Can a Bent Penis Cause Erectile Issues?

Not every penis stands up straight and tall when aroused. Some degree of curvature is absolutely normal in many men, and is no indication of a penis health issue or other concern. But sometimes a man has a bent penis in which the curvature is excessive, perhaps to the degree that it can impact his sexual performance due to difficulty in inserting said penis. But does an extremely bent penis also carry the risk of creating an erectile issue? 


When a man’s bent penis is curved beyond what might be considered normal, he is often said to have Peyronie’s disease. It is named after Francois de la Peyronie, a court physician to Louis XIV, who was the first to describe the condition, way back in 1743. (That doesn’t mean that men’s erect penises were not severely bent before that time, just that this was the first acknowledgement of it in the medical literature.)

Although Peyronie’s disease is more often associated with older men – its incidence is between 5% and 7% in men over 50 – it can occur in a man of any age. The severity of it varies; fortunately, it is rare for the curvature to be so extreme that it prevents penetrative congress with a partner. 

Erectile issues 

However, it is possible that Peyronie’s disease can result in some erectile issues – although it is rarely the case that the bent penis is responsible for full-blown impotence. 

To understand why erectile issues could result, it’s necessary to know a little more about Peyronie’s disease. 

The cause 

In most cases, Peyronie’s is understood to originate from a build-up of plaque in the penis. The tunica albuginea is an area of connective tissue in the penis filled with connective fibers. It is the tunica albuginea which gives the penis its shape as it becomes erect. 

If something happens to damage the tunica albuginea, such as a sharp blow to the penis or repeated rough handling over a period of time, trauma occurs. The body responds by creating scar tissue made of plaque. This plaque has a limiting effect on the flexibility of the tunica albuginea. If enough plaque develops in one place, it causes the tissue to expand unevenly during the erectile process. The section with plaque build-up can’t expand as much, thus causing the penis to bend. 

The penis becomes erect, but there can still be erectile issues. The plaque can prevent the penile blood vessels from sealing off properly, which means that some of the blood that keeps the penis erect may escape. This can result in an erection that is not as firm as it might otherwise be. 

As stated, most men with Peyronie’s do not suffer from impotence as a consequence of their bent penis. But they may find the loss of some firmness distressing. Together with concerns about how the appearance of their penis will be received by partners, this can sometimes cause worry, anxiety or depression, and these factors can in some instances result in other erectile issues.

A man with a severely bent penis should consult with a doctor on the most appropriate course of treatment. 

Whether a man experiences erectile issues or not, a bent penis still needs to be kept healthy. Regular use of a top notch  penis health crème (health professionals recommend Man1 Man Oil, which is clinically proven mild and safe for skin) can help. Sometimes plaque build-up occurs in such a way as to impact penis sensitivity. A crème with acetyl L carnitine, which is neuroprotective, may be a way to help restore diminished sensation in the penis. The crème should also include L-arginine, an amino acid which plays a part in the process by which penile blood vessels are kept healthy and open for greater blood flow.

Visit for additional information on most common penis health issues, tips on improving penis sensitivity and what to do to maintain a healthy penis. John Dugan is a professional writer who specializes in men's health issues and is an ongoing contributing writer to numerous websites.