Q&A: My Penis Is Slightly Curved? Will This Affect Intimacy?

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QUESTION: My penis is slightly curved down. Will this affect intimacy to some degree? How so?

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If your penis is only slightly curved down when erect, rest assured that you are in good company with many millions of other men. Few men have perfect straight erections.

Curves May Vary

It’s common for men’s erections to curve a little upward, downward, or to the left or right. Men’s penises also vary in terms of the direction that they point when they’re erect. With older age, men often experience a lower and lower point over time.

Having a slight curve to your penis is unlikely to affect sexual intimacy or the kinds of sex that you have. Some men even use a slight curve to their advantage and may, for example, try to use the curve to stimulate a woman’s g-spot, an area along the front wall of the vagina.

Of course, a more moderate or extreme curve can change the kinds of sex one has or the types of positions that a man and his partner can engage in for intercourse.

Are You Having Problems?

If a man has acquired a curve to his penis over time and if it interferes with sexual activity, he may have a condition called Peyronie’s Disease, which is often treatable.

If you have a concern about the curve of your penis, you might mention it to a doctor or nurse. Urologists in particular are doctors who specialize in issues related to men’s sexual health and the penis.

Dr. Debby Herbenick (M.P.H., Ph.D.)

is a sexual health educator at The Kinsey Institute, Associate Director of the Center for Sexual Health Promotion at Indiana University and author of several books including Sex Made Easy and Because It Feels Good: A Woman's Guide to Sexual Pleasure and Satisfaction.
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