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Enlarged Prostate and Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH)


What is an enlarged prostate and BPH?

Enlarged prostate and benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) are two terms used to describe the same condition in which the prostate gland becomes enlarged. 

What causes an enlarged prostate? 

This enlargement is generally due to an increase in the number of cells within the prostate gland, rather than the growth of cancerous cells.

What are the symptoms of an enlarged prostate/BPH?

Symptoms of an enlarged prostate can include:

  • Difficulty urinating
  • Frequent urination
  • Weak urine flow
  • Incomplete emptying of the bladder

What are the risks of an enlarged prostate?

If left untreated, an enlarged prostate can lead to complications such as urinary tract infections, bladder stones, and kidney damage.

How do you treat an enlarged prostate?

Treatment for an enlarged prostate may include medications, lifestyle changes, or surgery. 

It is important to consult with a healthcare provider if you are experiencing symptoms of an enlarged prostate, as early detection and treatment can help manage the condition effectively.

To discuss your options, call The Iowa Clinic Urology at 515.875.9800 to schedule an appointment.