Is It Normal for My Penis to Develop a Curve?

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Here’s the long and short of it: penises come in different sizes, shapes, and even colors.

It’s perfectly normal for male genitals to be either bolt straight or not so straight with a little dip under, up, or to the side. It is not a cause for concern, provided it doesn’t interfere with a man’s pleasure or pleasuring your significant other.

If you are born with a straight penis which curves later in life, you may have Peyronie’s disease. Once there are issues with rising to the occasion and experiencing erection problems, painful erections, shortening of the penis, or difficulty with penetration, it may be time to see the experts.

Peyronie’s Disease is scarring on the tunica, which is the elastic tissue surrounding the erection chambers. The scarring can cause curvature, narrowing, and/or penis shortening, which can lead to difficulty having sexual intercourse or psychological problems.

We have put together some frequently asked questions to help you find out if you need corrective surgery.

What Is Peyronie’s Disease?

Peyronie’s disease is a condition in which fibrous scar tissue causes the curve or narrowing in the penis.

In simple terms, it usually reveals itself as a lump or firm area that spontaneously appears, which may be painful. This may prevent you from having sex. Eventually, it can be associated with difficulty maintaining or obtaining an erection (erectile dysfunction).

Peyronie’s disease is not the only reason for penile curvature; it can also be congenital. In those cases, the penis has been curved since birth but is often noticed in adolescence.

What Causes Penile Curvature?

Peyronie’s is usually caused by repeated micro-traumas from traumatic intercourse. It can also be hereditary or due to no definitive cause.

What Can I Do to Correct My Penile Curve?

See your doctor as soon as possible if you notice any signs or symptoms of Peyronie’s disease or experience complications stemming from a curved penis. Early treatment will give you the best chance of improving the condition — or preventing it from getting worse.

Depending on the severity of the curvature, you may opt for surgical correction or a non-invasive option.

Non-invasive options for Peyronie’s disease include Xiaflex injections, an enzyme that helps break down scar tissue, or penile stretching.

Surgical options for penile curvature include shortening the longer side of the penis (using sutures) to create a straight erection. During this treatment, the patient is given a firm erection, as many curves are not seen unless the penis is erect. Alternatively, the shorter side can be lengthened by releasing the scar and adding a replacement tissue.

A simple procedure can transform your penis from “Ewww” to “Oooh.” It is an outpatient procedure that does not require a lengthy recovery, and you can return to your normal activities shortly.

Interested in Learning More?

If you want to improve the health or aesthetics of your penis, contact (310) 275-5698 or visit Alter MD. Dr. Gary Alter is an innovator in aesthetic genital & plastic surgery.

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