4 Factors That Can Contribute to Peyronie's Disease

Sep 01, 2023
Peyronie’s disease commonly fuels pain, embarrassment, and sexual difficulties. Learn about four common contributing factors, plus how to improve your symptoms.

If you’re bothered by painful or bent erections, you could be experiencing the effects of Peyronie’s disease (PD). This common condition affects up to 9% of middle-aged and older men, fueling discomfort that often extends beyond the bedroom.

Understanding factors contributing to Peyronie’s disease helps you know what you’re dealing with now — or what you’re at risk of developing in the future.

At Kane Health, serving the Silicon Valley, Redwood City, and the San Francisco Bay area of California, our expert team takes a holistic and personalized approach to helping people with PD regain healthy sexual function.

Let’s take a closer look at Peyronie’s disease, including common contributing factors.

Peyronie’s disease symptoms

Peyronie’s disease symptoms affect people differently. Your symptoms may crop up overnight or gradually before becoming chronic.

During the initial 6-18 months, plaque forms in your penis. As a result, your symptoms may include:

  • A band of hard tissue or lumps beneath the penis skin
  • Increasing bending or curving of your penis, especially during erections
  • Pain that increases with erections or penetration

You might also notice that your penis becomes more narrow or hourglass-shaped over time. Meanwhile, you may experience an inability to engage in penetrative sex, erectile dysfunction (ED), performance anxiety or self-consciousness around sex, and relationship tension. 

Once your symptoms become chronic, your pain will likely end with erections improving within two years. Other symptoms, however, such as plaque and curvation, usually carry on.

Factors that contribute to Peyronie’s disease

While almost anyone with a penis can develop Peyronie’s disease, the following factors increase your risk:

  1. Physical injury from a sudden or forceful movement of the penis 
  2. Vascular diseases, such as diabetes, hypertension, and hyperlipidemia
  3. Family history of Dupuytren contracture or PD
  4. Lifestyle factors, such as use of alcohol and tobacco products 

Age also plays a role in PD, with your chances increasing between ages 50 and 70.

Peyronie’s disease treatment

The earlier you receive treatment for PD, the less likely bothersome complications become. At Kane Health, Dr. Threatt personally oversees all of our customized Peyronie’s disease treatments. Having treated hundreds of cases of PD over the past 20 years, you can rest assured that your bothersome symptoms will be respected and expertly addressed.

Depending on the specifics of your symptoms and overall health, your Peyronie’s disease treatment may include:

  • Proprietary medications micro-dosed for your specific needs
  • Sound wave therapy to break down plaque and stimulate new blood vessel growth
  • Regenerative therapies to accelerate healing

Our patients often experience complete PD symptom relief, starting with improved sexual function within 3-4 weeks. 

To learn more about Peyronie’s disease or get started with compassionate care, call Kane Health or request an appointment through our website today.