Enlarged Prostate (BPH)

The prostate is part of the male reproductive system, is about the same size and shape as a walnut and weighs about an ounce. It is located below the bladder and in front of the rectum, and surrounds the urethra, the tube-like structure that carries urine from the bladder out through the penis. The main function of the prostate is to produce ejaculatory fluid.

Throughout a man’s life, his prostate may become larger and start to cause problems as he ages. But what are some of those problems? How do I know if I have BPH? When should I see a doctor? What kinds of tests will my doctor perform? The following should help answer these questions as well as others.

Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), also known as lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS), is a common urological condition caused by the non-cancerous enlargement of the prostate gland in aging men. As the prostate enlarges, it can squeeze down on the urethra. This can cause men to have trouble urinating leading to the symptoms of BPH.

Learn more about BPH at the Urology Care Foundation website.