Men's Health - Prostate Problems and Symptoms
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Because Prostate problems are often referred to as an age related problem, and hormonal changes are part of the cause, it is often called the Male Meno - Pause or Andropause
Andropause (male - menopause) - the starting point for the cause of Prostate related problems:
Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH)
Chronic Prostatitis (CP)
Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome (CPPS)
Interstitial Cystitis (IC)
and all other associated lower pelvic problems..... such as:
There is more to men's health than prostate problems....
if fact, anything prostate related is extremely hard to diagnose and medical treatment may not offering you the answers you are seeking.
Prostatitis which is often treated with Antibiotics is only ever 5 -10% bacterial related, and therefore the treatment turns out unsuccessful.
Even than, Antibiotics are sometimes repeated for 6 month or longer...
Having mentioned that, even if unsuccessful, it may have given you are differential tool, by suspecting that your problem could be related to some other pelvic problems, which may need different treatment interventions.
Not all urination urgency, discomfort and bladder fullness is necessarily BPH or Chronic Prostatitis ..
differential diagnosis has to include: (from a long list)
- Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia
- Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome
- Interstitial Cystitis
- Pelvic Myoneuropathy
- Prostate Cancer
- and many others ..
Symptoms for Chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome (CP/CPPS) are wide
ranging, with some confusion due to possible overlap
with other conditions.
some men report frequent urination
and others don't.
Some have sexual dysfunction and erectile difficulties,
Many men who are told they have prostatitis are
The inflammation may be centered in the bladder. This condition
is called Interstitial
Cystitis, which features painful, frequent urination, although some experts say that only 15 % of men with IC present with frequency
Roughly speaking, when cultures are negative, chronic prostatitis/chronic
pelvic pain syndrome (CP/CPPS) can be described as persistent relapsing
pain or discomfort in any of the following areas:
Between rectum and testicles (perineum)
Tip of the penis (not related to urination)
Below the waist, in your pubic or bladder area
Some of the functional symptoms are:
Pain or burning during urination
Pain or discomfort during or after ejaculation
A sensation of pain in the lower back and upper legs
A sensation of pain in the groin and above the bladder
A sensation of pain or burning high up in the penis (urethra)
A sensation of not emptying the bladder completely after finishing
Lowering of libido (sexual desire)
Other often reported symptoms are:
Fatigue, sometimes to the point of being bedridden
Depression or mental anguish
Discolored semen (yellowish, from dead white blood cells - a sign
pain after ejaculation, lasting from hours to days
Impaired memory, find it hard to concentrate
painful lymph nodes
catch colds easily
General Prostate Disorder Symptoms
Different prostate problems sometimes have similar symptoms. Just remember, the early stages of prostate cancer may have no symptoms at all, make sure you have a test to rule out cancer. Try to find a holistic thinking Doctor.
Naturopaths and other Holistic Natural Practitioners believe that the problem (Prostatitis or Interstitial Cystitis) needs to be seen much more holistic as whole-body disorder, not merely isolated to the lower genito urinary tract.
It is strongly associated with chemical imbalances, stress, circulation, nutrition and lifestyle in general.
"The modern lifestyle of stress; long hours of sitting, driving or TV watching; eating too much, fast food, regular intake of sugar, caffeine, and alcohol; and environmental toxicity all contributes to debilitating and degenerative diseases, including prostate enlargement.
The condition is notorious for coming and going, which makes it harder to find causative lifestyle facts.
The pain or symptoms can vanish for hours or days, then return without logical reason.
Some people experience long remissions, which can last months to years.
All this brings us to the question; "Is there a common cause for all these symptoms"?
"Andropause - the Male Menopause"
Andropause is not a clinical disease, it is a syndrome or a fact of life. It has an influence on your whole being, physical, mentally and maybe even spiritually, and it is a condition everyone should know about, not only men, but women as well.
If one reads the clinical symptoms of Andropause, one can see why it is called the male menopause.
Andropause is an age-related decline in serum testosterone levels, with symptoms such as:
diminished libido, erectile dysfunction, decreased muscle mass and strength, and decreased bone mass as well. Other symptoms are, decreased memory , depression, irritability, sleep disturbance, fatigue and believe it or not - Hot Flushes.
At the same time, testosterone variant called dihydrotestosterone (DHT) and the female-associated hormone oestrogen increases.
DHT stimulates cell growth and, in turn, prostate enlargement.
Maybe the Male Menopause improves mutual understanding between the sexes.
"Maybe we are from the same Planet after all "
There is a lot of media attention about men's health, esp. regarding prostate check up's, but nothing is ever mentioned about Andropause, which is probably one of the main underlying causes of prostate problems and men's health over 50.
Despite the heightened effort to bring Prostate Health into every men's awareness, medical treatment for prostate problems has not improved.
The results of tests have also been problematic, false positives have been found with an increase in possible unnecessary operations. I think, no one would complain if the removal of the prostate would cure the problem and be as easy as removing your tonsils. Unfortunately, despite technical progress, the removal of a prostate is still linked with enormous problems and therefore not a desirable outcome at all.
Medication and surgery for an enlarged prostate should really be a last resort as there are too many potential dangers and side effects, including impotence and infertility.
As long as prostate cancer is ruled out, it is better to investigate the natural options that a holistic treatment can offer.
The positive side-effect about a Natural Treatment is that it will help boost your overall health of your body as well as helping your prostate.
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