What Is BPH?

Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), also known as enlarged prostate, is a very common condition for men over age 45. It is benign—not related to prostate cancer—but typically worsens over time and can directly affect your quality of life.



Million men worldwide have BPH1,2


Of men in their 50s have BPH


Of men in their 60s have BPH

What Is BPH?

Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) is also known as enlarged prostate. It is a condition in which the prostate enlarges as men age.

As the prostate enlarges, it can squeeze the urethra and block urine flow. This can cause symptoms including a frequent and urgent need to urinate, a weak or intermittent stream and a sense that the bladder is not completely empty.3,4

In more serious cases, it can cause urinary retention (inability to urinate) and may lead to worse problems, including permanent bladder damage.5

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The Importance of Your Prostate

Many men understand the function of their prostate, but may not be aware of how it can impact their lives over time. 

The prostate is a small gland, about the size and shape of a walnut, located below the neck of the bladder. It is a male reproductive organ that makes fluid for semen. 

Urine flows out of the body through the urethra, which runs through the center of the prostate, from the bladder through the penis. When the prostate is enlarged, it can block the bladder. It's all connected! 

If you think you might have BPH, don't hesitate to see your urologist for a diagnostic exam. Early intervention is important to ensure urine can flow easily and your bladder can be fully emptied.

It may be time to ask about treatment options

If you suffer from these symptoms, you are not alone. BPH is the leading reason men visit a urologist.7  Don't hesitate to ask your doctor for a diagnostic evaluation to assess your lower urinary tract health.

If you have BPH, the good news is that the condition is generally treatable. Treatment options include medications, minimally invasive procedures like the UroLift System™, and traditional surgery. Talk with your urologist about which treatment options are best for you.