The BPH/Enlarged Prostate Program at Arizona Urology Specialists
The prostate is a male reproductive gland that transports sperm during ejaculation. As a man ages, the prostate typically grows larger, putting pressure on the urethra, the tube through which urine passes. This common condition is known as Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH). The condition is unrelated to prostate cancer but it can certainly affect a man’s quality of life by leading to frequent trips to the bathroom, the sensation of incomplete emptying, and disrupted sleep. If the condition persists long enough, it can lead to kidney failure, bladder injury, or urinary tract infections.
BPH is extremely common, so common that it is one of the leading reasons for visiting a urologist. It affects approximately 50 percent of men between the ages of 51 and 60 and up to 90 percent of men over the age of 80. The reality is that nearly every male will develop BPH if he lives long enough.
As many as 50% of men experience symptoms of an enlarged prostate by age 60, and 90% of men will report symptoms by age 85.
Symptoms of BPH
Occasionally men do not experience any symptoms; however, when symptoms are present they include:
- Frequent and/or urgent need to urinate, day and night
- Difficult or delayed start to urination
- Weak or slow urinary stream or one that stops and starts
- A sense that the bladder is not fully emptied
- Complete inability to urinate
- Leakage of urine
To determine if you could have BPH, take this BPH Symptom Quiz designed by the American Urological Association. Then, bring the results to your appointment with one of our BPH specialists so we can determine the severity of your symptoms and the treatment option that might be best for you.