Common Urinary Symptoms* of BPH

  • Frequent need for the toilet, day and night

  • Weak, slow or intermittent streams

  • Difficulty or delay in starting

  • Feeling of unemptied bladder

BPH Affects Over 660 Million Men1,2

BPH is a very common condition and can hamper quality of life. It affects 40% of men in their 50s, and over 70% of men by their 60s.

* Not to be confused with symptoms of prostate cancer.

What Happens to the Prostate as Men Age?

The prostate is a male reproductive organ that is the size and shape of a walnut. Its main function is to produce the prostatic fluid, which forms part of semen and is released during ejaculation.

As a normal part of ageing, your patients' prostate can start to become larger around the age of 40-50. This often leads to BPH.

How Can BPH Affect Patients?

As the prostate enlarges, it can block the urethra and cause serious complications3:

  • Obstructed Urinary Tract

    A narrowed tract can lead to an inability to urinate. They might require having a catheter inserted - or in severe cases, surgery - to drain the bladder.

  • Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)

    An inability to fully empty the bladder increases the risk of infection. If it occurs frequently, they might require surgery to remove the damaged tissue.

  • Bladder Stones and Damage

    Bladder stones can lead to further obstruction, irritation, infection, and bleeding. The muscular wall of their bladder can also stretch and weaken over time.

  • Kidney Damage

    Pressure in the bladder can damage their kidneys over time. Infections from the bladder can also reach and infect their kidneys.

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Berry SJ, et al: The development of human benign prostatic hyperplasia with age. J Urol 1984; 132: 474.


US Census Bureau international database worldwide population estimates for 2019


Mayo Clinic, Patient Care & Health Information, Diseases & Conditions, Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). Accessed 1 Dec 2021.

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