The prostate is a male gland that secretes the fluid (a part of the semen) which carries sperm from the testicles during ejaculation. The prostate is located just below the bladder and in front of the rectum. It surrounds the first inch of the urethra (the tube through which urine and sperm exit the body). Usually, the prostate gland starts to enlarge after middle age. When the prostate becomes enlarged, the condition is called benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), or benign prostatic hypertrophy.
That obstruction may be the reason for your symptoms. As the prostate grows and grows, that growth puts pressure on the urethra, resulting in hesitancy urinating, a slowdown of the urine stream, the urgent or overly frequent need to urinate and the aforementioned dribbling.
It may also result in urine retention, which weaken bladder muscle and increase your risks of developing either UTI’s (urinary tract infections) or kidney stones. In certain severe cases of BPH, urine can also back up into and thereby cause damage to the kidneys or prevent a patient from urinating at all, a situation that requires immediate medical attention.
Symptoms of Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia: -
Symptoms differ among patients with BPH, but certain symptoms occur in the majority of cases. The number and intensity of symptoms also vary with age. Men who have milder symptoms and whose BPH has minimal impact on their quality of life may not require treatment. The most commonly reported symptoms of BPH include: (Lepor HL et al 2002; Scher HI 2001):
• Decrease in strength of the urinary stream and a decrease in the stream’s diameter • Increased frequency in urinating during the day • Need to urinate several times during the night • Sensation of needing to urinate immediately (urgency) • Straining to force urine out • Dribbling urine or having difficulty stopping urination • Having the feeling of still needing to urinate even after the stream has stopped • Pain or a burning sensation during urination
Causes of Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia: -
Nobody knows the basic cause of BPH. Research shows that testosterone, the male hormone, or dihydrotestosterone, a chemical produced when testosterone breaks down in a man's body, may cause the prostate to keep growing. Another theory is that changes in the ratio of testosterone and estrogen (female hormone) as men age cause the prostate to grow. Some over the counter medications for colds or allergies can drastically worsen BPH.
Natural Remedies for Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia: -
You may, with your doctor’s advice consider herbal supplements. Many herbal prostate supplements with saw palmetto oil, one of the top 10 herbal remedies in the world used for prostate conditions, can significantly improve symptoms. In fact, herbal remedies for prostate enlargement frequently combine these herbs along with saw palmetto.. Enlarged prostate is known to improve with nutrients such as Beta Sitosterol, Lycopene, Campesterol, Selenium, zinc and Uva ursi. Cod liver oil and borage oil are also useful. A diet rich in fibre and a clean colon will contribute enormously to a healthy prostate.
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