Tips for Coping with an Enlarged Prostate

Concept photo of study or diagnosis in urology. Doctor in white holds in his hand model of human urinary bladder with prostate, showing patient looks like the organ itself and its normal anatomyYou may not have realized it, but your prostate has probably been growing since you were 25. It’s possible you’re feeling no symptoms, and it’s business as usual. But it might make your life miserable, or at the very least, give you anxiety about the future.

The natural growth of the prostate gland is called benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), the most common form of prostate enlargement.


As the name suggests, BPH is a benign condition that does not lead to greater problems; however, other prostate health conditions can exist alongside it.

Fifty to 60 percent of men will never develop symptoms of BPH, but it can be a struggle for some of those who do. Symptoms include:

  • A weak/hesitant urine stream that may be interrupted
  • A strong urgency to urinate. Leaking and dribbling are also possible
  • Feeling like the bladder is not emptying following urination
  • More frequent need to urinate, particularly at night

To cope with these symptoms, many men look for treatment. There are a host of prescription drugs available, so if one doesn’t work, another will be possible.

Of course, you might not want to take drugs to treat the condition and are looking for other options. In some cases, you may be more concerned about preventing symptomatic BPH and looking for tips.

Well, we’ve got you covered.

Some men who are anxious, nervous, or tense often tend to urinate more frequently. Stress reduction activities like meditation, mindfulness, and other relaxation techniques may help.

Exercise, like lifting weights and/or cardiovascular activities like walking, swimming, cycling, etc., can also be relaxing. Physical activity is also associated with fewer BPH symptoms.


When you go to the bathroom, focus on emptying your bladder. If it takes a little extra time to get everything out, take it. It may reduce the need for more follow-up trips.

Talk to your doctor about any prescription or over-the-counter medication you might be taking – not for your prostate, but for anything. Some drugs may be contributing to the problem, and your doctor may be able to recommend alternatives, adjust dosages, or change the schedule you’re taking them.

Eating an anti-inflammatory diet high in vegetables, fruit, whole grains, and healthy fats and low in processed foods may also have an impact. Avoiding fluids in the evening may also help prevent, or at least reduce, nighttime trips to the bathroom.

Author Bio

About eight years ago, Mat Lecompte had an epiphany. He’d been ignoring his health and suddenly realized he needed to do something about it. Since then, through hard work, determination and plenty of education, he has transformed his life. He’s changed his body composition by learning the ins and outs of nutrition, exercise, and fitness and wants to share his knowledge with you. Starting as a journalist over 10 years ago, Mat has not only honed his belief system and approach with practical experience, but he has also worked closely with nutritionists, dieticians, athletes, and fitness professionals. He embraces natural healing methods and believes that diet, exercise and willpower are the foundation of a healthy, happy, and drug-free existence.