Peyronies disease affects the penis, which develops fibrous scar tissue that results in curved or misshaped and painful erections. Although many men have curved erections under normal conditions that should not raise any alarm, this complication leads to excessive bend accompanied by significant pain. The affected men may not be able to have sex or even maintain an erection. This only makes matters worse because it tends to lead to anxiety and stress.
What Causes Peyronies Disease?
Statistics show that about nine percent of men face the risk of developing the condition. It usually develops as a result of healing of the penile tissue following a wound. In the healing process, excessive tissue may develop especially in the outer tissues.
The scar-like tissues, known as plaques, develop when too much collagen builds up in the penis. This does not necessarily mean the sufferer did or did not do something.
Although no single item has been conclusively pinpointed as the cause of Peyronies disease, a number of factors are believed to contribute to it. One of the major causes is believed to be the rapture of small blood vessels within the penis, which may occur due to various reasons, including accident, athletic activity and even sexual intercourse.
Excessive collagen forms when different types of cells, including blood cells, get trapped at the injured site and build up scar tissue. Fortunately, Peyronies disease does not occur in all cases of penile injury. Some inherited traits are believed to make some men more susceptible to the condition.
Some men also develop the condition without any apparent injury and researchers are studying whether it may be related to some types of immune system disorders.
The damage may change the shape of the penis in different ways. For example, the penis may get into the shape of an hour glass, which is known as indention. In some instances, the penis may curve significantly or shorten. The changes may make it difficult to have sex.
In case the symptoms are worsening or severe, doctors may recommend some medications or even surgery. Unfortunately, the surgical procedures are invasive and risky yet there is no guarantee of their effectiveness.
Among the new promising approaches is the use of enzyme therapy. Systemic enzymes help to break up scar tissue, which is important in treating Peyronies disease. Studies have shown that different enzymes lower the fibrin levels in the body and encourage its break-up.
The use of systemic enzyme therapy at therapeutic levels provides a natural alternative for treating Peyronies disease.
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