Prostate Enlargement And Sexual Health

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June 2nd, 2014

If you have an enlarged prostate also known as BPH (benign prostatic hyperplasia) you may be worried about your sexual health (webmd.com). Research has shown that there is indeed a link between erectile dysfunction and BPH. But medical science has yet to determine the reason. Urology professor at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine Kevin T. McVary, MD says of this issue, “It’s a complicated story, but men who get BPH often get ED. And men with ED get BPH.” If you are having sexual issues know that treatment is available. When the prostate enlarges it squeezes the urethra—the vessel that carries urine and semen out of the body. Symptoms of BPH include needing to urinate often or feeling like you do, having a weak urine stream, difficulty beginning and ceasing urination and having to urinate several times a day, even having it wake you up in the middle of the night. The more pronounced the symptoms of BPH the worse generally the sexual side effects. Issues people with BPH experience include difficulty maintaining an erection, less satisfaction during sex and decreased libido.
The risk factors for diabetes and heart disease are often the same for ED and BPH. So eating right, exercising and managing stress not only help you reduce your risk of these dangerous diseases, you are also more likely to be healthy sexually. As Dr. McVary puts it, “It’s very convenient that a heart-healthy lifestyle is identical to an erectile-friendly lifestyle.” Urologist Y. Mark Hong, MD suggests eating a natural diet and limit or eliminate processed foods. Fatty fish and other foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids contain anti-inflammatory properties which may also aid in this. Eating vegetables like cauliflower, kale and broccoli is also good for prostate health. Dr. Hong also advises men to share their health issues and concerns with their partner. It can help immensely if they know what you are going through. They will be more understanding of the issue and will support you and be there for you. One easy treatment is erectile dysfunction medication. These also reduce the symptoms of BPH. According to Dr. McVary, “When men with BPH take them on a daily basis, their symptoms improve.” These medications may not be suitable however if you’ve had multiple heart attacks, angina, strokes or high blood pressure. Medicines originally used to cope with BPH caused sexual issues. These drugs are alpha blockers and 5-alpha-reductase inhibitors. Besides medications, there is also surgery. Talk to your physician or urologist if you think you are suffering from BPH.

Simple Ways to Become more Fertile

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June 2nd, 2014

Are you and your partner trying to conceive (menshealth.co)? Sometimes it seems like those who don’t want kids are the most fertile, while those who are trying have to jump through all kinds of hoops. Even if you haven’t had any trouble, are just starting out or are just concerned about fertility in the future or your sexual health in general, there are simple ways to become more fertile. First, try to eat a diet containing foods rich in antioxidants. Free radicals in the body not only prematurely age cells they also impair sperm function. Green tea, whole grains, broccoli, garlic and berries are loaded with these free radical destroying compounds. If you want even more protection why not take a supplement? In a study found in a recent issue of Fertility and Sterility men who popped one capsule per day of the supplement called CoQ10 had better sperm motility or the sperm’s ability to swim vigorously, and increased spontaneous fertilization by 13.6%. Do you like tomato soup? In addition to being delicious it could also help ramp up your fertility. According to a recent study out of the University of Portsmouth in the U.K. a bowl of tomato soup a day can increase your fertility. Researchers had first noticed that men who were infertile had decreased amounts of lycopene in their sperm. The processing of tomato soup actually makes it easier for the system to absorb the nutrients it contains. In their study men of an average age of 42 saw the lycopene levels of their semen increase 12% after eating tomato soup every day for two weeks while lowering their risk of prostate cancer.
Drinking plenty of water is great for your overall health and essential to your sexual health. But toxins in the water table and pollution can make its way to your tap. Do you filter your tap water at home? Three university’s in the U.K. did studies and found that substances called anti-androgens are found in drinking water. These are hormone blockers that halt the production of sperm. Male fish have actually turned female, a processes called “feminization.” Over 1,000 fish were used in these studies. Ejaculating daily can improve the quality of your sperm by 12%. So let your lady know that’s why you need some alone time. For some men the chemicals from the air, water and the food we eat leads to a buildup of estrogen in the body. Start your day with half a lemon squeezed into a cup of warm or even hot water. It will clean out those toxins, setting your body’s biochemistry straight and getting rid of those chemicals that often turn into female hormones. Eat lots of foods containing amino acids such as eggs. These increase sperm production. Eat more pomegranate, it’s great for sperm production, lifts your libido and aids in blood flow. Try drinking some ginseng tea in the morning. Research has shown it improves sperm motility. It is also a sleep aid. Exercise, eating a healthy diet and managing depression, anxiety and stress are also important for maintaining sexual health and making/ keeping yourself fertile.

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