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Why do erections hurt when someone has Peyronie's disease?

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The penis has two chambers that fill with blood to make an erection. Each chamber is covered in a strong, stretchy sheath. Damage to this sheath is thought to cause inflammation that leads to scar tissue. The inflammation may make erections painful. The good news: The pain doesn't last. It usually disappears once healing from the injury is complete.

SOURCES:

Ryan Berglund, MD, assistant professor of surgery, Glickman Urological and Kidney Institute, Cleveland Clinic.

Columbia University Medical Center: "Sexual Function and Infertility - Peyronie's Disease."

Press release, FDA.

Gelbard, M. , 2013. Journal of Urology

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Peyronie's Disease Questionnaire."

Medscape: "Peyronie Disease."

Drogo Montague, MD, director, Center for Genitourinary Construction, Glickman Urological and Kidney Institute, Cleveland Clinic.

National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NKUDIC): "Peyronie’s Disease."

Urology Care Foundation: "Peyronie’s Disease."

Reviewed by Louise Chang on July 13, 2018

SOURCES:

Ryan Berglund, MD, assistant professor of surgery, Glickman Urological and Kidney Institute, Cleveland Clinic.

Columbia University Medical Center: "Sexual Function and Infertility - Peyronie's Disease."

Press release, FDA.

Gelbard, M. , 2013. Journal of Urology

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Peyronie's Disease Questionnaire."

Medscape: "Peyronie Disease."

Drogo Montague, MD, director, Center for Genitourinary Construction, Glickman Urological and Kidney Institute, Cleveland Clinic.

National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NKUDIC): "Peyronie’s Disease."

Urology Care Foundation: "Peyronie’s Disease."

Reviewed by Louise Chang on July 13, 2018

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