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Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia

Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia.

Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia

Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH), also known as Benign Prostatic Enlargement (BPE), is a condition where the prostate gland becomes enlarged. The prostate gland plays an essential role in a man being able to pass water. When the prostate becomes enlarged, it has the effect of narrowing the tube (the urethra) that carries the urine from the bladder and inhibits the flow.

BPH is very common in men aged over 50 and has been attributed to hormone changes. Whilst it does not cause serious health issues, it can be an uncomfortable condition to live with.

Most men who are diagnosed with BPH, will have worried that they may have Prostate Cancer and will also have been tested and cleared of both Bacterial Prostatitis and Non Bacterial Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome.  There is no greater risk of a sufferer of BBH encountering Prostate Cancer than for those without the condition.

The most common symptoms for sufferers of BBH are:

  • A delay and difficulty when starting to urinate.
  • Increase frequency to urinate.
  • A greater difficulty in emptying the bladder, leading to many more visits to the loo.

A GP can diagnose BPH through urine and other tests. If the symptoms are not too bad, he/she may advise you wait before starting treatment. Treatment can include alpha blockers which ease the symptoms, but these can cause headaches and dizziness. Finasteride can also be prescribed to reduce the size of the prostate, but this may reduce your sex drive. Your GP may also refer you to a consultant where surgery may be considered.

Focused shockwave therapy, combined with Micro Current and radio frequency, can significantly reduce the swelling in the prostate, reducing many of the problems experienced in urination.

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