Also known as benign prostatic hyperplasia, or BPH, the most common cause of prostate enlargement is aging. It’s important to note that while you may have both BPH and prostate cancer, benign prostate enlargement does not lead to prostate cancer.
Your prostate naturally begins to grow at about age 25, and that growth continues throughout your lifetime. As your prostate grows, it puts pressure on your bladder and urethra. This pressure is responsible for many of the symptoms associated with BPH.
Men under age 40 rarely have symptoms associated with BPH. By age 60, however, about one-third of men experience symptoms and that grows to half of all men by age 80.
BPH symptoms may be mild or intense and typically include:
Symptoms that are rare, but may signal the need for urgent medical intervention, including blood in the urine or the inability to urinate at all.
Because symptoms of BPH are often difficult to differentiate from other urinary issues, such as bladder or kidney stones or an infection, Dr. Coutinho recommends you see a urologist whenever you develop symptoms that may be related to BPH. And with so many effective treatments available, there’s really no reason to suffer from the symptoms of BPH.
Dr. Coutinho considers treatment according to your symptoms, overall health, and the size of your prostate. For the most effective therapy for BPH, he may suggest:
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