Many men are bothered with urinary problems along with their erectile dysfunction. It has been shown that severe problems with BPH or benign prostatic hypertrophy (the non-cancerous growth of a prostate) can compromise erections. The prostate lives between the bladder (the storage organ for urine) and the urethra (the tube in the penis through which we urinate). Urine must pass through the prostate after it leaves the bladder. The prostate can be thought of as an apple. Normally the core of the apple is hollowed out, and urine passes freely through the prostate and into the urethra then out of the body.
As we get older as men, it is an unfortunate fact of life that the prostate grows. It can commonly grow into the core area of the apple and slow the flow of urine (now the urethra-pipeline-is narrower. This will slow the flow of urine and possibly not allow the bladder to completely empty. This can create the feeling that you have to still have to void after you just uri...
Diagnosis A doctor makes a diagnosis of BPH based on description of symptoms, medical history, physical examination, and various blood and urine tests. The doctor may recommend that the patient sees a urologist for complex test procedures. Some diagnostic tests are used to rule out cancers of the prostate or bladder as the cause of symptoms. In some cases, symptoms of prostate cancer can be similar to those of BPH. Tests may also be performed to see if BPH has caused any kidney damage. Medical History The doctor will ask about the patients personal and family medical history, including past and present medical conditions. The doctor will also ask about any medications the patient may be taking that could cause urinary problems Physical Examination Digital Rectal Exam. The digital rectal exam is used to detect an enlarged prostate. The doctor inserts a gloved and lubricated finger into the patient's rectum and feels the prostate to estimate its size and to detect nodules or tenderness. The e...
Benign prostatic hyperplasia, or BPH, is a common phenomenon among older men. It basically is the non-cancerous enlargement of the prostate gland. It's believed that more than half of all men in their 60's experience some sort of enlargement of this gland. The initial growth of the prostate happens in puberty, and a second growth spurt happens at around age 25. Continual growth after this is very common, and problems with growth don't usually surface until later in life.
Although there is no definite cause for prostate enlargement, a couple of theories include hormone imbalances and biological factors.
Prostate growth most often triggers obstruction of the urethra, since the gland encompasses it. This results in such symptoms as the following:
Incomplete emptying of the bladder
Weak urine stream
Interrupted urine stream
Leaking or dribbling
Inability to urinate (acute urinary reten...
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