Prostate enlargement has been associated with declining levels of testosterone in men. As men age, their testosterone levels decrease and problems with the prostate tend to occur. As testosterone levels decrease, estrogen and dihydrotestosterone (DHT) level increase. The increased level of estrogen then inhibits DHT removal, which is what then can lead to increased cell growth (the cause of enlarged prostate).
Prostate enlargement occurs when the flow of urine is blocked. In men, urine flows from the bladder through the urethra. The prostate cells gradually multiply, creating an enlargement that puts pressure on the urethra – the “chute” through which urine and semen leave the body. Over time, as the urethra narrows, the bladder has to contract more forcefully to push urine through the body and the bladder muscle then may become thicker, stronger, and overly sensitive. Eventually, the bladder then starts to contract even when it just has small amounts of urine in it; hence frequent urination. After a while, the bladder muscle is unable to overcome the effect of the narrowed urethra as the urine remains in the bladder and the prostate becomes enlarged, causing a great deal of discomfort.
- A weak or slow urinary stream
- A feeling of incomplete bladder emptying
- Difficulty starting urination
- Frequent urination
- Urgency to urinate
- Getting up frequently at night to urinate
- A urinary stream that starts and stops
- Straining to urinate
- Continued dribbling of urine
Prostate Enlargement Relief
The best news for men is that there is prostate enlargement relief readily available. From medications and progesterone creams to minimally invasive office procedures and surgery, the best solution for prostate enlargement truly depends on one’s symptoms – how severe they are and whether or not one has other medical conditions to contend with. While according to the American Urological Association, surgery often does the best job of relieving symptoms, it also has more risks than other treatments available today that are known to provide prostate enlargement relief. In fact, the hormone progesterone has proven to slow down and even prevent prostate enlargement in men and should be considered as a natural alternative to achieving prostate enlargement relief.