Prevention of BPH
BPH can not be prevented, neither can the urination problems that arise from it. While some people believe that regular ejaculations will help avoid enlargement of the prostate (BPH) , there is no scientific proof that regular frequent ejaculations help.
Because of this, the focus around BPH usually revolves around alleviating the symptoms associated with an enlarged prostate. For this, many supplements are recommended including
- Saw Palmetto
- Pygeum Africanum
- Vitamin E
- Pumpkin Seed
Other Effects of BPH
According to a study in Kidney International, BPH is associated with chronic kidney disease. According to the study, men who have a bladder obstruction from BPH are three times more likely to develop chronic kidney disease than other men.
A large scale survey performed by the American Foundation for Urologic Diseases (AFUD) provides additional evidence of the link between LUTS/BPH and sexual dysfunction in aging men. The study demonstrates that the incidence of sexual dysfunction in patients suffering from Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) -- or enlarged prostate -- is nearly twice as high as physicians believe. The survey showed that 25% of the physicians believed that their patients were experiencing sexual dysfunction, while a larger study of 14,000 men placed the incidence at 50%.
One of the leading reasons for sexual dysfunction (include erectile dysfunction or ED and ejaculatory dysfunction or EjD) is that certain treatments can cause or worsen sexual dysfunction. Side effects that have been reported include
- A decreased sex drive, or libido
- An increase in ejaculatory dysfunction (such as a smaller ejaculatory volume)
- Difficulty getting an erection
- Reductions in energy
Talking about BPH
Many people feel uncomfortable talking about the prostate, since the gland plays a role in both sex and urination. Still, prostate enlargement is as common a part of aging as gray hair. As life expectancy rises, so does the occurrence of BPH. In the United States in 2000, there were 4.5 million visits to physicians for BPH.
Don’t think that others do not notice the symptoms associated with BPH. Your spouse will notice you need to get up often during the night, possibly interfering with her sleep. Your golf partner will notice your need to visit the bathroom several times during a round. Often times they may be concerned as to why this may be occurring but they may feel uncomfortable bringing up the subject.
It is important to acknowledge your symptoms and make an appointment to see your physician to determine if you may have BPH or a more serious condition.
If you are diagnosed with BPH, share this information with for loved ones. BPH is a very common condition and, in most cases, can be easily treated.