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As established earlier, benign prostate hyperplasia is a highly common medical condition that can severely affect the lifestyle of a man. Living with an enlarged prostate can be difficult and quite hard. The amount of inconveniences and complications that a man has to go through is truly discomforting. Frequent urination calls (more than 8-10 times per day), night time urination calls that wake you up, and a bunch of dangerous possible complications for urethra, bladder, and other nearby organs.

Unfortunately, the condition is nearly unavoidable and nearly 100% of men have an enlarged prostate and symptoms of BPH by 70. Over 50% of men have an enlarged prostate gland at 50 and nearly all men start noticing rare and minor manifestations at the age of 30. If you are a male, you are destined to struggle with BPH at some point of your life. Nonetheless, you can definitely postpone its growth and make sure that the prostate is healthy for as long as possible. There are efficient treatment methods that can be used in order to treat the issue.

Medications that you can use.

There are various types of medications that you can use in order to reduce the symptoms of BPH. Amongst them are alpha-blockers and 5α-Reductase inhibitors. There are other medications that can be used and we will cover them first.

  1. Antimuscarinics that often relief some symptoms. The most often used drugs are Tolterodine and Solifenacin which are both prescribed to treat urination incontinence and the syndrome of the overreacting bladder. These drugs are symptomatic and do not affect the condition of the prostate gland itself. However, they can help in dealing with issues related to urination.
  2. PDE5-inhibitors. Mostly used as ED-treatment drugs, these preparations can be used to reduce the symptoms of PBH. It was noticed that sildenafil (Viagra) can positively affect the issue and that tadalafil (Cialis) can be used as a recreational tool. However, using sildenafil regularly is not recommended and tadalafil is a very expensive solution. Another problem is that PDE5 inhibitors are strong vasodilators which means that you cannot use them together with many other drugs and with certain medical conditions.

These are somewhat unconventional medications that are used seldom. In the vast majority of cases, your doctor will prescribe you a set of other drugs. The treatment course may include:

  • Alpha-blockers. These medications are generally safe to use with other drugs and can be selected based on the side effect profile that conflicts with you the least. Alpha-blockers relax the muscles of the gland and the blockage becomes less tight. This eases the urination and allows to avoid problems that benign prostate hyperplasia brings. Note that taking alpha-blockers may change your ejaculation patterns and make it harder to remove the seminal fluid and make you weaker and dizzy. These drugs can also cause problems with erection.
  • The 5α-reductase inhibitorsnotably decrease the ability of the organism to generate the reductase enzyme. This stops DHT from being produced as well. As we know, DHT is a hormone that makes prostate grow. This treatment type is a long-term solution and will not yield immediate result, but can change the condition of the prostate over a long period of time. Many specialists suggest combining both types of medication and use ED-treatment pills from time to time to improve the efficiency of the course in the long term.

One of the problems with any medication-based type of treatment is that the production of hormones may be affected which in turn may decrease your libido or cause erectile dysfunction. There are various problems that may be caused by drugs. However, the alternatives are much less attractive.

Don’t want to use medications?

There are two other methods that can decrease the size of the prostate gland or reduce the symptoms. These two methods are quite radical and require you to commit to a new lifestyle, at least for a couple of months.

  • Surgical intervention may be the only possible solution when the gland grows out of control or causes UTIs and severe bladder blockages. In such cases, the knife of a surgeon is the only thing that can save you. There is a plethora of operations that can be performed with the most frequent and reliable being transurethral resection of the prostate when the gland is being surgically reduced and partially removed. The more advanced method is a HoLEP method that involves high precision lasers and a more definitive process. The surgery is not a good solution. In fact, surgical intervention should be the most radical solution when nothing else works.
  • When PBH causes urinary retention and the symptoms of an enlarged prostate become too much to bear, a catheter can be used to remove the excess liquid from the bladder. This solution can be a temporary measure before the surgery or even a long term answer to the problem. Clean multiple use devices are used frequently. The problem with catheterization is that the risk of an UTI is much higher and the catheter itself can cause an infection.

These two treatment options are quite radical and may lead to complications. You should opt to long term strategies to avoid such treatment methods.

What to do in the long run?

Various alternative medicine methods have appeared here and there. There are quite effective herbal medications like beta-sitosterol or pygeum. The problem with herbal medications is that not everyone responds to the treatment and the vast majority of users report no improvement what so ever. Despite the fact that some medications have shown from little to no effect compared to placebo, the vast majority of such herbal preparations are cheap and can be used without causing harm.

Now, let’s talk about the most efficient strategy of treating benign prostate hyperplasia. We recommend choosing a combination of balanced dieting, alpha-blockers, reductase inhibitors, and regular physiological procedures like prostate massage.

Prostate massage is a perfect addition to the treatment course. It is an enjoyable yet useful procedure that helps in reducing the size of the gland and making it more responsive to the treatment by improving both the blood circulation and the oxygenation of the area. You can work with a medical specialist who will massage your prostate regularly or take the matter in your own hands.

Learn tips and tricks, talk to professionals, and purchase effective tools like Aneros HelixSYN that make the massage faster and more enjoyable. At the same time, this device allows you to do everything in a “hands-free” mode.

Combining together efficient medications and healthier dieting is a good way of treating BPH, but implementing prostate massage in the treatment course can make other treatment methods much more resultative.

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