Is a curved penis normal?

Some degree of curving can be present in the normal penis. In many cases, the penis can curve slightly to the left or right when it is erect. A curved penis becomes a problem when it causes pain and/or prevents a man from having intercourse.

What is congenital penile curvature?

Congenital means present at birth. Some congenital curvature is noted and corrected early in life by a parent during diapering and dressing. Others do not discover the problem until after they have transgressed through puberty and noticed the curvature themselves. The curvature is typically noted only with erections.

How is congenital penile curvature different from Peyronie’s disease?

Congenital penile curvature does not involve scar tissue in the elastic coverings of the erectile chambers, as is the case with Peyronie’s disease. Congenital penile curvature usually involves a downward curve or lateral curve or a combination of both. Over time, the condition of congenital penile curvature does not change.

What causes congenital penile curvature?

The cause of congenital penile curvature is not known, but thought to be related to unequal growth of the erectile chambers on two opposite sites.

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