Benign prostatic hyperplasia (also called BPH) is a condition that affects the gland of the prostate in men. The prostate is a gland found between the bladder and the urethra, and as men get older, the prostate grows and grows slowly. Benign means that enlargement is not caused by cancer or infection. The term hyperplasia means enlargement. Due to the position of the prostate, according to put larger can apply pressure increasing in the urethra. This can cause a variety of problems in the urinary system, especially making urine flow slower and less powerful.
Gradually, in the majority of cases, BPH symptoms begin with the need to get up more often at night to urinate or the need to empty the bladder more often during the day. A man may find that he has difficulty starting urine flow, dripping after urination does not end, and the size and strength of the urine stream It also decreases. It is important to remember that urinary symptoms can be signs of more serious diseases, such as a bladder infection, infection of urinary tract or bladder cancer. It is always best to seek medical advice and an appropriate diagnosis. Diagnosing benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) it is important that your doctor will take a complete history of your symptoms. The next step will consist of a rectal exam, where your doctor checks your prostate getting gloves and finger lubricated into your rectum to feel the back of your prostate gland. Although this may sound alarming, the discomfort is mild and takes only a few minutes. This test allows your doctor to feel the size of the prostate.
To make sure that your prostate problem is benign, your doctor may take a sample of your urine for signs of infection. Your doctor may also order a blood test. An ultrasound exam or biopsy of the prostate may also be to help your doctor make an appropriate diagnosis.