Is there some kind of urinary symptoms that is causing you embarrassment or even restricting you from leading a normal life in any way? For many men this could be symptoms of changes in their prostate gland. This gland primarily secretes a milky fluid that mixes up with the semen and nourishes the sperm. Found only in men, this walnut sized gland undergoes different changes as your age progresses and this could lead to different urinary symptoms. In any case, your doctor would be your best guide to dealing with your prostate gland problem. Things that could cause havoc with your prostate:
Located below the neck of your bladder, prostate gland surrounds the bladder outlet or urethra. There are a lot of things that could affect your prostate gland in your lifetime. ‘Prostatitis’ that affects mostly young men is a common infection of the prostate gland and is associated with the infection occurring in the urinary tract. ‘Benign prostatic hyperplasia’ or BPH is commonly found to occur in people after mid age and does not lead to cancer. Yet it has been found that on an average about a quarter of those suffering from BPH require surgery to get rid of this condition. The final kind of problem that could be the real danger for men in their later years is ‘prostate cancer’. The downside of this kind of disease is that you can spot no real symptoms for a long time when it occurs. However, today the technology has advanced far enough to find a real good treatment option that can do away with prostate cancer effectively.
The Havoc It Plays On Your Bladder:
No one could have imagined how bad things could get when you are suffering from a condition of the prostate gland. The worst affected is your bladder and that is why you suffer from different urinary problems. It could be either one or a combination of different symptoms. For a majority the symptoms could be as simple as difficulty in initiating flow of urine or slowing down of the urine stream while you are passing urine. You could also feel the need to urinate now and then or at times an urgency to pass urine. For some others it could be a sensation that emptying is not complete and this may also at times make you experience dribbling either after passing the urine or between visits to the toilet. Finally, it could even get painful for some like a burning or pain or any other discomfort while passing urine and even blood stained urine in extreme cases.
Incontinence and its Treatment Options:
However, things don’t end there. The more unfortunate ones suffer from incontinence or complete loss of control over passing urine. This could be quite an embarrassing situation and it occurs due to blocking of urethra by the prostate gland. The bladder experiences increased tension to retain urine and this may irritate the bladder muscles as well. This leads to their involuntary contraction causing urge incontinence. The retention could worsen the condition of the bladder so much that even after surgery you will have to wait for the bladder to return to its normal size to stop incontinence. There are also chances that you might suffer incontinence after a surgery for any other prostate condition. In any situation, a medical assistance is required to help you get out of the situation. Let us look at the treatment options you have.
The common options will include reassurance and observation where symptoms may seem to reduce over time and you see the problems disappear with proper care. There are also many over-the-counter drugs you can use to treat your condition. Another way is to use surgery to remove the blockage and the extent of surgery required depends upon the extent of blockage. The new improved options include bladder training which is a method to help you to retain more urine and reduce the urgency as well as frequency of urination. The pelvic floor exercises can help you strengthen the muscles and this will help you in turn to have better command over the function of your bladder and bowel. There are other aids available in the market that could help you deal with incontinence.
On the final note, only professional help can help you to diagnose your symptoms in time and get you the right treatment at the right time. Your life does not need to stop anymore now!