Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) is a condition where the prostate gland enlarges as men age. The prostate is located below the bladder and surrounds the urethra. When the prostate grows larger, it can constrict the urethra and cause urinary symptoms. BPH is common in aging men. Understanding BPH and its treatment options can help men manage this condition.
Some signs of BPH include:
If you experience any of these symptoms, see your doctor. They can evaluate if BPH may be the cause.
Several effective options exist to treat BPH. Your urologist can help determine the best approach based on your symptoms, overall health, age, and preferences.
When exploring BPH treatment alternatives, have an open discussion with your doctor. Consider your symptoms, medical history, age, lifestyle factors, and treatment goals. Together you can determine the options with the best chance of success based on your individual profile.
Weigh the pros and cons of each method. Conservative care may be a reasonable first step, while medications, minimally invasive procedures, or surgery may become preferable if symptoms worsen. Do not hesitate to seek a second opinion if you have concerns.
Whichever approach you pursue for BPH treatment, ongoing monitoring and follow-up care are important. Lifestyle adjustments, additional medications, or further procedures may be needed over time. Stay involved with your care and speak up about any side effects or complications. While BPH cannot be cured, the variety of management options offers hope for controlling symptoms and enjoying a good quality of life.