Definition of Enlarged Prostate
Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), or Enlarged Prostate, is a common urological condition caused by the non-cancerous enlargement of the prostate gland as men get older. As the prostate enlarges, it can squeeze down on the urethra.
In the early stage of prostate enlargement, the bladder muscle becomes thicker and forces urine through the narrowed urethra by contracting more powerfully. As a result, the bladder muscle may become more sensitive, causing a need to urinate more often and more suddenly.
Symptoms of Enlarged Prostate
The symptoms associated with BPH are known as lower urinary tract symptoms. This can cause men with BPH to have trouble urinating. The symptoms associated with BPH are known as lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS).
The common symptoms include:
- Urinary problems such as difficulty urinating or a weak urinary stream
- Stopping and starting during urination or significant dribbling after urination
- Incomplete emptying of the bladder or blockage or urinary flow
- Having to urinate again shortly after urination
- Frequent urination, especially at night
- Urgent need to urinate
- Blood in the urine
Causes of Enlarged Prostate
Risk factors for developing BPH include:
When To Visit Your Urology Specialist:
If you’re experiencing any of the urinary symptoms listed above, get in touch with one of our Urology Specialists today. We’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have and schedule your appointment.
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If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, get in touch with a Urology Specialist today.