About Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia or BPH

About BPH or Enlarged Prostate

Approximately 32 million men worldwide experience moderate to severe symptoms of enlarged prostate – medically known as benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH. 90% of men between 45 and 80 years of age will suffer from some type of lower urinary tract symptoms. By age 60, half of all men have BPH symptoms.1,2

A normal prostate gland is about the size and shape of a walnut.  Located just below the bladder, the prostate gland produces seminal fluid, the fluid that carries sperm.  The prostate surrounds a portion of the urethra, which is the tube that carries urine out of your body.

What is BPH Video

Common BPH Symptoms

  • Frequent and urgent need to urinate
  • The frequent need to get up during the night
  • Difficulty starting urination
  • Weak urine flow
  • Stopping and starting of urine flow
  • Feeling of being unable to completely empty the bladder
  • Urinary incontinence (involuntary urination)
  • Interference with sexual activity

Learn more about the Signs and Symptoms of BPH

Normal vs. Enlarged ProstateBPH is a common condition in which prostate cells begin to increase in number.  This growth, part of the aging process, compresses the urethra making it difficult or painful to urinate. Although it is not known exactly what causes an enlarged prostate, the majority of all men will experience it as they age.  It is important to note that Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia is not cancerous and is not life threatening, but it does affect your day-to-day life in inconvenient and unpleasant ways.

1McVary K: BPH: Epidemiology and Comorbidities. Am J Manag Care 12 2006; 5 Suppl: S122. 2Carter HB. Prostate Disorders: The Johns Hopkins White Papers. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins Medicine; 2010:1-24.