Sexual health expert Dr. Catherine Hood answers a question on can an erect penis bend in the company of Emma Howard.
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Emma Howard: Hello! We are answering questions on sexual health. I am joined by Dr. Catherine Hood. Hello! Dr. Catherine Hood: Hello! Emma Howard: Catherine, I have got a question here from a man who says he has recently noticed that his penis is starting to bend slightly to one side when it's erect and it's causing him some discomfort during sex. He wants to know, one, what's causing it, and should he go and see his GP about it? Dr. Catherine Hood: Okay. I think the answer is, yes, he should see a GP, answering the second first. The first question is it could be a condition called Peyronie's disease. With Peyronie's disease what happens is under the skin of the penis a fibrous plug develops in the layers of tissue on the penis. That means that when flaccid, there is no problem, the penis looks straight. But when you get an erection, the penis will start to bend, because there is one side that is a bit thicker than the rest of it, so it doesn't grow at the same rate. Now, mild cases of Peyronie's are really often nothing to worry about, will often resolve. There are some treatments your GP can give you that can help. If it gets very severe, then it can actually make sex impossible. Emma Howard: And can you have surgery for something like that? Dr. Catherine Hood: You can have surgery. I mean that's mostly the last resort, generally speaking, but it can be fixed through surgery. But the best thing is to go and let your doctor know the fact that you are getting this problem. You may not have to have anything done for a while and just it's a case of watch and wait and see what happens. It may not get any worse and -- Emma Howard: And is it very unusual or is it quite common? Dr. Catherine Hood: It's quite unusual. I mean your GP will be aware of it. There have been a few high profile cases of Peyronie's. A very prominent American president was said to suffer from it. But it is something that is well-known and well-documented. So you can get information about it and you can have a look on the net you will find some information about it too.. Emma Howard: And certainly go and tell your GP about it, as you said first off. Thank you very much for that, Catherine. Well, if you have a similar problem, we hope we might have given you some help. But remember it's always best to go and see your own doctor for medical advice. Thanks for watching. We will be back with more health questions and answers.