WHAT CAUSES BPH

Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) is caused by an enlarged prostate. BPH can interfere with urination when the enlarged prostate partially blocks the tube that drains the bladder.(1)However, only your doctor can tell if you have BPH and not a more serious condition, like prostate cancer.

Symptoms of BPH

Along with having to “go” more frequently or urgently, other symptoms of BPH are1:

  • Feeling like your bladder is not completely empty after urinating
  • Stopping and starting while urinating
  • Having to go urgently, all of a sudden
  • A slow or weak stream
  • Having to push hard to urinate
  • Waking up during the night to go

References:

1. 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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