Enlarged Prostate – What’s “Going” On?
Most men don’t like to talk about prostate issues – or even think about them, but understanding them, and talking with your doctor about what’s going on is the first step to getting relief!
Do you have trouble “going”? Have to get up out of bed at night, often, to “go”? Have a weak urine stream, trouble starting to urinate, interruptions in your stream, starting and stopping, or dribbling at the end? It could be an enlarged prostate – and – YOU ARE NOT ALONE!
Most men experience some enlargement of the prostate as they age. In fact, by age 80, more than 90% of men will have enlarged prostate symptoms. However, as your prostate enlarges, symptoms like the ones described above can be more troublesome, and affect the quality of your life.
Many men who suffer from this condition try lifestyle modifications such as reducing fluid intake near bedtime, or taking oral medications as a first step. But – although some medications can be prescribed to manage symptoms, they often come with side effects such as sexual dysfunction. Wanting to avoid these side effects, sometimes a man will suffer needlessly for years rather than seek treatment.
Some men are reluctant to mention symptoms to their doctor, because they might be concerned about treatment, and may want to avoid surgery. While it’s true that older methods of treating an enlarged prostate include surgery, now there are much more modern, safe, effective options available which can be performed on an outpatient basis, right in the office, with durable results.
The best way to manage an enlarged prostate is to visit a doctor to fully discuss your symptoms and determine the best treatment plan for you. Don’t delay. Now is a great time to take charge of your health. Spend less time “going” and more time living!
For more information: https://www.sirweb.org/patient-center/conditions-and-treatments/enlargedprostate/