It’s common for men over the age of 50 to oftentimes feel the sudden urge to urinate or even sometimes a difficulty in urinating. These problems are often related to an enlarged prostate. Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) or enlarged prostate is a benign (noncancerous) enlargement of the prostate that blocks the flow of urine through the urethra. The prostate cells gradually multiply, creating an enlargement that puts pressure on the urethra and causes urination to become difficult.
Some men with an enlarged prostate have symptoms such as:
- A weak or slow urinary stream
- A feeling of incomplete bladder emptying
- Difficulty starting urination
- Frequent urination
- Urgency to urinate
- Getting up frequently at night to urinate
- A urinary stream that starts and stops
- Straining to urinate
- Continued dribbling of urine
- Returning to urinate again minutes after finishing
While an enlarged prostate is not life-threatening, it is important to be diagnosed as early as possible. If some of these symptoms and problems are not checked, they could become bigger and more serious issues. Since an enlarged prostate squeezes the urethra, the bladder will have a harder time emptying and might lead to higher risks of developing urinary tract infections. Other more serious problems can also develop over time if you do not seek medical attention. So, set up an appointment with Dr. Allen today. There’s no need to continue to deal with embarrassing frequent trips to the bathroom. Take control of your life and your bladder!