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    Creatine and Prostate Enlargement

    Good morning.

    After taking Muscletech creatine monohydrate 5g/daily for two months or so, I was very happy with the results I was seeing. I had more intense sessions, less fatigue, and a fuller appearance.

    However, I began to notice some urinary problems (incomplete voiding, feeing the need to go when I was actually empty, burning, etc.). I went to my GP for suspicion of an STI. Although all of the tests were negative, I was treated with antibiotics anyway for various common infections in case there was a false negative. I completed the course of antibiotics but saw no real improvement. Meanwhile, I had been continuing my supplementation of creatine daily and continuing my workout routine.

    I made an appointment with a urologist who, again, ruled out STI. He did a prostate exam and noted that it was "a bit larger than he would expect for a person my age (I'm 31), but not suspiciously so." He indicated a number of things that could cause this, including bacterial infection. He put me on another course of doxycycline.

    I specifically enquired about creatine and whether there could be any connection. He said, confidently, he didn't see how. So, fair enough. I took the Abx and went about my business. No improvement. At the end, for the sake of experimentation, I stopped creatine altogether. Within 5 days the symptoms had entirely cleared.

    A month later, I gave the creatine another go. Within a month, the symptoms returned, so I stopped again and the symptoms cleared.

    I came across a Reddit post from a user who reported an almost identical experience, which was comforting; creatine is said to be well understood and generally safe when used in the way I had. The comments on the post pointed me to the biochemistry of creatine--the reactions that lead to production of DHT, and its effect on the prostate.

    In the end, no more creatine for me. Im all good to go now. No amount of gains are worth my plumbing malfunctioning.

    Still, I'm curious. Most BB threads I've read report nothing like this. The worst I've seen is reports of GI upset in users taking very high quantities, like your man who was loading at 45g/day! Has anyone encountered any plumbing irregularities while on creatine?

    Second, if I've removed creatine, is there another supplement I can consider to assist my routines? I currently only take Isopure Zero Carb.

    Thanks for sticking around.
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    Never had any hair loss on the head, or unusual hair growth on the body. The only DHT related symptom was perhaps prostate enlargement.
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    Originally Posted by caoimhinn View Post
    Good morning.

    After taking Muscletech creatine monohydrate 5g/daily for two months or so, I was very happy with the results I was seeing. I had more intense sessions, less fatigue, and a fuller appearance.

    However, I began to notice some urinary problems (incomplete voiding, feeing the need to go when I was actually empty, burning, etc.). I went to my GP for suspicion of an STI. Although all of the tests were negative, I was treated with antibiotics anyway for various common infections in case there was a false negative. I completed the course of antibiotics but saw no real improvement. Meanwhile, I had been continuing my supplementation of creatine daily and continuing my workout routine.

    I made an appointment with a urologist who, again, ruled out STI. He did a prostate exam and noted that it was "a bit larger than he would expect for a person my age (I'm 31), but not suspiciously so." He indicated a number of things that could cause this, including bacterial infection. He put me on another course of doxycycline.

    I specifically enquired about creatine and whether there could be any connection. He said, confidently, he didn't see how. So, fair enough. I took the Abx and went about my business. No improvement. At the end, for the sake of experimentation, I stopped creatine altogether. Within 5 days the symptoms had entirely cleared.

    A month later, I gave the creatine another go. Within a month, the symptoms returned, so I stopped again and the symptoms cleared.

    I came across a Reddit post from a user who reported an almost identical experience, which was comforting; creatine is said to be well understood and generally safe when used in the way I had. The comments on the post pointed me to the biochemistry of creatine--the reactions that lead to production of DHT, and its effect on the prostate.

    In the end, no more creatine for me. Im all good to go now. No amount of gains are worth my plumbing malfunctioning.

    Still, I'm curious. Most BB threads I've read report nothing like this. The worst I've seen is reports of GI upset in users taking very high quantities, like your man who was loading at 45g/day! Has anyone encountered any plumbing irregularities while on creatine?

    Second, if I've removed creatine, is there another supplement I can consider to assist my routines? I currently only take Isopure Zero Carb.

    Thanks for sticking around.
    I agree with the doc. I havent seen any cases with relations to prostate enlargement but, there is always a first to everything. Hope everything works out for you.
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    It's probably a medical issue you had before the Mono but that's just if you ask me. I've been taking Muscletech Creatine Mono for more than a half the year so far.
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    Thanks for the feedback gentlemen. What about water intake? Like many, I never drank the right amount of water while on the mono. Maybe there was some connection there?

    Also, in case someone does come across this thread some day with the same problem, here is the quote from. The Reddit post I mentioned above, written by user BrokenLink100. My post count is too low to post links directly:

    Very interesting to hear another guy runs into the DHT problem with Creatine.

