Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

BPH Doesn't Always Require Medication

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

BPH Doesn't Always Require Medication

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Dear Doctor K: I have BPH. The symptoms don't interfere with my work or home life very much. My doctor says there are medicines that might reduce the symptoms, but I like to avoid taking medicines. What's your advice?

Dear Reader: Benign prostatic hyperplasia, or BPH, is the most common cause of prostate enlargement. As the name suggests, BPH is harmless; it doesn't lead to prostate cancer.

Up to two-thirds of men with BPH never develop any symptoms. However, other men find that BPH can make life very unpleasant. You seem to be somewhere in between.

The most common symptoms of BPH involve changes or problems with urination. They include:

- a hesitant, interrupted or weak urine stream;

- a strong urge to urinate repeatedly throughout the day and night, even if there's not a lot of urine in the bladder;

- leaking or dribbling urine;

- a sense of incomplete emptying;

- more frequent urination, especially at night. …

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