The Link Between Erectile Dysfunction And Peyronie’s Disease

Discussions surrounding male sexual health are alive now than they have ever been. A significant proportion of the world male population is quite liberated and no longer shy away from seeking help whenever they are faced with sexual health challenges. Awareness of these issues has grown tremendously in recent years as well. Science has not been left as far as the diagnosis, management, and treatment of sexual conditions is concerned.

One of the ways that scientists and medical experts have been adopting to ensure delivery of effective treatment options is to determine links between one or more forms of sexual disorders or health problems. In this post, we look at two frequent and severe (although not life-threatening) types of reproductive health problems – erectile dysfunction and Peyronie's disease.

Erectile dysfunction

A man is said to have erectile dysfunction when he cannot obtain or maintain an erection that is sufficiently firm to have fulfilling sexual intercourse. Some people refer to it as impotence. Occasional erectile dysfunction is common, and you might experience when you are distressed. On the other hand, if it happens frequently, it is an indication of a possible existence of health problems that require treatment.

Erectile dysfunction may also be a sign of emotional or relationship instabilities that may require the intervention of a professional. Some of the signs and symptoms of erectile dysfunction include difficulties getting and maintaining an erection during sex as well as decreased interest in sex.

Peyronie’s disease

Peyronie’s disease is primarily a penile curvature observed on an erect penis. The bend or curve is due to the presence of a scar tissue which is commonly known as the plaque. Typically, whenever you have an erection, the penile chambers usually fill with blood. Note that these chambers are covered by a stretchy sheath that allows them to expand. However, when a guy has Peyronie's disease, the scar tissue on the sheath obstructs the straightening of the male member.

The plaque has the potential to prevent the chamber from filling up with blood and in turn making the penis bend. Your penis may curve downwards or upwards – depending on the location of the scar tissue. The actual cause of Peyronie's disease is not known. However, experts tend to insinuate that it is caused by a minor injury to the penis, say during sex that might have gone unnoticed.

Erectile dysfunction and Peyronie's disease

It is believed that Peyronie's disease is one of the major causes of erectile dysfunction. Apparently, a good number of men who suffer Peyronie's disease also experience impotence – and hence the connection. The scientists are yet to ascertain why men with Peyronie's disease may also have erectile dysfunction. However, they have managed to come up with a couple of explanations regarding the same.

They include:

  • The scar tissue may make the smooth muscle tissue in the male organ weak which increases the difficulties of obtaining an erection
  • The scar tissue has the potential to impair the flow of blood to the penis. When there is less blood flowing to the penis, erections are bound to be weak or non-existence – in the worst case scenarios
  • The scar tissue may interfere with the ability of the penile chambers to retain blood for as long as is needed. This denies the man the ability to maintain erections
  • It is not unusual for a man with penile curvature to feel depressed about their misery. They are anxious about engaging in sexual intercourse. Such psychological problems may cause erectile dysfunction.

If you have either Peyronie's disease, erectile dysfunction, or both, consider seeking the help of a doctor. He or she will help you chart the way forward. Both of these conditions are treatable.