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How do I know if I need a treatment for benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH)?

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Benign prostatic hyperplasia, also called enlarged prostate, needs treatment only if the symptoms bother you. BPH often responds to drugs that either shrink the prostate or relieves the pressure aound the urethra, the tube that carries urine out through your penis.

If drugs don’t work, you might need surgery. Several herbs showed promise as treatment for BPH in some studies, but results are incomplete or conflicting. These include saw palmetto, beta-sitosterol, and Pygeum africanum.

From: Prostate Problems WebMD Medical Reference

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FDA. 

Ohio State University: "Anatomy of the Prostate Gland." 

Stevermer, J. May 15, 2000.  American Family Physician,

National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse: "Prostate Enlargement: Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia.

American Cancer Society: "Detailed Guide: Prostate Cancer." 

Marks, L. , 2006.  Journal of Urology

Ranjan, P. , 2006.  Urology

National Cancer Institute: "The prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test: Questions and answers.

American Cancer Society: "Can Prostate Cancer Be Found Early?". 

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.

Reviewed by Nazia Q Bandukwala on March 05, 2019

SOURCES: 

FDA. 

Ohio State University: "Anatomy of the Prostate Gland." 

Stevermer, J. May 15, 2000.  American Family Physician,

National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse: "Prostate Enlargement: Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia.

American Cancer Society: "Detailed Guide: Prostate Cancer." 

Marks, L. , 2006.  Journal of Urology

Ranjan, P. , 2006.  Urology

National Cancer Institute: "The prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test: Questions and answers.

American Cancer Society: "Can Prostate Cancer Be Found Early?". 

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.

Reviewed by Nazia Q Bandukwala on March 05, 2019

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