A common prostate health problem faced by millions of men is something called Prostate calcification, or prostate stones. This is a very common cause of chronic prostatitis (prostate infection) or chronic pelvic pain syndrome, and is reported to affect up to 75% of men between the ages of 45 and 65 who report prostate health symptoms, such as enlarged prostate and chronic prostatistis, or prostate infection and are very common in men over age 50.
While annoying and even painful, often resulting in frequent prostate pain; painful ejaculation; dry ejaculation, in which a male reaches climax during sexual intercourse or masturbation without the release of semen; or weak urine stream, most urologists do not consider Prostate calcification to be a dangerous or life threatening condition in itself but can be related to prostate cancer.
What are Prostate Stones?
Prostate stones, appear to be calcified proteinaceous bodies called corpora amylacea, is believed to be caused by prostatic fluid build up in the prostate ducts that is not flushed away by ejaculation or blood that nourishes the prostate. This form of prostatitis are also believed to be caused by urine that flows from urethra into the prostatic ducts and not through the penis. Toxins found in the urine allow for bacteria to form that leads to prostate infection and the formation of prostate calcification.
Prostate calcification, or prostate stones are believed to be a leading cause of chronic prostatitis and chronic pelvic pain syndrome. Prostate stones are fairly common in men over age 50, and affect up to 75% of middle-aged men who have enlarged prostate or prostate infection. Interestingly, some men with prostate calcification never experience any pain or discomfort.
Symptom of Prostate Stones (Prostatitis)
- Frequent Pain and swelling of the prostate gland.
- Enlarged prostate (BPH).
- Pain in the groin.
- Weak urine stream.
- Painful ejaculation.
- Grainy sand-like pebbles that may be discharged during urination or ejaculation.
- Symptoms disappear temporarily with prostate mediation or antibiotics, but the pain and symptoms eventually return.
- Elevated PSA score.
- Lower urinary tract infection
Prostate stones can be determined through a routine prostate exam, PSA test or ultrasound to detect the presence of prostate stones.
If left untreated, prostate stones can become infected and can lead to prostatitis, also known as prostate infection, and are frequently a leading source of chronic prostate infection.
Natural Treatment for Prostate Stones
Too often western medical doctors only prescribe antibiotics as the preferred treatment for Prostate infection , but this is often found to be ineffective. Antibiotics temporarily remedy the infection, but not the source of the infection, so the breeding ground remains, only to have the painful symptoms recur in one to three months.
The key is to eliminate the prostate stones, which is where the toxic bacteria lives, and antibiotics are not designed to remove the stones. Most doctors now recommend a cocktail of antibiotics to clear the infection, along with magnesium and zinc supplements. Magnesium and zinc, which are often prescribed to people with kidney stones, seem to be effective in helping break up the prostate stones, so they can pass with the urine.
Some men find that prostate massage, which increases healthy blood flow and oxygen to the prostate, helps flush away prostate calcification and helps men achieve a prostate orgasm, which clears blocked prostate ducts of toxic bacteria and build up of prostatic fluid.
Diet modification is recommended that eliminates processed sugars, saturated fats from red meat, sodium and dairy products. Exercising a minimum of three times per week for a minimum of 30 minutes is recommended.
Anecdotal evidence seems to suggest that taking an effective magnesium supplement, and zinc helps to break up these stones and you may see “gravel” in your semen or urine if this occurs. Other doctors say that there is no dietary change or supplement that will help with stones caused by prostatic secretions. So that issue is controversial. If you have prostatic calcification talk to you doctor to see what he or she thinks.
Natural prostatitis treatments for treating inflammation associated with prostatic calcification include magnesium supplements, prostate massage, diet modification, and elimination of foods from your diet, like simple sugars, saturated fats from red meat, and dairy products. Eat healthy foods that reduce inflammation like heart-healthy fats, fatty fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids, and foods high in lycopene (tomatoes and watermelon).
Stones in the prostate are very common. They appear to be calcified proteinaceous bodies called corpora amylacea. The are thought to occur because the secretions of the prostate cannot get out of the gland because of the disarray of the architecture of the ducts due to BPH or benign prostatic hypertrophy, an almost universal growth of the prostate in men as they age. It is thought that these secretions dry out or become “inspissated” and form into a round proteinaceous body, much like a pearl in an oyster. They then become calcified.
While prostate stones, which are quite common in men over age 50, can be an annoyance, they are not dangerous if treated effectively and timely. Lack of treatment, including supplementation with magnesium, prostate massage and diet modification, can lead to chronic prostatitis, which can be painful and difficult to eliminate if the bacteria becomes formed into the calcified prostate stones. This can lead to long term pain and discomfort in the groin area.
Ken Weiss is a health blogger who is passionate about natural and holistic cures for men’s health issues. He is the founder of menshealthcures.com