Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia

The prostate gland is part of the male reproductive system which produces secretions which help to nourish sperm and aid fertility. The growth and function of the prostate is controlled by various hormones, the most important of these is testosterone. From about the age of 40 the prostate begins to increase in size, which is a normal change with age (BPH), however this can lead to urinary problems. The problems are caused by the narrowing of the urethra, the tube which carries urine from the bladder. Signs of this include a weak and intermittent urine flow, hesitancy, having to pass urine frequently or urgently, or having to get up during the night to pass urine.

OAB is a common condition affecting both men and women. It leads to symptoms of increased urinary frequency and urgency to pass urine. It is also called ‘irritable bladder’. We have conducted several studies in the past looking at different pharmacologic agents such as alpha-blockers and 5-alpha-reductase inhibitors for BPH. We have also conducted several studies for OAB in the recent past and will be starting several new studies soon. We have an Ultrasound scanner and Uroflow device to conduct the tests to assess patients with the above problems.