An enlarged prostate. It doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue, but it’s a condition that many men suffer from. Yet few wish to talk about. With the latest statistics showing that by the age 60, 50% of men will have some signs of BPH (benign prostatic hyperplasia), it’s time to tackle the rising epidemic. While an enlarged prostate doesn’t necessarily mean you have prostate cancer, it could be a result of BPH. An enlarged prostate can result in painful and embarrassing symptoms, so to give you a hand, here are the 5 signs to watch out for.
1) Frequency and Urgency
Many of us find ourselves woken by the call of bursting bladder and while this might happen once in a while, men with an enlarged prostate will find it an even more regular occurrence. If you find that your sleep is constantly disrupted by the urgent need to urinate, this might be one of the first signs of an enlarged prostate. This is called “nocturia” and is defined as having to urinate eight or more times per day. At times, this need to urinate may be urgent. This is as the enlarged prostate gland puts increased pressure on the urethra and bladder, making it increasingly difficult to hold in urine.
2) Difficulty Urinating
A second common sign to look out for difficulty urinating. As your prostate presses on the urethra, it can block urine from the bladder going out through the penis. This makes it hard to start a urine stream. It can also cause a weak or delayed urine stream, especially at the end of urination. This is referred to as “dribbling”.
3) Pain During Urination or Ejaculation
The pressure on your reproductive organs and urinary tract can be painful. Some men feel the need to push urine out, which makes it even more painful. In more severe cases, pain may also be due to infection, which is a result of an untreated enlarged prostate.
One of the issues with an enlarged prostate is that it can block the flow of urine from the bladder, which prevents it from emptying completely. This increases the chance of bacteria growing, increasing your risk of developing an infection. Prostatitis, which is an inflammation of the prostate, is also a form of urinary infection and will need to be treated.
4) Urinary Retention
Urinary retention is when you are unable to completely empty the bladder. It is both a symptom and complication of an enlarged prostate. If you experience this issue, it is important to seek immediate medical care. The doctor will have to insert a tube known as a catheter into your bladder to drain the urine. If the condition is severe, the doctor may recommend surgery to remove some of the enlarged prostate tissue or to possibly make cuts in the prostate to widen the urethra.
5) Blood in Urine
If you are finding blood in your urine, this could be a possible sign that you have an enlarged prostate. This is known as and there are two forms. Microscopic haematuria is when blood is detectable only under a microscope and is usually detected when men have had a urinalysis as part of an examination. Gross haematuria is when the presence of blood in the urine is obvious and the urine looks red, pink, or brownish.
As men age their prostate naturally grows larger but if you are experiencing these signs you should act. Such symptoms can affect you physically and emotionally, lowering your quality of life. When it comes treating an enlarged prostate, some drugs can result in erectile dysfunction. Commonly used drugs, used drugs such as Proscar and Flomax, are alpha blockers and can have dangerous long-lasting side effects. While they may hide the symptoms of an enlarged prostate, such drugs will do nothing to cure your underlying problem and could eventually leave you incontinent, drained of your former strength and masculinity.
Natural is the way to go. Not only will natural remedies help to heal your prostate, actively relieving you of uncomfortable symptoms, but they will do so without causing hazardous side effects. Powerful natural extracts such as Saw Palmetto, has been revered for its healing ability, with studies showing it to improve urinary flow, decrease prostate size, and diminish urine retention. This is because Saw Palmetto contains beta-sitosterol, a substance found to be effective in the treatment of BPH. Beta- sitosterol works to inhibit the activity of an enzyme called 5-alpha-reductase, which is a key trigger in the development of BPH and prostate cancer.
Remember, when treating the symptoms of an enlarged prostate be wary of prostate drugs. Do your homework prior to taking alpha blockers including Proscar and Flomax. The side effects are very real, and all across the web you will read people’s terrible experience at the hands of these drugs. Go for natural and safer alternatives, your prostate will thank you for it!
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