Symptoms Treatment of BPH


By Bilal Chughtai

Benign Prostate Hyperplasia, also known as BPH, is the increase in the number and size of prostate gland tissue.  Approximately 50 percent of men above the age of 50 will have BPH; of those half will have symptoms of BPH. The Prostate is located below the bladder and it completely surrounds the upper portion of urethra. If the prostate becomes enlarged, it can squeeze the urethra and that can block the natural flow of urine.

The symptoms of BPH include the inability to completely void or empty the bladder, dribbling at the end of urinating, urgency, frequency of urination, weak urine stream, loss of bladder control, and having to urinate more than two times per night (a condition known as nocturia.)

The good news is that there are treatment options. The choice of treatment is based on the severity of symptoms, the extent to which they affect your daily life, and the presence of any other medical conditions. Treatments range from lifestyle changes, medications to minimally invasive techniques, and even surgery if needed.

If you are experiencing any symptoms aforementioned, please be sure to make an appointment with your doctor to discuss ways to treat this condition.

bic9008About The Author: Bilal Chughtai, MD is an Assistant Professor in Urology/Assistant Attending in Urology at Weill Medical College of Cornell University.

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