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Talking to Your Doctor About Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH)
General Tips for Gathering Information
- Bring someone with you. It helps to have another person hear what is said and think of questions to ask.
- Write your questions ahead of time, so you don't forget them.
- Write down the answers you get, and make sure you understand what you are hearing. Ask for clarification, if necessary.
- Do not be afraid to ask questions or ask where you can find more information about what you are discussing. You have a right to know.
Specific Questions to Ask Your Doctor
- How fast will my disease progress?
- Are any medications I am taking dangerous for my stage of this disease?
- Do you see any signs of prostate cancer?
- How do you make the diagnosis?
- Is there a genetic influence that I should be aware of?
- At what point should my symptoms require treatment?
- What are my treatment options?
- What are the side effects and benefits of each of these options?
Let's talk about possible side effects of the treatment you recommend. I'm particularly concerned about:
- Sexual function
- Urinary incontinence
- Am I at risk for these or other side effects?
- How can I reduce my risk and/or manage these side effects?
- Are there any alternative or complementary therapies for BPH that may be right for me?
American Urological Association Practice Guidelines Committee. AUA guideline on management of benign prostatic hyperplasia. J Urol. 2003;170:530-547. Available at: http://www.auanet.org/education/guidelines/benign-prostatic-hyperplasia.cfm . Accessed August 22, 2013.
Burnett A, Wein A. Benign prostatic hyperplasia in primary care: what you need to know. J Urol. 2006;175:S19-24.
Dull P, Reagan R, Bahnson R. Managing benign prostatic hyperplasia. Am Fam Physician. 2002;66:87-88.
- Reviewer: Adrienne Carmack, MD
- Review Date: 09/2013
- Update Date: 09/30/2013