    I took Creatine for a month... followed the directions exactly. After I got into a solid rhythm with it, I noticed I was having a hard time urinating. I never felt like I had finished peeing, but I couldn't make myself finish, either. I had this perpetual feeling that there was piss right at the tip of my penis. I didn't even think about the Creatine at the time.

    I saw my urologist about it. He did a bladder scan, and even though I had just given a urine sample about 10 minutes earlier, he said I was retaining about 300ml of urine. He asked me some questions about anything I may have changed in my routine or diet... asked me about stress at work and all that. The only thing I could think of was having started Creatine a few weeks earlier. He scheduled me for a cystoscopy a week later.

    The cystoscopy looked clean - tho he had a lot of trouble getting past the prostate. He gave me a prostate exam, and found that my prostate had gotten super swollen.

    Creatine is a DHT-stimulant, and DHT moderates the growth and size of the prostate (among other things). I stopped taking the Creatine, and after about a week or so, my urinary habits returned to normal.

    So, no Creatine for me, unless there's a good alternative :/
    Finally, I probably won't take creatine again just because of my experience. Any words on another safe "staple" supplement aid with my growth?
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    Ive had weird effects from certain supplements. An example would be Whey protein and an increase is a liver enzyme (cant remember the name). I cut the supplement out and it completely cleared my blood of the enzyme. Sometimes supplements just react differently to the individual, not everyone is created equal nor have the same effects as others. If you notice the difference, stay away from the supplement.
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    Originally Posted by caoimhinn View Post
    Good morning.

    After taking Muscletech creatine monohydrate 5g/daily for two months or so, I was very happy with the results I was seeing. I had more intense sessions, less fatigue, and a fuller appearance.

    However, I began to notice some urinary problems (incomplete voiding, feeing the need to go when I was actually empty, burning, etc.). I went to my GP for suspicion of an STI. Although all of the tests were negative, I was treated with antibiotics anyway for various common infections in case there was a false negative. I completed the course of antibiotics but saw no real improvement. Meanwhile, I had been continuing my supplementation of creatine daily and continuing my workout routine.

    I made an appointment with a urologist who, again, ruled out STI. He did a prostate exam and noted that it was "a bit larger than he would expect for a person my age (I'm 31), but not suspiciously so." He indicated a number of things that could cause this, including bacterial infection. He put me on another course of doxycycline.

    I specifically enquired about creatine and whether there could be any connection. He said, confidently, he didn't see how. So, fair enough. I took the Abx and went about my business. No improvement. At the end, for the sake of experimentation, I stopped creatine altogether. Within 5 days the symptoms had entirely cleared.

    A month later, I gave the creatine another go. Within a month, the symptoms returned, so I stopped again and the symptoms cleared.

    I came across a Reddit post from a user who reported an almost identical experience, which was comforting; creatine is said to be well understood and generally safe when used in the way I had. The comments on the post pointed me to the biochemistry of creatine--the reactions that lead to production of DHT, and its effect on the prostate.

    In the end, no more creatine for me. Im all good to go now. No amount of gains are worth my plumbing malfunctioning.

    Still, I'm curious. Most BB threads I've read report nothing like this. The worst I've seen is reports of GI upset in users taking very high quantities, like your man who was loading at 45g/day! Has anyone encountered any plumbing irregularities while on creatine?

    Second, if I've removed creatine, is there another supplement I can consider to assist my routines? I currently only take Isopure Zero Carb.

    Thanks for sticking around.
    Holy crap dude you just described almost to a tee what has happened to me.

    Started taking Micronized creatine in my hot tea every morning about 5g. I had always struggled with energy levels in the gym and it was amazing the effect it had on my energy levels in the gym. After about 2 months started first noticing I was dribbling after urination. Then I noticed I had more urgency then pain in my urethra at the base of my penis. It progressively got worse and I started having a tenderness in my belly button area.

    5 weeks after the first symptoms I finally stopped taking the creatine and symptoms started easing within 2-3 days and cleared within 8-9 days.

    The conclusion I came to was it was either the creatine or the stress of heavy workouts affecting my prostate somehow as I started taking creatine about a month after I started regularly working out. Nothing else in my life with either diet, stress, sleep was much changed and in fact i'm in a good place with regards to everything else hence the reason I decided to started working out again for the first time in years.

    I'll add that I didn't go doctor to check for anything.
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    I recently experienced the exact same thing. Started taking Optimum Nutrition Micronized Creatine and within a few days I had symptoms of an enlarged prostate (frequent urination, burning, pelvic discomfort, feeling unable to fully empty bladder). I just got back from the doctor and was diagnosed with prostatitis and now have a 2 week course of antibiotics to see if it calms it down. He gave me the good ole digital rectal exam, NOT FUN, and he said it was definitely enlarged. I also had my PSA taken so that in 4 weeks he'll take it again to see if the reading goes down.

