If you suffer from an enlarged prostate, also known as Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH), you know just how dramatically it can affect your quality of life. You may be waking up several times during the night to urinate. During the day, you’re probably always on the lookout for the nearest restroom. Fortunately, there are simple and safe solutions to this common condition.
What Is Enlarged Prostate?
The prostate gland, located just below the bladder, is about the size and shape of a walnut.
Its primary function is to produce semen, the fluid that carries sperm. The prostate surrounds the urethra – the tube that carries urine from the bladder.
Enlarged prostate, also known as Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH), is a non-cancerous condition in which the prostate cells begin to increase in number. This growth, a normal part of the aging process, causes the gland to compress the urethra making urination difficult or painful.
Although it is not known exactly what causes an enlarged prostate, it is a common condition generally affecting men over age 50. In fact more than half of all men between the ages of 40-60 have symptoms of an enlarged prostate. Enlarged prostate is not life threatening nor is it cancer; however, if left untreated it can lead to more serious health problems such as urinary retention, bladder stones, urinary infections or kidney damage.
What Are The Symptoms of Enlarged Prostate?
If you routinely experience any of the following symptoms, you may be suffering from enlarged prostate:
- Frequent and urgent need to urinate both day and night
- Difficulty starting urination
- Weak urine flow
- Stopping and starting of urine flow
- Feeling of being unable to completely empty your bladder
- Urinary incontinence
- Interference with sexual activity
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