BPH Treatment


Basics

It is important to get BPH treatment as soon as symptoms arise. Treatment for an enlarged prostate, also known as benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH, is necessary to prevent the condition from worsening.

An enlarged prostate is a common condition in men over age 40. The prostate is a gland that stores and secretes a fluid that constitutes part of the seminal fluid that makes up semen. This fluid energizes sperm and helps make the vaginal canal less acidic.



The prostate wraps around the urethra, the tube that carries urine from the bladder out of the tip of the penis for elimination. When the prostate becomes enlarged, it puts pressure on the urethra, causing problems with urination. This can cause a weak urine stream, difficulty starting urination, leaking or dribbling urine, frequent urges to urinate, and, in severe cases, the inability to urinate at all. It can cause frequent bladder infections and even kidney damage. That's why BPH treatment is so important.

Prevention

It is difficult to prevent BPH. After age 40, the prostate gland often enlarges as a natural part of the aging process. There are some things you can do to prevent serious complications, however.

Get an annual prostate exam after age 40. That way, if the prostate does become enlarged, you can begin BPH treatment right away before the condition becomes more serious.

To help prevent urinary problems, drink at least 8 - 10 glasses of water daily. This will help prevent bladder infections by flushing bacteria out of the bladder. Drinking cranberry juice daily may also help prevent bladder infections, as it makes the urine more acidic. You should also urinate whenever you feel the need; don't try to "hold it."

Treatment

Treatment for an enlarged prostate usually involves medication. There are two types of medication for enlarged prostate glands. The first type is designed to shrink the gland, thereby relieving the pressure on the urethra. The second type is designed to relax the muscles in the prostate gland, which relieves the pressure on the urethra. Both types of medication have a number of potential side effects, including sexual side effects, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, headache, back pain, chest pain, cough, sore throat, sinus problems, dizziness, drowsiness, weakness, and depression. One commonly used medication, finasteride, can cause birth defects if handled by pregnant women.

If medication treatment for an enlarged prostate is not successful, surgery is recommended. The most common surgery is transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP). In this surgery, the surgeon enters the body through the urethra and scrapes away part of the prostate gland. Risks associated with the surgery include complications from anesthesia, significant pain during the recovery period, post-operative infection, urinary incontinence, and sexual side effects.

Naturally, many men are concerned about the potential risks and side effects of medical BPH treatment. They are interested in natural alternatives. Natural treatments usually don't have side effects and may have other health benefits as well.

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When To See Your Doctor

See your doctor for an annual prostate exam after age 40. If you have symptoms of an enlarged prostate, you should see your doctor to discuss BPH treatment. Ask about natural treatment for an enlarged prostate if you prefer.

Feel free to write to us if you have any questions about natural treatment for an enlarged prostate.



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