Like the Easter Bunny, Spring into Action for Prostate Enlargement (BPH)

How was your Easter weekend? For some it is a religious celebration and for others it’s a time to celebrate spring imagery with bunnies and decorated eggs. With the global pandemic, we may not have been able to spend Easter the same way as in previous years, but we hope everyone stays safe and healthy in hopes for a more eventful Easter next year!

Today’s blog is (unsurprisingly) about BPH. BPH stands for benign prostatic hyerplasia, and it’s a common prostate enlargement condition that may come with frequent urination, poor urinary flow, and other bladder related symptoms due to the anatomic proximity of prostate and bladder. This condition is more likely to affect men in older age, but you may not have heard of it unless you or someone you know was diagnosed by a doctor.

Now, what does Easter have to do with BPH? Easter is a spring holiday that brings about the feelings of reawakening and new beginnings. For men avoiding their yearly health checkups, for men with frequent urination who haven’t gone to their doctor to get that checked out, and for men who were diagnosed with BPH but haven’t made many positive lifestyle modifications to properly manage symptoms, this could be your chance to make a positive impact for your health. For those whose loved ones may have BPH, this is your chance to learn more about this condition and offer support. Although we may feel limited by the global pandemic, we can still make adjustments in the home to help BPH patients starting in the mind and home.

Playing an active role in BPH could mean more  chances to live a better quality of life by considering your options carefully and responsibly with doctors, support groups, and loved ones. Although there’s not a one size fits all solution for BPH, if you can weigh the risks and benefits, there could be a way to manage mild BPH in a safe way. For those in need of surgical and medical intervention, and for those who are struggling with the side effects of stronger forms of treatment, we hope you can find ways to recover from the side effects as well with therapeutic and medical support.

BPH patients and loved ones, this year’s Easter season may have passed, but your spring awakening could be around the corner! 


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The Pain Points of Prostate Enlargement (BPH)

The global pandemic has added something to be concerned about on top of other things going on in people’s lives. One group of people we want to focus on is men in their 40s and older. These men may very well be going through a physiological change into their older age and not realize it until later. This change is known as prostate enlargement or BPH (benign prostatic hyperplasia). Here are some pain ports men with an enlarged prostate may be feeling:

  1. I need to go to the bathroom frequently

  2. I’m not getting much sleep

  3. Things aren’t going well in bed with my partner

Frequent urination can happen day and night. Men may be paying attention to the nearest bathroom while being out and about. They might feel urges, and their urinary flow may be slow. They may also feel a sensation of urine still remaining in the bladder after having just gone. This can make going out uncomfortable and your mind may be focused on the bathroom instead of having a good time.

Not getting much sleep could be from getting up many times a night to go to the bathroom. If a man is sleep deprived, he can’t be as productive during the day or enjoy the things he usually does due to the tiredness.

BPH may also interfere with sexual function, be it in the form of erectile dysfunction or ejaculatory issues. These may also be risks that men with severe BPH could face after taking medications or surgical intervention for their BPH. 

One other pain point that men may not talk about is the depression or frustration that may come with their compromised quality of life due to BPH. The sense of shame, embarrassment, denial, refusal to seek help, or bearing this new reality in silence. Please know it doesn’t have to be this way, and with support we can hopefully find solutions for men with BPH.

For mild BPH and for men who are open to it, alternative treatments like traditional Chinese medicine and supplements with clinically proven ingredients could offer some initial relief and ease for coping with symptoms. Less bathroom trips, better sleep, and better time under the sheets could be the silver lining to men with BPH if they try a reliable solution. Not staying silent, reducing the hesitancy to speak with other men, doctors, and family could be a way to relieve stress, too.

As a community, let’s help men with BPH defeat their pain points! 


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If UMOOZE Worked in BPH Clinical Trials, Could it Work for Other Men?

During the global pandemic, we wish everyone continue to stay safe and hope that we can regain a sense of new normalcy. As we continue to write about prostate enlargement (BPH), we want the community to hold on to strength and hope for a world of better health.

Prostate enlargement may be accompanied by frequent urination, slow and poor urinary flow, and perhaps even some degree of sexual dysfunction. For men who have mild BPH, UMOOZE is probably an unfamiliar name. It was originally made in Taiwan but is offered around the world. In a 2014 clinical trial, it was shown to improve IPSS (international prostate symptom score), urinary flow rate, post voiding residual volume, prostate volume, PSA (prostate specific antigen) level, and quality of life compared to a corn starch placebo. Do you know of other supplements that have undergone clinical trials for BPH support? Although there may be a sense of hesitancy for some when considering a supplement to support one’s health, in the mild stage of BPH, a safe, plant based add-on to positive lifestyle modifications could be worth a try.

