An enlarged prostate is exactly what it sounds like; a prostate gland that has become larger. This is something that happens to the majority of males as they grow older. As the prostate grows it tends to push out and put pressure on the urethra. This causes bladder and urination problems. This condition is also known as benign prostatic hyperplasia, or BHP.
The cause of prostate enlargement is not clear. What is known for certain is that aging is a factor. Almost every man who lives past 50 will develop this condition. Aside for the enlargement and the symptoms that is causes, there is no connection with prostate enlargement and any other serious condition.
Of all the men who have an enlarged prostate, only half actually have symptoms. The main symptoms include a dribble at the end of urination, inability to completely empty the bladder, slowed start of the urine stream, weak urine stream, pain when urination and in some cases, blood in the urine. A medical professional can diagnosis an enlarged prostate by doing a rectal exam, checking urine flow and doing a urinalysis. Treatment will depend upon the severity of the problem and will be decided by the medical provider.