40% of men in their 50s and more than 70% of men in their 60s struggle with enlarged prostates. The prostate gland is located inside the body, and secretes an important fluid that combines with sperm to make semen. The prostate is very close to the urethra, which is the tube that carries urine from your bladder to your penis and out of your body. When it grows in size it can put pressure on other important structures, and stimulates the muscles in your bladder to become overactive, squeezing your bladder when it is not necessary. This results in frequent urination and sometimes very little warning before a strong urge to urinate.
An enlarged prostate can also cause difficulty initiating urination, decreased force of the stream, stopping and starting, or dribbling. If you suffer from any of these problems, make sure to bring it up with your healthcare provider so they can be treated. In severe cases, this can lead to the inability to urinate even when the bladder is full. This must be addressed urgently, as it can cause kidney problems if not treated.