The main ingredients are astragalus, an herb known for immune boosting and antioxidant effects, and soy, a healthy low fat protein staple in Asian diets (possibly a reason why Asian men have a lower BPH incidence rate). What are your thoughts on UMOOZE and what questions do you have about it? Whether you are interested in giving it a try or not, getting the conversation rolling about BPH is important! Do you want to see more studies about BPH and supplements that could potentially improve the prostate in a natural way with less side effects? The important thing of course is to ensure the ingredients are safe for you in terms of allergies, reactions to other medications you are currently taking, etc.

What other BPH topics do you want to see covered in our BPH blog?   


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Enlarged Prostate But Low on Toilet Paper

Due to the global pandemic, there was a time where people were panic buying, and one of the items that was largely purchased was toilet paper. For people who may need to stay at home for long periods of time, a large supply of toilet paper was deemed to be a necessity. For those who have found themselves scarce on toilet paper or who found difficulty buying toilet paper during the panic buying period, we got to thinking.

For older men who have frequent bathroom trips, how has the scarcity of toilet paper affected them? Particularly, the men who have been diagnosed with prostate enlargement (BPH). When the prostate enlarges, symptoms such as frequent urination, urges, struggle to stop and start urinary flow, poor urinary flow, and even sexual dysfunction.

Although not all men wipe with toilet paper after urination, it is worth noting that more bathroom trips potentially increase the need for toilet paper. This pandemic may have underscored the need for men with BPH to reduce their bathroom trips. Reasons to reduce bathroom trips include:

  1. reducing stress and worrying about where the closest bathroom is, so that men can have a better quality of life

  2. getting more sleep at night, so that men don’t have to get up and lose sleep over bathroom trips

  3. a sense of control over a man’s life, not feeling bound to the bathroom or ashamed of being unable to manage their BPH.

and 4) save the toilet paper supply for the home due to the pandemic induced scarcity!

Fortunately, some places are offering priority purchases for seniors. Because most BPH cases are of senior men, they may be able to get dibs on toilet paper before the panic buyers take hold. Also, some places are limiting the purchase amounts so that customers don’t walk away with 20 packs of toilet paper. For men with BPH, the good news is that there are ways to manage and cope with symptoms. These include lifestyle modifications, voiding techniques, pelvic floor exercises, timing fluid intake, a healthy diet, and for men who are open to the idea, taking safe, clinically proven therapies as alternative or complementary medicine.

BPH management varies per individual so discussions with the doctor, family and support network can help men become more informed and make decisions to be proactive about their enlarged prostate.


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Breaking the Stereotypes of Men With Enlarged Prostates (BPH)

When it comes to men and their enlarged prostates (BPH), these are the stereotypes they face:

Men don’t care about their health.

Men don’t like going to the doctor.

Men ignore their health issues and keep mum about it. 

Men would do anything to avoid a digital rectal exam. 

Men don’t talk about their prostates.

Only men’s wives care enough to buy their husband a prostate supplement. 

Men care more about their cars than their own health.

Although some of these may in fact be true for some individual men, we can’t lose hope that there are men out there who do care about their health and want to improve their BPH condition. Maybe that’s why you’re reading BPH blogs and joining men’s communities to discuss common issues. Although we do need men to do their part and care for their health, men’s health is a community effort, too. If those who live and interact with men don’t know about men’s health problems, it could be difficult to sympathize or offer support.

Enlarged prostate (BPH or benign prostatic hyperplasia) is a health condition that occurs with age and the natural growth of the prostate. As it gets bigger it can make the urethra (tube leading urine out of the body) narrow so it makes urination more difficult. It could also push against the bladder, creating urinary urges at the same time.

What men need to know is that they’re not alone in what they’re feeling. It is highly likely all generations of men have felt and will feel the effects of prostate growth at one point in their lives. As more research goes into the prostate, we may find ways to make the prostate exam less uncomfortable. We may be able to provide more support for men’s mental health and distress during the frustrations of BPH. We may raise awareness so that men can start to prepare earlier in their life to support their prostates. We may create an environment to talk about the prostate in a less stigmatized environment. Many conversations online about the prostate involve adult jokes that may make men shy away from the topic. However, it is important to make the context of health heard and normalized.

