Will I pass Peyronie’s disease on?

Men with Peyronie’s disease often worry about passing it to their sons.

While doctors are not sure if Peyronie’s disease can be inherited, it does tend to run in some families. That means if one family member has Peyronie’s disease, his male relatives may be more likely to eventually have it, too.

If you have Peyronie’s disease, it may be a good idea to talk to your sons or brothers about it. Sharing such personal information can be difficult. You may want to begin by explaining what the condition is, the symptoms it causes, and that it may be caused by injury during sex or by other injuries to the penis. Emphasize that they should be careful during sex and avoid excessively bending the penis.

Your son or brother probably won’t be able to do anything to prevent the disease, but he will at least know what to look for and when to see a doctor.

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.