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Can Bicycling Affect Your PSA Level?

Some researchers have speculated that sitting on a bicycle seat puts direct pressure on the prostate and perineum (the area between the scrotum and the anus), resulting in an elevated PSA. More...

A Condition That Mimics Enlarged Prostate

Interstitial cystitis/bladder pain syndrome is difficult to distinguish from conditions such as chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome, prostate infection and benign prostatic hyperplasia (an enlarged prostate) because they have similar symptoms. More...

Relief for ED Associated with BPE Treatment

About 5 to 15 percent of men who use 5-alpha reductase inhibitors (5-ARIs) to treat lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) associated with benign prostatic enlargement (BPE) experience erectile dysfunction (ED) or other sexual side effects. More...

Fast Facts: When Should You Consider Surgical Treatment for BPH?

For most men suffering from BPH today, surgical procedures are the last resort. For some men, however, surgery is the first and only option, because they have more severe symptoms or they have one or more of the following complications. More...

When to Consider Minimally Invasive Treatment for BPH

Making use of advanced technologies, researchers have developed equipment to help reduce the size of the prostate— relieving symptoms in the process—without actually cutting the gland. More...

BPE: What is Watchful Waiting?

Because the course of benign prostatic enlargement (BPE) is unpredictable, watchful waiting is the best option for men with minimal symptoms that are not especially bothersome. More...

When is BPE Treatment Necessary?

Men who eventually need treatment for BPE typically experience a progressive decrease in the size and force of their urinary stream or a sensation of incomplete emptying of their bladder. More...

How Age, Obesity Affect BPE Treatment

Why do finasteride (Proscar) and dutasteride (Avodart) fail to relieve lower urinary tract symptoms in some older or obese men with benign prostatic enlargement? A recent study suggests that genetics may be responsible. More...

Fast Facts: BPE Relief and Dietary Supplements

Saw palmetto is the most well-known remedy, but African plum, Trinovin, South African star grass, flower pollen extract, soy, stinging nettle, rye pollen, purple coneflower and pumpkin seeds also are used to manage BPE symptoms, as are supplements of the minerals zinc and selenium. More...

Is It Worth Taking an ED Drug for Urinary Symptoms?

The erectile dysfunction (ED) drug tadalafil (Cialis) has also been approved to treat lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) associated with benign prostatic enlargement (BPE). Findings from Canadian researchers suggest that it produces a “clinically meaningful” improvement in LUTS. More...

BPE and Metabolic Syndrome: Is There a Link?

An intriguing hypothesis—based on a modest, but growing body of research—suggests that men who have metabolic syndrome are at increased risk for developing BPE and the frustrating urinary symptoms that can accompany it, such as a frequent or urgent need to urinate or pain during urination. More...

What is the Impact of Lifestyle on Erectile Dysfunction?

While medication and surgery can certainly override the effects of ED, nothing makes more of an impact on a man’s sexual health than his lifestyle. To immediately implement healthy changes that can prevent or help overcome ED, here are the first steps that you can take so you can begin to take charge of your sexual health. More...

Talking About Nocturia

With age, many men will find that nighttime urination (nocturia) becomes more frequent. This is because of mobilization of fluid that occurs at night when lying down -- fluid that has accumulated during the day in the lower extremities. More...

Fast Facts: How BPH Develops

BPE occurs to some degree in 80 percent of men, but only about one-third develop lower urinary tract problems significant enough to require treatment. More...

Alpha-Blockers for BPH Symptoms: What You Need to Know

Daily use of an alpha-adrenergic blocker drug may increase urinary flow and relieve symptoms of urinary frequency and nocturia. More...

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