Most men don’t personally encounter a lot of erect penises. Sure, they may see them when watching pornography, but it’s pretty well accepted that the penises on display in many adult videos are not necessarily representative of the actual norm. And so without a real-life frame of reference, a guy may become alarmed if he finds he has a bent penis when it is erect and may worry about his penis health and function.

In fact, many men quite naturally have some curvature of the penis. It’s only when a bent penis is at so severe an angle that it becomes painful or affects its functionality that a man needs to be concerned. There can be several causes of a severely bent penis, one of which is vasculitis.

Peyronie’s disease

Typically when a man has a penis which curves to such an extent that it is of genuine concern, he is said to have Peyronie’s disease. When a man has Peyronie’s, the curvature is caused by a build-up of plaque or scar tissue in an area of the penis.

Why does scar tissue have this effect? Basically, scar tissue is part of nature’s way of healing. So if an area of the penis receives some form of trauma, the scar tissue forms as part of the reparative process. But the tissue in the penis needs to have a high degree of elasticity, so that it can go from the smaller flaccid state to the larger erect state.

Scar tissue negatively impacts the tissue’s ability to expand properly. When the penis gets the signal to become erect, it starts stretching out. The part of the penis without the scar tissue stretches to its full degree, as normal. But the section with the scarring at one point says, "Stop! That’s as far as I can go." With one side fully erect and the other pulling back on the expansion, curving occurs - left, right, up or down, depending on where the scar tissue is.


Vasculitis is a condition in which blood vessels become inflamed. It can occur anywhere in the body, including in the penis. The inflammation can damage the blood vessels, making them weaker and/or narrower. If it gets too weak, it may break, which causes scar tissue to form. If it gets too narrow, the blood has a harder time getting through, which may cause blockage. With less blood flowing in, less oxygen also flows in - and that can also damage the tissue, creating scarring.

Vasculitis is still poorly understood by the medical community, and its exact and complete causes are unknown. However, it is often due to infections (such as hepatitis B or C), problems with the immune system (such as lupus or rheumatoid arthritis) or reactions to some drugs.

If a doctor diagnoses a man with vasculitis, he will prescribe appropriate treatments, which often include corticosteroids and immunosuppressing medications. Often treating the vasculitis can have an effect on the bent penis; in other cases, the scar tissue may be too far advanced and other methods may be employed if necessary to correct a significantly bent penis.

Treating a bent penis due to vasculitis or other causes is made easier when the overall health of the manhood is not in doubt. Regular use of a top drawer penis health crème (health professionals recommend Man1 Man Oil, which is clinically proven mild and safe for skin) can help improve penis health. Look for a crème that includes L-carnitine. Often, scar tissue build-up can "deaden" sensation in a penis, and L-carnitine is useful in helping restore loss of sensation in the member. The crème should also include vitamin C, which is a key component in keeping the penis skin toned and elastic.