BPH Specialist in Bakersfield, California
Helping Men in the Bakersfield area Overcome Symptoms of BPH
Benign prostatic hyperplasia, or BPH, is a common condition. As men age, their chances of developing an enlarged prostate increase. Regular prostate exams are essential to maintaining a man's health over time. Going to a urologist or even receiving a prostate exam from your family physician can help to check on the status of the prostate over time. Fortunately, numerous treatment options can help you manage BPH. Urologist Robert Waguespack offers thorough diagnostic services and customized care plans for men with BPH. To schedule an appointment our office in Bakersfield, CA, call (661) 321-3303 or request an appointment through our secure online form.
What is BPH?
Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia, or BPH, is a condition in which the prostate enlarges as men get older. BPH is a very common condition that affects over 40 million Americans and over 500 million aging men worldwide. Over 40% of men in their 50s and over 70% of men in their 60s have BPH1. While BPH is a benign condition and unrelated to prostate cancer, it can greatly affect a man’s quality of life.
As the prostate enlarges, it presses on and blocks the urethra, causing bothersome urinary symptoms such as:
- Frequent need to urinate both day and night
- Weak or slow urinary stream
- A sense that you cannot completely empty your bladder
- Difficulty or delay in starting urination
- Urgent feeling of needing to urinate
- A urinary stream that stops and starts
If you suffer from the above symptoms, you are not alone. BPH is the leading reason men visit a urologist.2
You can measure the severity of your BPH symptoms by taking the International Prostate Symptom Score (IPSS) questionnaire.
- Berry, et al., Journal of Urology 1984
- IMS Health NDTI Urology Specialty Profile Report 2013
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