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What is BPH?

Do You Have an Enlarged Prostate Due To Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia?

Urology Health Solutions specializes in treating BPH, or Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia.  While many men deal with the symptoms of BPH, many are left wondering what is BPH caused by. This common condition in men occurs due to an enlarged prostate. As the prostate glands grow, the urethra, which allows urine to exit your bladder, may become pinched from the additional pressure placed on your urethra by your enlarged prostate. BPH can make a normal and necessary function, like the need and ability to urinate, complicated for its sufferers.

Millions of men across the globe develop BPH when they get older. About half of men develop symptoms of BPH in their 50’s and by 80 years old the vast majority of men are suffering from BPH.

By working with a qualified urologist, you can determine if the pain and symptoms you’re experiencing are caused by BPH. You may have BPH if you’re experiencing one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Pain
  • Burning
  • Weak streams
  • Dribbling
  • Leaking
  • Straining
  • Sudden urgency or other problems with urination
What is BPH? Learn more about symptoms

Still not sure if you are suffering from BPH? Symptoms vary in type and intensity. It is extremely important to talk to a urologist when dealing with any BPH symptoms so that they can rule out a more serious condition, such as prostate cancer.

Do I have BPH? Take the quiz

If you are concerned about the BPH symptoms you are experiencing and are ready to learn about your available treatment options, it’s time to talk to Urology Health Solutions in Orlando, Florida.

What is BPH? Frequently Asked Questions

How can a doctor detect an enlarged prostate?

Doctors usually detect an enlarged prostate by performing a rectal exam.1 The exam will give your doctor a general idea of the size and condition of your prostate gland. Your doctor may also examine the urethra using a cytoscope.

What can happen to your bladder as a result of BPH symptoms?

BPH may cause your bladder to strengthen, with the muscle becoming stronger, thicker and overly sensitive. This causes an increased and frequent need to urinate, but will only result in small, often painful streams. Eventually, the urethra narrows so much it does not allow urine to pass, and the urine becomes trapped in the bladder.

What is the main cause of inflammation of the bladder?

Prostatitis (inflammation of the bladder) is most often caused by some of the same bacteria that cause bladder infections. Symptoms of prostatitis can include fever, chills, shakes, urgency and frequency of urination, and painful urination.1

There is only one way to treat BPH - and that is painful surgery. True or False?

False. There are many BPH treatment options available for sufferers. Although there are multiple types of prostate surgery, men who are not bothered by their symptoms often choose the "watch and wait" method - no treatment but schedule regular checkups and wait to see whether or not their BPH symptoms will worsen. Urolift, an innovative and effective treatment for BPH is also an option. Selection of the right BPH treatment option for you will depend on your individual health conditions and preferences. Your Urologist can help you make the decision on what is the best BPH treatment for your lifestyle.

When does prostate enlargement usually begin?

Benign prostatic hyperplasia, or what is bph, rarely causes symptoms before age 40. The occurrence and severity of symptoms tend to increase as men age. BPH affects about 50% of men between the ages of 51 and 60 and up to 90% of men older than 80.

References:

  1. https://www.medicinenet.com/enlarged_prostate_bph_quiz/faq.htm
  2. https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/urologic-diseases/prostate-problems/prostate-enlargement-benign-prostatic-hyperplasia

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