The most likely cause of an enlarged prostate is benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). More seriously it may be a result of prostate cancer. BPH is a common condition of men over 50 years of age. It is estimated that nearly 50% of men over 50 and 75% of men over 80 have physiological evidence of changes to the cells of the prostate. About 40-50% of these express prostate symptoms which may include increased frequency of urination, painful urination, reduced volume of urine passed and urinary retention. The enlarged prostate often compresses the urethra (which passes through the prostate gland) and a range of urinary symptoms are a common result of BPH.
Some men suffer increased rates of urinary tract infections due to the urinary symptoms while others suffer from waking several times a night with the urge to urinate. BPH sufferers may only be able to pass a small amount of urine with a weak stream and with post urinary dribbling.
It is always a good idea to seek medical advice if urinary symptoms like those described above persist. A rectal examination will determine if the prostate is enlarged and blood tests will show if the condition is benign or otherwise.
Homoeopathy may be effective in the treatment of BPH and some of the symptoms that often accompany this common condition.
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