The tiny little walnut shaped gland can wreak a lot of havoc on the male reproductive system. Men face the risk of prostatitis, Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH), and prostate cancer After 50 nearly every man starts to experience having an enlarged prostate, it just comes with age. So what is your prostate? What is BPH? And what are some ways to treat and prevent prostate issues?
A prostate gland’s job is to secrete fluid to help nourish sperm and is located between the pubic bone and the rectum directly below the bladder. The gland is wrapped around the urethra, so if any swelling does occur it presses against it creating the “got to go” sensation. Men with prostate swelling will have to get up in the middle of the night often to urinate and is one of the most common health complaints reported by men 60 or older. If swelling causes the prostate to grow larger the urethra is squeezed enough where it can cause blockage. This can result in urinary tract infections or acute urinary retention (a sudden inability to urinate).
Symptoms other than frequent urination include but are not limited to:
- Trouble getting a urine stream started
- Feeling of not fully emptying the bladder
- Trouble starting to urinate
- A weak urine stream
- Blood in urine
If there is blood found in the urine or you are experiencing fever or vomiting it is important to seek medical attention immediately. If you are experiencing acute urinary retention and are completely unable to urinate you should seek the nearest emergency medical center.
If you symptoms are mild, talk with your doctor about it at your next physical exam. Your doctor may not recommend a prescription intervention just yet. As long as there are no complications present, at-home prevention is the best form of treatment.
The #1 Golden Rule of Prostate Care:
Do not delay urination, if you feel like you have the urge to urinate do it ASAP and try to empty the bladder completely.