Enlarged Prostrate Problems


Basics

People often ask us how to shrink an enlarged prostrate. They want to know the best cure for prostrate problems.

The prostrate gland wraps around the urethra, the tube that carries urine from the bladder out of the tip of the penis. It stores and secretes a clear fluid that makes up part of the seminal fluid that contains semen. A healthy prostate is about the size of a walnut, but during the aging process it can enlarge. By age sixty, it is one of the most prevalent health problems for men. By age eighty, 90% of all men have an enlarged prostrate.



An enlarged prostate gland presses on the urethra, causing difficulty with urination. Prostrate problems associated with an enlarged prostate gland include:

Prevention

It is difficult to prevent an enlarged prostrate, since it is often a natural part of the aging process. However, it is possible to prevent some of the problems associated with an enlarged prostate, such as frequent urination and bladder infections.

Limit the amount of liquid you drink in the evenings. This will cut down on the need to urinate during the night and allow you to get a better night's sleep.

Drink at least eight to ten glasses of water each day. This will help flush bacteria out of your bladder and prevent bladder infections. Drinking cranberry juice increases the acidity of the urine and also helps to prevent bladder infections.

Having regular prostate exams by your doctor can catch prostrate problems early, before they become too severe. Men over age forty should have a prostate exam yearly. Treatment will be prescribed if needed.

Treatment

If the prostate is enlarged, doctors will prescribe medication in an effort to shrink the prostrate gland. Finasteride is a commonly prescribed medication. It is effective but carries the risk of serious side effects, including depression and sexual side effects. Pregnant women should not handle finasteride, because it can be absorbed through the skin and cause serious birth defects.

Medication is not always the best cure for prostrate problems. If medication does not shrink the prostrate, doctors generally recommend surgery. The most common type of surgery involves going through the urethra to reach the prostate gland and scraping away part of the gland. This reduces the enlarged prostrate glands and relieves pressure on the urethra. Risks associated with the surgery include infection, urinary incontinence, and sexual difficulties.

In order to avoid the side effects of medications and risks of surgery, many men prefer to try a natural method to reduce enlarged prostrate glands. This may be the best cure for prostrate problems, because it usually has no side effects. Natural products may have other benefits as well, such as improved overall health.

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When To See Your Doctor

See a doctor if you have symptoms of an enlarged prostrate gland. Ask about the best cure for your prostrate problems. See a doctor right away if you have blood in your urine.



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