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When should I talk to my doctor about enlarged prostate?

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If your enlarged prostate symptoms are mild and not bothersome, there's likely no need for treatment. One-third of men with mild benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) find that their symptoms clear up without treatment. They may just watch and wait.

However, when enlarged prostate symptoms are bothersome or are affecting your quality of life or overall health, it's time to talk to your doctor about the treatment options. Together you will determine if you would benefit most from medication, a minimally invasive procedure, or surgery.

It's important to talk with a doctor when you begin noticing changes in urinary function. You need to find out what's going on so you can be treated for enlarged prostate if necessary. For many men, especially those who are young when the prostate starts growing, getting early treatment can head off complications later on.

From: Enlarged Prostate Treatments WebMD Medical Reference

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American Urological Association: "Diagnosis of BPH," "Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH)," "Clinical Guidelines."

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

William Jaffe, MD, professor of urology, Temple University School of Medicine, Philadelphia.

Reviewed by Nazia Q Bandukwala on December 4, 2018

SOURCES:

American Urological Association: "Diagnosis of BPH," "Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH)," "Clinical Guidelines."

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

William Jaffe, MD, professor of urology, Temple University School of Medicine, Philadelphia.

Reviewed by Nazia Q Bandukwala on December 4, 2018

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