BPH cannot be cured, but there are treatments to help reduce your symptoms. MDforMen will help you decide which treatment is appropriate for you.
Symptoms that are mild or that do not bother you may not require treatment. Small changes to your lifestyle to may help to control your symptoms, and you do not take medicines or have surgery. Be sure to have regular checkups to insure that your symptoms are not getting worse.
Your treatment depends on how much you are bothered by your symptoms. If they are moderately affecting your quality of life, you may choose treatment with medicine. If the symptoms are more bothersome or you want more aggressive treatment, less invasive therapies, such as transurethral microwave therapy (TUMT) or transurethral needle ablation (TUNA), may be offered. Surgical options may also be offered at this stage.
You may want surgery if your symptoms have not been helped with other treatments. Other considerations, like an ongoing inability to urinate, kidney damage, urinary tract infections, bladder stones, or ongoing blood in your urine, should be treated with surgery.
Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) is a non-cancerous, enlarged prostate gland. The prostate gland surrounds the urethra, the tube that is responsible for carrying urine from the bladder out of the body.
The prostate gland is a small, yet important male organ. The gland is located just below the bladder. It normally measures one inch by one-and-a-half inches (approximately the size of a walnut). It surrounds the urethra (the tube that takes urine out of the bladder), and is responsible for producing most of the fluid found in mail ejaculate.
Some facts about BPH:
- The hormone testosterone, which is produced mainly by the testicles, is needed in order for BPH to develop.
- A metabolite of testosterone called Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) plays a large role in enlargement of cells of the prostate and the squeezing of the urethra.
- Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) is a normal part of the aging process in men, caused by changes in cell growth and in hormone balance
- An enlarged prostate gland it the source of many irritating and uncomfortable symptoms
- BPH is not cancer and does not cause prostate cancer
- BPH typically affects men in their fourth to fifth decade of life and beyond, with an estimated 90% of men over 70 suffering from this condition
- Benign prostatic hyperplasia is also known as benign prostatic hypertrophy
- BPH does not affect a man’s ability to father children, nor does it cause erection problems
MDforMen can diagnose BPH by taking a medical history, asking questions about your symptoms, and by doing a physical exam. Other tests may include a urine test (urinalysis) and a digital rectal exam, where the doctor feels the size of your prostate.
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