Many men don’t realize that their prostate naturally grows as they age, so all men are at risk for prostate problems. While many men don’t have any symptoms or problems with an enlarged prostate, others struggle with a number of medical problems. It’s important to recognize the symptoms of prostate problems and assess your risks.
Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) is a medical term that describes an enlarged prostate that has grown to an unhealthy size. Younger men between the ages of 30 and 40 have a one in 12 chance of developing an enlarged prostate. Men between the ages of 50 and 60 have a one in two chance, while eight out of 10 men over age 80 have prostate problems. The good news is that only 50 percent of men have BPH that requires medical treatment. For those men who do require treatment, advanced medical devices like urology lasers make treatment less painful, less invasive, and safer than older types of prostate treatments.
Common Symptoms that Signal Problems
If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s best to see your doctor who can check for an enlarged prostate:
* Frequent urination, especially at night
* Feeling like you need to urinate more often
* Feeling like you can’t get get all of the urine out
* Difficulty urinating at all
* Painful urination or ejaculation
* Cloudy urine
* Chills and fever
* Pelvic pain
Some men with prostate problems develop a bacterial infection that causes inflammation. This condition, called prostatitis, is rarely serious but it can cause some of the symptoms listed above.
Treatments for Prostate Problems
The treatments used for prostate problems depend on the specific problem. If you’re diagnosed with BPH, you may only need treatment if your symptoms are painful or bothersome. BPH often responds well to certain drugs that relieve tension near your urethra and shrink the size of your prostate. If medication does not relieve your symptoms, your doctor may suggest treatment with urology lasers or a surgical procedure. Your doctor can explain your options and give you information on what you can expect from these treatments.