Recognizing Benign Prostate Hyperplasia

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Half of all men between ages 51 and 60 have have BPH and as many as 90 percent of men over age 80 acquire it.

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As men age, their prostate gland grows. Normally about the size of a walnut, the prostate sits just below the bladder, encircling the urethra, anterior to the rectum. With smooth muscles, the prostrate helps transport seminal fluid from the testicles through the vas deferens.

About half of all men between ages 51 and 60 have Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) and as many as 90 percent of men over age 80 acquire BPH. The growing gland exerts pressure on the bladder and constricts the urethra, diminishing the flow of urine along with the quantity and volume of sperma­tozoa within semen. Treat­ment for BPH, can some­times contribute to flaccidity, erectile dysfunc­tion, and ejaculatory problems.

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