QUICK ANSWERS TO COMMON QUESTIONS

Here are some questions that may give you a better understanding of BPH.

What is benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH)?

BPH is a condition in which the prostate becomes enlarged and may cause problems associated with urination.(1)

What are the symptoms of BPH?

You may have issues urinating, such as having to “go” more frequently or urgently.(1)

What causes BPH?

BPH is caused by an enlarged prostate, and can interfere with urination when the enlarged prostate partially blocks the tube that drains the bladder.(2) However, only your doctor can tell if you have BPH and not a more serious condition.

Who else has BPH?

More than 50% of men over age 50 have urinary symptoms of BPH.(1)

Does age play a role in BPH?

Symptoms of BPH, such as needing to “go” frequently or urgently, can increase with age.(2)

How are the symptoms of BPH treated?

There are various treatment options for symptoms of BPH, including lifestyle changes and medical therapy(2)


References:

  1. 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.
  2. 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
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