There are many ways to define what a man is, including personality, manner, strength, and many other characteristics—but very often, many men use their penis as a barometer of how manly they are. A man is more than his penis, clearly, but given the emphasis modern society places on this organ., it’s easy to see why some men feel this way. Unfortunately, if a man’s penis falls short in some department – penis health, length, utility, or appearance – it can then cause self-esteem issues. Such is sometimes the case when a man presents with a very bent penis. This abnormal shaping of his penis may bring about anxiety and depression, as well as impact his ability to perform. Men with a bent penis of such a degree would benefit from treatment.
It’s important to realize that some curvature of the penis is not at all unusual. While some men have an erect penis that is perfectly straight, many also have a penis that features a little curve to it – up, down, left, or right. Not only is that normal, but some people prefer this, feeling it gives the penis a little extra distinction.
But when the penis is bent to such a degree as to become painful or to impede function, then a man has a problem. Such a bent penis is usually classified as having Peyronie’s disease. Extreme curvature of this sort can be caused by several things, including severe penile trauma (such as being hit very hard on the penis). Sometimes it may be caused by less severe trauma but repeated over time. A connective tissue disorder may be responsible, or there may be a genetic component at work as well.
In these cases, plaque builds up in the penis. Penile tissue is very flexible, as it has to be in order for the penis to grow and stretch during erections. Plaque is not flexible, so if an area of tissue becomes infected with plaque, it isn’t able to grow as much as other parts of the penis—and this causes the bent penis to occur and,sometimes, this also causes pain to appear during an erection.
Until recently, there has been no FDA-approved treatment for Peyronie’s disease. But there have been “off label” attempts to treat the condition. For example, some men found that using penis stretchers over a long period of time in some instances helped reduce the curvature. Others reported that injections of a specific high blood pressure drug also had helped in some cases.
But it was not until 2014 thatthe FDA approved a drug, called Xiaflex, specifically for Peyronie’s disease. Xiaflex is injected into the plaque four times, with the goal of destroying at least some of the plaque. The drug is not effective in all men, and its aim is to reduce rather than totally eliminate the bend in the penis—but most men with Peyronie’s would welcome an improvement if not a total cure.
It’s thought that the treatment has a better chance of working if it is applied earlier in the stages of plaque buildup. Men who are worried that they may have Peyronie’s disease should consult with a urologist to determine if this is the case and then discuss treatment options.
Treatment for a bent penis is part of a good penis health regimen. So is daily application of a top-notch penis health creme (health professionals recommend Man 1 Man Oil, which is clinically proven mild and safe for skin). Look for a crème with both vitamin C and L-carnitine. Vitamin C is well known for fighting colds, but it is also a key component of collagen, a tissue in the body that gives skin its tone and elasticity. And L-carnitine has neuroprotective properties that can protect against loss of penis sensation, a common side effect of plaque buildup in the penis.