What I Have Discovered That Helps My BPH Symptoms


Like millions of American males, I suffer from BPH or Benign prostate hyperplasia.  One of the many symptoms of this condition that is particularly bothersome and annoying is frequent nighttime urination.  Men who suffer from BPH often have to wake up several times a night to go to the bathroom.  There have been times where I have had to pee every two hours.  This is not only aggravating but it robs you of a good night's sleep.

Sure I see my urologist once a year and faithfully take the medications he has prescribed.  The medications are those that most urologists prescribe their male patients, but to be perfectly honest they don't work that well.  I have discovered that I still get up to pee just as much with medications as without.  

I have tried just about every OTC product that is available.  They all promise to reduce nighttime trips to the bathroom and some even promise to shrink the prostate. They mostly contain the same ingredients such as saw palmetto, pygeum, stinging nettle, pumpkin seed oil, and beta-sitosterol.  I have tried each of the ingredients separately and in combination, but nothing happened.  It seems as though every few weeks a new product comes out promising spectacular results in treating BPH symptoms.  Each new product inevitably contains the same ingredients mentioned above.  They just don't work!

Every article written about frequent nighttime urination with BPH insists that you must stop drinking liquids after 6 PM or so. They also say DO NOT drink alcohol.  Of course, no one pays attention to that crap and I'm no exception.  While ignoring this suggestion I occasionally had a drink or two in the evening while chatting with friends.  It was during these times that I noticed that when I drank red wine, especially more than one glass, I only got up to pee once or twice at the most. Drinking beer or gin and tonic had somewhat similar results, but not as good as red wine.  Whenever I spent the evening drinking red wine I enjoyed a more restful night.  

When I mentioned this fact to my urologist he explained that not everyone reacts the same way about what foods or liquids we should use or avoid.  He told me "if it works do it". It works for me, but it may not work for others, but it's worth a try.  And drinking red wine is a hell of a lot more fun than taking a mouthful of OTC supplements!

You may be interested in reading articles I have previously written, "I Have to Pee Again" and "The Myth of Saw Palmetto".

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