Prostate Problems

The prostate is a part of the male reproductive system that wraps around the male urethra near the bladder. If you’re a man in your 40s or older, it is particularly important for you to know these facts. For instance, did you know that 40 percent of visits to urologists today are for prostate problems? The rate of prostate cancer is rising by as much as 3 percent each year and is common in men over 50 years old, especially in African Americans and in men who have high fatty foods in their diet and/or has a member of the family that has prostate cancer. So chances are good that you or someone you know may face prostate trouble at some point in life. Prostate trouble often comes to a man’s attention through urinary difficulties, problems ejaculating, or pain in the pelvic region. However, men with prostate cancer might not experience any symptoms at all before their diagnosis. That’s why prevention and regular check-ups are so important.  Early identification of prostate problems is a way to reduce future prostate problems.


Prostate problems symptoms you don’t want to ignore:

Prostate Problems Bullet 1  Pain, hesitancy, or urgency to urinate

Prostate Problems Bullet 2  Itchy feeling in the penis

Prostate Problems Bullet 3  Erection difficulties/impotence

Prostate Problems Bullet 4  Discomfort when sitting

Prostate Problems Bullet 5  Pain during sex or ejaculation

Prostate Problems Bullet 6  Discomfort in the groin, penis, or testicles

Prostate Problems Bullet 7  Decrease in sexual desire

Prostate Problems Bullet 8  Burning feeling with urination

bullet  Depression

bullet  Fatigue

bullet  Male infertility

bullet  Premature ejaculation

bullet  Decreased force of urinary stream

bullet  Blood in the urine


It is important to educate yourself about the different forms of prostate problems that men can have. These are the major types of prostate problems:



 An infection and inflammation of the prostate gland are considered to be a precursor to Prostate Cancer. Prostatitis can show up in the form of urinary complaints, burning, itching, unusual discharge from the penis, sexual dysfunction, pelvic pain, fever, and fatigue. This condition can come on suddenly at just about any age. In fact, approximately 80 percent of sexually active men have prostatitis to some degree. But virgin males can get it too. It can be mild and short-lived, severe with a sharp rise and short course, or it can turn chronic with debilitating symptoms.

The sad truth is that conventional medicine provides few effective treatment options for this condition. Traditionally, it’s treated with antibiotics. But studies show that antibiotics relieve symptoms in less than 30 percent of all cases and even then low-grade prostatitis often continues growing without symptoms. Fortunately, new treatments are now emerging that can help you overcome this insidious condition, effectively and naturally.


Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy (BPH)

This condition affects 10 million men in the United States and is characterized by gradual swelling of the prostate. As the prostate swells, it     begins to press against the urethra, interfering with the normal flow of urine out of the body. A man can suffer from hesitancy in urinating, straining to start the stream, a weak urinary stream, dribbling before or after urinating, frequent urination, or increased urgency. He may also suffer from incontinence as well as incomplete urination, which means that he can’t completely empty his bladder.


Increasingly, prostatitis is considered a likely factor in the development of BPH. Therefore, many of the natural medicine approaches that work to prevent and treat prostatitis are also effective for BPH. In fact, some prostate experts believe that prostatitis and BPH may be the same condition. Men with identical symptoms can be diagnosed with either prostatitis or BPH, the only difference being the man’s age. Men under 50 tend to be diagnosed with prostatitis, whereas men over 50 are often told they have BPH. It’s important to note, however, that prostate enlargement is the defining symptom of BPH, and it does not always occur with prostatitis. Moreover, hormone imbalances are also thought to be a factor in BPH. The principal medical “solution” to BPH symptoms is the non-invasive surgery called TURP (transurethral resection of the prostate), also referred to as reaming out the prostate.

The urologist inserts an instrument through the penis (while the patient is under anesthesia), removing enough of the tissue to open the urethra and restore normal urine flow. Often, there are major complications with TURP.  


Prostate Cancer

Although prostatitis and BPH can, in advanced cases, be quite dangerous, the most serious prostate problem is cancer. Prostate cancer is the most common form of malignancy found in men. Every three minutes, a new case of prostate cancer is diagnosed in the U.S.11 Many men have prostate cancer and are not aware of it. Autopsy studies of men who died of other causes suggest that by the age of 50 or so, 30 percent of all men have undetected prostate cancer. And by the age of 90, the majority of men have it. The traditional treatment of prostate cancer involves surgical removal and/or radiation. Each year, 40,000 men have their prostates surgically removed or burned with radiation—often within 48 hours of a cancer diagnosis. Unfortunately, in many cases, surgery and radiation don’t work. In fact, cancer often recurs—35 percent of all patients require more treatment within five years, and 76 percent within 10 years. While short-term survival rates among prostate cancer patients are very high—upward of 90 percent—impotence and incontinence are very real possibilities following most mainstream medical treatments. The nerves controlling erection run along the outside of the prostate, and even with the newer, “nerve-sparing” approach to surgery, these precious nerves are often damaged or destroyed, leaving the man incontinent and impotent for the rest of his life.


