Online Exclusive

Ask Dr G

Published: Sunday May 24, 2015 MYT 8:17:00 AM
Updated: Sunday May 24, 2015 MYT 11:13:31 AM

How straight are you?

I would not blame you for choking on your breakfast upon reading the headline of this week’s article. Before you start writing in to complain about me crossing the line, asking a too provocative question in a conservative society, let me assure you I am referring to the geometrical straightness of a man’s sexual organ. If you were even thought I was addressing issues on sexuality, you should really examine how your imagination takes you completely off tangent.

Sidney Poitier, the first African American actor to win the Academy Award for Best Actor once said: “I know how easy it is for one to stay well within moral, ethical and legal bounds through the skilful use of words, and thereby spin, sidestep, circumvent or bend of a truth completely out of shape. To that extent, we are all liars on numerous occasions.”

So, without the “skilful use of words and spin”, lets get straight to the point and answer this question: Is it normal and natural for a man to have curvature of his manhood?

How the curvature of the male external genitalia is a “bend of a truth” and “completely out of shape” is the topic of our discussion today.

Dear Dr. G,

I am a 32 year-old man and I am a bit concerned about my manhood. I am happily married to my 30-year-old wife and she is expecting our second child at the moment. We have a very loving and healthy active sexual relationship. Obviously, with my wife being pregnant for the last six months, my sexual activity has been confined to moments of “self indulgence”.

The worrying thing is, during these activities, I noticed a bend upwards of my penis which I had not noticed before. To be fair, I never really paid much attention to this before. I would like to know whether curvature of the penis is normal? Is this curvature congenital? Isn’t the organ supposed to be straight?

When does curvature of the penis become a problem? And what degree of curvature is perceived to be pathological? I read somewhere this is associated to trauma of the penis. I do confess, regrettably, I did engage in regular self-indulgence in my youth. Do you think I am suffering “repetitive strain injury”?

Thanks for addressing my anxiety.

Yours truly,

Lee

The famous quote from George Orwell’s Animal Farm states: “ All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.” In reality, when referring to all organs in our body, there is no such thing as equal size and shapes. In fact, erectile tissues in the penis are made up of two cylindrical-shaped structures that trap the blood entering the organ during arousal. Anatomically, the penis will slightly curve upwards with full engorgement of blood.

Congenital bends of the penis are also not unusual. Slight upward and downward curves of the organ may occur in the conditions known as epispadias and hypospadias, respectively. These are usually defects which occur during intra-uterine fusion of the sexual organs. Effects of these imperfections though are mild and most men do not even notice the difference.

The curvature of the penis becomes pathological in a condition termed Peyronie’s Disease. In this condition, fibrous scar tissue develops under the skin of the penis on the tunica albuginea erectile structures. This connective tissue disorder is surprisingly common and affects up to 5% of adult male population.

The effects of Peyronie’s Disease are usually mild, causing slight curvature and discomfort. However, in severe cases, painful plaque and an excessive bend can result in erectile dysfunction and the inability to engage in penetrative sex.

Although trauma or injury to the penis is well documented as being associated with Peyronie’s Disease, in most sufferers, the causes of this condition are unidentified. Some men are concerned that the frequency and vigorousness of “self-pleasure” may be the main cause of Peyronie’s Disease. In reality, there has been no association between masturbation and this condition.

As most men only have mild deformity of the penis that is hardly noticeable, and the fact that it has absolutely no impact on sexual performance, no treatment is warranted. Many oral and surgical interventions have been described for the treatments of abnormal curvature of the penis. So far, the efficacy of the therapy has been inconsistent. Some may even be controversial.

The American Christian televangelist author Robert Schuller once said: “What appears to be the end of the road may simply be a bend in the road.”

So why worry when the slight bend of the penis is just a variation rather than the destruction of the norm. For most men, this will not mean the end of the road of your sex life, but simply part of the journey.

Albert Camus, the French Nobel Prize winning author and philosopher is knowns for having contributed to the school of philosophy known as “absurdism”. This is a school of thought which states that the efforts of humanity to find inherent meaning will ultimately fail.

So Lee, don’t worry about how straight are you? or why this is happening to you. As long as the organ is functioning well, everything else is irrelevant.

Camus also famously said: “Blessed are the hearts that can bend; they shall never be broken”. Dr G’s saying is: “The hard that is not broken is the bend that is blessed”.

> The views expressed are entirely the writer’s own.

Tags / Keywords: opinion, sexual health, George Lee, Dr G

More Articles

Filter by

How straight are you?

24 May 2015

When does curvature of the penis become a problem? And what degree of curvature is perceived to be pathological?

The Ring of pleasure and trouble

17 May 2015

Lets deal with a reader’s curiosity with regards to the “ring of trouble” that was hitting the headlines of the press, with the sufferer needing the assistance of the Fire Brigade for the relief.

What have you inherited from your parents?

10 May 2015

One of the most prominent liberal ministers of the early 20th century, Harry Emerson Fosdick, once said: “Life consists not simply in what heredity and environment do to us but in what we make out of what they do to us”.

The risky business of unprotected sex

3 May 2015

Cuban American erotic novelist, Anais Nin once said; "And the day came when the risk to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom".

The Myth of Prince Albert

26 April 2015

I confess, I come across genital piercing in my medical career all the time. However, the association of the piercing with the Prince Albert of Queen Victoria is often a myth I considered an urban legend with no solid foundation.

The uncomfortable problem of 'moobs'

19 April 2015

While not life-threatening, Gynecomastia can affect up to a quarter of older males.

‘Pearls’ in the pants

12 April 2015

Due to lack of awareness, Pearly Penile Papules has been misdiagnosed as genital warts, herpes, syphilis and even cancer.

Second chances

5 April 2015

Before the IVF era, there was no possibility for men with CAVD to father a child.

Four Shades of Blue

29 March 2015

Believe it or not, it has been seventeen years since the introduction of the blue pills, which had changed the landscape of the treatment of men with erectile dysfunction.

The first penile transplant

22 March 2015

“Civilization began the first time an angry person cast a word instead of a rock.”

advertisement

Recent Posts

advertisement