Can an Enlarged Prostate Be Affecting Your Sex Life? What is BPH?



Benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH is just fancy terminology meaning an enlarged prostate. Having an enlarged prostate is a common problem for aging men, and by the time most men are 60 years old their prostate will be enlarged to a certain degree. If you reach the age of 85, you will have a 90 percent chance of developing this disease so it is important that we are aware of it.

It is also worth pointing out that just because you have an enlarged prostate doesn’t necessarily mean that you will run in to sexual issues or any other issues related to your overall health. A good indicator of your potential to develop this disease is how you urinate.

Many men that have BPH also exhibit problems in the lower urinary tract, which include trouble urinating, urinating too frequently or the feeling of having a full bladder after you have already gone to the bathroom.

As the problem of the large prostate progresses, the potential for sexual problems including erectile dysfunction increase as a result too. Many older men experience a lot of frustration going through problems involving their lower urinary tract which usually coincide with their sexual issues as well.

If you are a guy, you should be familiar with this disease, even if you think it is a long ways off. the problems associated with BPH can be experienced in men as early as their 40s, so it is in your best benefit to find out about this sooner than later.

So What is the Prostate Gland and Why is it Important?

The prostate gland is one that is unique to men, anatomically it is in the same position on a man as where the uterus would be on a woman.

The prostate gland is important to men’s sexual health because it secretes most of the ejaculatory fluid. The prostate causes many issues in men because of its location, and that it continues to grow as we age.

preview-full-shutterstock_409898650The prostate gland is located right below the bladder, so as it grows it exhibits pressure on the bladder. In some cases this becomes so extreme to where the prostate can effectively push urine out of the bladder through the constricted urethra, a particular form of incontinence.

If the prostate gets to this size where it is exerting this much force on the bladder, it can cause much more serious problems other than incontinence like bladder damage, kidney damage and the development of kidney stones as well.

When the prostate first enlarges, the bladder can usually still push urine through the constricted urethra, yet is takes more force and energy to do so. As a result, over time the muscles in the wall of the bladder thicken and weaken, which causes the individual to further strain themselves in trying to urinate.

This building up of the muscle wall causes the bladder itself to be able to hold less overall volume of urine, which increases the frequency of urges to go to the bathroom as well. This happens even when the bladder is not full, further frustrating and annoying the patient.

What Steps Can You Take to Reduce the Chances of Developing BPH?

One thing you can do to reduce the chance that you develop BPH is to take supplements in the form of alpha blockers. These alpha blockers are designed to relax smooth muscle, the same type of tissue found in your urethra, which the urine passes through.

preview-full-shutterstock_458875147Alpha blockers also work within the prostate itself, which relaxes the muscles of the prostate and thus reducing the pressure exerted on the bladder. This also will reduce the frequent urge to urinate in the patient as well.

Many of these drugs that can fix incontinence fall in to the male enhancement category, as they perform in a similar manner that produces the same results.

One drug in particular that is very effective is one called Progentra. Progentra utilizes ingredients like l-arginine which is a vasodilator, which relaxes the smooth muscles in the penis allowing for more blood flow.

In turn, this vasodilator performs the same action on the urethra as well, because of how L-arginine works similarly in both functions.

Supplementation is the easiest solution when it comes to BPH as it isn’t as invasive, expensive or panful as other treatments available on the market.