How can men prevent Peyronie’s disease?

Men may not realize that they can damage the penis during sexual intercourse. This can make it difficult or even impossible to have sex. To avoid this type of injury, there are a number of things a man and his partner can do.

As men age, their erections may be less rigid (firm), or there may be difficulty in maintaining firmness. Less rigid erections can be injured because regular thrusting during sexual intercourse may cause the penis to bend. The following suggestions can help:

  1. Doctors will usually prescribe oral medications (Viagra, Levitra, Cialis) when a man has erectile dysfunction and sexual intercourse is either difficult or impossible. The first step in avoiding penile injuries is to begin to use one of these agents as soon as erections begin to become less rigid.
  2. The woman should make sure that the vagina is lubricated (moist). If it is not, the woman should use an over-the-counter vaginal lubricant.
  3. If the penis slips out of the vagina during sexual intercourse, the man or his partner should use their hand to guide it back in.
  4. Sexual intercourse with the partner on top should be avoided or used with caution because this position may increase the chances of the penis bending.
  5. Regardless of the position, the man’s thrusting movements during sexual intercourse should be straight in and out. He should avoid movements that might bend or twist the penis.
  6. Sexual intercourse should be avoided when the man is tired or has had too much alcohol to drink, as erections may be less reliable on these occasions.

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 08/08/2018.


  • The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. Peyronie's Disease. Accessed 7/24/2015.
  • National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse. Erectile Dysfunction. Accessed 8/8/2018.
  • American Urological Association. What is Peyronie’s Disease? Accessed 8/8/2018.

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