As a man, it’s your responsibility to get a regular prostate check. Your friends and family look to you to take care of your health and to stay healthy. Here at the Men’s Vitality Center in Tempe, we take prostate health very seriously. Prostate care has came a long way in the past few years as medical advances in technology continue to improve. If you’re concerned about the health of your prostate, contact our men’s health specialists right away to schedule a routine prostate exam.

dreamstime_xxl_56484478What is the prostate?

The prostate is a very small gland, about the size of a walnut, that is part of a man’s reproductive system. It sits right below the bladder and in front of the rectum. The prostate helps make semen for a man’s body. Semen is important, as it is what transports sperm.

What is an enlarged prostate?

As you age, your prostate can enlarge over time. By the time a man is 40, his prostate can enlarge from the size of a walnut to the size of an apricot. This is known as prostatitis. By the time he reaches the age of 60, it may have increased from the size of an apricot to that of a lemon. Since the prostate surrounds part of the urethra, it can restrict the urethra and cause issues with urination. An enlarged prostate is also often referred to as benign (noncancerous) prostatic hyperplasia or BPH. Benign prostatic hyperplasia is common and is difficult to prevent but with BPH treatment life can return to normal.

Common symptoms of an enlarged prostate?

  • Trouble initiating urination
  • Having to urinate frequently, particularly at night
  • Feeling that the bladder is not empty after urinating
  • Feeling a sudden urge to urinate
  • Having to stop and start repeatedly while urinating
  • Having to strain to urinate

If you notice any of the above symptoms, speak to a men’s healthcare specialist at the Men’s Vitality Center immediately. We can help address your prostate concerns and recommend the best treatment option for your condition.

What types of treatments are available for an enlarged prostate?

  • Lifestyle changes– These changes can include less drinking at night and before bedtime, especially any drinks with alcohol in them.
  • Watching and waiting- Patients who have an enlarged prostate, but do not suffer any of the symptoms above, may be advised by their doctor to continue to get an annual checkup and keep a watchful eye on it.
  • Drug therapy- Two common treatments for BPH are alpha-blockers, which alleviate BPH symptoms, and 5 alpha-reductase inhibitors, which help shrink the prostate.
  • Surgery- Normally a last resort, surgery is used for men who have severe symptoms that have not been helped by other treatments.

If you’re ready to grab your health by the horns, contact the certified physicians at the Men’s Vitality Center in Tempe today. We offer a variety of specialized services for men including erectile dysfunction treatment and diabetes management, and will work with you to ensure everything is in working order.