Hard Flaccid Syndrome

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Hard Flaccid Syndrome.

Hard Flaccid Syndrome

Hard Flaccid Syndrome (HFS), sometimes simply referred to as HF, is a sexual disorder that is only gradually being recognised as a sexual medicine issue. Sufferers typically report that their penis is in a constant semi-rigid and semi-flaccid state and feels firm to the touch even without sexual stimulation.

For some sufferers the penis feels numb at rest, but the worst case scenario is constant pain.

The precise cause of the condition is unknown and there are a number of theories about what causes it including, injury to the pelvic floor or tailbone, penile trauma – sometimes during sexual intercourse, vigorous masturbation, and stress.

HFS doesn’t only affect the way the penis looks and feels when at rest, it effects a man’s ability to get an erection, thus making it difficult to engage in penetrative intercourse. In many instances it also makes it difficult and painful to pass urine or have a bowel movement.

Penile sensory and changes in appearance, are the main features of HFS and serve to distinguish it from classic Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome (CPPS) or Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH).

The majority of the HFS patients are usually in their 20’s and 30’s and symptoms vary from patient to patient, but they usually seek medical advice due to the following common complaints:

  • Firmness or rigidity in the penis when it is flaccid
  • No morning erections
  • Decreased libido
  • Penile numbness
  • Painful ejaculation
  • Painful urination or a weak urine stream
  • Penile deformity (indentation), which is often variable with erections
  • Pain and erection difficulties especially when standing
  • Numbness and/or coldness and/or burning pain in the penis head or shaft
  • Red and dry foreskin
  • Difficulty getting or maintaining erections (erectile dysfunction)
  • A need for more stimulation to achieve an erection
  • Anxiety and depression often worse during times of stress

HFS Treatment

Since it has been recognised as a sexual medical issue, Hard Flaccid Syndrome treatment has included medications for pain management and pelvic floor physical therapy. Men experiencing stress, anxiety or depression have found benefit from counselling.

More recently at our clinic we have found that a combination of focussed shockwave therapy and Extracorporeal Magnetotransduction Therapy (EMTT) can be a game changer for this chronic condition allowing patients to resume normal sexual intercourse without pain.

Treatment is usually undertaken during six or ten sessions over a number of weeks depending on the severity of the condition and the advice of our specialists.

To find out more about how we can help you, or to book a free consultation or an appointment, contact us now, or better still call us right away to discuss your problem.