Symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH)

Common symptoms of BPH include:

  • Needing to go frequently or urgently
  • Stopping or starting during urination
  • Needing to push or strain during urination
  • Having a weak urine stream
  • Incomplete emptying of the bladder
  • Nocturia, or needing to go excessively at night

How BPH may lead to urinary symptoms

The kidneys filter waste products and water from the blood to form urine. After that, urine moves to the bladder, which stores it until it is full. From there, urine leaves the body through another thin tube, called the urethra, which is surrounded by the prostate gland. If everything is working normally, the bladder will empty all of the urine at once.

What happens with BPH is that the prostate gland enlarges. BPH can eventually interfere with urination, since the enlarged prostate partially blocks the tube that drains the bladder.

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, you may have BPH. It’s important to talk to your doctor or healthcare provider to learn what you can do.