Peyronie's Disease: What About the Female Sexual Partner?

Peyronie's disease (PD) is an acquired wound-healing disorder of the penis involving fibrosis and scar formation within the tunica albuginea that can lead to various penile deformities resulting in penile pain, sexual dysfunction, low self-esteem, and emotional distress. While many studies highlight the psychosocial impact of PD on the patient, little is known about the female partner's experience regarding PD and its management.

To evaluate and summarize the available clinical data on the effects of the disease and its management on female sexual partners of patients with PD.

A search of the available medical literature using the MEDLINE and PubMed databases was performed. The queried terms included the following: Peyronie's disease, partner, female, dyspareunia, relationship, satisfaction, survey, and outcome. Studies were included only if the female sexual partners were directly evaluated or interviewed.

PD can have a significant impact on the sexual function and satisfaction of female sexual partners. Most female sexual partners reported an improvement in their relationship, a decrease in sexual dysfunction, and improved overall satisfaction after both surgical and nonsurgical treatment.

PD can be emotionally debilitating for patients and their partners. It has been associated with depression, social stigmatization, isolation, diminished self-worth, and avoidance of intimacy. A partner's experience with PD, as well as its management and outcomes, is an understudied entity that warrants further investigation and may be useful in guiding future treatment approaches. Kern T, Ye N, Abdelsayed GA. Peyronie's Disease: What About the Female Sexual Partner?. Sex Med Rev 2020;XX:XXX-XXX.

Sexual medicine reviews. 2020 Dec 16 [Epub ahead of print]

Tyler Kern, Nancy Ye, George A Abdelsayed

Department of Urology, Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA. Electronic address: ., Department of Urology, Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA., Department of Urology, Kaiser Permanente Orange County Medical Center, Anaheim, CA.