Enlarged prostate - frequent and urgent urination

Find out the causes, symptoms and treatment of frequent and urgent urination

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An introduction to frequent and urgent urination

One of the most common symptoms of an enlarged prostate is a frequent need to urinate. Often this symptom occurs very suddenly, leaving you running for the toilet frequently throughout the day. This is often referred to as urinary urgency.

This symptom can manifest in a number of ways: urinating frequently and urgently, and having the feeling that you need to urinate when you don’t. This can be an annoying, even debilitating symptom, as it can interrupt daily life and make going out and socialising difficult. It can also interrupt sleep, leaving the sufferer tired and irritable.

It is important to be sure that your symptoms really are the result of an enlarged prostate. Take our enlarged prostate symptom checker, and if you still think this is the cause of your frequent and urgent urination, it is important you see a GP to rule out any other more serious prostate problems.

What causes frequent and urgent urination?

Since the prostate is located just under the bladder, as it becomes enlarged it begins to push against the bottom of the bladder wall. This irritates the bladder and may also reduce the volume of fluid the bladder is able to hold. The result is a feeling of needing to urinate more often than you are used to, and often more urgently.

The prostate also surrounds the urethra, and when it enlarges it can ‘squeeze’ the urethra, disturbing the normal flow of urine out of the bladder. This gives a greater tendency for a small amount of urine to be left in the bladder and the feeling that you have not emptied your bladder properly.

This is known as urinary retention. It can become chronic and in some situations, the flow of urine out of the bladder stops completely, leading to a full and painful bladder and a medical emergency.

Self-help tips

If you find yourself urinating more and more frequently, there are a number of self-help methods you can us to try to naturally relieve your symptoms.

  • Firstly, consider giving up caffeinated drinks such as tea, coffee and fizzy drinks. Caffeine is a diuretic – meaning that it causes an increase in the need to urinate
  • Check your diet, as chocolate, spicy foods and alcohol are known to irritate the bladder, which could exacerbate the problem. Make sure you are eating plenty of fruit and vegetables, as well as high-fibre foods because constipation can add increased pressure to the bladder.
  • Pumpkin seeds have traditionally been used to treat reduce an enlarged prostate and manage symptoms so you may find these helpful
  • Fresh cranberry juice is great for maintaining healthy urine and a healthy bladder, so consider incorporating this into your daily diet, especially if you feel you are struggling to completely empty your bladder
  • You may wish to try bladder training, which aims to increase the amount of time between urinating through self-control, exercises and relaxation. Speak to your GP about this, as they will be able to advise you
  • You may find that simple yoga and kegel exercises may help with urgent and frequent urination by strengthening the muscles around the urinary tract, giving you more control over your bladder. Try the exercises show in the video below.

Natural/herbal remedies

Combining self-help with a natural herbal remedy will make it easier to manage this symptom.

We recommend an extract of Saw Palmetto, as this helps to treat the general urinary problems that result from an enlarged prostate, and so may help to alleviate the need to pee frequently. This extract is available in A.Vogel’s Prostosan capsules.

If you find that you are having difficulty emptying your bladder completely, you may want to consider taking a cranberry supplement to help keep your bladder healthy despite stagnant urine.

Conventional treatment

If you find that self-help methods and herbal remedies are not helping this symptom, you may wish to consider conventional medication.

Your GP may prescribe alpha-blockers, which relax the muscles of your bladder and make it easier to pass urine. The downside of this kind of medication is that it tends to have unpleasant side effects, including low blood pressure.

For some, surgery is the only option. There are a number of procedures that may be performed - these are described on our treatments page.

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What's being asked

Hi, I had a blood test a few weeks ago to check for prostate cancer, which came back as negative. Would this test tell me if I had an enlarged prostate?

No, blood tests are not part of the diagnosis for an enlarged prostate.
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I have an enlarged prostate. I take Saw Palmetto with other ingredients including zinc etc. Any other ideas please?

Zinc is a good supplement to take, as it is thought to benefit the prostate gland generally. You ...
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I have an enlarged prostate and have had a biopsy. All is ok but is there a herbal or other type of product I can take to reduce the size of my prostate?

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As the A.Vogel Men’s Health advisor, I recommend Prostasan® Saw Palmetto capsules to help relieve symptoms arising from enlarged prostate.

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BPH is a very common problem that increases the older men get, and around half of all men have an enlarged prostate by the age of 50. At the age of 80, this has risen to 80%

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