What is the Prostate?

What is the Prostate?

The prostate is a walnut-sized, muscular gland located below the bladder in men. Its primary role is to produce some of the compounds found in semen that support sperm. During ejaculation, the prostate squeezes fluid into the urethra which is expelled as semen.

Common Urinary Issues
in Aging Men

As a man ages, changes in his prostate can lead to urinary symptoms such as:

  • More frequent urination
  • Sudden urgency
  • A weak stream
  • Dribbling at the end of urination
  • Need to strain
  • Inability to fully empty the bladder

If you begin to experience these symptoms, it is recommended that you speak to your doctor.

Common Urinary Issues
in Aging Men

Common
Urinary Issues
in Aging Men

As a man ages, changes in his prostate can lead to urinary symptoms such as:

  • More frequent urination
  • Sudden urgency
  • A weak stream
  • Dribbling at the end of urination
  • Need to strain
  • Inability to fully empty the bladder

If you begin to experiencee these symptom, it is recommended that men speak to their doctor if they experience a change.

How Common Are
Urinary Problems?

If you are a man experiencing urinary issues, you are not alone. Urinary symptoms are common - affecting about 40% of older men.

If you are experiencing urinary issues, it is advisable to speak to your doctor to rule out a serious condition.

Urinary Symptom Analyzer

This questionnaire was developed to measure the severity of your urinary symptoms. Although this questionnaire is for educational purposes only, it can help you to communicate what urinary issues you are having to your doctor. Your score is not meant to provide medical advice or replace your doctor's expert opinion and care. Only your doctor can diagnose and assess your individual condition. This questionnaire does not capture any data - no personal information will be stored.

Urinary Symptom Analyzer

This questionnaire was developed to measure the severity of your urinary symptoms. Although this questionnaire is for educational purposes only, it can help you to communicate what urinary issues you are having to your doctor. Your score is not meant to provide medical advice or replace your doctor's expert opinion and care. Only your doctor can diagnose and assess your individual condition. This questionnaire does not capture any data - no personal information will be stored.

Symptoms

Not at all

Less than 1 in 5 times

Less than half the time

About half the time

More than half the time

Almost always

Incomplete emptying

Over the last month, how often have you had the sensation of not emptying your bladder?

Frequency

Over the last month, how often have you had to urinate again less than 2 hours after you finished urinating?

Intermittency

Over the last month, how often have you found you stopped and started again several times when you urinated?

Urgency

Over the last month, how often have you found it difficult to postpone urination?

Weak stream

Over the last month, how often have you had a weak urinary stream?

Straining

Over the last month, how often have you had to strain to start urination?

Nighttime awakenings

None

1 time

2 times

3 times

4 times

5 times or more

Over the last month, how many times did you typically get up at night to urinate?

The urinary symptom analyzer is based on the International Prostate Symptom Score (IPSS) questionnaire created by the American Urological Association (AUA).

Incomplete emptying

Over the last month, how often have you had the sensation of not emptying your bladder?

Frequency

Over the last month, how often have you had to urinate less than every two hours?

Intermittency

Over the last month, how often have you found you stopped and started again several times when you urinated?

Urgency

Over the last month, how often have you found it difficult to postpone urination?

Weak Stream

Over the last month, how often have you had a weak urinary stream?

Straining

Over the last month, how often have you had to strain to start urination

Nighttime Awakenings

Over the last month, how many times did you typically get up at night to urinate?

How Severe Are My Symptoms?

It is advisable to talk to your doctor about your symptoms. This score may be used to develop a treatment plan and measure improvement over time. Remember, only your doctor can assess your individual condition and provide an appropriate diagnosis.

Mild

0-7

Moderate

8-19

Severe

20-35

Your Score

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Tips to Improve Urinary
and Prostate Health

Lifestyle changes that may help include:

  • Maintaining a heart-healthy diet
  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Staying active and exercising regularly
  • Treating any constipation
  • Avoiding consuming fluids two hours prior to bedtime
  • Scheduling regular bathroom visits and trying double voiding (void 30 seconds after you first void)
  • Avoiding caffeine and alcohol
  • Talking to your doctor or pharmacist about your medications, including cold medications with antihistamines and decongestants, and blood pressure medications, which can impact urinary function for some men
Prostate Health

Tips to Improve Urinary
and Prostate Health

Lifestyle changes that may help include:

  • Maintain a heart-healthy diet
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Stay active and exercise regularly
  • Treat any constipation
  • Avoid consuming fluids two hours prior to bedtime
  • Schedule regular bathroom visits and try double voiding (void 30 seconds after you first void)
  • Avoid caffeine and alcohol
  • Talk to your doctor and pharmacist about your medications and over the counter meds, cold medications with antihistamines and decongestants can cause a problem for some men

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✝︎Naslund MJ, et al. Int J Clin Pract. 2007 Sep;61(9):1437-45.