Practice "double voiding" by urinating as much as
possible, relaxing for a few moments, and then urinating again.
to relax before you urinate. Tension from worrying about your symptoms can make
them worse. Anxiety may cause the smooth muscle in the prostate and the muscles
at the opening of the bladder to stay tense and not relax. If these muscles do
not relax, urination will be difficult.
Take plenty of time to
Try sitting on the toilet instead of standing. Or, after
urinating while standing, sit on the toilet and try to urinate a little
Think of other things or read while you are
Try turning on a faucet or picturing running water in your
mind. Some men find that hearing running water helps get their urine
If dribbling is a problem, wash your penis daily to avoid
skin irritation and infection.
The Benign Prostate Hyperplasia (BPH) Symptom Score Index can help your doctor understand how severe enlarged prostate symptoms are.
If your total score is less than seven, your symptoms are considered mild. Higher scores indicate more severe symptoms. Your doctor can discuss your scores with you -- and what they indicate about your need for treatment.
Use the following point scale to answer each of the questions. Total the score from all the questions.
0 = Not at all
3 = About...