An Analysis of the Penis Curve
A curved penis or bent penis (or penile curvature) is a common condition that can be very problematic and can impede a man from having a healthy sexual life. It is estimated that 1% - 3% of men suffer from severe penile curvature, making it a common male condition. While often used and perceived synonymously, a "bend" is usually the term used for a much more severe penis curvature. A bend usually involves scar tissue (such as in) Peyronie’s Disease. A simple curvature almost never has scar tissue.
What is a curved penis?
Definition: Curvature of the penis is an abnormal bend in the penis that usually occurs during erection.
How would you know if you have a curved penis? (Signs and symptoms)
- Bend in the penis with erection
- Narrowing of the penis with erection
- Painful erection
- Problems with penetration or pain during intercourse
What causes a curved penis?
Following is a list of some of the major factors that are responsible for causing majority of the cases of the curved penis.
- Inborn cause (congenital curvature): Congenital curvature comes from birth or it can also occur somewhere in the first couple of weeks. While such deformation of penis usually corrects itself without any treatment in most cases, it persists in some cases i.e. the penis curve usually gets more pronounced (or becomes noticeable at first place) in the time of the puberty. This is because male intimate organ grows much faster in this period of your life due to the secretion of sex hormones i.e. testosterone. Sometimes the flaw is just aesthetic but for some, it can severely impede a normal sex life, making sex difficult, painful, or even impossible.
- Trauma / injury: Many men, who are not born with a curved penis, can develop one later on in life as a result of trauma inflicted on the penis. Although the penis obviously has no bones inside it, this kind of trauma can still cause permanent damage. Sex-related accidents, even those you would not think twice about after they happen, can cause ruptures inside the penis which stunt growth. When the penis is hurt in this way, it often causes one side of the penis to stop growing. While the healthy side outgrows the damaged side, the penis will effectively become curved.
- Ill-fitted clothing: When the males (who wear very tight underwear or pants) get erections, their penile tissue becomes restricted and, to some extent, immobilized. In addition, they often curve their penises over to the side to hide the awkward erection. This affects the enlargement because blood will flow better through one side of the spongy tissue and while leaving the other side undernourished depriving it of oxygen and other important nutrients.
- Sleeping on stomach: Although not medically proved, some sexologists and reproductive experts do ask adolescent to refrain from sleeping on stomach. The hypothesis is that sleeping on stomach has a “compression” effect on the blood vessels of the penis and it naturally results in a reduced blood to the spongy tissues of the penis. This eventually leads to the reduced growth of the tissue of the penis, often on one side and hence results in the formation of curvature.
- Peyronie's disease: The most common cause for a curved penis is Peyronie's disease. Peyronie´s is a degenerative disease, if left untreated it will continue to get worse. The most common result of this disease is an increasingly curved penis, sometimes to the extent that it makes sexual intercourse painful or impossible.
- Other causes: In addition, there are some other medical causes or disorders that can lead to the formation of curve in the penis. These commonly include:
Dupuytren's contracture: This is a cord-like thickening across the palm of one or both hands. It is a fairly common disorder in white men over age 50. However, only a very small number of people with Dupuytren's contracture develop curvature of the penis.
Urethral stricture: Obstruction of urethera (the small tube that carries the urine and semen to and out of the penis).
Hypospadias: Another genetic penile abnormality
How the penis curve develops?
The natural curvature occurs when the two chambers of the penis develop at different rates through the years, thus bending the penis toward the slower developing chamber. There is no way that such a natural development tendency can be forecast and prevented, although there are treatments available to correct the problem.
Possible directions of penis curve
The most common direction of a penis curve is a curvature of the penis upward. It could also be bent to one side. It is also possible to have the penis be completely erect, but still pointing straight downward as though it were on a hinge at the base. This deformity in the shape of the penis is noticeable, and it can make sexual contact difficult. The penis may also take on an hourglass shape in which it looks as if there is a band wrapped around the shaft. Similarly, a curve to the left is more apparent than any other curve.
Why the penis curves on erection?
Most of the time, the penis only takes its curve upon erection.
This is because:
- The part of the penis that is causing the curve has less skin than the rest of the penis.
- There is scar tissue on the penis. (which does not stretch as well as normal skin)
- Part of the skin on the opposite side of the curve has been stretched out (from constrictive clothing, constant positioning, or pulling)
Are there any complications of the curved penis?
If left untreated, the condition usually gets worse and leads to the inability to have intercourse or may make intercourse difficult, painful, or impossible. Impotence can also occur.
Is there a treatment?
If you are having trouble getting erections or you find intercourse to be painful or if you simply feel uncomfortable by the “looks” of your penis, you may need to take steps to deal with. The easiest approach is with penis traction, this involves stretching the side of the penis that has the scar tissue so that it matches the other side. Another option is to use a cream that contains verapamil (a calcium channel blocker drug) which helps to break up the scar tissue. The last resort for dealing with a curved penis is surgery; this is a drastic solution and should only be considered if every other option has failed.
All in all, a bent or a curved penis is a common condition that should not be ignored. In fact, nothing should stand in the way of your sexual satisfaction and contentment especially something as correctable as penis curvature. You might think that your penile curvature is no big deal, but it can cause many problems which are detrimental to your sexual health. Therefore, act now before it’s too late!