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Should I be concerned if my penis is crooked?

It is extremely common for a penis to be something other than straight. The average penis may point slightly to the left or right. During an erection, a man’s penis may point straight up or tilt downward as a function of age and individual differences. Every man’s penis is different.

A crooked or bent penis isn’t usually cause for concern, unless a man notices a sudden change in the shape of the penis, experiences pain during or after an erection, or isn’t able to have intercourse at all. A rare, but treatable, condition called Peyronie’s disease can result from the build-up of plaque inside the penis (in the tunica albuginea), which leads to painful erections and curvature of the penis.

A man may also notice changes to the shape or angle of his penis after trauma or injury to the area as a result of scar tissue, in which case he should check in with his healthcare provider. Otherwise, much of the variation in the appearance of the penis is normal.

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