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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.

Read the video transcript

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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Hi im 14 and hard it bends to the left bout 30° in the middle





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Hi, im a. 46 year old man and my penis has a major bend to the left when it is hard. I had a period of 16 years with very little sex but over the past six months I have had loads of sex and my penis is bending even more. How can this be ?





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my penis have a dark circule on top ....i think its from by birth....it feels embrassing ..is it cancer ?and also bent towards left like banana or more then that ....is it normal.....how i will show this to my partner ....pls rely





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hi i am 19 i mastrubate alot almost thrice daily since i was 13 now i find my penis has a curve whch is bending downwards it has lost irs strnght i am stil virgin i dont like sex i jst want to mastrubate what is it my penis is bended downwards now wil it satisfy my girlfriend if i go for a intercourse with her?





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Peyronie’s disease can cause many issues for a man; one of them is that, when the curvature is due to an accumulation of scar tissue, there may be a loss of penis sensitivity, which makes sex less enjoyable. One way to help: regularly using a superior penis health cream (health professionals recommend Man1 Man Oil) that include acetyl L carnitine. This ingredient is neuroprotective and can help restore penis sensitivity.





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Hey I'm 16 and my penis bends almost 90 degrees down. my penis has been like this ever sense i could remember and i really want to get it straighten and it's worse than a banana and i want to ask my doctor what i could do or what can be done. But i am just to embarrassed but after i watched this video i think i am going to ask next time.





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Hi I'm 21 years old my penis also bends downwards.. Will it trouble my partner when having sex.. If yes then solutions plz... Because I didn't had sex till now..





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Hi, im 16 years old my penis is bent downwards but my girlfriend finds it sensational when were in bed because it rubbes against the side of her vagina and when my cock is erect in her vagina it straightens out as well. Your penis is not the only pleasure resource; like i give great blows to my partner but my 9 inch penis doesnt matter with a curve. i know people with penises that curve 90 degrees to the right.

I'm 28 and this might sound strange, uncommon and weird but it's true. I've had a go at sex only a couple of times my entire life. the first time, my partner didn't really get a look at my penis and things happened pretty quick..no pain, no discomfort ...the second time, we took things a little slow and she noticed that my penis hangs downwards and curves further down as u move towards the tip. She found that extremely unattractive and that was that. I lost my confidence and have lead a fairly reclusive life the past 5-6 years. I guess i've had it all my life and I HAVE finally now decided to consult a doctor about whether it is Peyronie's disease and it's subsequent treatment. But i'd just like an opinion before that. Could there be some other cause for the bent penis 'cause i've heard peyronie's disease is usually accompanied by pain and discomfort. Althouh i haven't had intercourse for a while now but i do masturbate and don't face any such problems.





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I had my penis, which noticeably bent downward like a banana, "fixed" by a urologist specializing in microsurgery.If the curvature is not severe, you can live with a penis that bends downward Peyronies does not have to be painful. Peyronies may be the cause of the sharp curvature at the end of your penis. The only other thing I can think of is somehow, somewhere you "broke" your penis having sex, where it usually occurs, or in some other way. If you want both the curve downward and the severe curve at the tip of you penis, go see a good urologist who can refer you to a urologist that specialises in this type of thing. I now how much your self esteem takes a dive when you have these conditions. I spent 10 years in isolation. I still don't like it when my sexual partner sees my penis. (There was so much scar tissue in my penis, that the surgeon did the best he could, so it's still very noticeable that I've had surgery on my penis). I guess i'll just have to live with it. The surgery is expensive and very painful. (stitches + erection = pain). Go to a urologist, there's a lot they can do for you. Life is too short to live 6 years as a recluse. Good luck.

Hi I am a 15 year old boy and when my penis is unerect, semi erect and fully erect it bends to the right, when it is half erect it bends at the base but when fully erect its base and also middle. When I look in the mirror I notice my penis head is also not dead central (like it twisted) Any ideas whether its serious and a reply would be nice as my confidence is terrible





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I'm 53 and I have a bent penis, I have had all my life :-) I have had sex with many women and nearly all have said because of the curvature it creates extra pressure in the vagina which creates an extra sensation then what a straight penis does, my bent penis has be a blessing!





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I'm 55 and always had a nearly strait penis when erect. It did have slight upward curve that I thought looked sexy. It also had a very minor curve to one side that I thought was of no consequence. I agree that having any amount of curve in any direction is a blessing since it makes the side load a dynamically changing pressure upon the recipient. If side pressure is desired in a certain spot, one would only have to readdress the rotation at which it enters.





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