Enlarged Prostate Glands (BPH): What You Need to Know

Enlarged prostate gland is a medical condition related to advanced age in men. And, when symptoms begin to manifest, deciding on ideal medication should be preceded by a comprehensive diagnosis. Swollen Prostate gland is also known as benign prostate or hyperplasia.  

Studies show that BPH manifests mostly in men aged over 50 years and gets worse after 60th birthday. Nearly 90 percent of men aged 85 years and above have enlarged prostate glands, not to mention other health conditions such dry skin and arthritis which require use of collagen supplements.

What Are the Symptoms and Causes of BPH?

BPH can manifest in many ways, and sometimes one may mistake it for a different disease.  Because it a benign along the urethra, the first symptom is urgency for/and frequency of urination. With time, it puts more pressure on the urinary tract, furthering contraction of the bladder, hence forceful urination. Consequently, an urge to pass out urine becomes frequent, which why explains men aged 50 years are likely to suffer from infections of the bladder.

Other symptoms of enlarged prostate glands include the following:

  • Dribbling or urine, which is continuous.
  • Weak urinary tract.
  • Incomplete emptying of bladder as urinating (the main cause of bladder and urinary tract infections)
  • Incontinence, bladder stones, urine with blood stains and acute urine retention are advanced symptoms of enlarged prostate glands which manifest if there are no urgent treatment measures.

Important Questions to Ask Before Seeking Treatment

Notably, most men put up with BPH for months or many years without seeking medical help.  It is because they assume it is just a normal health condition that soon fades. Medics also advise that you should exercise ‘watchful waiting’ before visiting a professional urologist for diagnosis, especially when symptoms are middle on the BPH impact index.

However, when benign prostate begins to affect your quality of life, you should seek treatment immediately. For example, is your inability to urinate getting worse? Do symptoms prevent you from partaking in your daily hobbies? How severe are they? With these questions, deciding on an ideal treatment becomes easy. American Urological Association says that while surgery provides quick relief, it carries bigger risks than other remedies. Other remedies for BPH include use of Alpha blockers, transurethral microwave therapy, prostatic stents, Palmetto supplements, laser surgery, transurethral incision or resection, radio frequency needle ablation, use of alpha reductase inhibitors and others.