a rule, you don't need treatment for BPH unless the symptoms bother you or you
have other problems such as backed-up urine, bladder infections, or bladder
Although home treatment cannot stop your prostate from
getting larger, it can help reduce or control your symptoms. Here are some
things you can do that may help reduce your symptoms:
- Practice "double voiding." Urinate as much as
you can, relax for a few moments, and then urinate again.
caffeine and alcohol. They make your body try to get rid of water and can make
you urinate more often.
- If possible, avoid medicines that can make
urination difficult, such as
over-the-counter antihistamines, decongestants
(including nasal sprays), and allergy pills. Check with your doctor or
pharmacist about the medicines you take.
If home treatment does not help, BPH can be treated with
medicine. Medicine can reduce the symptoms, but it rarely gets rid of them. If
you stop taking medicine, symptoms return.
If your symptoms are
severe, your doctor may suggest surgery to remove part of your prostate. But
few men have symptoms or other problems severe enough to need surgery.
You cannot prevent BPH or
the urination problems it may cause. Some people believe that regular
ejaculations will help prevent prostate enlargement. But there is no scientific
proof that ejaculation helps.