UNDERSTANDING YOUR SYMPTOMS
What is BPH?
For you, it’s increased visits to the toilet and sudden urges to urinate, from a medical viewpoint it’s BPH, which stands for benign prostatic hyperplasia. All that means is a harmless overgrowth of cells in the prostate gland, which then becomes enlarged.
Many men worry that prostate enlargement is a serious threat to their health. However, there is no correlation between prostate size and (increased) cancer risk, so try not to worry about it as it can usually be easily treated.
The prostate gland (or, simply, prostate) is a walnut-shaped organ found only in men just underneath the bladder. It’s normally about 4cm wide and 3cm thick (approximately 1.5” by 1”).
The prostate produces a milky fluid which, together with sperm and other secretions, makes up semen. Women don’t have a prostate.
The urethra is the tube that carries urine from the bladder out through the penis and runs through the middle of the prostate. As the prostate gets bigger. it starts to press on the urethra and cause obstruction to the flow of urine through the urethra. This is what causes the symptoms of BPH.
A growing number of men are taking the time to understand the signs that point towards urinary conditions. This is the first step towards treatment and joining the millions of men who are taking control of this disruptive area of their everyday lives.
It’s simple, just have a read of the typical scenarios below. If anything sounds familiar, you may be eligible for treatment with Flomax Relief.
I’m always getting up in the night to go…
This is known as Nocturia. It’s a symptom of BPH in which you may have to get up several times in the night to use the toilet - even when there’s actually very little urine that needs to be expelled.
It can, of course, lead to tiredness which impacts on routine and productivity. In certain circumstances, it can also affect your partner’s quality of life through disturbed sleep.
Suddenly I need the toilet, and I worry that I’m going to get caught short…
Unlike typical urination which can be delayed, this urgent need to urinate can result in incontinence or urine leakage if you can’t access a toilet quickly enough. This is known as urge incontinence.
It can bring about anxiety regarding the availability of toilet facilities and concerns about when you will need the toilet next. Some men are unable to play sports or even leave the house because of these worries. Many people find their bladder becomes more unpredictable and gives less warning when they need to pass urine. This can lead to urge incontinence or urine leakage if you can’t access a toilet quickly enough.
It’s impacting my sex life…
Millions of men are finding that urinary problems are negatively impacting their sex life. The prostate is important for sexual function so physiological issues, coupled with the fatigue caused by lack of sleep, may have detrimental effects on this area of your life and your relationship.
It never feels like I’ve actually finished…
As the bladder empties, the flow can slow down to just a trickle, feeling like you haven’t completely emptied your bladder after urination. This can occur regardless of how many times you have gone to the toilet.
I urinate, and it starts, stops, and dribbles at the end…
This is referred to as intermittent or terminal dribbling. You may find yourself having to wait a little while at the toilet before urine flow begins. You may also feel the need to strain to force urine flow rather than it coming naturally, which is known as hesitancy.
These symptoms can be caused by an enlarged prostate pressing on the urethra - the tube that carries urine from the bladder out through the penis - restricting urine flow. Take control.
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For other useful information on prostate health visit:
- Patient - Prostate Gland Enlargement
- Men’s Health Forum - Prostate FAQs
If you’re over the age of 45, it may be that you’re eligible for treatment with Flomax Relief, without the need to see your GP.
Fill out the following questions to receive a private report that can be used to gain access to Flomax Relief. You can print the document and provide it at your pharmacist, or download a digital version to your smartphone and simply show it when asked.TAKE THE SYMPTOM CHECKER