Sexual Health Q&A

What is BPH?

BPH, or benign prostatic hyperplasia, is an enlargement of the prostate gland in men. This gland produces most of the ejaculatory fluid. BPH becomes more common as men get older; by the time they reach their 60s, about 60% of man have some degree of BPH.

The enlargement process can cause a number of urinary problems because the larger prostate can constrict the urethra (which runs through the prostate gland) and press on the bladder. Kidney problems can develop eventually. Many men with BPH also experience erectile dysfunction (ED). ED is the inability to have or maintain an erection suitable for satisfactory sex.