BPH or
Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia is a fairly common problem with men who
are either in or have crossed middle age. It is caused by the swelling
of the prostate and depending on the extent of the swelling, you can
get either have a little problem with urinating or can even end up with
serious kidney problems because of the high back pressure due to the
constriction of the ureter. 

One of the
most common symptoms of BPH is difficulty in urinating. This is because
the prostate which sits just near where the urinary bladder joins the
ureter encircling the ureter starts constricting the ureter when it
swells up. Initially the constriction will be nothing but an issue with
a long slow dribble at the end of urinating, but as the condition
worsens, the person will have difficulty with urinating at
all. 

A person
suffering from prostate may have symptoms anywhere between these two
extremes like a long slow dribble, or stopping and starting when
urinating, or an increase in the frequency of urinating,
discontinuance, not able to completely empty the bladder or even blood
in the urine in certain cases. 

Sometimes
BPH can be associated with urinary tract infections or even stones in
the kidneys. 

There may
also be pain associated both when urinating as well as normally too.
This pain can be in the region at the bottom of the gut or between the
testicles and the anus. 

It is also
not necessary that men who have a larger prostate will have a bigger
problem. There are many men who have a very big enlargement of the
prostate but do not have too much of a problem while others will suffer
a great deal with just a small enlargement of their prostate. In fact
most men suffer from some degree of prostate problems as they age. It
is just that the issue is not serious enough for them to seek medical
help and so it goes undiagnosed. 

The
general advise to all men is that if there is any pain associated with
urinating, it is best to seek medical help. Even if the prostate is yet
not serious enough to warrant any intervention, the physician will at
least be able to rule out other more serious complications like
prostate cancer.

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