If you’re over 50 and having trouble urinating or are urinating more frequently, you may have benign prostate hyperplasia (BPH), also called enlarged prostate. BPH is the most common prostate condition for men over 50. Dr. William T. Klope of William T. Klope, MD Inc. in Ventura, California, has almost three decades of experience treating all types of urologic conditions. To learn more about BPH, call or make an appointment online.
As men get older, their prostates get larger. Benign prostate hyperplasia (BPH) is a condition where the prostate becomes enlarged and presses against the urethra, the tube that transports urine from your bladder through your penis and out of your body. This can block or narrow this tube, causing various bladder issues.
Because the prostate grows as men age, BPH is more common in older men and rarely an issue with men under 40. Half of men between 51 and 60 have BPH. In men 80 and over, 90% have BPH. BPH is not cancerous and there are a number of treatment options.
Primary symptoms of BPH are problems with urination, and these problems tend to get worse over time. Common BPH symptoms include:
BPH can also lead to a urinary tract infection (UTI) and kidney problems.
Dr. Klope begins with a physical exam and medical history. Your exam may include the following tests to diagnose BPH and rule out other conditions:
Your treatment plan will depend on the severity of your symptoms, your age, and the size of your prostate. Options include:
If you’re experiencing problems with urination or suspect you may have BPH, call or book an appointment online today.