I’m a Urologist and Here’s the Penis Warning Sign No Man Should Ignore
Doctors will tell you that there is no such thing as a “normal” looking penis – with a range of sizes, girth and shapes.
However, a urologist has warned that there’s a warning sign in your todger’s appearance that you shouldn’t ignore.
Delaying medical help can lead to pain, erectile dysfunction, or even mental illness.
Petr Holy, consultant urological surgeon at Men’s Health Clinic in Kingston, south-west London, said penile curvature is a sign to watch out for.
This could be the first sign of Peyronie’s disease.
Mr Holy said: “Peyronie’s disease is something that goes under the radar of most men, but it can have a huge impact on sexual health and self-confidence.”
The disease can cause severe pain when aroused, making intercourse difficult or even impossible.
Without treatment, it can cause erectile dysfunction, infertility and negatively impact intimate relationships.
A 2016 study found that about half of people with Peyronie’s disease suffer from depression and 80% suffer from disease-related distress.
Another 50% admitted it had a negative impact on their relationship.
Many male members have a curvature shape, especially when erect, Holy said.
That’s usually not a problem, as he said, “It’s completely normal to have a penis with a curved shape.”
However, if a curve in the penis is new to you – up, down or to either side – it’s worth seeing your GP.
What is the disease?
Peyronie’s disease occurs when scar tissue builds up in the penis, causing it to change shape.
Scar tissue is known as plaque and depending on where it forms causes the stem to bend in a different direction.
In some cases, this can make the penis “bumpy”, making it shorter or take on an hourglass shape from base to tip.
Mr Holy said: ‘When you have Peyronie’s disease, scar tissue in your penis, called plaque, can cause a variety of symptoms that come on gradually or quickly.
“Common signs include pain with or without an erection, a significant curve, flat bumps you can feel under the skin, and a shortened penis.
“If you have any concerns, it’s best to see your GP as soon as possible, and they can advise or refer you to treatment.
“The main thing is not to suffer in silence.”
Peyronie’s disease can affect men of all ages, but is most common after age 40.
While only one in 100 men have been officially diagnosed with the disease, experts say the true figure is closer to one in 10.
Men may feel too embarrassed to come forward and see their GP, so the true figure could be higher than the data suggests.
The condition is permanent and rarely goes away on its own. However, changes in the penis can be improved with treatment.
One of the treatments available is shockwave therapy, where a sonic gel is used to deliver unique pulses of energy to affected areas.
This process helps produce new blood vessels in the site and break up plaque, which helps increase blood flow.
Mr Holy added: ‘Shockwave therapy can provide pain relief. The treatment usually lasts about half an hour and does not require any numbing or numbing creams.
“At most, you might feel a slight tingling or buzzing sensation. To help you get the best results, it is recommended to have a series of six treatments spread over six weeks.
Other Warning Signs You Should Never Ignore
If you think something is different there, it’s worth reporting it to your doctor as soon as possible.
Some of the main symptoms to watch out for in your private parts are:
- Hard, painless lumps on your balls
According to the NHS, this is a sign of testicular cancer.
And while most lumps are harmless, with testicular cancer being the most common cancer in men between the ages of 20 and 35, it’s worth getting it checked out just in case.
If caught early, 99% of cases of testicular cancer are curable, so it’s worth checking yourself out in the shower at least once or twice a month.
2. Painful orgasms
If it hurts when you hit that high, whether it’s around your penis, your testicles, or even your lower back, you should let your doctor know.
Painful ejaculation could be a sign of an inflammatory condition of the prostate, or even prostate cancer.
3. Burning sensations or difficulty urinating
If you have trouble going to the bathroom or find it painful, it could be a sign of an enlarged prostate or a urinary tract infection and you should get it checked out by a professional.
Similarly, if there is blood in your urine, it can also be a sign of an enlarged prostate or kidney stones.