Do I have Peyronie’s disease?

Do I have Peyronie's

If you notice a bend in your penis or begin experiencing painful erections, a lot of things go through your mind — questions about how and why this happened, and fears of how it will affect your sex life.

Knowing the symptoms of Peyronie’s disease and understanding what may be causing them may relieve some of that anxiety.

What Peyronie’s Disease Looks and Feels Like

For some men, Peyronie’s disease may appear quickly, seemingly overnight. For others, it develops gradually.

Common Signs and Symptoms

Plaque (or nodule)

A plaque (pronounced “plak”) is a thickened nodule or lump that develops under the skin of the penis shaft.
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Penile deformity or shortening during erection

Changes in the shape of the penis may include curvature, indention, hourglass narrowing, or shortening.
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Penile pain

Pain may occur with or without an erection.
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Erectile dysfunction

Peyronie’s disease can cause erectile dysfunction (ED).
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If you have been experiencing any of these signs or symptoms, discuss them with a physician experienced in diagnosing Peyronie’s disease.

Is it congenital penile curvature or Peyronie’s disease?

Part of diagnosing Peyronie’s disease may be ruling out other conditions, such as congenital curvature.

While congenital penile curvature also causes the penis to bend during an erection, it is not the same as Peyronie’s disease.

  • Peyronie’s disease is an acquired condition — that means that there was a time when the curvature or deformity was not present. Congenital penile curvature is a condition that has been present all of a man’s adult life.
  • Peyronie’s disease involves the buildup of scar tissue in the penis. Congenital penile curvature is caused by asymmetrical (or uneven) chambers within the penis.
  • The signs and symptoms of Peyronie’s disease may change over time, especially early on. Congenital penile curvature does not progress; it remains the same over time.

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