Some men who experience symptoms of urgency and frequency may have a condition known as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) or an enlarged prostate. A healthcare professional can tell you whether you have OAB, an enlarged prostate or both. The prostate is a donut shaped gland at the bottom of the bladder and surrounds the urethra, the tube that takes urine from the bladder to the outside. Occurring only in men, the prostate's function is to produce seminal fluid, which is mixed with sperm to make semen for reproduction. As men get older the prostate gland may increase in size which may cause problems as the urethra becomes pinched or kinked. This can affect urination and the condition is called benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH).
- A weak and interrupted flow of urine
- The need to urinate frequently during both the day and night
- A burning sensation when urinating
- A constant feeling that the bladder is not empty even after urination
- Difficulty in beginning to urinate even when the bladder feels full
- An urgent need to urinate straight away
- Difficulty in urinating at all