When Sex Hurts: A Bent or Fractured Penis May Mean Peyronie's Disease
Oct 22, 2008 11:47
Peyronie's disease is one of the most common causes of sexual pain in
men, affecting an estimated 1%. The characteristic sign is a visible
curvature or hourglass shape of the penis when erect. Physical damage
to the penis causes plaque and scar tissue to build up—usually on the
top of the penis, resulting in an upward curve.
"If the penis is
bent or twisted, it can tear the fibrous tissue casing that surrounds
the erection chambers and cause a laceration in the tissue," says Ira
Sharlip, MD, spokesman for the American Urological Association and
clinical professor of urology at University of California at San
Francisco. "When it heals, scar tissue forms, and eventually it forms
Another possibility is that your penis was fractured. "If your sex
partner is on top and comes down on the penis but misses, the penis
will bend," says Irwin Goldstein, MD, director of San Diego Sexual
Medicine and editor in chief of The Journal of Sexual Medicine."If
there is enough force, it will fracture the envelope. Then inflammatory
cells will try to repair the fracture, bringing pain and scar tissue."
The pain from Peyronie's disease can be quite debilitating each time a
man experiences an erection. It can even affect his ability to sleep.
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