Urinary Symptoms and Sexual Dysfunction

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Urinary Symptoms and Sexual Dysfunction

The periodical Mayo Clinic Proceedings published the results of a study that looked at the link between common BPH urinary symptoms and sexual dysfunction.

Researchers studied 2,115 men between the ages of 40 and 79, by having them complete a questionnaire about their sexual function and urinary tract symptoms every two years.

What they found was that sexual function and urinary tract symptoms were indeed related. To put it simply: The greater the urinary symptoms, the lesser the sexual function.

The study also found that the urinary tract symptoms caused by an enlarged prostate that were most associated with sexual dysfunction were:

–  A feeling of urgency

–  Needing to get up multiple times at night to urinate

–  A weak urine stream

–  Straining to start urinating

These urinary symptoms were all associated with:

–  Difficulty getting or maintaining an erection

–  The way men felt about problems with sexual drive, erection, and ejaculation

–  Sexual satisfaction problems

So the solution is to treat the urinary issues caused by BPH, and then as a result, sexual function will improve?

Well, it’s not that simple.

Though there are many ways to treat the urinary symptoms caused by an enlarged prostate, some of these treatment methods can actually make things worse, or even cause sexual dysfunction.

In fact, some drugs that are commonly used to treat benign prostate hyperplasia, can actually cause erectile dysfunction and reduce sperm count.

Though prescription drugs are often very good at improving the symptoms of BPH, they do not tackle the real problem, and they can cause their own set of problems, such as ED.

In order to avoid such issues, some men may resort to surgery. However, it’s important to keep in mind that this too can come with the risk of sexual problems.

Many of these surgical procedures for men with an enlarged prostate, can increase the risk of inadvertently damaging structures around the penis which can lead to erectile dysfunction and other problems.

In our next article, we’re going to dive deeper into the connection between BPH treatment methods and sexual dysfunction.

In the meantime, if you’d like to learn more about Prostate Artery Embolization, an outpatient procedure with proven results without the risk of sexual issues, please call us and schedule a consultation today!


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