What is an Enlarged Prostate?

Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (Prostate Enlargement) is a common condition particularly in older men. It is thought that at least 60% of older men have some degree of Prostate Enlargement. Many men worry that an Enlarged Prostate gland indicates Prostate Cancer however this is not always the case. The prostate is located between the bladder and the penis and when this is enlarged it can put pressure on both the urethra and bladder. This can make it very difficult to pass urine effectively without leaving a residual of urine within the bladder and can sometimes cause complete Urinary Retention. This can also increase the risk of Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) which if untreated can cause a multitude of problems.

Managing an Enlarged Prostate

managing-an-enlarged-prostateTreatment for Enlarged Prostate can include simple lifestyle changes such as avoiding stimulants ie. alcohol and caffeine. There are medications available to help manage the symptoms but if the enlargement is too severe then surgery may be required. If the bladder is retaining urine, Intermittent Self Catheterisation (ISC) / Clean Intermittent Catheterisation (CIC) may be a successful option to void urine from the bladder.  In turn, this will reduce the risk of UTIs and also reduce the added pressure on the bladder from retaining too much urine. An Enlarged Prostate is not a serious condition and can usually be managed well however if the symptoms become too difficult to control, they can have an adverse effect on lifestyle and an impact on one’s quality of life.