If you experience any of the following symptoms, it could mean you have a swollen or infected prostate gland and you may need to see a urologist. He will likely examine you to determine if you do, in fact, suffer from an enlarged prostate (BPH) or prostatitis:
- A frequent need to urinate, causing you to get up several times a night.
- A weak, often interrupted urinary stream.
- A full-bladder feeling, as if you can never completely empty your bladder.
- Difficulty initiating a urine stream, with involuntary dribbling at the beginning or end.
- Sudden, sometimes uncontrollable urgency to urinate.
- A burning, painful or throbbing sensation when urinating.
- Loss of libido and sexual potency, weak sex drive.
- And, of course, blood in the urine and any pain or discomfort in the urinary tract can definitely signal a problem.
Prostate problems are a serious concern to any man over the age of 40. The good news is that treated early, prostate problems can be overcome or managed inexpensively. Delay and you may face the possibility of prostate cancer, surgery, loss of your ability to have sex, and the possibility that some day you may be required to wear diapers.