How do I know if I have an enlarged prostate?
Not everyone with an enlarged prostate will know about it because there aren’t always symptoms.
The most common symptoms of an enlarged prostate affect urination. This is because the prostate surrounds the urethra (the tube that runs from the base of the bladder to the tip of your penis) and when it becomes enlarged it can restrict the flow of urine. So, you might get a sudden urge to urinate or need to go to the toilet more often than normal. You might find it difficult to start urinating or when you stop, the flow might slow to a dribble.
The symptoms of prostate enlargement can also be symptoms of other problems so if you notice them you should see your doctor. You might be referred for an ultrasound to measure the size of your prostate or be sent for a blood test.
Prostate enlargement affects most men as they age. Your doctor can help you manage your symptoms or recommend medication or surgery that might help. Lots of men choose to manage their symptoms rather than risk some of the side-effects of treatment.