Urinary Problems in Men
As men age, many begin to experience varying urinary problems including benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), interstitial cystitis or painful bladder syndrome and urinary incontinence. Each of these urinary problems possesses a connection to your hormones.
Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia
Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia or BPH for short is the enlargement of the prostate which can make urination difficult and even lead to kidney stones. The swelling of the prostate squeezes the urethra, obstructing the flow of urine. While BPH is common especially in men over the age of 60, it does not always cause blockages. For those with benign prostatic hyperplasia, other urinary problems in men like frequent urination are common. The growth of the prostate gland is regulated by several hormones. As men age, some hormonal levels often decrease due to andropause. Other hormone levels in men during this time have a bigger effect and even increase as men age affecting the balance .
Balanced hormonal levels can effectively reduce or eliminate benign prostatic hyperplasia.
Interstitial Cystitis/Painful Bladder Syndrome
Interstitial Cystitis (IC) or Painful Bladder Syndrome is a disorder in which the wall of the bladder becomes irritated and inflamed leading to a variety of problems including thickening and scaring of the bladder, diminished bladder capacity (resulting in frequent urination), bleeding and in severe cases, ulcers in the bladder lining.
While the cause of interstitial cystitis or painful bladder syndrome in men is not completely understood, there are studies which indicate a link between hormonal disbalance and the IC and when treated with deficient hormonal replacement, some men experienced relief from the condition.
Urinary Incontinence in men is the unintentional passage of urine, a loss of bladder control. There are many different types of urinary incontinence and as such, there are many different causes. Studies show that men who were treated with hormone replacement therapy experienced an increase in bladder capacity and compliance.
Treatment of Urinary Problems in Men Urinary problems common in aging men including benign prostatic hyperplasia, interstitial cystitis/painful bladder syndrome and urinary incontinence may be contributed to by imbalanced hormones found in andropause.
Getting your hormones tested and balancing any abnormal hormone levels will likely grant you relief from andropause symptoms including any urinary problems caused by imbalanced hormones.
Aging does not have to be unpleasant!
Contact the Wired Wellness Physician -bioidentical hormone doctor to schedule an appointment and learn more about how bioidentical hormone therapy providing relief from urinary problems such as painful bladder syndrome and urinary incontinence.