It is normal for the penis to be slightly bent either to the left or to the right. Actually, an absolutely straight penis is unusual. Most penises have a slight curve when erect. But this should not be more than about 25° from straight, like a banana. If your penis bends more than this, you might have Peyronie’s disease.
So, what is Peyronie’s disease?
It is a condition, in which the penis becomes crooked when it is erect. This can make sexual intercourse difficult, if not impossible. It is estimated that about 1 in 100 men have Peyronie’s disease.
Men with Peyronie’s disease often worry about starting a new relationship, because of embarrassment. It is important to realize that while you will be very aware of a slight physical change, your partner will be much less aware. Talk to your new partner about it and explain that it is not an infectious or cancerous condition.
Peyronie’s disease most commonly occurs in men aged 50–60, but it can occur in young men and in old age. The cause is thickening of the fibrous tissue in the penis on one side. This means that, during an erection, one side of the penis cannot lengthen, and the penis will bend. The direction of the bend depends on the position of the thickening (which can often be felt as a lump or lumps when the penis is limp). Do you feel a thickened area on the penis?
You should not feel embarrassed about discussing the problem with your family doctor, because doctors are very familiar with the condition. It may be difficult for your doctor to assess how severe the problem is, because the curvature shows only when the penis is erect. If you have a digital or instant-picture camera, take a photograph of your erect penis and show it to your doctor. Treatments that do not involve surgery are recommended during the first 12 months, while the scarring is developing. After that, when the scarring has finished forming, surgery is often the best option. If it is only mild and does not cause any inconvenience, no treatment is necessary.
So, before you jump to any conclusion, speak to your doctor. Nothing to feel ashamed about this.