Peyronieâ€™s Disease isnâ€™t a well-known disorder, although it affects many men. The condition, also known as Induratio Penis Plastica, is caused by scar tissue forming beneath the skin of the penis. Over time, the disease may become progressively worse, causing the penis to bend or to shorten.
How Does Peyronieâ€™s Disease Affect the Body?
The good news is that Peyronieâ€™s Disease is not cancerous, a fear some men may have before diagnosis. Moreover, there are successful treatment options for men who suffer from the illness. However, an obstacle for treatment of the disease is the embarrassment of patients to come forward and discuss the disorder with their physicians. If left untreated, approximately 40 percent of men experience worsening symptoms.
How Can Men Talk to their Partners about Peyronieâ€™s Disease?
Along with other sexual dysfunction problems, men may find it difficult to talk with their partners about Peyronieâ€™s Disease. If you suspect your partner is suffering from Peyronieâ€™s Disease, you may not know how to approach this subject. But itâ€™s important to have a serious discussion, and to encourage him to seek medical treatment.
Talk to him about his symptoms, and how the illness affects him both physically and emotionally. Reassure him that erectile dysfunction is very common and does not change your feelings towards him. Keep the conversation positive and let him know you support him and that the disease does not reflect poorly on his masculinity.
What If He’s Reluctant to Talk?
Donâ€™t be surprised if your partner is resistant to your efforts to discuss Peyronieâ€™s Disease. He may become nervous or offended by the subject and pull away from you. Itâ€™s important to not take offense to this: many women can become upset when their partners refuse to discuss the problem, and communication between the couples may break down further. Women shouldnâ€™t withdraw due to their partnerâ€™s resistance, since this can put more pressure on him. Instead, keep open lines of communication and focus on the physical aspect of the problem instead of the sexual.
How Can Women Support their Partners during Treatment?
A partnerâ€™s support doesnâ€™t end when he walks through the door of his doctorâ€™s office. Youâ€™ll need to stand by him as he goes through treatment for Peyronieâ€™s Disease. Non-surgical methods that have shown to be mildly effective to treat Peyronieâ€™s Disease include oral medications and injections. Surgery may be considered six months to one year from the onset of the disease. Due to the side effects of treatments for Peyronieâ€™s Disease, the partner may be needed to provide further psychological support to the patient.
You might also want to consider attending office visits with your partner in order to have an open discussion with his physician. During consultations, the doctor can present the effects to treatment to both parties, and discuss how these treatments might affect your sex life. Alternative methods of sexual satisfaction can be discussed as your partner receives treatment for the condition.
Partner involvement in the treatment of Peyronieâ€™s Disease will make a significant difference in the overall quality of care the patient receives. Partners should keep all communications about the disease positive, and not be afraid to discuss this important issue. The more open you and your partner can be, the better your relationship can become.