Benign Prostate Hyperplasia – Symptoms and Treatment?
Unfortunately, the accompanying symptoms including restricted flow of urine from the bladder may not seem so normal. The prostate gland enlarges in response to hormones including testosterone and dihydrotestosterone. By the age of 85, a whopping 90% of men will have BPH.
What are the symptoms of benign prostate hypertrophy?
- Urinary frequency – you have to go to the bathroom frequently
- Urinary urgency – when you ‘have to go,’ you really have to go.
- Hesitancy – you may have difficulty initiating a urine stream
- Decreased force of stream – self-explanatory!
- Dribbling – a consequence of #4
If you have any symptoms resembling those listed above, you will want to see your doctor for an appropriate medical workout to rule out other possible conditions. Note, some of these symptoms can be caused by various infections or types of cancer.
Once your doctor confirms this diagnosis, you will have various treatment options.
Treatment options for benign prostate hyperplasia:
- Various Alpha-adrenergic receptor blockers – Prazosin, silodosin, phenoxybenzamine and others.
- 5-Alpha reductase inhibitors – finasteride (Proscar), dutasterid (Avodart) and others.
- Dietary supplements
Of course, you’ll want to discus these treatment options with your physician. If you’re interested in reading about natural methods for shrinking your enlarged prostate, follow the link.