Can prostate shrink with medication?

Medications used in the treatment of BPH may provide regression up to 30% in the weight and volume of the prostate. However, this result can be achieved with the use of these treatments for six months. When the medication is discontinued, the prostate turns back to its normal size. Another issue to keep in mind is that the PSA values found in patients using this type of medication for six months or longer should be multiplied by two to find the normal PSA value of the patient. This is because these medications falsely lower the PSA values.


What are the symptoms of prostate diseases?

The size of the prostate enlarges with age. Due to the enlargement of the prostate, the urinary canal (urethra) gets pinched and urinary complaints occur.

The complaints of prostate diseases are grouped under two headings. The first one is related to the storage function of the bladder (urinary bladder). These complaints result from the decrease in the urine storage function of the urinary bladder, and usually appear as frequent urination, burning during urination, frequent waking up at night for urination, urgent need to urinate, and urinary incontinence before reaching the toilet.


Who should have prostate control?

In our country, we recommend that healthy men over 50 with no risks for or complaints of prostate diseases should have prostate control once a year. In countries like the USA, where prostate cancer is common (especially in Afro-American men), this age limit is much lower.


What is PSA?

PSA is a protein, found in blood, that is secreted by only the prostate gland. Contrary to popular belief, high PSA mostly does not make people sick. However, high PSA shows us, the doctors, that there is an extraordinary situation in the patient’s prostate and that we need to examine it more closely.