If you have difficulty urinating, you’re not alone. It’s a common problem that can develop from several conditions for both men and women.
Dr. Mike Hsieh and Jose Luis Ruiz, PA have the expertise and experience to treat your urinary incontinence or urinary retention. If you’re a male, benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) might be the cause.
When you’re in your teenage years and going through puberty, your prostate grows, usually doubling in size. Once you reach the age of 25, your prostate begins to enlarge again and continues to grow as you age.
The more your prostate enlarges, the easier it can press on or pinch your urethra, which is what your urine travels through. As your bladder wall becomes thicker, it can weaken and make it difficult for you to empty your bladder completely.
When this occurs, you can experience BPH, which is most commonly found in men aged 50 and older. Although the condition isn’t cancerous, it can cause uncomfortable symptoms.
If you have BPH, you might experience any of the following:
If your symptoms become more serious, such as not being able to urinate at all, seeing blood in your urine, or experiencing severe pain in your lower stomach area and urinary tract, you need medical attention and should contact for an appointment immediately.
Our team at Urology Associates of Mobile will give you a thorough exam, ask questions, and perform the necessary tests to understand your symptoms and accurately diagnose your condition.
We base your treatment on the severity of your symptoms. Options might include:
Lifestyle changes you can practice now include drinking fewer liquids, especially caffeine and alcoholic beverages, engaging your pelvic muscles during exercise to strengthen them, and preventing constipation. We also recommend that you monitor or avoid the use of decongestants, antidepressants, antihistamines, and diuretics.
You might not need any treatment if your prostate isn’t too enlarged and if your symptoms are tolerable. We monitor your BPH closely to ensure you don’t run into any complications.
If you have issues with urinating and want to learn more about the cause, contact us at 858-216-2771, or use our online appointment tool today.