BPH

Q&A with Dr. Daniel Rukstalis on prostatic urethral lift for enlarged prostates

Charlie Schmidt

Editor, Harvard Medical School Annual Report on Prostate Diseases

A new procedure that relieves symptoms without causing sexual side effects As men get older, their prostates often get bigger and block the flow of urine out of the bladder. This condition, which is called benign prostatic hyperplasia, causes bothersome symptoms. Since men can’t fully empty their bladders, they experience sudden and frequent urges to […]

Saw palmetto fails to relieve BPH symptoms in new Harvard study

Nancy Ferrari

Senior editor, Harvard Health

A new study published in The Journal of the American Medical Association finds that saw palmetto, a fruit extract commonly taken to treat urinary tract symptoms caused by an enlarged prostate (technically termed benign prostatic hyperplasia, or BPH), is no more effective in relieving symptoms than placebo, even at high doses. The federally funded study […]

Exercise and benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH)

Nancy Ferrari

Senior editor, Harvard Health

Researchers have found an inverse relationship between physical activity and BPH syptoms: simply put, men who are more physically active are less likely to suffer from symptoms of an enlarged prostate such as frequent urination, urgency, and a weak urinary stream.

Drug combo better at easing BPH than either drug alone

Nancy Ferrari

Senior editor, Harvard Health

Study shows that taking both dutasteride (Avodart) and tamsulosin (Flomax) might be more effective at easing symptoms than taking just one.

Rapaflo approved for the treatment of BPH

Charlie Schmidt

Editor, Harvard Medical School Annual Report on Prostate Diseases

Men

Second BPH drug reduces prostate cancer risk

Nancy Ferrari

Senior editor, Harvard Health

Like finasteride (Proscar), dutasteride (Avodart), a drug used to treat benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), may also reduce the risk of prostate cancer.

Stress and benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH)

Nancy Ferrari

Senior editor, Harvard Health

Some evidence suggests that stress reduction may ease symptoms of an enlarged prostate.

Botox for BPH?

Nancy Ferrari

Senior editor, Harvard Health

It may sound like a promising approach, but there’s a lot we don’t know about using Botox to treat an enlarged prostate.

Onions and garlic may ease BPH symptoms

Nancy Ferrari

Senior editor, Harvard Health

Study shows that men with BPH typically eat less garlic and fewer servings of onions per week than those without BPH.

Are BPH and LUTS “inexorable consequences of aging”?

Nancy Ferrari

Senior editor, Harvard Health

Historically, the answer has been yes, but mounting evidence suggests that lifestyle factors may influence risk.