At Your Appointment

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.
  • Please describe the symptoms and issues you’re having that led you to schedule this online appointment. Start at the beginning of this current episode and tell me how and when things have changed and progressed.
  • 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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Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS
Last Review Date: 2016 Mar 7
THIS TOOL DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. It is intended for informational purposes only. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Never ignore professional medical advice in seeking treatment because of something you have read on the site. If you think you may have a medical emergency, immediately call your doctor or dial 911.
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  2. Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH). Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/benign-prostatic-hyperplasia/diagnosis-treatment/drc-...