Are you over the age of 40 and having difficulty in urinating? You could be suffering from benign prostatic hyperplasia or benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH). It is a common condition that affects older men and causes obstruction to flow of urine and frequency of urination. A few other accompanying symptoms like getting up during nights to pass urine frequently and urgency may compromise the quality of life.
These symptoms can mostly be treated by tablets, provided a proper assessment is done. Negligence may lead to worsening of symptoms and infections of the bladder or kidney and sometimes deterioration of the kidney function.
Medindia offers a free Prostate Self Assessment Calculator to evaluate the severity of your symptoms. This quick assessment will help you find out if you need to consult your doctor or specialist (Urologist) for further advice.
|❖||Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) is a non-cancerous growth of prostate gland.|
|❖||BPH doesn't increase the risk of prostate cancer.|
|❖||It is estimated that about 90% of men over the age of 80 develop BPH.|
|❖||Enlarged prostate gives pressure on the urinary bladder and urethra, which affects how you urinate.|
|❖||Some of the symptoms of BPH include trouble emptying the bladder completely, urinary urgency, etc.|
|❖||Family history, physical inactivity, older age, obesity and erectile dysfunction are some risk factors for BPH.|