Frequent urination can cause BPH

Many people have the problem of urinating several times during the night. It can also be considered the problem that comes with age what ever your gender is. Basically the muscles of the bladder become weaker & less efficient, and less able to support a bladder that is nearly full. For men, needing to urinate more than once a night is abnormal.

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The men who urge to urinate more than once during the night, that is a symptom of being enlargement of the prostate gland or begin prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). The prostate sits below the bladder & its role is to produce semen. It's shaped a bit like a doughnut with a hole in the middle. Through this hole runs the urethra, the tube that carries urine out of the body.

The prostate often grows with age, squashing the urethra & obstructing the flow when you urinate. This in turn causes what are known as lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS). These include needing to go to the loo urgently because the enlarged gland puts pressure on the highly sensitive area at the base of the bladder, hesitancy, dribbling & the need to go frequently at night.

Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) is very common, with about 20 % of men aged between 55 & 75 affected. Because the symptoms of BPH are similar to prostate cancer, all patients with lower urinary tract symptoms in this age group should undergo testing. First, this involves a blood test to measure the level of prostate specific antigen (PSA). Raised levels of this can be an indication of prostate cancer.

Once BPH has been confirmed, the best course of action is to get a referral to a urologist, as there are treatments available that can improve the quality of your life. Alpha blocker drugs help by relaxing the muscle of the prostate, so allowing urine to flow through more freely and helping the bladder empty fully. Another option is hormone treatment to shrink the prostate.

If drugs fail, the only other option is keyhole surgery to remove excess tissue from the prostate. The operation is known as trans-urethral resection of the prostate (TURP). The operation involves trimming the prostate using an instrument inserted into the urethra.

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