Enlarged Prostate Symptoms

Shrink Prostate

Enlarged prostate symptoms are sometimes a sign of BPH.

BPH stands for benign prostatic hyperplasia (pronounced "be-NINE prah-STAT-ik HY-per-PLAY-zha").  Benign means not cancerous, and hyperplasia means too much growth. The result is that the prostate becomes enlarged. Having BPH symptoms does not mean you have cancer nor does it mean you will get cancer.  BPH is not linked to prostate cancer and does not increase the chances of getting prostate cancer.  But BPH symptoms and prostate cancer symptoms can be similar.

In order toshrink prostate size certain drugs may be prescribed. Some the more common prescriptions include:

5-Alpha-Reductase Inhibitors 

A drug such as finasteride prevents the enzyme that converts testosterone to dihydrotestosterone which is the hormone that causes BPH symptoms. This canshrink prostate sizeby over 20%. If the use of the Finasteride is discontinued the enlargedprostate symptoms may reappear within a few weeks.


Just how hormones effectenlarged prostate symptoms is not totally understood. A synthetic progestogen (gestronol) treatment is sometimes administered by injection every 5 to 7 days. Other hormones including flutamide and cyproterone are able toshrink prostatesize by 25% but unfortunately, they do little to improve the urinary flow rate. Medical experts doubt that any single hormone canshrink prostatesize.

Natural Treatments

There are a number of phyto-therapy natural plant based products used to treat BPH symptoms andshrink prostatesize. Some can shrink prostate size, some soften up the prostate gland to open up the urethra tube and others relax muscle fibres and reduce spasm of the prostate and bladder.

In Europe natural plant products are frequently used to shrink prostate size. In Italy and France 40% of men are treated with natural plant extracts toshrink prostate size. In Germany 95% of men withenlarged prostate symptoms are treated with phytotherapy to shrink prostate size. 

Some of these natural plant based products that are used toshrink prostate size include: Golden Rod, African Prune, Rye Pollen extracts,South African stargrass and American Dwarf. Those men using Rye Pollen extracts experienced a 65% improvement in overallBPHsymptoms and were able toshrink prostate size by up to 30%.