Living With Peyronie’s Disease

Psychological Impact

Peyronie’s disease can be both emotionally and physically devastating. But, as psychologist Christian Nelson describes in this video, there is hope for a positive way forward. Watch as he discusses important topics such as intimacy, relationships and communicating with your partner.

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Psychological Impact

Peyronie’s disease affects every man differently. It can change the way you see yourself — your self-confidence, masculinity, sense of who you are — and how you see your relationship with your partner. It’s easy to become frustrated and feel that you are somehow not the man you were.

Each man also copes with this condition differently. However, there are approaches that can help you feel more in control and more like the man you are.

  • Talk to your partner or a trusted friend. Preventing and overcoming emotional and social isolation is an important part of coping with Peyronie’s disease.
  • Communicate with men who also have Peyronie’s disease.
    Knowing that you are not the only one experiencing this can be especially helpful for relieving frustrations and anxiety. Other men can offer suggestions for dealing with specific situations and may be able to answer questions you are embarrassed to ask otherwise.
  • Learn as much as you can about the disease and treatment options.
    The more you know, the more in control you can feel about the future. An experienced [glossary]urologist[/glossary] can tell you more about which treatment options may be right for you.
  • Think differently about intimacy.
    Many men with Peyronie’s disease avoid intimacy. However, finding new ways to be intimate with or satisfy your partner can boost your sexual confidence, your interest in sex, and your sense of masculinity.
  • Acknowledge the psychological and relationship effects of Peyronie’s disease.
    It is not uncommon for men with Peyronie’s disease to experience depression or to have relationship difficulties. If you are suffering from emotional or relationship difficulties, it may help to talk to a therapist or counselor who specializes in family relations and sexual matters.

If you could help other men with Peyronie’s disease get the help they deserve, would you?

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To help you find answers and better understand this condition, a question-and-answer forum has been developed, where Dr. Laurence Levine and Dr. John Mulhall, along with other members of the APDA Medical Advisory Board and guest contributors, answer questions from patients and their partners. As leaders in Peyronie’s disease research and treatment, board members provide comprehensive and unbiased information about a broad range of topics.

Living With Peyronie’s Disease March 20, 2011