November is Movember, an annual event involving the growing of moustaches to raise awareness of men’s health issues. Today, we’re discussing a common condition many men might be familiar with: benign prostatic hyperplasia, or BPH, commonly known as an enlarged prostate. BPH is a common condition that leads more than 14 million men in the U.S. to seek treatment every year.1 It is a non-cancerous condition occurring in over 40% of men in their 50s and over 80% of men in their 70s.2
Symptoms can include increased bathroom frequency during the day and night, leaving some men “racing” to the restroom, and a weak or slow stream.
If BPH is left untreated, it may permanently damage the bladder.3 This condition can also decrease men's quality of life4 and may restrict their ability to do normal everyday activities.
In fact, in a recent online survey of 1,000 US men aged 45+ who have experienced at least one common symptom of BPH, nearly half of the respondents reported they have avoided events and activities because of their urinary symptoms. And, if they attended events, they did it with extreme bathroom planning.5
For example, if they purchased a ticket to a sporting event or concert, 43% of men chose their seat based on its location from the bathroom.5
BPH issues also extend into the night, with 70% of respondents saying their energy levels suffer during the day because of their symptoms.5
And while there is medication available to treat BPH, it may come with adverse side effects. Sexual dysfunction, dizziness, and headaches may cause men to quit using their BPH treatment medications.6
Fortunately, there's a procedure that may be able to help called the UroLift® System. It's a minimally-invasive procedure for men 45 and older with an enlarged prostate up to 100cc. The procedure is typically performed as a same-day, outpatient procedure, under local anesthesia. Many physicians are even equipped to perform the procedure in their office.7 It doesn't require cutting, heating, or removing prostate tissue.8 Patients typically see rapid symptom relief with improvement in as little as two weeks7,8 with durable results.9 Most common side effects are temporary and can include discomfort when urinating, urgency, inability to control the urge, pelvic pain, and some blood in the urine.8 Rare side effects, including bleeding and infection, may lead to a serious outcome and may require intervention.
Don’t put your health check off any longer, visit UroLift dot com to take a symptom-checker quiz and find a local physician who can help you assess your prostate health.