Nearly every man over the age of 50 experiences symptoms of prostate gland enlargement. The symptoms are going to the bath room frequently, poor force of the urine stream, dribbling after urination and perhaps the most troublesome of all is getting up at night to urinate. Every night, between 12 and 15 million men in the U.S. are likely to have loss of sleep because of an enlarged prostate gland. This article will discuss the purpose of the prostate gland and what treatment options are available for this common condition.
The prostate gland is typically the size and shape of a walnut and is located in the lower part of the pelvis, below the bladder. It envelops the urethra, the tube through which urine flows from the bladder out of the body. When the prostate gland grows bigger – which happens to virtually every man as he ages – it can compress the urethra and make it difficult to pass urine.