Choosing Treatment For Peyronies
Because the cause of Peyronies disease (also called Induratio Penis Plastica – IPP ) is relatively unknown, its little wonder that the understanding of the condition is minimal at best, this reflects in the lack of standardised treatments which can often leave patients somewhat confused.
Why some cases (around 5%) disappear without treatment mystifies doctors, this could be due to the distinct lack of official studies into the problem..
Many doctors and medical associations disagree about the preferred methods of treatment and there are a number of issues that can affect patients making informed decisions about the best way forward.
Considering Your Treatment Options
You first need to assess your own case –
What are your Symptoms? – Do You Have:
- Problems Getting Erections?
Also, To what degree are these present in your case?
Stages Of Peyronies Disease
The disease is usually divided into 2 stages – Acute and Chronic.
The initial stage is usually termed Acute, the penis is inflamed and the sufferer experiences pain and some curvature or deformity. This stage can last anything from 8 to 18 months. Many doctors feel that this is the most important time to attack and try to treat Peyronies, with the main aim being to address inflammation, reduce any curvature and the likelihood of permanent damage.
The second stage is the Chronic Stage, the condition usually stabilises, erection problems can become commonplace, and the plaques can become harder (calcify)
When the problem reaches this stage, its generally harder for any drug based or any non invasive treatments to be as effective and surgery could be the only option, especially if sexual intercourse is impossible or highly problematic.
Availability Of Treatments
There are some Urologists that do specialise in Peyronies, it’s important to locate and ask your doctor to refer you to such a specialist as many are inexperienced in this field.
The cost of any treatments can vary, some are available free of charge, others will require payment so its important to check with your health insurance company to make sure that you are covered
Some kinds of Peyronies treatments could have risks, and it’s crucial to discuss and understand any risks before proceeding with treatment plans. Research the various treatments and even get involved with a good Peyronies forum, where you can discuss the treatment options and any concerns with other patients.
Treatments of Peyronies Disease Falls Into 3 General Categories –