There are two stages of Peyronie’s disease: Acute and Chronic.
Acute Peyronie’s Disease
This is the first stage of the disease and usually lasts the first 12 to 18 months. This is when the most physical change will happen to the penis. Symptoms of penile pain, curving of the penis, penis deformity or even erectile dysfunction will become very apparent in this phase. Penile pain is typically one of the first symptoms most men experience. Afterward, men will notice a change in penis shape caused by the fibrous scar tissue collecting under the skin. Some penis deformities men find are indentations, hourglass narrowing, penis shrinkage, and loss of girth but the most common is a bend or curve.
Most doctors and specialists believe that the elasticity of the penis can be treated during this phase. So seeking medical treatment earlier is always better than waiting around to see if it gets worse. The doctor can help reduce the inflammation and even stop the development of the disease and reduce any further deformity. Hopefully, you’ll see a full or partial reversal of the condition.
Chronic Peyronie’s Disease
Chronic or Stable Peyronie’s disease usually occurs after 12 to 18 months of the first phase. Usually, the symptoms of the disease will stabilize at this point, hence the name. Penis pain will subside and the penis will stop deforming and stabilize. Sometimes, ED or erectile dysfunction can affect men during this phase.
At times, Acute Peyronie’s disease will flare up and cause more damage to the penis. Doctors recommend to seek treatment immediately after noticing your Peyronie’s disease, but it’s never too late for treatment. Although, the farther along the disease, the more drastic the treatment plan.