One of the most common searches online for Peyronie’s Disease is how to treat it using home or natural remedies. While apprehension about seeking medical attention for a potentially embarrassing medical issue is understandable, the nature of Peyronie’s makes it urgent to see a physician or urologist rather than using home/”natural” remedies. Here’s why.
What is Peyronie’s Disease?
Peyronie’s Disease is a disorder where plaques or scar tissue form in the soft tissue of the penis. Patients must understand that this is a global process involving the penis that may start in one place and recur later on down the road in another. While the cause isn’t always clear, it’s thought to be the result of injury to or bending of the penis while erect.
Cases can be relatively mild, but in more acute cases can lead to intense pain, erectile dysfunction, curvature or deformity of the penis and penile shortening. While there are treatments available for Peyronie’s Disease, there is no “cure” for the disorder.
Do home remedies work for Peyronie’s Disease?
There is little to no conclusive evidence that home or “natural” remedies can help inhibit the effects of Peyronie’s Disease.
Is there any harm in trying home remedies?
In addition to the fact that untested or unapproved supplements or pills run the risk of other adverse health effects, the main harm in trying home remedies instead of seeing a qualified medical professional is that it’s wasting precious time. Left untreated, or improperly treated, the symptoms of Peyronie’s Disease can get progressively worse, sometimes rapidly.
Once penile tissue is scarred or otherwise damaged, the results are typically permanent. In acute cases of Peyronie’s Disease, any curvatures or deformities simply don’t vanish on their own. In cases where erectile dysfunction presents as a result of Peyronie’s, penile tissue begins to atrophy and the penis itself loses both length and girth.
There’s also a psychological element to Peyronie’s Disease that can be overlooked: Painful erections, erectile dysfunction and curvatures and deformities can lead to a loss of intimacy in relationships. Depression is commonly associated with Peyronie’s Disease, which can and should also be evaluated by a qualified medical professional.
In short: Your anatomy and your sex life aren’t something that should be gambled with on unproven and untested treatments. There are viable treatments, including medication, surgery, and penile sculpting that can help restore sexual function and penile appearance, but they can and should only be recommended by a qualified medical professional.
If you think you may have Peyronie’s Disease, contact us at Perito Urology today.