Enlarged Prostate – A Complex Problem

An enlarged prostate is tied to sexual dysfunction

Research has shown that an enlarged prostate is related to issues of sexual dysfunction. Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) also known as enlarged prostate, is a non-cancerous increase in the size of the prostate gland.

Symptoms can include frequent urination, trouble starting to urinate, a weak urinary stream, an urgency to urinate, a possible loss of bladder control, and an excessive need to urinate at night.

Unfortunately, in spite of the urinary difficulties, men tend to put up with an enlarged prostate, for a long while before seeing a doctor. Usually a doctor visit is only motivated when a man has to get up several times a night to urinate, and his sex life begins to suffer.

The sexual dysfunction symptoms are associated with difficulty getting or maintaining an erection, causing anxiety about libido, ejaculation, and sexual satisfaction problems.

Experts suggest that as soon as a man starts to experience urinary tract problems, he should see a doctor for a thorough examination to rule out possibility of underlying medical conditions such as bladder or prostate cancer, and even acidic bladder stones.

About the prostate

The prostate is a small gland situated between the bladder and the penis. A tube known as the urethra, runs through the centre of the prostate, from the bladder to the penis, allowing urine to flow out of the body. The prostate also excretes fluid which nourishes and protects sperm when it is ejaculated through the penis.

Studies have found that the enlarged prostate presses on, and compresses the urethra, impeding the flow of urine, causing urine to flow back into the bladder, which makes you want to “go” all the time, because the bladder is never really empty. After a while the bladder may become spongy, and if you do not get medical attention, you could land up in a serious condition.

The swollen prostate will also hinder the flow of seminal fluid secreted by the prostate gland, which is needed for sperm to be ejaculated. Ejaculation and possible fertility problems can develop.

The main symptom to look out for is ongoing urinary tract hassles, and experts suggest that the worse urinary symptoms become, the greater the risk of sexual dysfunction.

Regular check-ups

Although younger men are also affected, prostate enlargement problems are more common in men over the age of 50, and researchers have determined that by age 60, approximately half of all men will have suffered from an enlarged prostate.

Fortunately most of the BPH problems are benign in nature, but in the case of a malignancy, early detection is essential, which provides a 98% cure rate for 10 years or more, and a 100% cure rate for 5 years.

What kind of treatment is available for BPH?

Doctors will do tests before recommending which options may be best for you. However, if the symptoms are bearable, you may decide to postpone treatment, and monitor your symptoms – and take action if they get worse.

Medication is the most common treatment for moderate symptoms of prostate enlargement. The doctor will explain the various options available, mainly in a range of alpha blockers. If the meds do not work, there is also the option of minimally invasive surgery therapy which helps.

BPH is not a death sentence for your sex life, and nor is it a sentence of never-ending urinary problems. Bear in mind that early detection is the key to success, no matter what the problem with your prostate should be.

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