One of the first things you might notice is that your partner has to get up at night to urinate – he wakes you up and you stay awake whilst he tumbles back into bed and sleeps soundly. Also, he may need the toilet more frequently during the day, interrupting days out and travelling.
Our article on enlarged prostate symptoms will help you better understand what your partner is going through and both of you might also be interested in our Enlarged Prostate Symptom Check page.
If you think that an enlarged prostate is a possibility, encourage him to have the diagnosis confirmed by a doctor. Experience suggests that this may not be easy as men generally prefer to ignore their health problems.
However, many cases of prostate enlargement can be easily treated, and if attended to early, the need for more inconvenient forms of treatment (such as surgery) may be avoided. Also, it will be worth pointing out that the enlarged prostate and prostate cancer are quite different conditions.
A visit to the doctor should be a simple affair and in most cases, a diagnosis can be made from the history alone. However, to exclude serious conditions, a doctor may recommend an internal examination of the prostate gland (through the back passage) and blood tests.