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Dr Pixie V/O: Steven Botton is at the end of his tether. He’s hoping that his trip to the clinic will put things back on the up and up.

Steven V/O: I’ve been suffering for the last 10 years. It would just be great not to have to think about it anymore. You know, just a relief.

Receptionist: Steven, Dr Jessen is ready to see you now.

Dr Christian: Hi Steven.

Steven: Hi.

Dr Christian: I’m Dr Jessen.

Steven: Nice to meet you.

Dr Christian: Come and have a seat for me. What can I do for you?

Steven: Right, I’m here today as I’ve got a few problems with my penis. Over the past few years it’s gradually got worse. It’s curving downwards now. It’s starting to get, like the last year; it’s getting quite painful as well when I get an erection.

Dr Christian: I think really the best way I am going to assess this is to see the penis when it’s erect.

Steven: So you can see it starts off as if it’s going to be straight and then from the middle downwards it curves over.

Dr Christian: I see what you mean. There is quite a curve to that. It’s really pointing down. It’s not a banana shaped curve is it? It’s almost an L shaped curve.

Steven: Yeah.

Dr Christian: All right. Let’s pop you up on the couch and we’ll have a look, ok? I’m going to pop some gloves on. Ok. Often guys with bigger willies can injure themselves during sex, ok, because it’s much longer it’s slightly more fragile. I’ve seen really nasty penile fractures where people have broken it, literally. It’s possible that that might have happened to you. When we had had a look at your picture because it was bending downwards I think you’re getting some scarring and things on the underneath. And I think because I can feel in here as sort of hard plaque like thing and scarring going on I think you have a condition called Peyronies Disease.

Dr Pixie V/O: There are approximately 80,000 men in the UK with curvature caused by Peyronies. The causes are varied and uncertain. Damage to the penis is thought to be the most common and its thought it may run in families. And Peyronies can occur slowly over time. So, if you notice any changes to your penis get it checked out.

Dr Christian: I think you’re in line for a surgical procedure that will help you. The downside to the operation, but I don’t think it’s actually going to affect you that much, is that it can leave you with a slightly shorter penis. You might lose a few centimetres when it happens. Does that sound reasonable?

Steven: Yep.

Dr Christian: But, I think we can deal with this.

Steven: Well, that’s good. Its, kind of, what I wanted to hear.

Dr Pixie V/O: The very next day Steven is booked in to have the Nesbit procedure. This involves reducing the length of the normal side of the penis to straighten it. This option is seen as the least complicated and should have Steven straightened out in no time. Four weeks after Steven Botton’s operation to correct his curved penis he’s back at the clinic. He should be right as rain, but will he have good news?

Dr Christian: So Steven, tell me how it’s all going?

Steven: I’ve had the op; it’s a month ago now. It was quite painful; I wasn’t expecting it to be that painful, but its fine now and is healing OK.

Dr Christian: Happy?

Steven: Yeah. I could see already with the bandages on that the shape had completely changed.

Dr Christian: And as far as, I mean, it was quite curved wasn’t it?

Steven: Yeah, it’s very straight now, very straight.

Dr Christian: Did you bring some photos for me to have a look at?

Steven: Yeah.

Dr Christian: Excellent, let’s have a look at them. Yeah, I mean, this is your before picture and you really had a sort of, almost 45 degree angle, didn’t you? It was really serious. And this is your new finished one. You’re completely straight now. It’s perfect. You happy with that?

Steven: Yeah, really happy.

Dr Christian: I think that’s amazing, really amazing.

Steven: I do too.

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Consultation: Peyronie’s Disease

Peyronie’s disease affects approximately 80,000 men in the UK and although it tends to run in families, it can also be caused by damage to the penis. In this consultation taken from series one of Embarrassing Illnesses, Dr Christian Jessen refers a patient with Peyronie’s to undergo surgery to correct his curve!

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I'm a woman and my boyfriend ha a downwards curving penis and let me tell u it's agony leaves me wth internal pain and bruising and gives me cystitis. I don't wanna criticise his willy as his ex told him it made him amazing in bed and he doesn't realise and thinks he's blessed lol I'd like to know what can be done about it and is it going to damage me internally because it hurts so much and I also have a tiled backwards uterus thanks





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I am 16 and just like many of you have a curve in my penis slightly to the left. I can feel/see a tiny bit more thickness about an inch and a half up my penis where the curve begins, I'm confused as most online sources suggest this is rare in younger people although reading people's personal experiences and knowing I'm not alone HELPS A LOT... I would really appreciate any feedback on what to do (can I visit a gp alone and how would I go about that).





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Im female + I'm trying to find information/advice/help/treatment for a good friend of mine, who is (most probably like a other blokes in the same situation) too embarrassed/ashamed/anxious etc to have a consultation with his GP...(although he has plucked up enough courage to confide in myself, after 18months of suffering in silence). He has said it bent half way on the shaft about 45° + feels like scar tissue where the bend is, he said it's not painful just uncomfortable at times. He's 53 by the way + in good health overall. (Also I will mention this is affecting is love/sex life due to pride/embarrassment). Now,after researching over the Web somewhat, he doesn't fancy going under the knife or taking medication or having injections etc .... he has read up on "Penile Traction" to help correct it + says he would be willing to try that. Do you know if this method is effective or just another gimmick!? Any advice would be gratefully appreciated ...... In the meantime I will keep encourage him to seek professional help. Thank you.





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Michelle, your friend is lucky to have someone like you who he can confide in. I got PD in 2006 and I was lucky to have a great wife who encouraged me to see our GP who then referred me to Urologist. It is important for your friend to do the same. Doctors are professionals who will examine you - not admire you! Traction therapy is not a gimmick, there are lot of scientific studies available to show the effectiveness of it. For example, one of the world's leading doctor in treating PD, Dr. Laurence A. Levine, M.D. (USA), has successfully used traction for years with his patients in combination with injections. I myself used traction with great results. Traction is a low risk option, but it requires lot of dedication (6-8 hours per day for at least 6 months). The problem though with your friend's condition is that he is now probably in the stable phase, i.e. the condition is not progressing anymore. If that is the case then his options are most likely limited to injections or surgery. But the key here is for him to see a Urologist who has experience in treating PD. This condition is nothing to be ashamed of.

My penis bend downwards in a short delay means





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i am 17. my penis bends downwards when i am erect. aditional it has something like tube appears on upper surface of my penis when i am erect. i think this is what makes my penis bend downwards. any help to fix this problem. i really wanna have sex when i get fience.





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I am 58 and lately I have noticed when I get a erection my penis hangs t the left hand side I have never had any problems before it is getting embarrassing now with my partner . What is causing this I am not a heaving drinker and I don't smoke never have . I am taking statins and aspirins . As I had a high cholesterol reading can this affect this please help me as its getting me down





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My penis head is angled downwards, will be a problem?





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I have wanked lots of times. And worried because my penis is bent down like a banana. I think it would be embarrising during sex. And I hope its not bad. I want to get it straight.





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Curvature sometimes results from scar tissue build-up, which in turn can lessen sensitivity. Using a top notch penis health crème (health professionals recommend Man1 Man Oil) with acetyl L carnitine can help restore sensitivity.

Anyone please provide a answer, i am in a similar situation which wanked and make my penis slightly to the left, anyone have any advise? Any answer will be appiaciated.

I'm 14 and my penis curves upwards slightly and it worry me a lot and I don't know what I should do this is only when it's erect





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noticed a curve on my penis to the left. Its like the head is bent to the left





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