Enlarged Prostate (BPH)
The prostate is a sexual gland of
the male reproductive system which is located below the bladder and surrounded by the urethra. This is an
important gland that plays many roles of which the secretion and storage of the seminal fluid. From birth to
adult age, the volume of the prostate gland increases; this is normal and causes no health problems. The growth
becomes a problem when it affects the physiological functions of the prostate gland by causing pertinent
symptoms. One of the common ailments of the prostate is BPH commonly enlarged prostate.
prostate or BPH is a non-cancerous enlargement of the prostate gland causing urinary problems. As the prostate
is located at the base of the bladder and crossed by a canal (urethra) which allows the evacuation of urine, any
increase in its volume can result in urinary obstruction and thus
difficulty urinating. Benign enlargement of the prostate is a benign tumor that develops from the glandular
designed to produce secretion). One of the
most common is BPH (benign prostatic hyperplasia) that occurs after age 35 and causes an increase of the size of
the prostate in half of men in their 50s. At 60, half of men have urinary problems related to an enlarged
prostate. It is therefore a near-normal development of the prostate, mainly related to age.
prostate surrounds the urinary canal (urethra), its increase in volume and loss of flexibility has consequences
on the urinary system (also called urinary tract or excretory system)
These disorders can begin early in life of a man but do not involve consultation at a later age. Indeed, the
worsening of symptoms is usually slow and progressive. Common symptoms include daytime or/and nocturnal urinary
frequency (increase in frequency). See enlarged prostate symptoms for information.
problems can affect men in many aspects of life. Sleep is often disturbed by difficulty having trouble
asleep. Car trips
or extended meetings are often interspersed with "bathroom breaks". However, although these symptoms impair
quality of life, they generally have no serious adverse consequences. However, certain complications can occur,
prostatic or urinary tract infection, presence of blood in the urine (hematuria) or sometimes completely
retention of urine (urinary
requires urgent medical care.
years of development and neglect, the urinary tract may become altered, which can cause the bladder to lose its
elasticity. BPH is not cancer but they can coexist within the prostate gland.
Enlarged Prostate Incidence