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When should I get treatment for benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH)?

Generally, there are three situations that favor treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), also known as enlarged prostate:
  • When urinary problems are bothersome enough to affect quality of life
  • When the severity, or frequency, of urinary symptoms increases, posing a threat to the urinary system
  • When a complication already exists, such as recurrent urinary tract infections, recurrent blood in the urine, acute urinary retention that persists after catheterization, bladder stones, overflow incontinence, or signs of kidney malfunction

There is no urgency to treat BPH, unless there is some kind of severe obstructive complication that can threaten the bladder or kidneys. The appropriate treatment (or nontreatment) strategy is an individual decision, made in consultation with your primary healthcare practitioner or urologist, after considering all the benefits and risks of each option.

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