What every man should know about his prostate

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01 February 2020

What is the prostate and why is it useful?

The prostate gland is the male sexual gland that lies in front of the back passage and just below the bladder. It is normally about the size of a chestnut and surrounds a tube known as the urethra through which urine flows from the bladder and out of the body.

The prostate’s role is to manufacture the fluid that mixes with sperm thus allowing it to move more freely and increasing the chances of fertilisation. However, from the age of 45 (or there about) it gradually increases in size and so can lead to medical problems, some of which are more serious than others. 

What happens when the prostate enlarges?

As the urethral passage from the bladder to the penis runs through the prostate gland, if the prostate enlarges, the urethra gets squeezed and the flow of urine starts to become obstructed. 

This causes the classic and well-known signs of prostate enlargement  such as needing to go to the toilet more frequently and having to use the toilet at night. The larger the prostate the more chance there is that BPH will occur.

Symptoms associated with BPH include:

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The impact of BPH

Suffering from BPH can lead to lots of additional problems such as irritability, anxiety and loss of sex drive. So, it can also have a significant, negative impact on the quality of life of the men affected, as well on their families too. 

If left untreated BPH can unfortunately lead to an increased risk of serious long-term complications such as acute retention of urine, kidney and bladder conditions, as well as hospitalisation. 

Treating BPH

If you have a BPH diagnosis, there is good news as nowadays there are many very effective treatments available to relieve symptoms such as medication and, on occasions, surgery.

My Top Tip:

When the symptoms are mild, natural treatments such as saw palmetto can help to treat an enlarged prostate.

Prostasan is made from the extract of Saw Palmetto berries and works to relieve the urinary symptoms associated with an enlarged prostate.

"These tablets really do work. I feel great taking them and I don't go to the loo as often."  Colin, Middlesbrough

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Many men with BPH suffer in silence, mistakenly believing that their symptoms have come about because they are getting older and so nothing can be done for them.

I always urge men with symptoms of BPH to discuss the problem with their doctor as urinary symptoms do not need to be a constant issue for them, and that they can get help to improve the quality of their day-to-day life.

If you feel that you, or someone you know, has symptoms suggestive of BPH then always get checked out – life may dramatically change for the better if you do! 

Meet our guest blogger

Dr Roger Henderson is a senior partner in a busy general practice in Shropshire and his medical responsibilities also include teaching both medical students and GP registrars. He sits on a number of health advisory boards both in the UK and globally.

To find out more about Dr Henderson visit http://www.doctorhenderson.co.uk


Originally published 9th July 2014 (updated on 1st February 2020)

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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?

If you have a diagnosis of enlarged prostate then you can take Prostasan Saw Palmetto capsules to ...
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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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Did you know?

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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