IPSS Survey Tool

How severe are my symptoms?

The International Prostate Symptom Score (IPSS) was developed by the American Urological Association to measure the severity of BPH symptoms.

This survey is not meant to provide medical advice or replace your doctor’s expert opinion and care. Only your doctor can diagnose whether you have BPH and assess your individual condition. There are other conditions that can cause urinary symptoms besides BPH.

To mark your response, click on the box that best describes your symptoms and how often they occur. When you have answered all 8 questions, click on SUBMIT, and your total score will be calculated.

Please print this page and take it with you when you visit your doctor. Only your doctor can assess your individual condition and diagnose whether you have BPH.

Take the test

1 Over the past month, how often have you had a sensation of not emptying your bladder completely after you finished urinating?
Never
Less than a fifth of the time (1 in 5)
Less than half of the time
Half of the time
More than half of the time
Almost always
2 Over the past month, how often have you had to urinate again less than two hours after you finished urinating?
Never
Less than a fifth of the time (1 in 5)
Less than half of the time
Half of the time
More than half of the time
Almost always
3 Over the past month, how often have you found you stopped and started again several times when you urinated?
Never
Less than a fifth of the time (1 in 5)
Less than half of the time
Half of the time
More than half of the time
Almost always
4 Over the past month, how often have you found it difficult to postpone urination?
Never
Less than a fifth of the time (1 in 5)
Less than half of the time
Half of the time
More than half of the time
Almost always
5 Over the past month, how often have you had a weak urinary stream?
Never
Less than a fifth of the time (1 in 5)
Less than half of the time
Half of the time
More than half of the time
Almost always
6 Over the past month, how often have you had to push or strain to begin urination?
Never
Less than a fifth of the time (1 in 5)
Less than half of the time
Half of the time
More than half of the time
Almost always
7 Over the past month, how many times did you most typically get up to urinate from the time you went to bed at night until the time you got up in the morning?
Never
Once each night
Twice each night
3 times each night
4 times each night
5 or more times each night

Quality of life question

8 If you knew you were going to live the rest of your life with your urinary problems, how would you feel?
Very satisfied
Satisfied
Mostly satisfied
Nor satisfied, nor dissatisfied
Mostly dissatisfied
Dissatisfied
Terrible
Recommendations based on test results

Question 8 is a quality of life question which gives you an idea of how severe your problems are. If you have answered “mostly dissatisfied”, “dissatisfied” or “terrible” to question 8, you should contact your doctor. There is help available regardless the result from question 1 – 7.

Total score from questions 1-7:

  • 1-7 points – Mild symptoms
    Your symptoms are mild and you can wait to seek help unless you have answered “mostly dissatisfied”, “dissatisfied” or “terrible” to question 8.
  • 8-19 points – Moderate symptoms
    Your symptoms are moderate and you can possibly be helped by CoreTherm thermotherapy. Our recommendation is that you contact your doctor.
  • 20-35 points – Severe symptoms
    You have severe symptoms and it affects your quality of life. These problems can be helped by CoreTherm thermotherapy. Seek help!