A urinary doctor or urologist is a medical professional possessing specialized knowledge and skill concerning problems of the male and female urinary tract as well as the male reproductive organs. In this role, they diagnose, treat and manage various medical conditions. One specific condition these doctors address in males is benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) or enlarged prostate.
What Is BPH?
BPH is a non-cancerous medical condition in which the prostate gland enlarges, therefore increasing the potential for slowing down or even blocking the flow of urine. Referred to as benign prostatic hypertrophy and enlarged prostate, this condition occurs mainly in older men. In fact, more than 80% – 90% of men 80-years-old or more have BPH. However, although most males will exhibit some form of BHP in their lifetime, the symptoms and severity will vary from person to person.
Common Symptoms of BHP
Although the severity and extent of the symptoms for BHP vary, certain commonalities do exist. BHP often presents with lower urinary tract symptoms. They fall into two opposing categories: obstructive or voiding, and irritative or storage. In these categories, you can place the following common symptoms:
- Urgency: Urgent demand to urinate, marked by an inability to postpone it.
- Hesitation: Despite the need to urinate, there is actually a hesitation to do so
- Straining: It is difficult to urinate
- Weakness or intermittency: The actual urine stream is sporadic and weak
- Bladder: A constant feeling the bladder did not empty totally
- Dribbling or leakage: When you finish urinating, a drop or two drips from the end
Your Urinary Doctor and Treatment
If you have symptoms of BPH, do see a urinary doctor. Although it is neither precancerous nor cancerous, it can result in some embarrassing and inconvenient issues. Your urologist can provide you with the proper treatment to reduce or eliminate the problem.