.

A man suffering from Peyronie’s Disease may experience severe penile curvature, pain during erection even erectile dysfunction.

One of the most common effects is the visual shortening of the penis. This is due to the curvature of the penis which results from Peyronie’s Disease and which has the visual effect of making the penis look shorter.

During intercourse, certain positions can be used which lessen the pressure on both partners caused by the curvature.

Entering our partner whilst kneeling behind her, having our partner on top and laying down stomach to back seem to ease some of the obstacles and lessen friction on the urethra or rectal canal, resulting in increased enjoyment.


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