Sabtu, 30 Maret 2013

BPH (enlarged prostate)-what is it and how can it be treated?

BPH is enlargement of the prostate. Can have many associated issues, including the need to urinate frequently, difficulty urinating and inability to empty the bladder completely.

The root cause of the disease is age. Is a very common complaint in older men-in fact, over 50% of males aged 55 and over are thought to be suffering with BPH.

It is important for BPH to be properly diagnosed, primarily to evaluate treatment options and to rule out other more serious problems such as prostate cancer.

The difficulty here is many men are embarrassed to seek treatment, and indeed some endure annoying symptoms for years rather than admit any problems in this sensitive area!

Others are afraid of being diagnosed with prostate cancer and will spend years worrying about the possibility of being too afraid to know.

All this, while quite understandable, coupled with a natural reluctance to admit any men’s weakness is against productive. Why suffer when you don’t have to?

Even if there is a problem, it’s much better to know about it. This gives us back some control and ability to make choices among the many options that are available now.

BPH is what it says-”benign”. Means that there is no malignancy. Having been diagnosed with so should cease all worry about cancer! It is reasonable, however, to do everything possible to prevent prostate cancer-information found on the site below.

Treatments for BPH are divided into 3 categories. Drugs, surgery or natural medicines.

Prostate Surgery-

If the symptoms are serious and BPH cause serious problems like the complete inability to empty the bladder, then surgery is the best and probably the only option … This can take many forms, but the most common is known as TURP.

TURP is performed without cutting and prostate access is through the urethra. An instrument is inserted that removes any obstructive tissue, loosening the pressure thus relieve BPH symptoms. TURP is a relatively safe operation.

Drug treatments-

For those whoses BPH symptoms are not serious-or for those who hate the thought of surgery! -There are two main types of medicine BPH.

Hormones-such as Finasteride (Proscar). Hormones Act by interfering with the male hormone testosterone. Is a slow action and long-term treatment. The side effects can be impotence and erection failure.

Alpha-blockers-these work by relaxing the muscle in the prostate gland itself that prevents the flow of urine. This works faster than the hormonal approach, but the side effects are weakness and lethargy.

BPH alternative treatment

These herbal remedies can be very effective without the side effects of medications. For more information, please visit the site below.

This article is for informational purposes only. It is important to consult a doctor if you experience symptoms BPH.

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