If you’re over 50 years old, there’s a 33% chance that you experience benign prostate enlargement, a common condition that can significantly impair your quality of life. Greater Hartford Urology Group are men’s health experts who treat benign prostate enlargement. If you’re experiencing signs of benign prostate enlargement, schedule a visit with us at one of our state-of-the-art clinics in Hartford, Enfield, or Glastonbury, Connecticut, by calling the office or booking an appointment online.
Benign prostate enlargement, otherwise known as benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH, is a condition characterized by a chronically swollen prostate. Your prostate is a small, muscular gland that wraps around your urethra. It’s responsible for the production of fluid in your semen and the muscular action that enables you to ejaculate during sexual climax.
BPH is different than prostate cancer, and the condition doesn’t make you any more or less likely to contract prostate cancer. In many patients, however, BPH can produce symptoms that impair quality of life.
It’s not exactly clear what causes benign prostate enlargement, but it’s common in men older than 80 years and is considered a normal condition of male aging. The hormonal changes and fluctuations that are a natural byproduct of aging might play a role, and it’s commonly seen in men who have a family history of prostate problems or testicle abnormalities.
Because your prostate wraps around your urethra, many of the symptoms of benign prostate enlargement center around your urine, like:
If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, schedule a visit immediately.
If left untreated, benign prostate enlargement can lead to serious complications, like:
Benign prostate enlargement also makes it more difficult to fully empty your bladder, which can stretch your bladder and weaken its muscular walls. In some severe cases, benign prostate enlargement can cause bladder outlet obstruction, which is a complete inability to urinate.
There are a few ways to treat your benign prostate enlargement. Your doctor will likely recommend starting out with conservative self-care treatments involving lifestyle changes, like:
If your symptoms don’t respond to these lifestyle changes, your doctor might recommend medications like antibiotics, hormone reduction medications, or alpha-1 blockers, all of which can help to reduce the swelling in your prostate and improve urine flow.
If medications have proven ineffective, your doctor might suggest a surgery to treat your benign prostate enlargement, like:
To learn more about your treatment options for benign prostate enlargement, schedule a visit Greater Hartford Urology Group today by calling one of our offices or booking an appointment online.