Do I have BPH?
Over 70% of men in their 60s have BPH symptoms, so it is very common. While BPH is a benign condition and unrelated to prostate cancer, it can greatly affect a man’s quality of life. As the prostate enlarges, it presses on and blocks the urethra, causing lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) such as:
- Frequent need to urinate both day and night
- Weak or slow urinary stream
- Feeling that bladder is not emptying completely
- Urgency to urinate
- Difficult or slow start to urination
- A urinary stream that stops and starts
Some Potential Quality of Life Impacts:
- Need to restrict/limit fluid intake
- Tired from lack of sleep
- Anxiety or embarrassment
- Limits activities such as travel, sports, etc.
If you are experiencing these symptoms, you are not alone. There are more than 13 million men in the United States alone who are already diagnosed with BPH, and BPH is one of the leading reasons patients visit their urologist. If you suspect you are experiencing BPH, consider completing the IPSS survey and review your score with your physician.
How severe are my symptoms?
IPSS Survey Tool
The International Prostate Symptom Score (IPSS) was developed by the American Urological Association to measure the severity of BPH symptoms.