Ok, so you’re not a spring chicken anymore. Maybe it takes a little longer to finish urinating. Maybe it’s harder to write your name in the snow. Maybe the interval between voids is much shorter than it used to be. Or, your warning signal that it’s time to go is immediate and more intense. Even more annoyingly, maybe you’re now getting up at night to urinate. Should you be worried that you’re falling apart?
Older is Really Better…Overall
No, you’re not falling apart, but don’t forget you hit your physical peak at age 26, and now you are…well…aging. With this comes wisdom, confidence, kindness, gray hair and incrementally small but noticeable changes to how your organs work.
This includes your bladder and prostate. Think of this system as a balloon (the bladder) attached to a straw (the urethra). The prostate is like two fingers pinching the straw where it attaches to the balloon. As we age, the balloon becomes less flexible, doesn’t hold as much and doesn’t contract with the same force. Not only that, but the prostate slowly enlarges and the “fingers” gradually pinch down on the straw more and more and narrow the passage. So, the pump doesn’t work as well and the pipes are narrowed. Less flow force and more flow resistance causes the symptoms of benign prostatic hypertrophy or BPH.
Go with the Flow
So, what’s a guy to do? Well we now know that these symptoms are not harmful…