The prostate is a small walnut sized gland that is located just below the bladder. It surrounds the urethra and makes fluid that helps protect sperm, squeezing this fluid into the urethra during ejaculation. As men age it’s quite common for most to experience some growth of the prostate over time, and it becomes even more common the older you get. This condition is called benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), which is a normal part of the aging process. It is a benign condition that does not lead to prostate cancer.
Not all men with BPH experience symptoms, but many will start to experience negative effects from this growth. The prostate gland surrounds the urethra which can be compressed by the enlarged prostate, causing issues with urination. Men may notice they have to get up to go to the bathroom more often, especially at night, and have difficulty in emptying the bladder or getting a strong urine stream started.
Symptoms may include:
Weak urine stream or dribbling at the end of the urine stream
Inability to urinate
Difficulty in emptying the bladder completely
Needing to get up to urinate twice or more per night
Slowed or delayed start to urination
Strong or sudden urge to urinate
Men may try to manage issues caused by an enlarged prostate with lifestyle changes. It is suggested to cut out or reduce consumption of alcohol and coffee, as well as drinking less fluids in the evening before bed to lessen the number of trips to the bathroom. Keeping stress levels down and increasing exercise may also help.
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