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How Prostate Problems Can Disrupt Your Life

Aug 18, 2007
As men arrive in their thirties, they are prone to prostate problems. Nowadays, any man even as young as an infant can encounter prostate diseases. Prostate diseases can be classified into three types; prostatitis, benign prostatic hyperplasia, and prostate cancer.

Prostatitis is an inflammation of the prostate. 25 percent of men who seek medical care for genitourinary problems suffer from prostatitis. You are at higher risk for prostatitis if your urinary tract and bladder are having medical problems and you are engaged in anal sexual relationship. Apart from inflammation, some men experience other pains in the pelvis, lower back, perineum, and testicles. Other common symptoms include urinary difficulty, erectile dysfunction, and premature ejaculation. The inflammation is caused primarily by bacteria.

When the prostate grows beyond its normal size, you have benign prostatic hyperplasia (BHP) but it is non-malignant. Doctors today cannot tell you why and how the prostate become bigger. The enlargement usually begins when men are in their middle age. BHP can leave you with unwanted burden such as lack of force in the urinary flow, urinary hesitation, frequent urination, nocturnal urination, incontinence, and unfinished urination. This is how the urinary problems begin. When the prostate gland grows bigger, it squeezes the prostatic urethra, which send the urine from the bladder to the penis. At this moment, you anticipate for the flow to start. You feel that the flow is not as strong as it used to be. Leaving BPH untreated can cause a complete standstill of urinary flow through the prostatic urethra. This is where you have difficulty to pass water. Consequently, your bladder will hold the unremoved urine. This exposes you to a higher risk of infection. In addition, this may even lead to kidney damage.

Prostate cancer can be fatal. There are some men who live longer than the disorder and some who have diagnosed with it die for other reasons. One surprising fact is that you may not even aware that you are diagnosed with it. The symptoms do not appear in the initial stage. Without any pain or symptoms, you may not realize that you have problems with your prostate.

Most of the symptoms of prostate cancer are similar to BPH such as frequent, nighttime, hesitant, and intermittent urination. You have to understand that these symptoms do not confirm that you have prostate cancer. The cancer normally starts in the prostatic gland. It may spread beyond the gland and affect other organs of your body.

If you experience any symptoms of prostate problems, ask for a medical opinion from your doctor. With the right diagnosis, your doctor can eliminate possibilities of the other disorders which look like prostate disorders such as urinary tract infections. You will also know the specific problems you have with your prostate.
About the Author
Andy Lim writes a number of articles on prostate health for men with symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia, prostatitis, and prostate cancer. Learn about prostate herbs in treating prostate problems.
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