Limited data are available on how partners of men with Peyronie's disease (PD) are affected by the disease. We sought to characterize PD patients whose curvatures result in pain for their partners during penetrative intercourse.
We queried a database of all men undergoing initial evaluation for PD at a single clinic between March 2014 and June 2016. Patients were administered a questionnaire regarding sexual health concerns with domains including erectile dysfunction, ejaculatory dysfunction, libido, and penile curvature. In the penile curvature section, patients were specifically asked: "Does the curvature cause your partner any pain during penetrative intercourse? (Y/N)." Patients' partners were not directly evaluated for conditions associated with dyspareunia. Additionally, patients interested in treatment for PD underwent objective curve assessment after intracavernosal injection of erectogenic medications along with penile duplex Doppler ultrasound. Statistical analysis was performed to identify differences in clinicopathologic variables and patient-responses to questionnaire prompts between patients who did and did not report partner pain with intercourse.
A total of 322 patients with information available on partner pain were included in the study. Patients who reported partner pain had significantly higher subjective erectile rigidity (mean 5.9/10 vs. 4.8/10, P=0.02) and patient-reported penile curvature (47.7° vs. 33.3°, P<0.001) compared to those who did not report pain. Ventral curvatures were more common in men with partner pain (21% vs. 9% of men without, P<0.05). Furthermore, patients complaining of partner pain were more likely to report that PD had a negative impact on relationships and were more interested in pursuing surgical corrections.
Men with superior erectile function, higher degrees of penile curvature and ventral curvatures were more likely to report partner pain during penetrative intercourse. These specific disease characteristics reported in this series may assist clinicians in identifying men who are more motivated to select more invasive therapies.
Translational andrology and urology. 2018 Dec [Epub]
Yifan Meng, David Y Yang, Kevin M Hebert, Josh B Savage, Manaf Alom, Tobias S Kohler, Landon Trost
Division of Urologic Surgery, Washington University, St. Louis, MO, USA., Department of Urology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, USA.