Peyronie's Disease As You Age
Your chance of getting Peyronie’s disease increases with age. What happens is that age-related changes in the tissues in the penis may cause it to be more easily injured and less likely to heal well.
The latest international data suggest an incidence of one in 20 men will suffer with Peyronie’s disease (PD) with peak occurrence happening between the ages of 50–55 years.
The main symptom of PD is the formation of flat scar tissue called plaque. This scar tissue can generally be felt through the skin. Scar tissue normally forms on the upper side of the penis, but there are many incidences when it occurs on the bottom or side of the penis.
Sometimes this plaque goes all the way around the penis, gripping it into what some call a girdling or even a bottleneck deformity. Additionally, this plaque may gather calcium and become very hard.
Scar tissue, with or without hardened calcium, is likely to cause painful erections, soft erections, or severe curvature as it reduces elasticity in that area leading to diminished rigidity.
We have seen that more than one plaque can cause complex, painful, curvatures and deformity. While any curvature may make sexual intercourse increasingly difficult as penetration becomes more challenging.
What’s more, scar tissue may cause shrinkage or shortening of the penis causing psychological problems for men and issues for their partners.
Peyronie’s Disease in Young Men
While Peyronie’s disease is most common in middle-aged men but may occur in men as young as 20. Research shows 8 – 10% of men with Peyronie’s disease are under the age of 40.
Most young men with Peyronie’s present with symptoms such as painful erection. They often require medical assistance due to acute disease.
Shockwave Therapy for Peyronie’s Disease
Focused shockwave therapy is a proven procedure for treating PD and there are no side effects such as shortening of the penis. We have been treating clients in London for some time now and they usually enjoy positive results after a course of treatments.
It’s not just our direct clients who have enjoyed the results of their treatment. Their partners are pleased with a resumption of normal sexual activity and the side effects that help with spontaneous erections and pain free penetration.
If you want to learn more about focused shockwave treatment for PD contact us today.