Benign Prostate Hypertrophy

The prostate is part of the male reproductive system and is about the size and shape of a walnut normally and weighs about an ounce. It is located below the bladder and in front of the rectum, and surrounds the urethra, the tube-like structure that carries urine from the bladder out through the penis. The main function of the prostate is to produce fluid for the semen.

BPH (Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy) is a medical term for identifying an enlarged prostate gland in men. BPH is very common in older men and is noncancerous. Some side effects of having BPH include slow/weak urine stream, complete blockage of urine and/or difficulty emptying out the bladder completely.

Risk Factors for BPH:
    -Obesity
    -Lack of Physical Activity
    -Erectile Dysfunction
    -Increasing Age
    -Family history of BPH

If you believe you are at risk for BPH or are having symptoms please call 847-255-7474 to make an appointment.