Peyronie’s Disease and Erectile Dysfunction
Erectile dysfunction (ED) is the inability to develop or maintain an erection of the penis during sexual performance. Peyronie’s disease (PD) is the development of fibrous plaque in the tunica albuginea, the thick sheath of tissue surrounding the corpora cavernosa, causing deformity and pain with erections.
PD may result in ED in up to 80% of men, and the two conditions often coexist. The plaque associated with PD can cause the penis to bend or curve during erection, which can be painful. The plaque can also make it difficult to achieve or maintain an erection.
What is the difference between PD and ED?
PD is the development of scar tissue inside the penis that causes the penis to bend or curve during erection. ED is the inability to develop or maintain an erection of the penis during sexual performance.
PD can cause ED in up to 80% of men, and the two conditions often coexist. The plaque associated with PD can make it difficult to achieve or maintain an erection.
What are the symptoms of PD?
The most common symptom of PD is a curve or deformity of the penis during erection. The curvature can be upward, downward, or to the side. The deformity can make sexual intercourse difficult or impossible.
Other symptoms of PD include:
- Pain with erections
- Erections that are not as rigid as they used to be
- Rashes, inflammation, or irritation of the penis
What are the symptoms of ED?
The most common symptom of ED is the inability to develop or maintain an erection of the penis during sexual performance.
Other symptoms of ED include:
- Reduced sexual desire
- Difficulty achieving an orgasm
- Reduced semen volume
What causes PD?
The cause of PD is unknown, but it is thought to be the result of trauma to the penis. The trauma can be from surgery, injury, or repeated use of a vacuum pump.
What causes ED?
ED can be caused by physical or psychological factors, or a combination of both. Physical causes include:
- Diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, and atherosclerosis
- Injuries to the penis, spinal cord, or pelvic area
- Peyronie’s disease
- Substance abuse
- Certain medications
Psychological causes of ED include:
- Relationship problems
How is PD diagnosed?
PD is diagnosed with a physical examination and a review of your medical history. Your doctor will ask you about your symptoms and your medical history. They will also do a