If your urination problem caused by
benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) is mild to moderate
and does not bother you, home treatment may be all you need to help keep your
symptoms from interfering with your daily activities. Your doctor may want to
see you regularly to check on your symptoms.
The following tips
may help minimize your symptoms:
- Practice "double voiding." Urinate as much as
possible, relax for a few moments, and then urinate again.
before you urinate. Worrying about your symptoms can make them worse.
- Take plenty of time to urinate.
- Urinate while sitting
down instead of standing.
- While you are waiting, think of other
things or read.
- Turn on a faucet or picture running water in your
mind. This may help get your urine flowing.
- Do not limit your fluid
intake to avoid urinating. You could become
dehydrated, which can cause other problems.
- Drink fluids throughout the day.
- If you
often wake up because you need to urinate, limit your fluid intake in the
evening. And empty your bladder before bedtime.
- Avoid caffeine and alcohol. These substances make your body try
to get rid of water. They can make you urinate more often.
avoid medicines that can make urination difficult,
such as nonprescription antihistamines, decongestants (including nasal sprays),
and allergy pills. Check with your doctor or pharmacist about all of the
medicines you take.
You may want to try an
herbal therapy for BPH, such as saw palmetto or
beta-sitosterol. Before you start an herbal therapy, talk to your doctor about
whether it might be helpful.