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Am proposing a new thread that takes in some of each of the above.
First, the fun one: Sex.
Short and sweet -- are all here aware of the apparently accepted uro wisdom that orgasms can serve as a prostate cancer preventative? Not perfect perhaps, but a preventative. Or so I have read...and my uro has opined. No orgasm, then presumably no longer that line of defense against prostate cancer. Maybe? (And orgasm with or without a partner, if we can be precise. It's all about flushing the pipes, as I am sure many of you have read or heard.)
And my PSA is in the 2.3 range. Has been for years. With moderate to sometimes severe BPH.
Size of prostate: I have had BPH since my 40s. At 72 and soon to be 73, have been able to moderate nighttime toileting from a worst-case every two hours (during a past bout of prostatitis "cured" by a round of Bactrim), to two times in the night -- 4 hrs or so apart -- routinely. The latter "success" by, a) restricting fluids after 7 pm -- very, very important; and b) wearing compression socks during the vertical hours. (I do take alfuzosin -- have for years -- and always wonder whether it makes a significant difference...but continuing that med for now.)
In other threads here, men share the sometimes "enormous" dimensions of their prostates -- presumably verified by MRI. But I have never had a prostate MRI and my uro seems to think a digital rectal exam tells him all he needs to know. i.e. "Your prostate is not enlarged." (Ditto on that form my internist when he was the only doc in the picture. No enlargement, supposedly. And yet the pressure is there every night -- albeit lessened by defensive maneuvers noted above. Bottom line though: will an MRI add significant knowledge to my overall picture? Should I insist on one?)
More annoying than having to go twice in the night is having to devote as long as TEN MINUTES to the task. In the nighttime, a "squirt" factor that drives me nuts. Ironically though -- and no one seems to experience this -- if I discretely walk outside in the back yard on a cool night and pee there, the flow is immediate and without problem. Crazy, but that's how my body responds -- presumably to the cool air.
I'm all over the map, I know. But back to the sex as I close: So much of it is in your head. Think erotic, and you may be erotic. Hopefully with the soulmate we each deserve.
P.S. Last year, we visited -- as first timers -- a clothing optional resort in a place far warmer and sunnier than where we reside. Did wonders for us health-feeling wise and met some great people.
Yes -- non-erotic naked outdoor hot tub therapy does wonders!
But damn, I wish my fellow sufferers here all that feels better in 2019. Let's keep sharing.
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