Enlarged prostate

Men have a gland (the size of a walnut) that sits under the bladder and surrounds the urethra. It is called the prostate and its task is to produce semen.

As men become older, the prostate can start to enlarge, which causes it to press on the urethra, making it narrower. While a benign enlargement of the prostate is not life-threatening, it can cause problems with urinating resulting in disturbed sleep.

 

Being able to recognise the symptoms of an enlarged prostate is helpful. The stream can become thinner and weaker. Sometimes, it can be difficult to start urinating and empty the bladder completely. Many men have to urinate frequently, both during the day and at night. Some feel that the flow of urine continues to drip when they have finished urinating.

There may also be other symptoms and some of these symptoms may be signs of other diseases. For this reason, it is important that you consult your doctor about them.