Signs of Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia

Are you a male over 50 experiencing painful urination? Is your peaceful night of sleep disturbed by frequent trips to the bathroom? If so, your prostate may be creating a condition known as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH).

What Causes It?

The prostate gland sits below the bladder and around the urethra. Essential in sexual function, the prostate helps produce and move semen. As men age, though, the cells of the gland multiply, causing it to enlarge and put pressure on the bladder and. This restricts the flow of urine and may create issues with the bladder or kidneys. While the exact cause of this enlargement is unknown, several factors may put you at increased risk. Obesity, heart disease, and diabetes might factor in to the development of BPH.

The Symptoms

Talking with your doctor about any urinary changes or difficulties is important. Most notably, you could see an increase in urinary frequency or changes in the urine’s flow. Infections and pain should also be noted. Be open about your issues. Your symptoms will help the doctor determine your future care.

Treatment

You don’t need to live with this discomfort. You have several options. Homeopathic options include watching what you eat and drink. Avoid caffeine and alcohol as they irritate the bladder and increase the likelihood of spasms. Ask your doctor about natural products that will empty the bladder completely and alleviate frequency issues. Medication, available through a doctor’s prescription, will try to relax the bladder and help you empty it fully. Surgery is another noninvasive option. Developments of surgical lasers have improved to allow for in-office treatments. Doctors will use a mild anesthetic. The procedure can open up the flow of the urethra and relieve many of the symptoms.

If you long for the return of a full night’s sleep, don’t hesitate to speak up. Options are available, and so is a relief.

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