What is bladder and prostate health?
The bladder and prostate health gland is located beneath your bladder. The tube that transports urine from the bladder out of your penis (urethra) passes through the center of the prostate. When the prostate enlarges, it begins to block urine flow. Most men have continued prostate growth throughout life.
What is the relationship between the prostate and the bladder?
The prostate gland makes fluid for semen, while the bladder stores urine. An enlarged prostate, the most common prostate problem in men over 50, can put pressure on your urinary tract and cause bladder problems.
Does the prostate affect the bladder and prostate health?
When the prostate becomes enlarged, it puts pressure on the bladder and the urethra. And if the outlet is obstructed you may find it difficult to start to urinate, feel a frequent need to go to the toilet and have incomplete bladder emptying, with increased risk of urinary tract infection.
What happens when prostate grows into bladder?
As the prostate enlarges, the gland presses against and pinches the urethra. The bladder wall becomes thicker. Eventually, the bladder may weaken and lose the ability to empty completely, leaving some urine in the bladder.
What causes enlarge bladder and prostate health?
The cause of prostate enlargement is unknown, but it’s believed to be linked to hormonal changes as a man gets older. The balance of hormones in your body changes as you get older and this may cause your prostate gland to grow.