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Prostate Health

The prostate is an important component in men's health, but due to its location near the bladder, it can develop conditions that affect urination and sexual function. The urology specialists at Tri-County Health Care are experts in identifying these conditions and helping to keep the prostate healthy.

What is the prostate?

The prostate is a small walnut-sized gland that is a part of the male reproductive system. It surrounds part of the urethra, which is a tube that carries urine out of the bladder and through the penis.

Because the prostate gland tends to grow larger with age, it may squeeze the urethra and cause problems in passing urine. Sometimes, men in their 30s and 40s may begin to have urinary symptoms and need medical attention. For others, symptoms aren’t noticed until much later in life. An infection or a tumor can also make the prostate larger.

Be sure to tell your provider if you have any of the urinary symptoms listed below:

  • Passing urine frequently throughout the day
  • An urgent need to pass urine
  • Less urine flow
  • Burning when you pass urine
  • Need to get up many times during the night to pass urine

  • Enlarged prostate (BPH)

    BPH stands for benign prostatic hyperplasia. Benign means “not cancer,” and hyperplasia means abnormal cell growth. BPH results in an enlarged prostate, but it is not linked to cancer and does not increase your risk of getting prostate cancer. However, the symptoms of BPH and prostate cancer can be similar.

    Symptoms of BPH:
  • Trouble starting a urine stream or making more than a dribble
  • Passing urine often, especially at night
  • Feeling that the bladder has not fully emptied
  • A strong or sudden urge to pass urine
  • Weak or slow urine stream
  • Stopping and starting again several times while passing urine
  • Pushing or straining to begin passing urine

  • Prostatitis

    Prostatitis is an inflammation of the prostate gland that is often caused by a bacterial infection. It affects at least half of all men at some time during their lives. Having this condition does not increase your risk of any other prostate disease.

    Symptoms of prostatitis:
  • Trouble passing urine
  • A burning or stinging feeling or pain when passing urine
  • Strong, frequent urge to pass urine, even when there is a small amount of urine
  • Chills and high fever
  • Low back pain or body aches
  • Pain low in the belly, groin or behind the scrotum
  • Rectal pressure or pain
  • Urethral discharge with bowel movements
  • Genital and rectal throbbing
  • Sexual problems and loss of sex drive
  • Painful ejaculation (sexual climax)

  • Meet our dedicated providers below:

    The visiting specialists and in-house physician assistant see and treat urological conditions and perform surgical operations at Tri-County Health Care. They also provide consultation, intervention and ongoing care for those with the following urological cancers: bladder, kidney, prostate, testicular and penile.


    Toll-Free: 800-631-1811
    Phone: 218-631-3510