Impact on Relationships

The psychological impact of Peyronie’s disease can be overwhelming. It’s natural to feel angry, alone, embarrassed and frustrated. After all, this condition affects one of the most important parts of your life — intimacy and closeness with your partner. Psychologist Christian Nelson addresses these issues and provides answers to commonly asked questions about Peyronie’s and intimacy.

Insights on Psychological Impact from Drs. Mulhall and Nelson  Psychological and Relationship Links

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I was shocked to learn that I have Peyronie’s disease. What else should I expect to experience with my emotions? View answer
A lot of men in general are initially shocked. They do not know what Peyronie’s disease is or understand what is happening. You will experience worry and concern next. This will prompt you to seek help with an urologist. If your first experience with this physician is someone who does not have specific Peyronie’s experience or specialize in sexual medicine, you will then get angry. The next stage of emotions will be despair and anxiety because your sexual experience will be affected and then PD will start to overtake your thought processes. In my practice, depression is highly associated with Peyronie’s disease and research shows 50% of men suffering with PD need to seek out professional therapy help. You will become highly sensitive to outside life and have hypersensitive emotions. Do not let these emotions of Peyronie’s disease impact you or to rob you of enjoying other aspects of life.close
Should I consider contacting a Psychologist or Therapists? View answer
Yes. It is very important that you seek out a qualified Psychologist, Therapist, Social Worker or Counselor that specializes in sexual dysfunction. Men with Peyronie’s disease have a difficult time sharing with anyone about their condition. I have found PD sufferers are ashamed and embarrassed. These experts can help you find your fit in society and which treatment options will help you in the long term. A clinical psychologist can help you go beyond the disease while working on the life concepts that mean a lot to you.close
Will my sexual intimacy ever be the same? View answer
The issue at hand is realizing that sex does not have to be the same old sex before PD. It will be different, but accepting this fact is the beginning. It is vital to initiate communication with your partner and this will help in a mutually satisfying sexual intimacy experience. PD will change the scope of sexual intimacy, sometimes it is best to mourn the way it used to be. Then you can relearn and experience intimacy in a whole new way.close
How can I talk about my Peyronie’s disease with my partner? View answer
It is critical that you communicate with your partner about your Peyronie’s disease. Sometimes it is very difficult for a patient to share with his partner because he is afraid of rejection. If possible, bring your partner to the doctor’s visits so they can ask questions and learn more about what you are going through. Your partner will have some of the same questions and concerns that you first experience. If your partner feels you are pulling back from any type of intimacy there could arise a problem in your relationship. Together you can move forward in an intimate relationship by discussing your sexual function. This takes work but those that open the conversation will help develop a stronger intimate and non-intimate relationship.close
My wife does not understand what I am going through. How can I tell her so she understands what I feel? View answer
Peyronie’s disease will bring out so many different emotions in you, the PD sufferer. PD completely overtakes a man’s thoughts, it can become all consuming, involving every aspect of life. (His job, family, friends, entertainment, decision making, etc.) The female partner does not understand the male psyche or the impact of this disease on a man. A miscommunication will create A disconnect between you both. Understand a women’s perspective is to accept the condition and state, ‘what’s so important it is just an erection’? A woman does not care so much about insertion, while a man’s very sexual existence relies on a firm, straight erection, it is part of his masculinity. Create more non-sexual moments like hugging, holding hands, sitting on the couch to use as a starting place in communicating your love for each other. close

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