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11 Symptoms of Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia

Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) is a common condition that affects men. It keeps you up at night, causes urinating problems, swells and blocks the flow of urine from the bladder and sometimes leads to infection.

Men's Health By Himanshu Sharma / May 07, 2014

Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH)

Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) is a common condition that affects men as they age. The condition of having a non-cancerous enlarged prostate keeps you up at night, causes urinating problems, swells and blocks the flow of urine from the bladder and sometimes leads to infection. (Image source:Getty)

Difficult urination

An enlarged prostate can press against the urethra, and as the urethra carries urine from the bladder one finds it difficult to begin urination. It takes longer to build the sufficient pressure for urine to pass. It becomes a problem over time and can lead to urinary retention. (Image source:Getty)

Interrupted urination

A frustrating symptom of BPH is interrupted (starting and stopping) urination. As the enlarged prostate presses on the urethra, it prevents urine from easily flowing out of the bladder. The flow is interrupted frequently and one has to try to force out more urine. (Image source:Getty)

Weak urine stream

BPH makes urinary stream weak owing to the pressure from the prostate. It takes a long time to empty your bladder. Those with the condition find themselves spending a long time standing in front of the urinal. (Image source:Getty)

Leaking urine after urination

Those with the condition often think that they’ve finished urinating, but during tucking, leak a bit of urine. It happens because of the weak urine flow and the pressure build-up behind the restriction. (Image source:Getty)

Strong urges to urinate

Besides urinary incontinence, those with the condition often experience strong urge to urinate. In the condition, the bladder fails to signal your brain properly and you may have a sudden, dramatic need to urinate or an uncomfortable feeling in your bladder. (Image source:Getty)

Sleep disturbance

With this condition, it may get harder to fall asleep and stay asleep as you have to get up feeling the need to urinate several times a night. (Image source:Getty)

Uncomfortable feeling

BPH can cause the obstruction of your urethra and may result in an inability to completely empty your bladder. These problems may leave you reeling with an uncomfortable feeling and other complications. (Image source:Getty)

Internal muscle injury

There could be a muscle injury to the pelvic floor, hemorrhoids, or micturition syncope (fainting during or after urination) as you push or strain the pelvic or abdominal muscles for urinating. (Image source:Getty)

Urinary tract infection (UTI)

Urinary incontinent and inability to empty the bladder puts you at an increased risk of urinary tract infection (UTI). Strain on the bladder and urine within the bladder for too long can create an environment for bacteria to thrive. (Image source:Getty)

Bladder stones

Urine retention due to BPH may lead to bladder stones. These are painful and cause additional urinary symptoms. The stone may pass out of the bladder through the urethra if it is small but a complex treatment may be required for the big stones. (Image source:Getty)

Kidney damage

Improper urine flow and urine retention can lead to serious complications such as kidney damage. Studies report that the risk of kidney damage and diseases is three times with BPH. (Image source:Getty)


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