Self Treatment for PD
Peyronie’s Disease, also referred to as PD, involves the development of scar tissue inside the penis. This scar tissue causes unnatural curvatures, or bending in the penis, often accompanied by pain. This can make achieving and sustaining an erection difficult. Peyronie’s disease is often self-diagnosed by common symptoms including:
•Scar tissue that can be felt under the skin in the penis shaft
•Difficulty with erections
•Significant bending of the penis
•Pain during an erection, orgasm, or anytime the penis is touched
Symptoms of Peyronie’s Disease can appear suddenly, or gradually. The effects of Peyronie’s Disease can have a major impact on the sex life of a man and his partner. A man suffering from PD may have stress and anxiety about sex, in addition to pain.
The exact cause of PD is not completely understood, but a number of factors have been connected with the disease. Research indicates that Peyronie’s Disease is associated with the rupturing of blood vessels in the penis caused by injuries during sex, sport, or an accident. After the injury occurs and the body begins to heal, scar tissue develops which may result in Peyronie’s Disease. Genetics have also been attributed to the development of PD.
Can Peyronie’s Disease Be Self-Treated?
Fortunately, Peyronie’s Disease is not only self-diagnosable, but it may, also, be self-treated and possibly reversed. While some men prefer to consult with a physician, others may opt for “do it yourself” techniques to curing Peyronie’s Disease.
Typically, when one seeks medical attention for PD they would want to consult with a men’s sexual health doctor who treats Peyronie’s Disease. This doctor may also specialize in treating other sexual issues including erectile dysfunction, low testosterone and premature ejaculation.
Our sexual health doctors at the Louisville Men’s Clinic encourage men suffering from Peyronie’s Disease to take action and either consult with a doctor or try some “DIY” techniques including:
•Stretching exercises: This exercise is done by hand, and involved stretching the penis for 60 minutes a day.
•Self-massage: Gently massaging the scar tissue in the penis with a lubricant, such as castor oil. This helps break-down the fibrous tissue collections.
•Supplements: There are several vitamins, herbal supplements, and enzymes that appear to have been helpful to some men suffering from PD. Before starting any supplement routine, check with your doctor for possible interactions to medications you are currently taking or other health conditions you may be suffering from.
•Diet changes: There is no scientifically proven link between diet and PD. However, poor diet can affect your body’s ability to heal from injury making it more difficult for your body to naturally heal from trauma that may result in Peyronie’s Disease.
In some cases, Peyronie’s Disease can suddenly vanish, just as quickly as it appeared. Other cases may be remedied with no medical attention using self-care at home. For cases involving extreme pain, or no results from self-care remedies, seeking medical attention is necessary. In these cases, consulting with a qualified men’s sexual health professional is necessary to overcoming PD. Be advised that a primary care doctor may not be well experienced in treating men’s sexual dysfunctions so we highly recommend those suffering to seek out a doctor who specifically treats men’s sexual health issues.