With advancing age, prostate enlargement is a fact of life for many men. According to Miami urologist Dr. George Suarez, recent studies emphasized the connections between enlarged prostate and diminished sexual function in men who are in their 50s and 60s.
Approximately 30% of men who are suffering from Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) have to deal with compromised sexual function, and about 30 percent of men suffering from erectile dysfunction (ED) also have symptoms related to their prostate.
For men experiencing urinary tract conditions – such as frequency, urgency, slow flow and dribbling – the first method treatment is a group of medications called alpha-blockers. According to your Miami urologist, the purpose of this medicine is to relax the prostate in order to ease the flow of urine.
Most men feel relief from their urinary symptoms. Some may even enjoy an improvement in their blood pressure. One of the complaints reported by patients is retrograde ejaculation, which is caused by the easing of the prostatic sphincter muscle resulting in the semen traveling backwards.
Retrograde ejaculation is totally harmless, and although this condition may sound unimportant to some, the “dry orgasm” may be a reason for sufferers to stop taking the medication.
Another class of medications used in the treatment of BPH is 5 Alpha Reductase Inhibitor. The purpose of this therapy is to reduce the active component of testosterone, which plays a role in shrinking the prostate.
Needless to say, the active element of the prostate also plays a crucial role in producing libido and maintaining an erection. Therefore, it is not uncommon for men to experience diminished sexual desire and difficulty maintaining an erection after beginning treatment.
Many of the medical treatments used by your Miami urologist have a temporary effect on men, and with advancing age, surgery may be unavoidable. The surgical procedure to fix the prostate can be performed with electric loop (TURP) or laser. The procedure simply involves creating a cavity to permit better flow of urine with minimal resistance.
In the treatment of an enlarged prostate, it is seldom possible to achieve maximum efficiency of treatment without compromised libido, erectile function or backward travel of the semen.
If you are suffering from an enlarged prostate and want to discuss your options for treatment – don’t wait – call the office of best Miami urologist Dr. George Suarez today to schedule a confidential consultation!