Benign Enlargement Of Prostate (BPH) : Symptoms

Definition

The prostate is a male reproductive gland that produces the fluid that carries sperm during ejaculation. It surrounds the urethra, the tube through which urine passes out of the body.

An enlarged prostate means the gland has grown bigger. Prostate enlargement happens to almost all men as they get older. As the gland grows, it can press on the urethra and cause urination and bladder problems.

An enlarged prostate is often called benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) or benign prostatic hypertrophy. It is not cancer, and it does not raise your risk for prostate cancer.

Symptoms
Less than half of all men with BPH have the following symptoms of the disease:

  1. Dribbling at the end of urinating
  2. Inability to urinate (urinary retention)
  3. Incomplete emptying of your bladder
  4. Incontinence
  5. Needing to urinate two or more times per night
  6. Pain with urination or bloody urine (these may indicate infection)
  7. Slowed or delayed start of the urinary stream
  8. Straining to urinate
  9. Strong and sudden urge to urinate
  10. Weak urine stream

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