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  • Do BPH Treatments Affect Sexual Function?

    Treatments for benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) can cause problems with sexual function. From retrograde ejaculation to impotence, learn more here.

  • How Common Is BPH?

    Benign prostatic hyperplasia affects thousands of older men. Is this what is causing your urinary symptoms? Find out more here.

  • BPH Symptoms

    Are you over 60? Then you could be one of the 60% of men that develop prostate enlargement. Find out more here.

  • Is BPH Dangerous?

    BPH or prostate enlargement is a very common condition, but just how dangerous is BPH in the long term? Find out here.

  • BPH Treatments

    Concerned about BPH? Find out the medications available for BPH and whether tablets are the right treatment for you.

  • Using An Open Prostatectomy For BPH

    In severe cases of prostate enlargement an open prostatectomy is needed. Find out more about prostate removal to treat BPH here.

  • Surgery For Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia

    When medications alone do not relieve the symptoms of prostate enlargement, your doctor may recommend surgery. Watch this video to learn more.

  • Surgical Treatments For BPH

    The symptoms of prostate enlargement can be relieved by surgical procedures like laser surgery. Learn about your treatment options here.

What is BPH?

BPH, or benign prostatic hyperplasia, is a condition that occurs in men when their prostate becomes enlarged. Prostate enlargement puts pressure on the bladder and the urethra (the tube the urine passes through). This can cause difficulties with urination¹.

Prostate Enlargement

An enlarged prostate is not only common, it is a normal part of the ageing process, affecting over 60% of men over the age of 60¹.

What Are The Symptoms?

There are two types of BPH symptoms 

1. Obstructive symptoms:
• Difficulty with starting urination
• Poor flow (stopping and starting)
• A need to strain to empty the bladder

2. Irritative symptoms - caused by the obstruction, these symptoms include:
• Greater frequency in urinating
• Waking up to urinate in the night²
• Urge incontinence - an urgent desire to urinate without warning causing incontinence if the individual does not reach the toilet in time

If left untreated BPH can also cause blood in the urine (known as haematuria); an inability to urinate at all (urine retention); bladder stones; bladder infections; and in severe cases kidney damage².

Mr Christopher Eden
Consultant Urologist

1. NHS Choices – Prostate Enlargement. Date last updated: 13.07.2011. Website:
2. NHS Choices – Prostate Enlargement symptoms. Date last updated: 13.07.2011. Website:


10508 Revised November 2012

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