Enlarged Prostate

Just for Men: Good News About Bicycling

Men who bicycle regularly needn't worry that the activity will have adverse effects on their urinary tract or on their erectile function, according to a large multinational study in The Journal of Urology.

Facts About Surgery for BPH

Surgery is the fastest, most reliable way to improve lower urinary tract symptoms related to benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). But compared with other treatment options, it is associated with a greater risk of long-term complications. Now that medications are available to treat BPH, fewer men are opting for surgery. However, when medical therapy fails or when…

Is it BPH? These Tests Can Help Your Doctor Diagnose the Condition

Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), commonly referred to as an enlarged prostate, is the most common prostate problem for men older than age 50. It can cause lower urinary tract symptoms such as difficulty starting urination or a weak urine stream. If the symptoms are more than mildly bothersome and interfere with a man's daily life, treatment…

What Causes an Enlarged Prostate?

At age 20, the prostate is about the size of a crab apple, but by age 70, the average prostate has doubled in size. The condition, known as benign prostatic hyperplasia, or BPH, is the most common prostate problem for men older than age 50. Here's a brief look at what happens to an aging prostate-and…

Why an Enlarged Prostate Can Cause Urinary Troubles

The prostate is not a component of the urinary system, but because of its proximity to the urethra it can affect urinary function.

BPH: How to Know When It’s Time for Treatment

Treatment decisions for BPH are based on the severity of symptoms as assessed by the International Prostate Symptom Score questionnaire, the extent of urinary tract damage, and the man's age and overall health.

Is It Really BPH? Clues from Your Medical History

Some reports indicate that as many as 30 percent of men who undergo surgery for benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) have symptoms that were caused by something other than an enlarged prostate. A medical history helps doctors identify conditions that can mimic BPH.

BPH: Updated Guidance on Surgery and Minimally Invasive Treatments

The American Urological Association (AUA) recently updated its guidelines on commonly used surgical procedures and minimally invasive surgical treatments. Following is the group's latest advice on which to consider-and which to avoid.

BPH Meds: A Cause of Psychological Distress?

Some men who take medication for benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) that belongs to a class of drugs known as 5-alpha reductase inhibitors (5-ARIs) have reported developing depression and suicidal thoughts, but this risk appears to be small.

Medications for An Enlarged Prostate: Understanding the Options

If a man with an enlarged prostate has symptoms that seem unmanageable with lifestyle measures alone, what's the next step?