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Help! My penis is bent!

My penis is bent downwards. I find it really embarrassing. Kindly tell me how and where to rectify it?

The size, shape, and function of the penis is a source of pride and embarrassment for men in equal measures. They can lead to performance anxiety and even shying away from sexual intercourse. Unfortunately, many men don’t seek help or at least try to find out if everything is okay.

That’s why I applaud you for taking this bold step to start understanding what’s going on with your manhood.

What's normal?

Every penis is as unique as a finger print; they vary in shape and size. Normally, the penis in its flaccid state hangs downwards; I hope you are not asking about that.

Curved penises are quite common and shouldn't be a cause for concern.

Having a slightly bent penis during erection is common. Depending on the curvature degree and angle, this can be more pleasurable for the woman by stimulating the G-spot.

The only time a bent penis is an issue is when the bend is too significant to penetrate or causes pain.

Peyronie's disease

Some men have a significant bent penis that causes pain when erect. This condition is known as the Peyronie's disease.

This can prevent a man from having sex. Or might make it difficult to get or maintain an erection. For many men, Peyronie's disease also causes stress and anxiety.

In a small percentage of men, Peyronie's disease goes away on its own. But in most cases, it will remain unchanged or worsen. Treatment is necessary if the curvature is severe enough to prevent sexual intercourse.

Who gets Peyronie's Disease?

Peyronie’s disease is usually a condition one is born with, but it only shows later in life. It mostly happens in middle-aged men.

However, in some cases younger and older men can get it too. It becomes more common as a man gets older, but it’s not a normal part of aging.

What causes Peyronie's Disease?

Doctors don’t know exactly why Peyronie's disease happens. Many researchers believe Peyronie's disease is caused by plaque growth as the natural healing process after trauma to the penis (hitting or bending). These injuries might be as a result of trauma during sex, excessive masturbation, use of pumps to attempt to enlarge the penis, and even accidents in sports.

As you might be aware, the penis has sponge-like chambers which extends and thickens when filled with blood to form an erection. Where an injury has occurred the healing process disrupts the spongy chamber. Thus when blood fills, it causes the penis to bend.  

Genetics could also play a factor; men whose linage has a history of bent penises are likely to have the same. Men with Dupuytren's contractures also seem to be more likely to get Peyronie's.

What are the symptoms of Peyronie's Disease?

Symptoms may develop slowly or appear overnight. When the penis is soft, you can’t see a problem.

But in severe cases, the hardened plaque hampers flexibility, causing pain and forcing the penis to bend or arc when erect. Other symptoms include, painful erection, and shortening of the penis.

In most cases, the pain eases over time, but the bend in the penis remain.

When do you see a doctor?

If the pain is too much that you can no longer have sex, then it’s time to seek medical help. Your doctor might prescribe medication, and in some cases surgery to correct the situation.

I highly doubt you have Peyronie’s disease as your first concern would have been that of pain.

So I guess you have performance anxiety, which is normal, especially the first time or with someone new. If it’s with someone you love and they love you back, explain your situation and the both of you could go on an exciting exploration adventure figuring how best to work with what you have.

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Did you learn something new?


Hi Willy, 

This is possible but first, it is important to understand whether you are experiencing erection problems that need medical advice. Read this article to learn more: 4 signs you have erectile dysfunction. Visit a doctor tests and treatment. If not, this article will give you important tips for stronger erections: I want my erection to stay harder for longer!

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