What is the prostate?
The prostate is part of the male reproductive system, is about the same size and
shape as a walnut and weighs about an ounce. It is located below the bladder
and in front of the rectum, and surrounds the urethra, the tube-like structure that
carries urine from the bladder out through the penis. The main function of the
prostate is to produce ejaculatory fluid.
What is BPH?
Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), also known as lower urinary tract symptoms
(LUTS), is a common urological condition caused by the non-cancerous
enlargement of the prostate gland in aging men. As the prostate enlarges, it can
squeeze down on the urethra. This can cause men to have trouble urinating
leading to the symptoms of BPH.
What are some of the risk factors for BPH?
Risk factors for developing BPH include increasing age and a family history of
What are some of the symptoms associated with BPH?
Since the prostate surrounds the urethra just below the bladder, its enlargement
can result in symptoms that irritate or obstruct the bladder. A common symptom is
the need to frequently empty the bladder, sometimes as often as every one to two
hours, especially at night. Other symptoms include the sensation that the bladder
is not empty, even after a man is done urinating, or that a man cannot postpone
urination once the urge to urinate arises. BPH can cause a weak urinary stream,
dribbling of urine, or the need to stop and start urinating several times when the
bladder is emptied. BPH can cause trouble in starting to urinate, often requiring a
man to push or strain in order to urinate. In extreme cases, a man might not be
able to urinate at all, which is an emergency that requires prompt attention.
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