An enlarged prostate, or signs of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), can set in overtime. It might start with a stronger urge to urinate or having to get up to go to the bathroom overnight.
But it can get worse, and that can be cause for concern.
Most men have some degree of BPH. Half do in their 50s and roughly 90 percent have it in their 80s. The bulk of the time, it’s nothing severe to worry about, at least from your prostate’s point of view. But it can have a sizeable impact on other areas of your life.
Having to get up multiple times per night to pee can rob you of sleep and lead to fatigue. You may also develop less control over your bladder or wonder why little more than a dribble seeps out when you feel like you’re going to explode.
It’s completely normal to talk to a doctor if you feel your symptoms are worsening. There will be a bit of an observation period to see if a procedure might be required, otherwise, there could be some medication prescribed.
In any event, you’ll be waiting and living with the condition for a while.
Managing BPH can help reduce symptoms while you wait or even provide a roadmap to help you gain greater control of the condition. Some things that may help include:
- Avoiding all types of fluids in the evening
- Limiting fluid intake before going out for errands or other trips
- Urinating when the urge first hits and not waiting to go later
- Attempt setting a times bathroom schedule that you stick to, even if you don’t have to go.
- Take time to fully empty your bladder when going to the bathroom.
Also, talk to your doctor or pharmacist about any drugs – even over-the-counter varieties – that you might be taking. Some, like antihistamines or cold medicines, may impact urination.