If you have Peyronie's disease symptoms, you're likely to begin by seeing your family doctor or general practitioner. You might be referred to a specialist in male sexual disorders (urologist).
Preparing for your appointment will help you make the best use of your time.
What you can do
Make a list ahead of time that you can share with your doctor. Your list should include:
- Symptoms you're experiencing, including any that might seem unrelated to Peyronie's disease
- Key personal information, including any major stresses or recent life changes
- Medications that you're taking, including any vitamins or supplements
- History of injury to the penis
- Family history of Peyronie's disease, if any
- Questions to ask your doctor
List questions for your doctor from most important to least important in case time runs out. You might want to ask some of the following questions:
- What tests will I need to have?
- What treatment do you recommend?
- Can you tell if symptoms are likely to worsen or improve?
- Are there any brochures or other printed material that I can take home with me? What websites do you recommend?
In addition to the questions you've prepared to ask your doctor, don't hesitate to ask questions during your appointment.
What to expect from your doctor
Your doctor is likely to ask you a number of questions. Being ready to answer them might reserve time to go over any points you want to discuss further. Your doctor might ask:
- When did you first notice a curve in your penis or scar tissue under the skin of your penis?
- Has the curvature of your penis worsened over time?
- Do you have pain during erections, and if so, has it gotten worse or improved over time?
- Do you recall having an injury to your penis?
- Do your symptoms limit your ability to have sex?
Your doctor might also ask you to complete a survey, such as the International Index of Erectile Function, to help identify how the condition affects your ability to have sex.
Oct. 18, 2014
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