What is Peyronie's disease?

A common question, but one that’s not openly discussed, is, “What is Peyronie’s disease?” Also known as bent or curved penis, Peyronie’s disease is an erectile disorder caused by the formation of hardened tissue under the skin of the penis. This may change the shape of the penis to be curved, indented or shortened. This disease typically presents itself in two phases, acute (active) or chronic (stable). As the disease progresses from one phase to the next, the individual may experience varying degrees of penile curvature and pain during an erection.

Peyronie’s disease can be physically and emotionally painful for patients and their partners. Affected individuals may begin to avoid sexual intimacy and have difficulty talking about this sensitive issue. The most important thing to know is that help is available and the disease—even if severe—is treatable.

You are not alone. Peyronie’s disease is estimated to affect as many as 5 million men1 in the United States. You’ve come to the right place to learn about the disease and treatment options, chat live with physicians. With complete privacy, you’ll have access to physician-approved information and resources.

1 Estimate based on 2011 U.S. Census data for men aged 40 and above and occurrence of Peyronie’s by age group as reported in Mulhall JP, Creech SD, Boorjian SA, et al. Subjective and objective analysis of the prevalence of Peyronie’s disease in a population of men presenting for prostate cancer screening. J Urol. 2004;(6, pt 1):2350-2353.