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Learn more about Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH)

Content updated on Jun 1, 2022

What is benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH)?

Non-cancerous enlargement of the prostate. Age-related changes in male hormone levels are thought to be the cause.

Symptoms related to benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH)

  • Urine flow is intermittent over the past month. (Urine starts and stops)

  • Frequent urination

  • Often have a sudden need to pass urine in the past one month

  • Need to strain or bear down to pass urine, in the past month

  • Decrease in urine volume

  • Urine stream is weaker than before

  • Needing to pass urine again, despite just passing less than 2 hours ago

  • Feeling there is still urine left in the bladder after urinating

Questions your doctor may ask to check for benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH)

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH)

  • Have you had intermittent urine flow over the past month? Such as the urine starts and stops?

  • Have you been passing urine more often?

  • Do you sometimes have a sudden, strong urge to rush to the the toilet and pass urine?

  • Do you have to frequently strain in order to urinate over the past month?

  • Are you passing less urine?

Treatment for benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH)

Mild cases do not require treatment. However, a specialist may recommend treatment if the condition is causing a lot of problems and discomfort. Options for treatment include hormone therapy, medications, procedures and surgery. Patients should also avoid taking over-the-counter flu medicines as they can cause problems with urinating.

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