How to Prevent Prostate Sex Problems
related sex problems have a number of possible preventions. and treatments.
An estimated 75 percent of men over 50 report suffering from some
form of prostate problem. The best treatment for prostate-related sex problems will depend on the type of problem being experienced and the type of treatment being prescribed for the condition.
1. Problems Due to Prostatitis
o Prostatitis is a condition in which the prostate gland
become inflamed or irritated. It is the most common prostate condition in men younger than 50 and can include fevers, chills, pain or burning during urination, a frequent urge to urinate with only a small quantity of urine expelled, lower back or stomach pain and sometimes blood in the urine.
some cases, prostatitis can clear up on its own. Prostate massage can help increase the blood flow to the prostate and help
both relieve symptoms and cure the underlying condition. On occasion, antibiotics might be prescribed.
Prostatitis rarely has sexual side effects, but when they are present, drugs for erectile dysfunction can be prescribed and generally work well.
2. Problems Due to Enlarged Prostate
o Men over 50 can sometimes experience an enlarged prostate,
in which the gland grows to the point it squeezes the urethra. Some problems associated with an enlarged prostate include
frequent urination with a low urine volume, difficulty beginning urination, low urine volume, a feeling of a need to urinate soon after urination and a little blood in the urine.
Treatments for enlarged prostate can simply include waiting and watching. In some cases, alpha blockers can relax muscles around the prostate and relieve symptoms. Drugs can be
prescribed that will reduce testosterone levels and thus shrink the prostate. In extreme cases, surgery may be required to remove part of the prostate.
of medical testosterone and surgical prostate reduction, there can be sexual side effects. In many cases, a doctor might try a drug for erectile dysfunction, like Viagra or Cialis.
3. Problems Due to Prostate Cancer
o Unlike prostatitis and an enlarged prostate, the exact causes of prostate cancer aren't known. Men over 50 are
more prone to prostate cancer and should be examined by a doctor if enlarged prostate or prostatitis is suspected.
Treatments for prostate cancer will depend on the type, location and size of the tumor. In some cases, the tumor's growth
is very slow, and treatment may be similar to that for an enlarged prostate with frequent checkups.
In some cases, sexual side effects can be treated with drugs designed for erectile dysfunction. Whether these work might depend on the type and size of the cancer and the type of treatment the doctor recommends.
4. Lifestyle Changes for a Healthy Prostate
o Prostate problems have been associated with consuming large quantities of red meat. Foods that are high in
anti-oxidants, especially the anti-oxidant lycopene--such as tomatoes, watermelons and grapefruit--are generally very good for prostate health. Alcohol and caffeine can aggravate an
existing prostate condition. The herb saw palmetto is often recommended by natural health practitioners as both a supplement for an existing condition and as protection from future prostate problems.