Benign prostatic hyperplasia, or BPH, is a medical condition in which the prostate can affect the bladder
and urethra, which may lead to problems with urination.
BPH is the most common prostate problem in men over 50, affecting 50% of men aged 51-70 and up to 90% of men over 80.
BPH symptoms fall into 2 general categories—obstructive and irritative. Obstructive symptoms are those that occur in the bathroom, for example, a weak or intermittent stream, while irritative symptoms, such as urgency
and frequency, cause you to go to
The prostate is located below the bladder and surrounds the urethra, the tube that carries urine from the bladder. BPH symptoms occur when the “smooth” muscle of the prostate squeezes the urethra. This, in turn, can affect your bladder control. Unfortunately, there is little you can do to avoid BPH.