    I asked him if creatine could cause this and he couldn't say definitively, but did say its possible to be in that rare .001 whatever percent that has an adverse reaction to a supplement.

    All in all, like the posters above, I'm not going to be taking it anymore. NOTHING is worth this!

    Hope this helps comfort anyone else like myself that happens to be searching online that's experiencing similar symptoms. My advice is go to the doctor! Aloha
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    Creatine and enlargd prostate

    I stumbled across this post as researching to go to to the Prosgtate doctor. I'm 65 and have an enlarged protate. I have the most annoying symptoms, poor pee, when I'm at the gym. Checking my suppliments I found creatine as a common link and found this post.

    Understand creatine is connected with DHT Test which is not a friend with the prostate.
    I shoot 400 mg Testosterone a week for the gym so of course have an ample amount of DHT Test flowing through me. But is the addition of creatine important?

    I would like to hear from others who have a connection here. Thanks.


    Originally Posted by caoimhinn View Post
    Good morning.

    After taking Muscletech creatine monohydrate 5g/daily for two months or so, I was very happy with the results I was seeing. I had more intense sessions, less fatigue, and a fuller appearance.

    However, I began to notice some urinary problems (incomplete voiding, feeing the need to go when I was actually empty, burning, etc.). I went to my GP for suspicion of an STI. Although all of the tests were negative, I was treated with antibiotics anyway for various common infections in case there was a false negative. I completed the course of antibiotics but saw no real improvement. Meanwhile, I had been continuing my supplementation of creatine daily and continuing my workout routine.

    I made an appointment with a urologist who, again, ruled out STI. He did a prostate exam and noted that it was "a bit larger than he would expect for a person my age (I'm 31), but not suspiciously so." He indicated a number of things that could cause this, including bacterial infection. He put me on another course of doxycycline.

    I specifically enquired about creatine and whether there could be any connection. He said, confidently, he didn't see how. So, fair enough. I took the Abx and went about my business. No improvement. At the end, for the sake of experimentation, I stopped creatine altogether. Within 5 days the symptoms had entirely cleared.

    A month later, I gave the creatine another go. Within a month, the symptoms returned, so I stopped again and the symptoms cleared.

    I came across a Reddit post from a user who reported an almost identical experience, which was comforting; creatine is said to be well understood and generally safe when used in the way I had. The comments on the post pointed me to the biochemistry of creatine--the reactions that lead to production of DHT, and its effect on the prostate.

    In the end, no more creatine for me. Im all good to go now. No amount of gains are worth my plumbing malfunctioning.

    Still, I'm curious. Most BB threads I've read report nothing like this. The worst I've seen is reports of GI upset in users taking very high quantities, like your man who was loading at 45g/day! Has anyone encountered any plumbing irregularities while on creatine?

    Second, if I've removed creatine, is there another supplement I can consider to assist my routines? I currently only take Isopure Zero Carb.

    Thanks for sticking around.
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    Originally Posted by slashmw View Post
    I recently experienced the exact same thing. Started taking Optimum Nutrition Micronized Creatine and within a few days I had symptoms of an enlarged prostate (frequent urination, burning, pelvic discomfort, feeling unable to fully empty bladder). I just got back from the doctor and was diagnosed with prostatitis and now have a 2 week course of antibiotics to see if it calms it down. He gave me the good ole digital rectal exam, NOT FUN, and he said it was definitely enlarged. I also had my PSA taken so that in 4 weeks he'll take it again to see if the reading goes down.

    I asked him if creatine could cause this and he couldn't say definitively, but did say its possible to be in that rare .001 whatever percent that has an adverse reaction to a supplement.

    All in all, like the posters above, I'm not going to be taking it anymore. NOTHING is worth this!

    Hope this helps comfort anyone else like myself that happens to be searching online that's experiencing similar symptoms. My advice is go to the doctor! Aloha
    Hey man. Did your prostatitis clear up with antibiotics? I had the same thing happen to me back in april, after loading 25 grams of mono per day for a week. Took me seven months to get around to finding a doctor to look into it. Thought i had just dinged up my Kidneys at the time from loading too heavy, as i was having horrible mid and lower back pain. Steered clear of the stuff since then. The doctor i eventually found realized my prostate was super swollen, suspecting prostatitis, has perscribed doxycycline. First ten day does didnt do much. Im beginning to fear the dht from the creatine permanently enlarged my prostate. Any info on your experience would be very helpful! Thanks.
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    Same thing was happening to me when I took preworkouts with DMAA. It was hard to urinate. On and off stream. When I stopped taking them the urinary problem went away. Never gotten it from creatine though. I take 5g a day of Creaclear.
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