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Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) Appointment Guide

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Ask the right questions at your next doctor’s appointment. Answer two questions below to personalize your appointment guide.
  • Are you keeping a voiding diary and can we review it?
  • Have you completed an AUA symptom score for this visit?
  • In general, have your symptoms improved, stayed the same, or worsened?
  • How much are your symptoms affecting your social, physical, work or sexual activities?
  • Do you ever have trouble getting or maintaining an erection?
  • How much caffeine and alcohol are you consuming on a daily or weekly basis?
  • Describe your symptoms. Do you experiencing urgency, dribbling of urine, difficulty starting to urinate, incomplete emptying, starting and stopping urine stream, or a weak urine stream?
  • How long have you had these symptoms? Did they start suddenly?
  • Are your symptoms constant or do they come and go?
  • Do you have pain or burning with urination? Do you wake to urinate at night? How often?
  • What other medical conditions do you have? What past surgeries have you had?
  • Do you have a family history of enlarged prostate or prostate cancer? Any previous PSA blood tests?
  • What side effects, such as dizziness, are you noticing with your BPH medicine?
  • What tests and treatments have you had so far?
  • What new symptoms are you experiencing?
  • What is the most likely cause of my urinary symptoms?
  • Could another medical condition be causing or contributing to my symptoms?
  • How do you diagnose BPH? Does BPH cause prostate cancer?
  • How do you know for sure that it is BPH and not prostate cancer?
  • What treatments are available for BPH?
  • Should I see a specialist?
  • Does my BPH require treatment? What treatments are available for BPH?
  • When do you recommend surgery vs medication for BPH treatment?
  • What are the side effects of the treatment you are recommending?
  • What are the options if this treatment does not help?
  • What lifestyle changes can I make to help improve my symptoms?
  • How do my other medical conditions affect BPH and vice versa?
  • Could a different medicine work better or without as many side effects?
  • Do my new or different symptoms mean my BPH is getting worse?
  • What is the best treatment plan for my BPH?
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Last Review Date: 2016 Mar 7
  1. Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH). Johns Hopkins University.
  2. Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH). Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research.

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