More scientists now believe that chronic and progressive prostatitis and BPH contribute to the development of prostate cancer. In fact, many men who develop prostate cancer experience the symptoms of prostatitis or BPH for years before receiving a cancer diagnosis.


Specifically, scientists think that the chronic infection and inflammation associated with prostatitis can, over time, lead to the development of prostate cancer. Chronic inflammation caused by bacteria and other pathogens in the prostate, over time, may lead to the development of cancer.


While this might scare many of you who have prostatitis or another “benign” prostate condition, the good news is…you don’t have to wait for a cancer diagnosis. There are steps you can take now to protect yourself. You don’t have to wait for a cancer diagnosis and suffer through painful surgery, radiation, incontinence, even impotence. There are answers. As you’ll see, you can conquer chronic prostatitis, BPH, and prostate cancer…naturally, safely, and effectively.



Prostate Enlargement

This is a very common condition which is associated with ageing. There is no scientific study that could explain why the prostate gets bigger as men get older, but prostate enlargement is not caused by cancer and does not increase the risk of developing prostate cancer. Over a third of all men over 50 years old will experience some symptoms of prostate enlargement and is not usually a serious threat to health. Symptoms of prostate enlargement include a weak flow of urine, difficulty starting or stopping urinating, having a feeling of not being able to fully empty your bladder, straining when peeing, having the need to pee more frequently, prolonged dribbling after you have finished peeing and waking up frequently at night to pee.


A pressure on the bladder and urethra is created when the prostate becomes enlarged which affects how you pass urine. Symptoms are mild and do not require treatment in some men; however, others may experience troublesome symptoms and will have a major impact on their quality of life. There is no known cause of prostate enlargement, however, most experts would agree that it is linked to the changes in hormones that occurs as the man gets older. One theory is that the levels of dihydrotestosterone (DHT) increases which may stimulate the growth of prostate as some men get older. Another theory suggests that oestrogen and testosterone play a role. High levels of testosterone and much smaller levels of oestrogen are produced by younger men and as men get older, a higher proportion of oestrogen in their body is produced as their levels of testosterone decreases. The relevant increase in oestrogen may stimulate the growth of the prostate.


You would need to have a few tests to find out whether you have prostate enlargement. First, you will be asked about your symptoms and if it seems that you may have the symptoms of prostate enlargement, you will be asked to have your symptoms assessed by completing a questionnaire. Each question may have five possible answers with corresponding scores and the severity of your symptoms will be assessed by your overall scores. You may also undergo a number of standard tests such as urine tests and blood tests that measure your Prostate-specific antigen (PSA)


The treatment for prostate enlargement is determined by the severity of the symptoms that you are experiencing. For mild to moderate symptoms, you will only have regular check-ups to have your prostate monitored carefully and you will not receive any immediate medical treatment. A change in lifestyle like limiting your caffeine and alcohol intake and exercising regularly may be advised to see if they improve your symptoms. For moderate to severe symptoms of prostate enlargement, aside from lifestyle changes, medication is also usually recommended. Commonly used medications are finasteride and dutasteride. These two block the effects of DHT which in result reduces the size of the prostate and improves the symptoms associated.  Your GP may also prescribe Alpha blockers which help relax your bladder muscles, making it easier to pass urine. Commonly used Alpha blockers to treat prostate enlargements are Tamsulosin and Alfuzosin. A surgery is usually recommended for those that have moderate to severe symptoms which failed to respond to medication.


You’re not alone! Millions of men worldwide are affected by Prostate Problems

You now have a basic understanding of the different forms prostate disease that can take. So it’s time to learn how to defeat them. In the course of battling my own prostate problems, we developed a 7-step plan that focuses on things like nutrition, stress management, supplements, prostate massages,  physical exercises, etc. Please read about 7 steps to a healthy prostate. This plan helped me conquer prostatitis and lead to a healthier life overall.  


Our message is simple: Prostate problems are very widespread for middle-aged and elderly men. There are holistic approaches to preventing and treat prostate related conditions, those will not only eliminate your disease but also increase your general level of health. Please take some time to go through our site and educate yourself on this important topic.