A common condition that can lead to sleepless nights and urinary problems.
Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), also known as enlarged prostate, is a medical condition in which the prostate gland that surrounds the male urethra becomes enlarged with advancing age and begins to obstruct the urinary system. BPH symptoms include sleepless nights and urinary problems, and can cause loss of productivity, depression and decreased quality of life. More than four out of 10 men experience BPH-related symptoms in their 50s and in their 60s, seven out of 10 men have BPH.1, 2, 3
Medication is often the first-line therapy for enlarged prostate, but relief can be inadequate and temporary. Side effects of treatment can include sexual dysfunction, dizziness and headaches, prompting many patients to quit using the drugs.
For these patients, the classic alternative is surgery that cuts or ablates prostate tissue to open the blocked urethra. While current surgical options, such as transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP), can be very effective in relieving symptoms, it can also leave patients with permanent side effects such as urinary incontinence, erectile dysfunction and retrograde ejaculation (dry orgasm). 4, 5
1 Berry, et al., J Urology 1984; 2 2013 U.S. Census population estimates; 3 2013 U.S. Census Bureau international database; 4 Roehrborn, C.G. et al. AUA Guideline on the Management of Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia: Diagnosis and Treatment Recommendations. American Urological Association Education and Research, Inc., ©2003; 5 Rassweiler, et al., Eur Urol 2006 Nov; 50(5): 969-79