Prostate problems, common among men over the age of 50, are frustrating to say the least. But what is considered “normal” and what should be a cause for concern? How do you know if these problems need urgent attention? How do you even know if you’re having prostate problems?
We hope to answer these questions for you today!
Who is at risk?
Age is the greatest risk factor when it comes to your prostate. The more years a man has behind him, the higher the likelihood of issues. Of course, there is no magic number. Even men as young as in their thirties can experience prostate problems.
What causes it?
As men age, the prostate grows larger. As a result, it can squeeze the urethra and inhibit the ability to urinate normally. While the cause of this growth is uncertain, it is possible it’s related to hormone changes as men age.
What are the symptoms?
The symptoms of prostate issues are not easily missed. You will likely notice when you’re having issues. This is frustrating but can also be a good thing. You’ll know when it’s time to visit your urologist. Here is a quick rundown of possible symptoms:
- Urgent need to urinate
- Frequent urination, including through the night
- Pain or burning while urinating
- Urination dribble
- Blood in urine or semen
- Painful ejaculation
- Pain or stiffness in lower back, hips, thighs, rectal area
When should you be concerned?
Prostate problems are very common. Because of this, these issues are often ignored or considered normal. In the case of the prostate, normal doesn’t necessarily equal good. That said, in most cases you have no need to be alarmed. Instead, contact the Urology Associates of South Bend or your local urologist. Your urologist can help you identify the problems you’re having and decide the best course of action.
If you experience bloody discharge or extreme pain, reach out to your urologist immediately and request a cancer screening. It is also wise to schedule regular cancer screenings even before any extreme symptoms occur.
What can be done?
When you sit down with your urologist, he or she will likely discuss with you one or more of these courses of action:
- Active surveillance. This is often recommended when symptoms are mild enough that your doctor wants to watchfully wait. The doctor will tell you how often to return for check-ups and what you need to keep an eye out for.
- Medication. If the situation calls for it, the Urology Associates of South Bend can prescribe the ideal medication for you.
- Surgery. In more severe situations, after other options have been exhausted, your doctor may recommend surgery to ease urine flow.
- Other options. There are various options that may utilize lasers, radio waves, heat, or herbal supplements.
Prostate problems are common and even considered “normal” over the age of 50. But this doesn’t mean there’s nothing you can do about it. There’s no need to live with constant prostate frustration. Contact the Urology Associates of South Bend for expert advice and excellent care.