Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH)

The prostate gland is a small gland in your pelvis (and is only found in men). Benign prostatic hyperplasia (or BPH) is when your prostate gland (normally the size of a walnut) enlarges and thus restricts the urine flow from your bladder with symptoms including:

  • An urgent/frequent need to urinate (including during the night)
  • Difficulty when starting to urinate even when you need to go
  • A weak urine stream with only a small amount of urine being passed
  • Leaking/dribbling urine
  • Small amounts of blood in your urine

If you are currently suffering from any of these BPH symptoms, do not reduce your fluid intake. The early BPH symptoms are the same as the symptoms of prostate cancer, so you should speak (in total confidence) to either your IPSA pharmacist or your IPSA physician about your symptoms.