If you have seen your doctor and been diagnosed with BPH in the mild stages, you may be able to reduce the negative impact of BPH with healthy nutrition, more physical activity, voiding techniques, water intake during the day, warm baths, and community support from family, friends, and fellow BPH patients. Despite the pandemic, the online community is still offering support for men around the world.

Are you guilty of these stereotypes? Perhaps it’s time to reconsider some of these habits so you can better manage your BPH and live a better quality of life! 


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Natural Plants (Like Pot) and Prostate Enlargement

April 20th is a day celebrated by the marijuana community. Whether you’re a big proponent of it or not, this plant has been used for medicinal and recreational purposes around the world. Like marijuana, many other herbs have also been used for medicinal purposes to support immunity, headaches, and other ailments and disease states in the time of our human ancestors and before the dawn of medicine and scientific research.

If you’re a man with prostate enlargement (medically known as BPH), an herbal approach to treating mild symptoms could be a step in improving your quality of life. Herbs may be used in their plant state or as extracts in supplements and nutraceuticals to consume them for the purposes of complementary medicine, holistic medicine, alternative medicine and plant based therapy.

It is important to speak with a doctor about your BPH because every man’s stage of BPH is different and the way it affect each man (frequent urination, struggle to start and stop urination, residual urine after voiding, poor urinary flow, sexual dysfunction, etc.). If you are considering a plant based approach, it is also important to know which ingredients are safe for you (in terms of allergies, use alongside other medications you are currently taking, pre-existing conditions, etc.). This can be discussed with a doctor and naturopathic physician.

The responsible search and sharing of information is also important. Finding clinical studies and ensuring the safety and efficacy of products is important to establishing trust, especially in the field of dietary supplements where there may be stigma due to skepticism behind ingredient purity, manufacturing and business practices, and baseless claims.

Men who are desperate to restore their life to a better sense of normalcy may be willing to try almost anything to treat their BPH, so we must support men to make sure they make a reasonable choice that is safe and low in risk. Herbs, if researched and offered properly, could be a solution to consider in alleviating symptoms, reducing inflammation, boosting immunity, and promoting better urinary flow for men with BPH.


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When Nature Calls At Night: Prostate Enlargement and You

Just when you thought you could get a good night’s rest, all of a sudden you get urges, so you get up and go to the bathroom. A few hours later in the middle of the night, you get urges again. Just before sunrise, you go again! Could it be a small bladder? You go to the doctor and after a few tests, he tells you it’s benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), which is the medical term for non-cancerous prostate enlargement due to age.

One of the symptoms commonly associated with this common condition in older men is frequent urination, especially at night. This is also referred to as nocturia. When your body forces you to get up and go to the bathroom, you could be losing on a good night’s rest. Less sleep means less productivity and exhaustion throughout the day, leaving you vulnerable to irritability, stress and weakened immunity.

During this time of the global pandemic, your immunity is very important to keeping you safe, so one of the basic recommendations has been to get a good night’s rest. This is not a prevention or cure for covid-19, but rather one way to maintain your immune system by letting your body rest as much as it needs to so that your body is better able to fight off symptoms, infections and so on (this goes for the cold, flu, and any other infections or a bacterial or viral nature that may enter your body).

This is where BPH could get in the way. If you are experiencing nightly trips to the restroom which don’t let you sleep well throughout the night, your body may be the very thing that’s partly keeping you from maintaining your immune system defenses at optimum levels. Other factors that may contribute to immunity are nutrition, mental health, and the management of other pre-existing conditions.

One solution may be to have a bed pan or medical grade urine bottle near your bed so that if you’re feeling urges, you can relieve yourself in the same room without having to get up and move. This means you could fall back to sleep faster. Another solution is to speak with a naturopathic physician about a compatible and clinically proven herbal therapy to support your urinary symptoms of BPH, especially when it’s in the mild stages.

All parts of the body can affect each other in a complex, interconnected relationship. To strike a balance, it is necessary to be mindful of your health and be proactive to maintain it. Although we may hear the old stereotype that men care more about their cars than their own health, we hope that shedding light on BPH can get the community to support men and for men to support themselves a little more, too!


