Although both erectile dysfunction (ED) and benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) become much more common as men age, they are very different problems. But according to an article in the September 2011 Harvard Men's Health Watch, research suggests that the most popular and effective drugs for ED may substantially reduce the symptoms of BPH.
Starting in middle age, the prostate gland in men begins to enlarge and can make urination difficult. By age 80, about 25% of all men have BPH that is bothersome enough to require treatment. In such cases, doctors can prescribe medications or recommend surgery.
But current BPH treatments are far from perfect. Doctors continue to work on new approaches to current treatments and, although ED pills would seem unlikely candidates to treat BPH, studies suggest they may help.
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