Have you started having urination problems, and you are a man over 50? The reason could be an enlarged prostate, or benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) for technical.
As men age, their prostate grows and squeezes their urethra. In order to get your pee (urine) shot somewhere in, or around, the urinal it must travel through this progressively being squeezed urethra. And this pressure from your ever enlarging prostate can have a negative affected on your pee control.
If you have BPH, you may have one or more of these problems:
- a weak stream of urine
- leaking or dribbling urine
- frequent urination at night
- trouble starting a urine stream
- the feeling that you still have to go
- a frequent, urgent need to pee (urinate)
- a small amount of urine each time you go
- small amounts of blood (hematuria) in your urine
Relax, an enlarged prostate does not automatically equal prostate cancer. Most men with BPH don’t develop cancer. However, the early symptoms are the same for both conditions, so you need them evaluated by your doctor.
In and of itself, benign prostatic hyperplasia is not classified as a serious problem. But BPH can lead to urinary tract infections or a diminished quality of life.
If you ever get to the point you can’t urinate at all, medical assistance time right away. Sometimes OTC cold or allergy medicine may have this sudden side effect.
Several treatments are available for your enlarged prostate, urination problem from benign prostatic hyperplasia.
Watchful waiting: This option comes in when symptoms are not a big deal and pills or surgery are not your preference, they’ll be available should the need arise.
Medicines: Several medicines have been developed to shrink or relax the prostate.
Nonsurgical procedures: A number of devices have been developed that allow doctors to remove parts of the prostate during nonsurgical procedures, usually done in a clinic.
Surgical treatment: Surgery to remove a piece of the prostate can be done through the urethra or in open surgery, with a temporary sexual function effect, most recovering completely within a year.