A variety of medical options are available to treat BPH, but if your symptoms are mild, they may be manageable with the practical measures outlined below:
- Avoid over-the-counter cold or allergy drugs and sleep aids that contain antihistamines or decongestants; these may worsen symptoms. Review your medications with your doctor or pharmacist.
- Cut down on fluids, especially alcoholic beverages, in the evening to decrease the need to urinate during the night.
- If you cannot empty your bladder, try sitting when you urinate rather than standing. Running the water in the sink may help. Also try “double voiding”: Urinate, relax and wait a moment, then resume.
- Be active. Some research suggests that exercise, such as walking, may help reduce symptoms.
- Stay warm. Cold weather can make it more difficult to urinate and also can increase the urgency to urinate in some people.
- Plan ahead. If you are attending a long meeting or concert, cut down on fluids beforehand. Visit the bathroom in advance. On a long car trip, don’t pass up too many rest stops.
- Try not to postpone urination until the last minute. An overdistended bladder can make urination more difficult.
- There’s no question that the symptoms of BPH can be frustrating. If you feel anxious and depressed by all this, have a discussion with your doctor.