Struggling with Urinary Incontinence? You May Have BPH.
There are many urinary complications associated with the condition of Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia, or BPH. Fortunately, there are also several treatment options available to relieve troublesome symptoms of BPH, such as urinary incontinence.
What is BPH?
Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia, or BPH, is a condition in which the prostate enlarges as men get older. Over 70% of men in their 60s have BPH symptoms so it is very common1. While BPH is a benign condition and unrelated to prostate cancer, it can greatly affect a man's quality of life.
The prostate is a male reproductive gland, about the size of a walnut, that produces fluid for semen. The prostate surrounds the urethra, which is the tube that carries urine from the bladder out of the body. As the prostate enlarges, it presses on and blocks the urethra, causing bothersome urinary symptoms such as:
- Frequent need to urinate both day and night
- Weak or slow urinary stream
- A sense that you cannot completely empty your bladder
- Difficulty or delay in starting urination
- Urgent feeling of needing to urinate
- A urinary stream that stops and starts
If you suffer from the above symptoms, you are not alone. BPH is one of the leading reasons for men to visit a urologist2.
- Berry, et al., Journal of Urology 1984
- IMS Health Urology 2013
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Symptoms of BPH tend to only worsen over time, which is why it is incredibly important to address your BHP symptoms right away with your urologist.