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Understanding Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy

Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy (BPH) is a common, chronic condition that affects over three million American men per year. BPH causes the prostate, a gland involved in the reproductive system, to enlarge with age. Though an enlarged prostate due to BPH is not cancerous, it can cause frustrating side-effects which disrupt everyday activities and can lead to more serious conditions.

As described by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), the prostate enlarges causing it to pinch the urethra and thicken the bladder walls, ultimately leading to a weakened bladder. Individuals may lose the ability to fully empty their bladder causing them to experience frequent urination, urinary incontinence, urgency, and a weak or interrupted urine stream. Individuals who suffer from the condition may find themselves waking up several times per night to use the bathroom or abruptly leave activities with family or friends to search for the nearest restroom.

BPH most commonly affects men over 50 and older. Men 40 and older with a family history of the condition should pay close attention to signs and symptoms of BPH. Other conditions including heart disease, type 2 diabetes, erectile dysfunction, and a sedentary lifestyle can increase the risk of developing BPH.

The complications of the condition often include urinary tract infections, bladder and kidney damage, bladder stones, and acute urinary retention. If you notice blood in the urine, urgency with fever and chills, or pain in the lower abdomen, call Greater Boston Urology to schedule an appointment. For additional information on when to seek medical care, visit the NIDDK website at:

After a physical exam, Greater Boston Urology can offer options to help treat BPH. Depending on the severity of the condition, treatment options include modifying lifestyle choices, prescribing medications to help reduce the symptoms of BPH, or suggesting a minimally invasive procedure or surgery.

If you or a loved one is suffering from symptoms associated with Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy, call Greater Boston Urology today at (855) 505-3335. A representative would be happy to answer your questions and schedule an appointment. Together, we can control the symptoms of BPH, restore your peace of mind and enable you to return to enjoying daily activities with ease.

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