The prostate gland often grows larger as men get older. This is called benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). An enlarged prostate may cause you problems with urinating.
Below are some questions you may want to ask your doctor or nurse about your prostate.
What is the prostate gland?
What causes the prostate gland to enlarge? Do many other men have prostate problems? How do I know my problem is not prostate cancer?
What are the symptoms of an enlarged prostate?
What tests should I have?
How can I treat my symptoms at home?
I have heard there are different herbs and supplements that may improve my symptoms? Is this true? Are these herbs or supplements safe to use?
What medicines may help?
Questions to ask when thinking about having surgery for an enlarged prostate?
What are the different types of surgery that I can have?
What to ask your doctor about enlarged prostate; Benign prostatic hypertrophy - what to ask your doctor; BPH - what to ask your doctor
Updated by: Louis S. Liou, MD, PhD, Chief of Urology, Cambridge Health Alliance, Visiting Assistant Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.
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