Tips for Mild BPH Symptoms

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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.