In many cases, male infants may be born with congenital penile curvature, but the condition may not be observed until later. As the male enters puberty and first experiences sexual arousal, he may notice that his erection takes a deformed shape. When erect, the penis may abnormally curve toward one side.
The Causes and Symptoms of Congenital Penile Curvature
In most cases, there isn’t a traumatic event or other deformity that causes congenital penile curvature, also nicknamed Chordee. Similarly, the male won’t feel pain associated with the condition or observe any scarring of the penis. Except for the abnormal curve to the erection, the male is typically normal in every respect, particularly regarding to sexual libido, performance, and reproductive capability.
The direct cause of congenital penile curvature is unknown, but the condition does seem to occur as a result of greater elasticity on one side of the penis. For example, a dorsal or upward curve may indicate greater elasticity on ventral, or bottom, surface of the penis.
Peyronie’s disease produces a similar curvature, but is caused by sexual trauma and results in scarring of the penis. A shortening or indentation of the penis may also be observed, caused by the scars on the tunica albuginea. Unlike congenital penile curvature, there may also be discomfort or pain associated with Peyronie’s disease.
Symptoms and Treatment of Congenital Penile Curvature
In most cases, the curvature of the penis will not be noticeable in children and may not be noticeable in teens and men, except during an erection. This may not always be the case for males born with hypospadias, which causes the urethra to form on the underside of the penis, instead of at the tip. Otherwise, males may not observe the deformation until achieving sexual arousal.
Another symptom of the condition is the male’s inability to obtain a good quality erection. Also, discomfort or pain may be experienced by the male or his partner during intercourse. This is due to the abnormal shape of the penis, which affects the quality of intercourse.
Typically, it’s best if congenital penile curvature can be identified in infants, because the only treatment is surgery. After the surgery, the penis can develop normally, and the curvature will be eliminated. The operation can still be conducted on teens and adult males, but treatment may require several surgeries before the curvature is successfully corrected.
In cases where the male also suffers from hypospadias, the urethra is also brought to its proper position during surgery. This is another reason the procedure is best done on infants, usually around two years of age. Both corrective procedures can be done on older males, but the growth process that follows infancy helps the penis to develop more naturally.
While congenital penile curvature may seem like a significant deformation to the patient, it can be easily corrected with surgery. Males experiencing an abnormal erection should consult their doctor at their earliest convenience. Together, they can diagnose the cause of the condition and establish the individual’s best treatment options.