BPH stands for Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia. As men age, the tissue of the prostate grows and changes, resulting in enlargement.
Men over the age of 40 may begin to experience symptoms of having an enlarged prostate, and not recognize why these changes are happening, or that they can be treated.
The cause of BPH is not known, although there are possible links to high fat diets, family history and hormones. It is important to understand that BPH is not cancer. It is a common part of aging for most men, and is a benign condition.
Not all men with BPH experience symptoms. Symptoms usually only result if the prostate enlargement presses on the urethra (the tube that carries urine from the bladder out of the body) causing a narrowing of the urethra. When this happens urine has a harder time flowing out of the body.
Here are some commonly experienced symptoms: