BPH Symptoms

A Guide for Patients
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Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) is a common condition that affects many men as they age. It is characterized by an enlarged prostate, which can cause a variety of urinary symptoms. Fortunately, BPH symptoms are often treatable with medications and/or interventional procedures, and men seeking treatment for BPH have quite a few options to choose from.

To help you navigate your prostate concerns, the prostate specialists at ProVascularMD provide a detailed look at the common and not-so-common symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia.

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Dr. Michael Lalezarian is a double-board certified Vascular Interventional Radiologist specializing in prostate artery embolization for benign prostate hyperplasia. He is a committed partner in the battle against life-limiting BPH.

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Urinary symptoms are the hallmark of benign prostatic hyperplasia. For many men, an enlarged prostate causes a great deal of discomfort and seriously hinders everyday life. Beyond the immediate challenges of urinary difficulties, BPH symptoms also cause anxiety, fear, and fatigue. Read on to learn more about the impact of different BPH symptoms, starting with the overview below.

Common BPH Symptoms

Less Common BPH Symptoms

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Frequent Need to Pee

In general, individuals with BPH need to urinate more often than usual. You may find yourself making more trips to the bathroom throughout the day. This can be disruptive and impact daily activities.

Urgency (Sudden, Overwhelming Need to Urinate)

BPH can cause a sudden, strong urge to urinate that is difficult to delay. This urgency can be inconvenient and stressful, particularly if a bathroom is not readily accessible. It can lead to anxiety and the need to always be near a restroom.

Peeing More Often at Night (Nocturia)

If you have BPH, you may wake up multiple times during the night to urinate (nocturia). Nocturia can disrupt sleep patterns, leading to fatigue and decreased quality of life. Patients may wake up several times a night or have difficulty sleeping, which can be both physically and mentally exhausting.

Difficulty Starting to Pee

BPH can make it difficult to initiate the flow of urine. You may need to strain to begin urinating, which can be frustrating and uncomfortable, especially in public settings.

Weak Urine Stream, or a Stream that Stops and Starts

You may experience a noticeable decrease in the strength and force of the urine stream, or an intermittent flow that stops and starts. The urine flow may feel weak or slow, and can stop and start during urination. This can make it difficult to empty the bladder completely and can prolong the time spent in the bathroom.

Dribbling at the End of Urination

With BPH, you may notice more leakage of urine after finishing urination. Dribbling can lead to a feeling of incomplete bladder emptying and can be bothersome. It might also cause hygiene issues and discomfort.

Not Being Able to Fully Empty Bladder

Individuals with BPH often describe that their bladder does not feel completely empty after urination. This can lead to repeated trips to the bathroom and a persistent feeling of needing to urinate. It can also increase the risk of urinary tract infections.

Feeling Like You Still Have to Pee After Peeing

Perhaps most frustrating, you may feel the need to urinate even after just finishing. This sensation can be uncomfortable and frustrating, leading to frequent bathroom visits and a constant feeling of urinary urgency.

Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)

A urinary tract infection (UTI) is an infection in any part of the urinary system, including the bladder, kidneys, ureters, or urethra. Symptoms of a UTI can include a burning sensation during urination, cloudy or strong-smelling urine, and pelvic pain. BPH can increase the risk of UTIs due to incomplete bladder emptying, which can leave urine stagnant and create an environment for bacteria to grow.

Not Being Able to Pee (Urinary Retention)

In some severe cases of BPH, you may be entirely unable to urinate despite the sensation that you need to. This can be a serious condition requiring immediate medical attention. It can cause significant discomfort and pain and may lead to complications such as bladder damage or kidney problems. In severe cases, a catheter may be necessary to relieve the bladder.

Blood in the Urine (Hematuria)

BPH can cause blood in the urine, which can be visible (gross hematuria) or microscopic (detected by a lab test). Blood in the urine can be alarming and may indicate other underlying issues. While not common in BPH, it can occur due to inflammation or irritation of the prostate or bladder. Any instance of blood in the urine should be evaluated by a healthcare professional to rule out more serious conditions.
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Managing BPH Symptoms

Understanding these symptoms is the first step in managing BPH. Patients experiencing any of these symptoms should consult a healthcare professional for a proper diagnosis and treatment plan. Treatment options may include lifestyle changes, medications, or surgical procedures to alleviate symptoms and improve quality of life.

By recognizing and addressing these symptoms early, you can better manage your condition and maintain your daily activities with minimal disruption. Get in touch with us at ProVascularMD to learn more about BPH and your treatment options.

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