Untreated Health problems can lead to serious complications if men delay seeking treatment. The longer the initial symptoms are left untreated the worse the problem becomes. Men often wait until their health condition has become extremely serious before seeking help.
The need to make frequent trips to the bathroom during the night is often one of the first indications of a decline in health of the prostate. Straining or pushing during urination can make the situation worse. Some even encounter pain or burning while urinating.
Most men over 60 experience some or all of these symptoms but have no idea what causes them. Symptoms such as these may be signs of an enlarged prostate, one of the most common urological disorders affecting men over the age of 60. In fact, 60 percent of men older than 60 and up to 80 percent of men older than 80 have an enlarged prostate.
An enlarged prostate, or benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), is not life threatening. It is not a type of prostate cancer, nor does it cause prostate cancer. However, as many men would be aware, it can cause considerable discomfort, inconvenience and awkwardness. BPH symptoms differ depending on how severe the condition is. The most common symptoms include:
- Waking up at night to urinate
- A Frequent need to urinate (sometimes every two hours or less)
- Pain or burning sensation during urination
- Frequent, sudden or uncontrollable urge to urinate
- Pushing or straining to start urination
- Feeling like the bladder does not empty completely during urination
- Dribbling following urination
As a man gets older, the chance of developing BPH increases. This is because of growth patterns associated with the prostate. After a male reaches the age of 40, a second round of prostate growth often occurs as a natural part of the aging process.
The prostate is a gland which is located just below the bladder. The main function of the prostate is to produce fluid for semen. Most of the time men don’t even realize they have a problem. As it expands, it can squeeze and place pressure on the urethra, like a clamp on a garden hose, thus constricting urinary flow. As pressure builds up and the “clamp” tightens, the result can be some of the more commonly noticed BPH symptoms.
Although there is currently no known cure for BPH, there are drugs and procedures available to reduce the symptoms. These range from prescription oral medications and surgical procedures to minimally invasive, office-based procedures that can provide rapid symptom relief.
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Disclaimer: This information is only a guide and should not be used for self diagnosis. Please seek professional medical advice.