Alternative Names Erectile dysfunction; Impotence; Sexual dysfunction - male Home Care For many men, lifestyle changes can help: Cut down on smoking, alcohol, and illegal drugs. Get plenty of rest and take time to relax. Exercise and eat a healthy diet to maintain good circulation. Use safe sex practices, which reduces fear of HIV and STDs. Talk openly to your partner about sex and your relationship. If you are unable to do this, counseling can help. Couples who cannot talk to each other are likely to have problems with sexual intimacy. Men who have trouble communicating their feelings may find it difficult to share with their partner any anxieties about their sexual performance. In these circumstances, counseling can be very helpful for both you and your partner. Call your health care provider if Call your doctor if: The problem does not go away with self-care measures -- effective treatments are available The problem begins after an injury or prostate surgery You have other symptoms like low back...
Diagnosis A doctor makes a diagnosis of BPH based on description of symptoms, medical history, physical examination, and various blood and urine tests. The doctor may recommend that the patient sees a urologist for complex test procedures. Some diagnostic tests are used to rule out cancers of the prostate or bladder as the cause of symptoms. In some cases, symptoms of prostate cancer can be similar to those of BPH. Tests may also be performed to see if BPH has caused any kidney damage. Medical History The doctor will ask about the patients personal and family medical history, including past and present medical conditions. The doctor will also ask about any medications the patient may be taking that could cause urinary problems Physical Examination Digital Rectal Exam. The digital rectal exam is used to detect an enlarged prostate. The doctor inserts a gloved and lubricated finger into the patient's rectum and feels the prostate to estimate its size and to detect nodules or tenderness. The e...
Benign prostatic hyperplasia, or BPH, is a common phenomenon among older men. It basically is the non-cancerous enlargement of the prostate gland. It's believed that more than half of all men in their 60's experience some sort of enlargement of this gland. The initial growth of the prostate happens in puberty, and a second growth spurt happens at around age 25. Continual growth after this is very common, and problems with growth don't usually surface until later in life.
Although there is no definite cause for prostate enlargement, a couple of theories include hormone imbalances and biological factors.
Prostate growth most often triggers obstruction of the urethra, since the gland encompasses it. This results in such symptoms as the following:
Incomplete emptying of the bladder
Weak urine stream
Interrupted urine stream
Leaking or dribbling
Inability to urinate (acute urinary reten...
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