What is Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia?
As men get older their prostate gets larger as a natural part of aging. However, at some point, the enlargement of the prostate gland can lead to benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH).
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Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) is a common side effect for men as they age. While the exact cause is unknown it’s commonly thought that it is the result of changes in male hormones over time.
The most common indicators of BPH are problems with the bladder, urinary tract, and kidneys. Urinary dysfunction issues would include:
– A weak urine stream
– Increased frequency
– Problems with the bladder, urinary tract, and kidneys
There are several medical treatment options available to treat BPH. Medications work by shrinking or relaxing the prostate while surgical options are considered a secondary treatment if medication does not work.
Alpha blockers may be prescribed to relax muscles of the prostate and the neck surrounding the bladder to alleviate symptoms.
5-Alpha Reductase Inhibitors
5-Alpha reductase inhibitors are prescribed to help shrink the prostate and prevent any additional growth that could occur.
PDE5 inhibitors including sildenafil (Viagra®) and tadalafil (Cialis®), are prescribed to smooth the muscles in the bladder and prostate to increase urine flow and improve prostate function.
These procedures involve either shaving the prostate, melting the prostate, placing clips in the prostate, embolization of the blood supply to the prostate, and sometimes removal of the prostate.
How menMD can help
The severity of BPH will often dictate what the best intervention is. menMD will work closely with you and your physician to find the one that works best for your situation.
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