Common Symptoms of an Enlarged Prostate
It's a fact most men will experience symptoms of BPH as they age into their 50s and 60s. But what are the common symptoms of BPH? Denver BPH provides effective treatment options to treat your symptoms if they progress and are negatively impacting your quality of life. Learn more about the symptoms of BPH and call our office in Highlands Ranch at (303) 805-7477 to schedule your consultation today.
Common Symptoms of BPH
When you have benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), the prostate gland gets bigger and may compress the urethra (the tube that carries urine from the bladder and then out of the body). As this happens, the bladder wall becomes thickened and irritable, and begins to contract even when it contains small amounts of urine. The enlarged prostate can also push up against the bladder.
BPH can lead to problems associated with lower urinary tract symptoms that may include:
- An urgent need to urinate
- Increased frequency of urination—especially at night (nocturia)
- Inability to urinate or straining while urinating
- Weak urine stream
- A urine stream that starts and stops (intermittence)
- Unable to empty your bladder completely
- Dribbling at the end of urinating
If you’re experiencing symptoms of BPH—or are finding they interfere with normal sleeping patterns, daily activities, or maintaining your quality of life—contact your primary care physician or urologist immediately.
Left untreated, BPH could lead to health complications such as kidney stones, infection, lack of bladder control (neurogenic bladder), and complete bladder outlet obstruction or blockage.
If you and your healthcare provider determine that you have BPH, it’s a good idea to discuss the various treatment options available, including prostatic artery embolization (PAE).