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Benign prostate enlargement

Benign prostate enlargement is where a small gland found near a man's bladder, called the prostate, is bigger than usual. It's not usually serious.

Symptoms of benign prostate enlargement include needing to pee more than usual and finding it hard to empty your bladder.

It's not clear what causes benign prostate enlargement. It's thought to be linked to hormone changes that happen as you get older.

Benign prostate enlargement may not need treatment if it's mild. If it's more severe, you may need medicine or surgery to make your prostate smaller.

Read more on the NHS website.

Symptoms of benign prostate enlargement include needing to pee more than usual and finding it hard to empty your bladder.

Symptoms of benign prostate enlargement

The prostate is a small gland, located in the pelvis, between the penis and bladder.

If the prostate becomes enlarged, it can place pressure on the bladder and the urethra, which is the tube that urine passes through.

This can affect how you pee and may cause:  

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In some men, the symptoms are mild and do not need treatment. In others, they can be very troublesome.

Read more on the NHS website.

Benign prostate enlargement may not need treatment if it's mild. If it's more severe, you may need medicine or surgery to make your prostate smaller.

Medical treatments

Treatment for an enlarged prostate will depend on how severe your symptoms are.

If you have mild symptoms, you do not usually need immediate treatment, but you'll have regular prostate check-ups.

You'll probably also be advised to make lifestyle changes, such as:

Medicine to reduce the size of the prostate and relax your bladder may be recommended to treat moderate to severe symptoms of an enlarged prostate.

Surgery is usually only recommended for moderate to severe symptoms that have not responded to medicine.

Read more on the NHS website.

It's not clear what causes benign prostate enlargement. It's thought to be linked to hormone changes that happen as you get older.

Read more on the NHS website.