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What causes BPH?

It’s not exactly clear. But you’re not alone, BPH impacts 80% of men by age 80.1,2

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Normal prostate illustration.

A normal prostate

For just about all men, BPH is a natural upshot of getting older. That’s because your prostate doubles in size in your teens, then continues to grow for the rest of your life.3


Enlarged prostate illustration.

An enlarged prostate

Eventually, an enlarged prostate can squeeze down on the small tube that transports urine from the bladder out of your penis and restrict the flow of urine.

This can lead to problems

While the symptoms of BPH may be mild to moderate at first, it can have a significant impact on your quality of life. Left untreated, BPH may lead to bladder, urinary tract or kidney problems.4

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References

  1. American Urological Association Guideline: management of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). 2010. Surgical Management of Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms Attributed to Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (2018). https://www.auanet.org/guidelines/benign-prostatic-hyperplasia/lower-urinary-tract-symptoms-(2018)#x8218 Accessed 25 February 2019.
  2. Mazur DJ, Helfand BT, McVary KT et al: Influences of neuroregulatory factors on the development of lower urinary tract symptoms/benign prostatic hyperplasia and erectile dysfunction in aging men. Urol Clin North Am 2012; 39: 77-88.
  3. Jarvis TR, Chughtai B, Kaplan SA. Testosterone and benign prostatic hyperplasia.Asian J Androl. 2015;17(2):212-6.
  4. Mayo Clinic Patient Care & Health Information Diseases & Conditions Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/benign-prostatic-hyperplasia/symptoms-causes/syc-20370087. Accessed 13 May 2019.

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