18/Jul/2020


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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09/Jul/2020


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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12/Jun/2020


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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28/Apr/2020


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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31/Mar/2020


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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24/Feb/2020


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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06/Feb/2020


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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28/Jan/2020


Men Don’t Like Doctors, but They do Like Freebies

Men generally go less often to the doctor. Whether it’s fear of getting a bad diagnosis, embarrassment to discuss sexual and urinary symptoms, or thinking they can handle health issues on their own, the numbers say time and time again that men aren’t really a fan of going to the doctor. So what’s a good way to get men to care more about their health, especially older men with a prostate enlargement called BPH who should see a doctor?

Try health fairs. Health fairs can be a great way to instill awareness and initiative in men, as they can serve as a midway point between a man’s home and his doctor’s office. Health fairs have booths with freebies (flyers, health brochures, knickknacks, snack samples, coupons, etc.). Doctors, nurses, pharmaceutical companies, alternative and natural health practices, and exercise studios also host screenings, activities, games, and more. The environment is more relaxed than a doctor’s office, so it can give men time to prepare before they approach their doctor.

Men’s health fairs are especially good opportunities to bring awareness of BPH to attendees. Some men might not even be familiar with the acronym BPH (benign prostatic hyperplasia), but they might very well be aware of symptoms like getting up many times a night to go to the bathroom, poor urinary flow, sensation of incomplete voiding, urges, struggle to start urinating, and incontinence. And because these symptoms can be shared among other prostatic and bladder health issues, it is important for men who don’t know their diagnosis to confirm their condition with their doctor. When some men prefer natural treatments, it is also good to go to a health fair and see what new options are out there, as well as learn about the tried and true treatments.

Health fairs aren’t as stressful, so if you’re a man, you can enjoy the fair environment with friends, family, and fellow men while also empowering your health with knowledge and initiative!



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