Loss of Penile Length Due to Peyronie’s and Other Causes of Penile Length Loss
Peyronie’s Disease is One of the Most Common Causes of Penile Shortening in Men
Peyronie’s disease often leads to loss of penis length. It is one of the more common complaints from men affected by Peyronie’s disease that ‘the penis is shorter than before‘.
Occasionally, loss of penile length may be the first symptom of Peyronie’s disease. In some men, loss of penis length is the only manifestation of Peyronie’s disease.
What are the Causes of Penile Shortening in Men with Peyronie’s Disease?
Scar formation in the penis leads to loss of elasticity and stretchability of the penis. In addition, scar formation pulls on the tissue and shortens it during the process called ‘scar contraction‘.
It is also important to know that obesity can make the penis appear shorter than it is (buried penis). With age, tissues become less elastic and penis may become shorter in particular in men with erectile dysfunction who are not getting full erections regularly.
What are the Treatment Options for Loss of Penis Length Caused by Peyronie’s?
Treatment is aimed at getting Peyronie’s under control. Traction devices for Peyronie’s disease are effective in regaining some length and in preventing further loss of penile length. Penile traction therapy needs to be used for prolonged periods, at least a few hours a day for >6 months to attain a benefit. Treatment of erectile dysfunction may also be beneficial.
Penile Traction Therapy: First-Line Treatment for Penile Length Loss
Penile traction therapy has been shown to help men regain 1/2-1 inch of penile length. It is important to know that penile traction therapy takes many months to work and requires prolonged use daily.
Treatment of Erectile Dysfunction: Maintenance of Erections is Important for Maintaining Penile Length
In men with poor erection quality, treatment of erectile dysfunction is important in order to maintain penile length. Treatment may include medications such as Viagra or Cialis, VED (vacuum erection device), or penile injections.