Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH)

The prostate is a small gland that makes fluid for semen.  It is located just below a man’s bladder and surround the tube that carries urine and semen out of the body.

Most men will develop an enlarged prostate as they reach middle age.  This happens when the prostate begins to grow again sometime after the age of 40.  As the prostate grows, it may block the flow of urine or cause other symptoms.

The common symptoms of BPH are:

  • Urinary frequency or  waking up during the night to void
  • Urinary urgency
  • A weak or slow stream
  • Leaking or dribbling after you go to the bathroom
  • Trouble starting to urinate

Without treatment, these symptoms may worsen over time.  They can also be signs of a more serious problem which may require medical intervention.

There are many treatments available for an enlarged prostate including: