Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH)

What is the prostate?

The prostate is a gland in men which sits between the bladder and the urethra (water pipe). It forms part of the male urinary and reproductive tracts. It is essential for normal fertility and produces some of the fluid that makes up semen.

What is BPH (Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia)?

Prostate Enlarges

How common is BPH?

What are the symptoms of BPH?

Symptoms attributed to BPH are also known as LUTS (lower urinary tract symptoms). LUTS include 2 broad categories of symptoms:

How is BPH diagnosed?

BPH is usually diagnosed after taking a history of your symptoms, preforming an examination of the abdomen and prostate (digital rectal examination) and preforming some or all of the following tests:

How is BPH treated?

As BPH is a non-cancerous condition, treatment is elective, and depends on the degree of bother and severity of symptoms for each individual.

What if I elect not to treat my enlarged prostate?

Not all men with BPH left untreated will progress or worsen.