Whether you are a man living with a slow-growing prostate cancer or benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH), it is important that you know how to manage the uncomfortable and often embarrassing issues that it causes in your life. To this end, here are some tips others in the same situation have found helpful:
Tip: Change Your Urination Habits
Since your prostate gland is enlarged, you need to change the way you urinate to help alleviate your symptoms. For example, you should sit on the toilet to urinate rather than standing in front of it. Sitting allows your muscles to relax and gives you the best chance to completely empty your bladder.
While sitting on the toilet, get into the habit of reading a magazine and taking a moment to relax. As you relax, the muscles around your bladder and urethra will also relax and this helps you to completely empty your bladder. After you have urinated, then wait a moment and try to void just a bit more urine. This will help to prevent dribbling and urgency problems.
Tip: Use Disposable Incontinence Pads
Thanks to advancements in absorbent materials, you can purchase disposable incontinence pads today that are very effective and thin enough to be completely unnoticeable. If you are too embarrassed to purchase the pads at your local store, then you can always order them online from your favorite retailer.
It is important to note that if you are using disposable incontinence pads every day, then you must either shower daily or make sure you wash your penis. If you do not wash the area daily, then you can develop a painful skin rash.
Tip: Avoid Drinking Alcoholic or Caffeinated Beverages After Dinner
When your prostate is enlarged, you should never consume alcoholic or caffeinated drinks in the evening hours. This is important because both alcohol and caffeine will aggravate your condition after you go to bed. While you may already have to get up in the middle of the night to urinate, drinking caffeine or alcohol will result in extra sleep-disturbing bathroom trips.
Tip: Speak to Your Doctor About New and Effective Treatments
Finally, if you have been living with BPH or a slow-growing prostate cancer for many years, then it is important you speak with your doctor about new treatments for your condition. Every month new prostate cancer treatments are developed and it is vital you mention to your doctor that you are interested in trying new treatments that could be effective for your condition and improve your symptoms.