Benign prostatic hyperplasia is common in older men, and it can lead to urinary incontinence.
What is benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH)?
Benign prostatic hyperplasia is enlargement of the prostate gland.
Throughout a man's life, his prostate grows in size. In some cases, this can lead to symptoms such as urinary frequency, especially at night, and a weak urine stream. Some men have more severe issues, such as a total inability to urinate or urinary tract infections.
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What are some of the treatment options for BPH?
There are a number of lifestyle changes and medical treatments that can improve the symptoms caused by BPH. These include, but are not limited to:
- behavioral changes, such as limiting caffeine, staying active, and scheduling toilet visits to retrain your bladder
- minimally invasive procedures and/or surgeries
In some men, symptoms calm down on their own over time. However, if you are experiencing any symptoms of BPH, talk to your doctor. Your doctor will ask about your symptoms and any other health conditions you have. Then, they will determine the best course of action for you.