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How is Peyronie’s disease treated?

The cause of Peyronie's disease (in which the penis is bent when erect) and its development are not well understood. Because of that, doctors treat it empirically, which just means they keep trying things until something works. The goal of therapy is to restore and maintain the ability to have intercourse -- which may mean some degree of curvature remains. Sometimes, the only thing I need to do is educate a man about the condition -- most guys have never heard about Peyronie's. But if the situation is causing a problem for the man or his partner, there are a number of treatments to explore.

This isn't a condition that can be "fixed" by a pill or oral medication (studies of a variety of oral treatments, including vitamin E, have been inconclusive). Current treatments involve anti-inflammatory medication to halt the progression, and Viagra like medication to increase blood flow to the penis. Another treatment is directed at small, hard patches on the penis called plaques, which cause the penis to bend when it gets erect. A doctor can inject compounds directly into the plaque to soften it or break it down. One way to deliver a plaque-busting drug is iontophoresis, which uses a painless electrical charge to move the medicine through the skin and into the plaque. If all else fails, there are 3 surgical procedures for Peyronie's disease. Each has pluses and minuses, though they all entail some risk, as does any surgery.

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