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How Older Men with BPH Can Appreciate Life During the Pandemic

Although it’s not just older men with BPH (prostate enlargement) who are going through the pandemic, our awareness campaign wants to bring this condition to the public eye. BPH or benign prostatic hyperplasia is a common condition in older men in which the prostate grows to a larger size, potentially interfering with the urinary system (bladder, urethra and kidneys). Symptoms include frequent urination and struggle to urinate smoothly. Among men’s health talks, we might not hear about BPH by name but we are familiar with men going to the bathroom more as they get older as well as prostate jokes (BPH is no joke, though).

Anyway, now that we got the awareness part up there, let’s talk about the global pandemic we are going through alongside our senior men with BPH. This pandemic has taught everyone, including those men with BPH, that life is precious and we should enjoy the gift of life by protecting it for ourselves, our loved ones, and others. Yes, some of us may have daily struggles related to livelihood and other health problems aside from the fears of the pandemic, but there’s something to be said about being able to go to sleep at night and wake up again the next morning. There is something profound about life that we hope many can come to understand. As we work to get our health in order, we hope that managing the health conditions and ailments that affect us and our loved ones can bring us together and motivate us to find solutions to prolong and improve quality of life.

For men with BPH, practicing good nutrition and physical activity as well as voiding techniques to facilitate and cope with the symptoms of mild BPH are one step in the right direction. Advice from doctors and medical support groups can help. Trying safe and natural solutions that have been studied and consulted with their doctors could be another path.

If you are reading this, you are living- we hope that as March comes to a close, in these troubling times you are still gripping firmly on hope, positive sentiments and the gift of your precious life. The spring season has come to grace us with flowers, warmer weather, and rain for the plant life. We can also awaken like the flowering buds in our newfound appreciation for life! 


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Story Time: The Partners of Men with BPH

BPH stands for benign prostatic hyperplasia. It’s the enlargement of an older man’s prostate due to age. Although this condition commonly affects older men worldwide, they’re not alone in feeling the impacts of BPH. A bigger prostate could mean more bathroom trips in the middle of the night. Men with BPH may be waking up many times a night, and if their partners (wives or husbands) are light sleepers, this could be doubly affecting sleep. Frequent bathroom trips could also affect plans to go out and spend quality time together.

When men don’t want to admit they are having urinary issues due to BPH, sometimes all it takes is a push of love and encouragement from their partners to get BPH treated. This is why it’s important not only for men with BPH to be aware of this condition but also their partners.

Partners might be looking online and consulting with fellow partners of men with BPH to get support and find what others are doing for their condition. They might be searching e-stores and physical stores for natural treatments or tips on managing mild BPH symptoms. These partners might also be the ones who help men get to the doctor’s office when men aren’t keen on going to the doctor.

Don’t underestimate the power of a partner to perceive that their man is feeling frustration over BPH. They want to give their man a better quality of life and find a solution to their problem. This is why it’s important for both the patient and their loved ones to know more about BPH. Let’s continue reading and sharing information about BPH to men and their partners!


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Men With BPH Need Love, Too

The best type of support is the one that is there through thick and thin, good and bad. Men with BPH want to enjoy the best times of their lives, but life isn’t full of 100% good times. BPH is a condition in older men where the prostate enlarges, usually interfering with the urinary system in the form of frequent urination at night, struggle to urinate, poor urinary flow, stopping and starting, inability to void completely, sensation of not fully voiding, incontinence, etc.

Prostate enlargement is not just an old man’s issue. Their loved ones are affected, too. When a man with BPH cannot hang out with his friends and family due to frequent urination troubles, he is losing out on significant social experiences like outings, birthdays, parties, and reunions. When he has to get up to go the bathroom many times a night, he is losing out on a good night’s rest to keep his mind clear and stress free. He is also potentially having trouble with his partner in the bedroom, especially if he’s on medication with sexual side effects.

Some men are walking around with an enlarged prostate who don’t even know the term “BPH!” It’s usually not until they are told by their doctor what it is that they first discover how a prostate grows in age. How can we make sure men know more about their bodies and do more for their BPH? Loving them and showing that love by responsibly sharing information that is as accurate as possible. Bringing awareness to BPH to the public will help us show more love for our older men, our fathers, our grandfathers, our brothers, and our friends.

For men with mild BPH, consider how a natural clinically proven treatment, as well as healthy lifestyle modifications and practices, could help you reduce the negative impacts of BPH.

Stay informed, love yourself, see your doctor, and live a healthy, happy life free from worry of BPH!


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