Benign Prostate Hyperplasia: Symptoms And Treatments

The prostate is that unobtrusive little secondary sex gland that lies down at the base of man’s bladder. It is around the size of the average walnut and surrounds the urethra (the urine-carrying tube that runs from the bladder to the tip of the penis). BPH merely means a non-cancerous overgrowth of the prostate tissue.

Symptoms

At least third of men over age 50 have uncomfortable urinary symptoms because their prostate gland has begun to grow too large and is squashing the urethral tube. This makes it harder to pass urine and also irritates the area, causing problems such as excessive straining to pass water; hesitancy or difficulty getting started even when you want to go quite badly.

Which can be embarrassing in public urinals; a start-stop flow uncomfortable urination; the urge to pass (small amounts of) water frequently, even if you’ve just done so, and often repeatedly at night and feeling full even when you’ve just been to the urinal. It can also not surprisingly, cause sexual problems such as low sex drive, problems in getting an erection and ejaculating.

Medical treatments

Common medical treatment includes ‘watching and waiting’ with regular check-ups, as the condition can develop very slowly, hormonal treatment with a group of drugs called alpha-reductase inhibitors, and surgery. Alpha-reductase inhibitors block the production of dihydrotestosterone (DHT), the more potent form of testosterone, which helps shrink the prostate itself but can also have a negative effect on men’s sexuality and potency.

Natural remedies

The natural remedy of choice for benign prostatic hyperplasia is saw palmetto. It is thought to work against testosterone by preventing DHT from binding on to receptor sites in the prostate, which is how DHT stimulates the gland to grow. Another is extract of rye pollen. The product made from it is called cemilton, which has been subjected to several proper clinically controlled studies and is approved for medical use in many countries.

Rye pollen particularly helps with symptoms such as needing to pee in the middle of the night but it has no effect on prostate size whatsoever. Saw palmetto, on the other hand is much better, helping with all BPH symptoms including shrinking the enlarged prostate glands.

Prostate massage

Prostate massage is used to fulfill both the therapeutic and pleasure needs of a person. It’s a form of preventative medicine that helps you relieve the pressure in your prostate as a result of excessive fluid secretion. Prostate milking is usually a self massage, which if done correctly is simple and highly effective. Here are a few things one needs to remember while performing a prostate massage.

It’s important that you empty your bladder and bowel before a prostate massage. Make sure that the area around your anus is clean and that your fingernails are trimmed. Use latex gloves while performing the procedure. This procedure will work best if you apply water-based lubricants to your gloved fingers.

Massaging your prostate becomes simpler; if your position helps you reach the prostate gland without causing any discomfort. One of the recommended positions for a prostate massage is lying on your back. The finger should be inserted in your anus as gently as possible. Don’t rush matters. You then will have to move your finger along the rectal wall, till you feel the walnut sized prostate gland. Upon location, massage it gently. You only require a few minutes of massage before the prostate gland contracts and releases fluid.

Taking care

Prostate milking is a form of preventative medicine but it is also risky if you don’t take the necessary precautions. If you are doubtful about the procedure it’s always a good idea to consult your doctor. Make sure that you know what you are doing, or your action can also cause injury to the rectum.