My experience of 'Peyronies Disease':
My experience of 'Peyronies Disease':
In November 2019, virtually overnight I developed what is known as Peyronies Disease. I awoke to my usual Morning Glory erection only to find my cock had a very substantial bend in it, almost an 80% curve upwards.
All my adult life (until now) I have enjoyed a perfectly straight penis and was blessed with a good 7"+ erection, my girth was never huge, it was slimmer and more built for speed as I would tell any sexual partner 🙂
So, what is Peyronies Disease?
The symptoms of Peyronie's disease can include:
· a thickened area or hard lump (plaque) in the shaft of the penis (it's rare to get more than one plaque)
· a curve in the penis when it's erect (usually it curves upwards)
· pain in the penis, usually during an erection (pain in the non-erect penis is rare)
What causes Peyronies Disease?
Peyronie's disease is likely caused by minor injury to the penis. This type of damage is most often caused by vigorous sex (such as bending the penis during penetration ), though it can also be caused by sports or other accidents. It can also be hereditary.
I am a fit and healthy 66-year-old and 100% Gay. When I established I had a problem, I did a lot of research and came to the conclusion I had Peyronies Disease. I was horrified as it sounds more like something you might catch from a public toilet seat! I went to see my Doctor. He gave me a thorough examination and confirmed my fears.
I do not believe in my case it was caused by any damage.
I was referred to see a Urology Consultant at hospital, who I waited 3 months to see only to be informed it was not his field of speciality. I waited another 6 weeks to see another Consultant at the same hospital who wanted to see me one year after the onset (November 2020 as they do not do anything surgery wise until one year has passed) he wanted to perform surgery to 'straighten' my penis.
In the meantime, I did more research into the condition and noted that any surgery would have a shortening effect on my erect penis, the condition had already left me with a substantial shortening in its erect length by a good 2". I had by this time begun counselling because I had lost all confidence in myself and when it came to having sex, I could not bear it and was embarrassed by my condition and my then long-term usual partner who was Bottom and I was Top suddenly disappeared! Leaving me even more upset and with a total lack of confidence and unable to maintain an erection. Fortunately, I am totally versatile so I was not to bothered if I had to revert to being bottom again.
The pain goes away after a few weeks, this I found to be a common course of symptoms. But I was not happy about the prospect of surgery and of course Covid put pay to any further consultations or surgery.
I expressed to my consultant I wanted to be referred to see a Professor of Urology in London with the prospect of having a course of injections instead of surgery, which he did and I was referred almost one year after the onset.
The Covid Pandemic in this case has done me a favour as I was unable to have a face-to-face consultation with the Professor resulting in delaying any procedure, he was also very keen to push forward with surgery but instead I had a telephone conversation with him. Initially I was prescribed a vacuum pump on the NHS to use for about 10 to 15 minutes every day in an effort to try and straighten the erect penis. Initially this had no effect but after a full year of having the condition and using the vacuum pump for about 4 months I noticed my erections were getting straighter by the week until I now have a straight erection again. It has either corrected itself as can happen and or the vacuum pump has helped. The one thing that has not returned to 'normal' is the length whilst erect, although I believe the stretching exercises i now do every day maybe beginning to help that slightly.
As a result, I still have an appointment in London to see the Professor in May, only this time I will not be facing the prospect of surgery for straightening my penis but I live in hope he can recommend something to resume the length I once enjoyed, if not I will just have to live with it I guess but I would be very happy to hear from any guys who have a the Peyronies condition and how it has effected them. For me personally it has been life changing.
Kind regards and best wishes,
Thank you to Graham for this interesting piece. I had never heard of this before and is important for us ' older men' to know the facts. hOPE IT IMPORVES SOON FOR YOU Thanks Graham. John