Medically reviewed by Leonard N. Zinman, MD, FACS, FRCS
Written by Our Editorial Team
That’s correct. Peyronies disease is NOT a “disease”. It’s a condition. Although the two words are sometimes incorrectly used interchangeably, there’s a difference.
The bend we see is not a disease caused by a virus, a bacteria, or any other kind of pathology 99.99% of the time.
A condition, like this scarring, can also be something like a blister, a scab from a skinned knee, dry mouth, oily skin, etc...
Do you see the difference?
This bending problem is a condition. Actually, a very simple condition. It just seems unimaginably awful.
Direct Link to: Some common questions and answers:
1) What exactly is causing the bending?
2) Why is it NOT a “disease”?
3) Why is it called Peyronies Disease?
4) What is the cause?
5) The “Unknown” cause.
6) Are there other possible causes?
7) VIDEO: Why the erection bends.
8) Can the straightening be easy and painless?
9) How can you fix a bent penis?
10) Is penis traction medically endorsed?
11) What is the best penis traction device?
12) What are the risks?
The bending is caused by a small piece of hardened scar tissue that will not stretch out with the rest of the erectile chambers or the tunica albuginea.
That’s all that is happening.
And, it’s no big deal to correct and straighten 99.99% of the time. Without surgery, injections, or drugs.
I’m going to go a bit further here with condition vs disease. So that you can make the decision yourself.
A number of men have asked me why Peyronies disease is not a “disease”. So, I ask them some simple common sense questions and then ask them to tell me if they think this is really a “disease”.
Now, it’s your turn. You decide if you think this is a “disease”.
Here are the questions:
Is a scar on you hand a disease?
Is a scar on you foot a disease?
Is a scar you got from a surgery a disease?
So, is a scar inside you shaft a disease?
NO. It’s no different.
Oh. I said you decide....
But, if we are in agreement now, as far as a scar not being a disease, it will be very easy for you to learn why straightening a bent penis is almost always so very easy. And, why Peyronies disease doesn’t require a surgery 99.99% of the time.
That too is a very simple answer.
The condition was identified by a surgeon back in 1743. His name was Francois Gigot de la Peyronie.
Since Mr. de la Peyronie discovered the cause of the bending, the medical community wanted to name the condition after him.
Almost everything in medicine back then was just beginning to be formally codified/organized.
So, the condition was called Peyronie’s disease.
Later the apostrophe was dropped. Now it is called "Peyronies disease". The name stuck. And, that horrible misnomer has caused untold hundreds of thousands of men to panic since.
There is so much misinformation on Peyronies disease these days that a man can get quite confused and frightened very quickly.
First of all, when you see your cock bending at a right angle, it’s absolutely horrifying. Isn’t it? It’s scary.
Jeez. In my own life, one day I noticed a small curve. I presumed I never noticed it before. I thought nothing of it. I found it interesting. It wasn’t causing any problems. So I didn’t concern myself with it.
In a matter of months I had a useless freakishly bent cock. I felt like Frankenstein.
When I went to have it checked out, the first thing I heard was, “Peyronies DISEASE.” Then: “The cause is unknown.”
That is absolute nonsense. And, you will soon learn why.
But, how much discomfort and fear did that cause you? I was mortified. What the heck was happening to my body? And, what was coming next?
Did I stress that enough? Always.
Yes, Peyronies disease always has a cause. It doesn’t just mysteriously happen.
This is a cause and effect Universe we live in.
If there is no pathology there, and there is a scar there, then at some point there was an injury that caused that scar. It's not complicated.
That injury is the cause of today’s bending problem. Even if that injury was 20 or 30 years ago and the erections only started bending recently. I’ll explain more about why it takes so long to develop, soon.
But, since most men don’t remember being injured, and the injury was not at all recent, the “unknown” statement makes sense. And, that is scary all by itself. Right?
I mean your body is getting disfigured and there is ‘no known cause”. Yeah. That’s very scary. What about the rest of your body? Is it going to deform soon too? Are you going to get all twisted and mutated and die a horrible torturous death from Peyronies “disease”?
Let’s take a look at what’s actually happening. We’ll start with where that scar/injury came from:
The erections we are gifted with were NEVER designed to be bent. Not even a little.
You slide it straight into the vagina, enjoy yourself, ejaculate and you have done your male duty to Mother Nature and the chain of human existence.
HOWEVER: We’re human. We like to play. And, most of us like to play hard. At least when we are young. It’s normal. Natural. And it’s FUN. Right?
Now, here’s how that little injury that’s causing today’s bending problem most often develops:
Did you ever have some really intense sex where you slipped out of your partner, then you went to ram it right back in and missed the hole? Hit a “wall” and said “Ouch!!”
Can you remember that ever happening?
You probably both laughed about it, then in a minute or two, went right back to your pleasure. Right?
That is the most common injury that creates Peyronies disease. The bent penis from hell.
When you tried to ram your cock back in, and hit the “wall” (another solid part of her groin) your erection bent. Just a tiny bit. You can’t even feel a bend that small. But, you sure can feel that tear.
No, it’s not even a noticeable bend. It’s small. It’s like snapping a twig in half. You don’t see much bend. The, snap! It’s in two pieces.
No, your erection didn’t split in half. Thank God! But, that “ouch” was a little bit of the erectile tissue tearing.
It could be the tunica albuginea or the erectile chambers (corpus cavernosum). Even the corpus spongiosum (the small erectile chamber that surrounds your urethra, the tube your urine comes out through).
But: Something inside tore. That’s why it hurt so much.
It healed. Very nicely. And, it left a small scar.
Now, today, it’s maybe 20 or ever 30 years later, and that scar is hardening. Getting more fibrous. Getting tougher and stronger. It will no longer stretch enough with the rest of the erection.
