Symptoms and side effects of an enlarged prostate include a weak urinary stream, frequent urination, dribbling after urination and a feeling of incomplete emptying of the bladder, reports WebMD. These symptoms occur because an enlarged prostate partly blocks the passage of urine through the urethra.
Symptoms such as a urinary stream that starts and stops and difficulty starting urination lead to the bladder not emptying completely, according to WebMD. This in turn puts an individual at risk for urinary tract infections, bladder stones, developing blood in the urine and a complete inability to urinate. If this latter condition develops, an individual should consult a health care professional immediately. In some cases, an enlarged prostrate can lead to kidney and bladder damage.
Trouble with urination is not necessarily caused by an enlarged prostate, and if individuals are suffering from this condition, they should not put off seeing a physician because the cause may be a more serious underlying condition such as bladder or prostate cancer or stones, warns WebMD. If an enlarged prostate is diagnosed as the cause of the symptoms, treatment depends on how the symptoms are affecting the quality of life of the patient. Patients should remain aware if the symptoms are worsening and if they are willing to accept some of the risks associated with certain treatments.