Curvature of the Penis – What Is It?

Curvature of the penis, also known as Peyronie’s disease, occurs when scar tissue or plaque forms around the cylindrical structures that run the length of the penis. These are the structures that fill with blood during an erection. The plaque can be felt as a ridge running the length of the penis beneath the skin. It’s unknown why the tissue forms. Curvature of the penis can make sexual intercourse difficult or impossible. This condition occurs most often in men age 40 to 60.


Mild symptoms don’t always get worse. In many cases, the disease will go away on its own. Unfortunately, it may take several years for this to happen. Give the condition a chance to improve on its own; if no improvement occurs within a reasonable amount of time, consult a urologist.

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