Enlarged Prostate or BPH

Take Control of Your Prostate Health

According to John Hopkins Medicine, symptoms related to BPH are present in about 1 in 4 men by age 55, and in half of men 75 years and over.

What is BPH?

BPH, or Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia, is a noncancerous enlargement of the prostate gland that can cause uncomfortable urinary symptoms, such as blocking the flow of urine out of the bladder.

Get the Facts

There are many common misconceptions and we want you to know the truth about the signs and symptoms of BPH. Here are a few myths vs. facts on BPH:

Myth: Treatment options for enlarged prostate can cause impotence and/or incontinence.

There are minimally invasive options available to treat BPH that do not result in new instances of sustained erectile or ejaculatory dysfunction. One of those treatments, available at Palmetto Urology, is the minimally invasive UroLift System®. It is a clinically proven treatment option for BPH that offers rapid relief, with clinical data showing safety and long-term durability of results – with no instances of new sustained erectile or ejaculatory dysfunction.

Myth: The bigger the prostate, the worse the symptoms.

Prostate size is not directly related to the severity of symptoms associated with enlarged prostate. However, it is true that prostate size, age, and other health factors should be considered when choosing a treatment to relieve BPH symptoms. Visit your primary care physician to understand which treatment is best for you.

Myth: BPH is linked to prostate cancer.

BPH is a non-cancerous condition. However, its early symptoms often may be confused with that of prostate cancer.

Myth: BPH only affects men in their 70s and 80s.

Many men develop issues in their earlier years. Depending on how a prostate grows, it can start to cause symptoms as early as 40s. Contrarily, bothersome urinary symptoms does not mean enlarged prostate. There are various other medical diagnoses that can cause these symptoms that a urologist can diagnose.

Myth: Frequent or infrequent sexual activity is unhealthy for the prostate.

There is no evidence to suggest that BPH is caused or aggravated by sexual habits.

Myth: There is nothing you can do to relieve the symptoms of BPH.

There are a number of ways you can relieve the symptoms of BPH. In some cases, you can ease symptoms simply by avoiding drinks with caffeine, a diet high in fat, and certain types of medications.

Myth: BPH is a well-studied disease, so doctor’s consultation is not obligatory.

This disease is common, but only a doctor can determine the correct method of treatment. Symptomatic self-treatment does not solve the problem in the long run. Wasted time can complicate treatment. It is necessary to consult a doctor immediately after the onset of initial BPH symptoms.

Myth: Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) is a shameful problem.

You will not surprise the doctor with your problem. Half of men above 40 have encountered or will be faced with this disease. Take care of yourself and your loved ones and consult a healthcare professional. Open up to a loved one about BPH. The doctor will medically assist you, while your partner can provide psychological support.

Myth: Delaying treatment of BPH doesn’t cause bladder damage.

If left untreated, BPH can worsen over time and may cause permanent bladder damage.

Palmetto Urology is dedicated to offering comprehensive urological care including screenings and treatments for BPH. Contact your primary care physician to receive a referral for BPH screening and let Palmetto Urology help you take control of your prostate health.

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