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They tell you it's natural to have BPH. But in my late 40's it didn't feel natural at all and a lot of men just don't get BPH. So like a lot of you, I started an internet quest for information. I researched BPH treatments for at least 10 years or so concentrating on non invasive treatments. My Uro told me he could do Green Light laser and that it could cause RE but said "it's no big deal"... I looked up RE (retrograde ejaculation) and was stunned... How in the hell is that no big deal? No big deal for him. He's seeing dollar signs and cant wait to bill my insurance for thousands... I decided to look at non invasive procedures. I spent a lot of time looking into the Gat-Goren method for treating BPH which still seems to be the real cure to me. But, there is something mysterious about the why their "cure" hasn't spread world wide. They basically found that BPH is caused by one or more varicoceles in the veins of the system leading to the prostate. This causes a back-flow of testosterone into the prostate , something like 10,000 times too much, basically bathing it in testosterone and causing BPH. They basically fix the varicocele's by embolizing them and that's it. The prostate gradually goes back to it's normal size. There are many people around the world who've had it done including the Israeli prime minister. I assumed when I first heard of it that it wouldn't take long for it to be "the" cure for BPH and it would spread around the world. That never happened. I believe they still do the procedure but it costs somewhere around 25 thousand US. I have no idea why this procedure has stalled as far as being adopted world wide. Maybe it's all a hoax? I don't think so but there's other factors involved I guess. While I was looking at Gat-Goren, I started to look into PAE. I watched for a few years as the studies came in. In the meantime my BPH was getting worse. My flow test(forgot the proper name) was not good... I think the score was an 8. My uro said I was peeing like and an 80 year old man. I was also retaining urine. But my prostate wasn't massive like other guys. It was around 55 grams. I had to dehydrate myself before going to bed to make it 6 hours which I could do once and a while. I had to usually get up twice a night. I know a lot of you have it much worse. I didn't want to take any drugs though. Things started to get worse . I called Dr. Bagla about a year and a half ago and talked about the PAE procedure. I made a date. What I like about PAE was the noninvasive factor and the fact that it doesn't preclude you from getting other procedures in the future(Gat-Goren?) and it can be repeated. The side effects are minimal to none. I postponed the procedure after reading that patients could be exposed to too much radiation. I called Dr. Bagla and read up on it. It turns out the radiation is minimal. I think a lot of urologist spread disinformation about PAE. Anyway, I had it done 5 weeks ago(at age 56) and all is good. Peeing very strong, no stops and starts....holding it better and it's supposed to improve even more for the next few months. Turns out my prostate was only 50 grams. Twice normal size but not as large as a lot of guys on these threads. I think the success rate is slightly better with smaller prostates. I read of a lot of treaments on this thread and I wonder why would you go with a procedure where you have something put up your penis and manipulated and take a chance of getting RE and a lot of other side effects when you could have PAE done first? PAE should be the first line of treatment for most of you and probably would be the last. I wouldn't let a urologist go near my penis unless I was half dead. I understand the hesitation to do anything when it comes to ones private parts. I won't go into PAE details here. There's been a lot written about it in these threads and there's a ton of info online about it. Don't let a urologist talk you into something. Do your research and make the right decision. Good luck.
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