What is an Enlarged Prostate
First, what is the prostate? The prostate is a gland in men that is responsible for producing semen. It is located beneath the bladder and goes around the urethra like a donut. The tube that brings urine out of the bladder is called the urethra. It brings the urine out of the opening in the penis.
So, when this small gland, the prostate, grows too big, gets enlarged, it squeezes the donut like opening, and make it hard for the urine to pass through. This problem usually occurs in men 40 years of age or older. And I the problem is called Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia, or BPH. Benign means that it is not cancer. It is a problem for men, because it makes it difficult to urinate, but it is easily taken care of.
For some men, this is a big problem and others do not fell it at all. How do you know if this is what you have?
- Difficulty urinating
- Halting in the middle of urinating
- Weak urine stream
- Need to urinate often
- Feeling the bladder is still full
- Blood in the urine
- Bladder or urinary tract infection
Products that Help with Enlarged Prostate
There are a number of prescription medications that your doctor may recommend.
Prostacet is a vitamin and herbal product that you may like, if you want an all natural remedy. Prostacet works to reduce the size of the prostate and restores it to the normal size
Treatment for Enlarged Prostate
If you have any of the symptoms of enlarged prostate or if your doctor tells you that there is a problem, after a routine rectal exam, you can a few options. Some men choose to wait and see if it will lessen on its own, or if the symptoms get worse.
If the symptoms bother you or are quite severe, there are prescription medications which can reduce the swelling of the prostate gland.
Alpha blockers are drugs used to relax the muscles in and around the prostate which would it less swollen and easier to urinate.
5 alpha reductase inhibitors are drugs that actually shrink your prostate. The do not allow the hormonal changes that are the cause of the prostate growth.
Combination drug therapy may be recommended, which uses both alpha blocker as well as a 5 alpha reductase inhibitor. This may be more productive and relief the problem faster.
None of the medications are without possible side effects so ask the doctor what else may happen.
And, if the case is very severe, and medication does not lessen the problem, your doctor may recommend surgery to reduce the size of the prostate gland and open up the urinary tract. There can be complications, like in all surgery, so ask your doctor to explain all your options.
Prevention of Enlarged Prostate
Well, like all things connected with getting older, there is no real way to prevent getting an enlarged prostate. It comes for most men as part of the aging process and may be inevitable. You can, however, try to maintain a healthy prostate. You should keep hydrated, and drink 8 or more glasses of water. If you feel the need to urinate, do not hold it in; go to the bathroom as soon as you feel the need. You may want to add cranberry juice or cranberry supplements to maintain a healthy bladder and urinary tract.
And ask your doctor to give you a prostate exam at least once a year, including blood tests.
When To See Your Doctor For Enlarged Prostate
Men should see their doctor on an annual basis, and have both blood tests and a rectal exam. This will detect if you have an enlarged prostate, or signs of prostate or colon cancer. If you have any of the symptoms of prostate problems, like blood in the urine or very frequent urination or inability to urinate, see your doctor right away; don’t wait until your next exam.