Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), also known as an enlarged prostate, is a condition in which men have problems with urination.(1,2)It usually happens in older men: more than 50% of men over age 50 have urinary symptoms of BPH.(1)
The symptoms of BPH can range from mild to severe.(1) A man with more severe BPH symptoms can feel overwhelmed with having to plan the day around this condition. He may feel like he always needs to know where the bathroom is and plan to be near it. Or he may worry that symptoms are getting in the way of enjoying time with his partner.(3) Her sleep may also be interrupted since he may need to get up during the night to “go.”
Although BPH is not a serious risk to your health, urinary symptoms can be a sign of other medical issues—and should be addressed by your doctor. You’ll be glad you got it out of the way.
- Rosen R, Altwein J, Boyle P, et al. Lower urinary tract symptoms and male sexual dysfunction: the Multinational Survey of the Aging Male (MSAM-7). Eur Urol. 2003;44:637-649.
- McVary KT, Roehrborn CG, Avins AL, et al. American Urological Association guideline: management of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). Revised, 2010. http://www.auanet.org/content/guidelines-and-quality-care/clinical-guidelines.cfm?sub=bph.
- Gannon K, Glover L, O’Neill M, Emberton M. Lower urinary tract symptoms in men: self-perceptions and the concept of bother. BJU Int. 2005;96:823-827.