An enlarged prostate is the most common cause of urinary problems in men as they get older. Possible symptoms include:

  • a weak flow when you urinate
  • a feeling that your bladder hasn't emptied properly
  • difficulty starting to urinate
  • dribbling urine after you finish urinating
  • needing to urinate more often, especially at night
  • needing to rush to the toilet - you may sometimes leak urine before you get there.

You may not get all of these symptoms, and some men don't have any symptoms at all. These symptoms can be caused by other things such as cold weather, anxiety, other health problems, lifestyle factors and some medicines. Blood in your urine is rarely a symptom of an enlarged prostate and is usually caused by something else.

If you have any of the symptoms above, you should visit your GP to find out what is causing them.

You can read about how symptoms might affect your life in our booklet, Enlarged prostate: A guide to diagnosis and treatment.

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References

Updated: December 2017 | Due for Review: December 2019

  • List of references  

    • National Institute for Health and Care Excellence. Lower urinary tract symptoms in men: assessment and management. NICE Clinical Guideline 97. (modified June 2015); 2010.
    • Public Health England. Prostate cancer risk management programme (PCRMP): benefits and risks of PSA testing [Internet]. GOV.UK; 2016. Available from: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/prostate-cancer-risk-management-programme-psa-test-benefits-and-risks/prostate-cancer-risk-management-programme-pcrmp-benefits-and-risks-of-psa-testing

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