As the old saying “prevention is better than cure” goes for many other health related disorders, same seems to be true for Peyronie’s disease as well.
However, knowledge (you learn more, you prevent more) remains the single most important factor in prevention and early detection of Peyronie’s disease in men.
To better understand how to prevent Peyronie’s disease, it is essential to first learn how Peyronie’s disease develops.
Possible causes of Peyronie’s disease
Injury / trauma: Many researchers believe that the plaque of Peyronie’s disease develops following trauma, such as hitting or bending that causes localized bleeding inside the penis.
Two chambers known as the corpora cavernosa run the length of the penis. A connecting tissue, called a septum, runs between the two chambers and attaches at the top and bottom of the tunica albuginea. If the penis is bumped or bent, an area where the septum attaches to the tunica albuginea may stretch beyond a limit, injuring the tunica albuginea and rupturing small blood vessels.
As a result of aging, diminished elasticity near the point of attachment of the septum might increase the chances of injury. In addition, the septum can also be damaged and form tough, fibrous tissue, called ﬁbrosis. Hence, this inflammation over the period of time leads to formation of permanent plaque on your penis. This plaque, itself, then causes permanent bending or curvature of your penis.
Family (genetics): In some cases, Peyronie’s disease runs in families which suggest that genetic factors might make a man vulnerable to the disease.
Autoimmunity: Some researchers believe that Peyronie’s disease may be an autoimmune disorder i.e. it develops when your own body starts to develop antibodies against your own cells. However, this theory still needs to be confirmed by scientists.
Some natural tips to help prevent Peyronie’s disease
1- Do not sleep on your stomach
Although not medically proved yet, 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 or Peyronie’s disease.
2- Be careful during sex
As injury during intercourse is one of the most common causes of Peyronie’s disease, you should take special precaution while having sexual intercourse. Female being on top, for example, has been regarded as a common cause of several penis related injuries such as penile fractures. You should, therefore, should be very careful if you wish to perform sex in such positions.
3- Use Vitamin E supplements
Researchers have conducted small-scale studies in which men with Peyronie’s disease who were given vitamin E orally, reported improvements. However whether taking vitamin E supplements orally actually prevents the disease before it even develops is questionable and needs more research and studies to be confirmed.
4- Use traction based penis stretchers
If you are one of those penis health enthusiasts who want to increase their penis size (both in length & thickness) then there is good news for you.
Using traction based penis stretching device not only causes permanent enlargement of your penis but is also considered one of the easiest approaches to help prevent or correct abnormal curvature of your penis as seen in Peyronie’s disease.
It involves stretching the side of the penis that has the scar tissue so that it matches the other side and results in longer, firmer and thicker erections and an overall sense of increased sexual confidence.