Frequently Asked Questions
What Is Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH)?
Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia is a benign condition where the prostate gets enlarged. The condition is very common in older men. Even though the condition is often linked to increased risk of prostate cancer, it is in fact harmless (as the name suggests). In fact, the risk is equal for both men with an enlarged prostate and those without.
Still, BPH does cause a myriad of unpleasant symptoms that affect the urinary tract. The prostate gland is located between the bladder and the penis, which is why it may cause some issues if it gets enlarged. The symptoms include trouble urinating, frequent need to urinate, trouble fully emptying the bladder and urine stream problems.
Some men with BPH do not even notice any symptoms and they don’t get the issue diagnosed for a while. Others experience symptoms that directly affect their quality of life which is why they often opt in for BPH treatment.
What Is The Cause Of Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH)?
Further studies need to be conducted to determine what causes BPH, but the condition is often linked to the ageing process and hormone changes it brings. As men get older their hormone levels drop, similarly to what women experience when they reach menopause. This is likely what causes prostate enlargement.
Proper diagnosis is still recommended as BPH shares much of the same symptoms with prostate cancer. Therefore, your doctor will need to rule out any serious issues and determine whether the symptoms are caused by BPH or something else.
Is there a treatment for Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia?
Treatment of the condition will depend on the severity of the symptoms. If the symptoms are mild and do not affect you that much, you may be able to make a few lifestyle changes which will alleviate the symptoms.
However, if the symptoms are severe you may need to turn to medication that will help shrink the prostate and relax the bladder. Some of the commonly used treatments include Tamsulosin, Tabphyn and Combodart.
Apart from treatment, there are certain lifestyle changes you can adopt to treat the symptoms of BPH such as limiting alcohol consumption, fizzy drinks and caffeine, exercising and consuming fewer fluids in the evening.