The prostate is a walnut-size gland that sits below the bladder. The urethra runs through the middle of it, down to the end of the penis, allowing urine to flow. The prostate has a role in reproduction, producing fluid that makes up a portion of
semen volume, and protecting sperm.
In many men, starting around age 40-50, the prostate can grow. BPH is a common, benign (non-cancerous) condition. However, this growth may block the urethra and the flow of urine out of the body.
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As you age, your prostate can enlarge, often beginning around the age of 40-50. Enlargement of the prostate is known as benign prostatic hyperplasia, or BPH. BPH is a benign (non-cancerous) condition that is very common in males. However, this enlargement tends to block the urethra and urine flow out of the body.
Symptoms of BPH can include:
Diagnosing BPH early is important because, if left untreated, it can lead to urinary tract infections (UTIs), bladder or kidney damage, kidney stones, and incontinence. Distinguishing BPH from more serious diseases like prostate cancer is important.
To diagnose BPH we generally use a combination of tests, starting with an office visit and then escalating as your situation warrants.
Together, these tests can help your urologist determine the cause of your issues and help create a customized treatment plan.
Here are some common treatments for BPH: