Prostate enlargement i.e. benign prostatic hyperplasia
BPH or benign prostatic hypertrophy or benign prostatic hyperplasia is the prostrate gland’s benign enlargement, causing difficulties in urination. The problem is commonly seen in the males with the advancements of age, crossing 50 years. With the gradual enlargement of prostate, urethra becomes the systematic victim of on-going compressions. The patient with this BPH problem, may not completely empty his bladder. As a consequence, urine will remain stagnant in the bladder, which will result into bladder stone or urinary tract infection. If the condition is left out without medical intervention, the result will be kidney damage. The most commonly seen BPH problem starts from the ‘obstructed urethra’ or if a patient has diminishing bladder functions. Some of the BPH patients may face urination problem or change in urination as below:
Incomplete urination, when bladder is not fully empty
Difficulty in starting urination
Urge for urine become more urgent or incessant
More frequent urination,
Leaking, weak stream or interrupted
Complications of BPH
Urination or BPH complication does not require any urgent medical treatment. Ayurveda offers different herbal solutions for treating BPH problem, but personal constitution or personal assessment, guided by doctor’s prescription can be helpful.
Infection in bladder or Cystitis (both sexes are the victims)
This problem is commonly found in women, especially in their reproductive years. Many women face this problem in recurrence. Pregnant women mostly face this odd situation due to the obstructions in their bladder, causing bladder emptying problems due to interference. During the post menopause stage, estrogen productions become decreased. In this stage vulvar and vaginal tissues around the urethra become thinner. In this stage a women can be predisposed to repeated cystitis episodes. Due to the prolapsed bladder or uterus, bladder emptying becomes poor, causing another reason for cystitis predisposal. The problem may occur to those women who deliver many children. The problem is very rare with male. The possibility of this problem in male is found in those cases when urethra-infection first affects prostate and then the bladder. If a male is repeatedly becoming the victim of cystitis, it is due to the persistence of bacterial infection in his prostate. Some males may have problem of bacterial infection in the prostate, which may also be the cause of this cystitis. Some males may have obstructed flow of urine because of stone in urethra or in bladder that narrows the organs, for which bacteria cannot be easily flushed out of the bladder. In this stage, the left out bacteria in the bladder is most likely to infect the bladder and multiply them. The bladder inflammation, even without any infection, can lead to interstitial cystitis.
The symptoms of cystitis
• Blood in the urine.
• The bladder symptomizes to be full, even after urination
• Urgent and frequent need to urinate along with painful burning sensation. The condition is known as dysuria.
• Pain in the lower back and in the pelvic area.
• Chills or Fever (mild) and nausea.
• Colour of urine gets changed like cloudy / very dark / whitish / along with sharp odour
If a person notes these symptoms, he/she must consult a doctor, before the infection not only progresses but also spreads to the kidneys, turning the situation as complicated.