Symptoms of Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH)
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- Incomplete emptying—a sensation of not emptying your bladder completely after you finish urinating
- Frequency—having to urinate again less than two hours after you finished urinating
- Urgency—having a strong urge to urinate that is difficult to postpone
- Nocturia—having to get up out of bed to urinate during the night
- Intermittency—frequent stopping and starting of your urine flow during a single urination period
- Hesitancy—having the urge to urinate, but needing to wait until the flow actually starts
- Weak stream—urine that trickles out rather than flows strongly
- Straining—having to push or strain in order to urinate
- Incontinence—inability to control urination (leaking)
- Difficulty starting to urinate
- Dribbling at end of urination
- Deep discomfort in the lower abdomen
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National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse website. Available at: http://kidney.niddk.nih.gov/.
- Reviewer: Adrienne Carmack, MD
- Review Date: 09/2014 -
- Update Date: 09/17/2014 -
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