BPH short for Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia is a condition in which the prostate gland is enlarged. The prostate is a gland that is situated between the penis and the urinary bladder and is right in front of the rectum. It is a gland that surrounds the urethra i.e. the tube that carries the urine from the bladder to the penis and out of the body. In the case of BPH the prostate gland enlarges which might block the urethra causing problems with urination.
WHAT CAUSES BPH?
Enlargement of the Prostate gland is usually a common part of the aging process and is caused due to changes in cell growth and hormonal balance as one ages.
BPH may cause the following urinary problems:
Feeling a need to urinate frequently and urgently. This feeling might increase at night and cause disturbances in sleep.
Trouble urinating. Difficulty in starting the urine stream and also ending it. It might cause interrupted urination commonly known as dribbling.
Pain while urinating. You might feel an urge to push urine out which might cause pain.
Urine stream that is weak.
A feeling that the bladder is still full even if you have just urinated.
WHAT IS THE TREATMENT FOR BPH
Usually, enlarged prostate can be treated with medications itself. However, in many cases medications are not sufficient to get rid of the condition and easing the symptoms like pain while urination, frequent urge to urinate and dribbling. In such cases, there are surgical options that one might consider.