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How does an enlarged prostate gland affect the quality of life?

17 Oct, 2022

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What is Enlarged prostate gland ?

The prostate is a very small gland that is a part of the male reproductive system. The prostate gland plays an essential role in the reproduction process. It produces the seminal fluid that helps in the nourishment of the sperm and also helps in ejaculation. The prostate gland is located around the urethra which is connected to a thin tube that further relates to the tube that passes urine out of the body. Both the urine and the seminal fluid have the same passage of ejaculation but they do not pass simultaneously. Men usually face problems with the prostate such as an enlarged prostate which usually occurs as they grow older in age. But in today's time, it is seen that due to unhealthy lifestyles and bad eating habits people are facing enlarged prostate issues at a younger age. Enlarged prostate is also widely known as benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH which is a serious condition that requires medical treatment in order to prevent any life-threatening condition.

Enlarged prostate symptoms

The symptoms of an enlarged prostate or benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) may vary from person to person based on the severity of their condition. Usually, when the prostate gland becomes enlarged it puts a lot of pressure on the bladder and the urethra which creates problems while passing urine and seminal fluid that affects the quality of life. Some of the common symptoms may include:

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  • Frequent urination
  • Inability to empty the bladder
  • Pain while urination
  • Blood in urine
  • Blood in semen
  • Pain while erection
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Dripping at the end of urination
  • Increased frequency of urination at night or nocturia
  • Inability to urinate
  • Abdominal pain
  • Inflammation of the bladder
  • Urinary tract infection
  • Bladder damage
  • Bladder issues

Enlarged prostate causes

One cannot exactly pinpoint the exact cause of enlarged prostate. But based on the observations there are a few risk factors that might cause prostate cancer.

Some of the probable causes may include the following:

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  • Hormonal changes
  • Aging
  • A high proportion of estrogen
  • Decrease in testosterone level
  • Early puberty

Enlarged prostate medication

Generally, a normal prostate is usually the size of a walnut and weighs around 25 grams whereas in the case of enlarged prostate it may grow nearly thrice its size (90gms). Therefore, meditations are required to reduce the prostate gland's size. The medications for enlarged prostate usually focus on maintaining the symptoms. People usually suffering from a large prostate have issues such as bladder control, inflammation, abdominal pain, and difficulty in urination for which the Urologist or the doctor recommends Alpha-blockers that helps in relaxing the muscles of the bladder and prostate which helps patients with the urine flow and other bladder related issues.

Does an enlarged prostate affect a man sexually?

It is seen that men who suffer from benign prostatic hyperplasia or enlarged prostate usually suffer from erectile dysfunction and have problems with ejaculation. People suffering from enlarged prostate have difficulty maintaining an erection, getting an erection, having decreased sexual drive, having issues with ejaculation, pain while having sex, etc. Therefore, people who suffer from enlarged prostate usually have fertility-related issues.

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An enlarged prostate gland, also known as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), is a condition where the prostate gland grows in size, often affecting older men.