What is BPH?
Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia, or BPH, is a condition in which the prostate enlarges as men get older. BPH is a very common condition that affects over 40 million Americans and over 500 million aging men worldwide. Over 40% of men in their 50s and over 70% of men in their 60s have BPH1. While BPH is a benign condition and unrelated to prostate cancer, it can greatly affect a man’s quality of life.
As the prostate enlarges, it presses on and blocks the urethra, causing bothersome urinary symptoms such as:
- Frequent need to urinate both day and night
- Weak or slow urinary stream
- A sense that you cannot completely empty your bladder
- Difficulty or delay in starting urination
- Urgent feeling of needing to urinate
- A urinary stream that stops and starts
If you suffer from the above symptoms, you are not alone. BPH is the leading reason men visit a urologist.
You can measure the severity of your BPH symptoms by taking the International Prostate Symptom Score (IPSS) questionnaire below.
How Severe Are My Symptoms?
The International Prostate Symptom Score (IPSS) questionnaire was developed to measure the severity of your BPH symptoms. Your score is not meant to provide medical advice or replace your doctor's expert opinion and care. Only your doctor can diagnose whether you have BPH and assess your individual condition. There are other conditions that can cause urinary symptoms besides BPH.
The following is a series of questions that ask how often certain symptoms occur. To mark your response, click on the box that best describes your symptoms. When you have answered all 8 questions, click on SUBMIT, and your total score will be calculated.
How Severe Are My Symptoms?
Your IPSS Score
Your Quality of Life Score
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Not at all
Less than 1 time in 5
Less than half the time
About half the time
More than half the time
Summary of your answers
1. Incomplete Emptying
Over the last month, how often have you had a sensation of not emptying your bladder completely after you finished urinating?
During the last month, how often have you had to urinate again less than 2 hours after you finished urinating?
During the last month, how often have you found you stopped and started again several times when you urinated?
During the last month, how often have you found it difficult to postpone urination?
5. Weak Stream
During the last month, how often have you had a weak urinary stream?
During the last month, how often have you had to push or strain to begin urination?
During the last month, how many times did you most typically get up to urinate from the time you went to bed at night until the time you got up in the morning?
8. Quality of Life
If you were to spend the rest of your life with your urinary condition the way it is now, how would you feel about that?
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