The prostate is characterized as a small gland about the size of a walnut, located below the bladder, in front of the rectum. The prostate is a part of the male reproductive tract, and at birth, the prostate gland is small. When testosterone levels rise during puberty, the prostate grows quickly, doubling its size by age 20. Growth slows over the next two decades and the prostate does not usually cause problems for many years.
Less than 10 percent of men age 30 have enlarged prostates. At 40 years old, 25 percent of men experience enlargement. Half of men have an enlarged prostate at 60 years of age, and at 85, 90 percent of men have an enlarged prostate. If you are experiencing symptoms of an enlarged prostate, you may need to seek help from an Emergency Clinic in Maui.
The prostate surrounds the tube that carries urine from the bladder. During puberty, the prostate expands. The enlargement occurs during the second half of life, however, is concentrated in the part of the gland surrounding the urethra. As the gland increases, it interferes with the flow of urine out of the bladder. This increases the function of the bladder to remove urine. Over time, the problem gets worse and often the bladder fails to empty all the urine.
Prostate growth is usually accompanied by obstructive symptoms like hesitant or intermittent urination, decreased the force and a thinning of the urine stream. Irritative symptoms like dysuria (pain that occurs during urgent urination), nocturia (urinary frequency at night) and an urgency to go use the bathroom. Click here to know more.
The pressure in the urethra produces an interrupted or weak flow. Other symptoms may include:
* Difficulty starting urination
* Having difficulty urinating
* Sensation of not fully emptying the bladder
* Painful urination
* The need to constantly urinate, especially at night
* Incontinence, also known as a bladder control loss, may present itself
Severe complications may occur if your bladder does not completely empty. Urine that remains in your bladder could cause bacterial growth, something of which may cause urinary tract infections. Do not let this issue go on for any longer than possible. Visit the Wailea Medical Center or contact Dr. Annelle E. Onishi M.D.