Benign prostate enlargement : Symptoms

Symptoms of an enlarged prostate include:

  • finding it difficult to start peeing
  • straining to pee
  • having a weak flow of urine
  • "stop-start" peeing
  • needing to pee urgently and/or frequently
  • needing to get up frequently in the night to pee
  • accidentally leaking urine (urinary incontinence)

Leaking urine can happen when you feel a sudden need to pee and cannot stop some pee leaking out before you get to a toilet. This is called urge incontinence.

Leaking urine can also happen when you strain. For example, when you cough, sneeze or lift a heavy object. This is called stress incontinence.

The most common form of leaking is when a small amount of urine dribbles into your underwear after peeing.

Find out more about urinary incontinence.


See a GP if you have any of the symptoms of an enlarged prostate .

Even if the symptoms are mild, they could be caused by a condition that needs to be investigated.

Any blood in your urine must be investigated by a GP to rule out other more serious conditions.

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