This later in life hardening only happens to about 5% of us men. The other 95% will never develop any hardening or penile bending from those scar(s).
But, 5% of us will really suffer from them.
There are other possible less prevalent causes of Peyronies disease:
- Athletic injury or other injury is also a cause.
- There is a connective tissue disorder called Dupuytrens Contracture.
- Some medications list Peyronies disease as a possible side effect.
There are probably some other extremely rare causes.
But, at least 99% of the time, maybe years and years ago, we bent our erections somehow and tore them. Yes, I am one of those men too.
This simple video demonstration by Dr. Aaron Spitz (a board-certified urologist, American Association of Clinical Urologists, American Med Association, American Society for Reproductive Medicine, American Urological Association, The Society for Male Reproduction and Urology, Society for the Study of Male Reproduction, Pacific Coast Reproductive Society) makes the Peyronies bent penis very easy to understand. The video will give you a great visual demonstration on how that little piece of scar causes your erections to bend.
And, now, you know how Peyronies "disease” causes a bent penis. The “disease” with no known cause.
Is it clear why the bending is NOT a “disease”?
There is ALWAYS a cause for Peyronies. Always. The cause just may have happened long ago. Since there is no recent injury, it appears to have appeared for no reason.
Tearing, Dupuytren’s Contacture, Certain Medication,.... There’s always a cause and always a reason.
Fortunately, it’s easy to fix a bent penis 99.99% of the time without surgery, injections, or drugs.
Yes, 99.99% of the time this problem can be fixed just by stretching that hardened tissue. Stretching it out until it is long enough to equal the stretch of the surrounding erectile tissues. Then the erections be straight again.
It takes a bit of time and persistence. But, that’s ALL that is necessary 99.99% of the time. Even for severe bending.
Now, does that even seem like a “disease”?
There are actually only three medically endorsed and doctor recommended methods for penis straightening that have proven truly successful:
We just talked a bit about stretching (penis traction). Now, let’s look at all of these methods one by one:
Penis surgery was the first truly effective treatment for Peyronies disease.
The procedure has been refined a lot over the last 50 years and it is much less invasive than it originally was.
Normally, the surgery is very effective. The cost is about $9,000+. Usually there will be some loss of sensation from cutting the surrounding skin (nerve damage) and you may have an erection that is about 1/2 inch shorter.
Unfortunately, there are some very unpleasant possible side effects. These include and are not limited to:
Xiaflex injections are relatively new on the Peyronies disease treatment scene.
Though there are a number of injections used to try to eliminate the Peyronies bend, including Xiaflex, Verapamil,Interferon alpha,Corticosteroids, dexamethasone, ... Xiaflex (collagenase clostridium histolyticum) injections are the only FDA approved injections for PD.
They give a 35% improvement at best. That is only for certain cases. But, that satisfies many men.
The cost for a full series runs about $30,000 including the doctor’s fees. Yes, that was thirty thousand dollars.
Among the possible side effects is corporal rupture (a fractured penis, a medical emergency).
To read about corporal rupture and the other possible side effects please go to the Xiaflex official website.
Are you ready for some good news now? Now it gets really good....
So far there have been a lot of possible negatives with surgery and injections as treatments for Peyronies disease. Right? Possible side effects. And, high costs.
Using correct penis traction for Peyronies straightening
NONE of the possible side effects
that may occur with surgery or injections.
In fact, with correctly applied traction, the only possible negative side effect you may have is a slightly, yes slightly, sore shaft at the end of the day.
And, the cost?
Under $300 for one of the very best penis traction devices available in the world.
How does that sound?
Even better, with the high quality devices we found best, you get a money back guarantee.
One more very interesting bit of information:
Correct penis traction is the Safest and Most Effective medically endorsed and doctor recommended method of penis straightening in the world today.
Penis Purgery: $8,000 - $19,000
Xiaflex Injections (full set): $30,000
Correct Penis Traction: Under $300
Do you know that the same device, invented by a penis surgery specialist named Dr. Jorn Ege Siana, that is use to fix a bent penis caused by Peyronies disease is also able to permanently enlarge a penis?
It can give significant length and some width increase. An inch longer is not unusual. But, this is only after the shaft has been straighten and it’s use is continued.
Why am I telling you this?
Because most of the advertisements stress “Get a Bigger Penis” in 3 months.
Because there are literally twenty times as many young men interested in a bigger cock than there are men trying to straighten a bent penis.
Don’t be misled:
A high quality penis traction device is the finest
curvature correction device available in the world today.
And, this is where our “Caution” comes in:
By my last count, there are 22 different devices available out there.
Unfortunately ONLY TWO manufacturers meet all of my personal requirements for Safety and Effectiveness.
This means devices that are:
Yes. Just two.
You can read all about these companies and see their products here.
The prices from the best to the worst runs about $89 - $495. That’s it. They are not expensive at all.
We have found that the very best devices were under $300. The $495 one we tested was not quite as good. Some of the cheaper ones are just dangerous junk with a disaster waiting to happen.
What do I mean by that?
What can go wrong and cause damage to you?
Basically two things:
1) A poorly made device, made with inferior materials and/or workmanship can break while you wear it. It can puncture, yes put a hole, in your shaft.
This will require immediate emergency medical care and cause possible permanent damage. Is that risk worth saving $100 for?
2) The attachment to the tip of your penis is critically important. If the cheap attachment is slipping you will make it tighter and tighter until it stays on. If you make it too tight, you can strangle the tip of your penis.This can cause blood vessel breakage and nerve damage. Both of which may be permanent.
No matter how horrible your bend appears to be, Peyronies disease is not as bad, or as serious as it seems, 99.99% of the time.
And, it’s almost always easy to fix a bent penis. You just have to do it right.