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Does Curved Penis Treatment Work?

Posted by: Men's Health Boston in Sexual Dysfunction on February 15, 2021

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Is your penis curved when you have an erection? Do you experience pain or sensitivity while having sex?

Have you often wondered if the curve is normal or if it’s due to injury over time? Penises vary in shape and size.

Having a curved erection isn’t necessarily a cause for concern unless it is also accompanied by discomfort or pain. If you’ve ever wondered about the curvature of your penis and whether you should see a doctor about it, keep reading to learn more about curved penis treatment.

What Causes The Penis To Curve?

Congenital penile curvature is a condition that you’re born with, but it’s incredibly rare. 

It causes the penis to be bent slightly but doesn’t usually affect sexual intercourse or cause pain. Most men that experience penile curvature also have Peyronie’s disease.

Peyronie’s Disease

Peyronie’s disease is another more common condition, but it’s not something you can be born with. Peyronie’s disease is caused by a bend in the penis which can make an erection painful.

Peyronie’s disease can occur because of trauma to the penis, such as bending it or hitting it either during sexual intercourse or playing rough sports and not wearing the proper protection.

This repeated injury can cause bleeding and scar tissue buildup over time, causing erections to be painful. It’s possible to have this condition without having experienced a traumatic event if it runs in your family or you have an autoimmune disease.

Symptoms Of Peyronie’s Disease

If you have Peyronie’s disease, you may experience symptoms like:

● Hard lumps on sides of the penis

● Pain during sex or while having an erection

● A curve in the penis (with or without an erection)

● Changes in the shape of the penis where it may look shorter or more narrow

● Erectile dysfunction

Risks for Peyronie’s Disease

If any of the following apply, you may be at risk for Peyronie’s disease. These include if you:

● Play full contact sports

● Often take part in vigorous sexual activity

● Have a family history of Peyronie’s Disease

● You are in your forties or older

● Have diabetes and erectile dysfunction

● Have had prostate cancer treatment with surgery

● Have low levels of testosterone

● Have had pelvic surgery


Surgery may be a last resort after trying medications and treatments for at least a year. This may not be the case if you are experiencing unbearable or severe pain.

Only your urologist would be able to determine whether surgery is right for your situation.


This non-surgical treatment is the only medication currently approved by the FDA to treat a curved penis. Xiaflex (clostridium hystolyticum) is used to treat those whose penis curves more than 30 degrees during erection.

This treatment consists of a series of penile injections that break down the collagen buildup in the penis. It is injected directly into the plaque. Collagenase is the enzyme that breaks down the substance making up the plaque.

Your urologist may also prescribe injectable verapamil to treat high blood pressure and interferon injections to help break down the fibrous tissue in your penis.

This treatment aims to reduce pain and make your penis straighter when you have an erection. This allows you to enjoy sex without pain or discomfort.

After Treatment

Your doctor will recommend that you gently exercise your penis over the next six weeks or so. You’ll stretch your penis when it’s not erect about three times a day for 30 seconds at a time.

You’ll straighten it whenever you feel an erection coming on, and you’re not engaged in sexual activity. You may want to consider lifestyle changes for faster healing.

If you’re a smoker, you should think about quitting. Try to cut back on your alcohol consumption each day and start exercising if you don’t already.

Don’t let your untreated curved penis lead to anxiety, stress, depression, or painful sexual activities. Schedule an appointment at Men’s Health Boston in Boston, MA, today!

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