There's nothing like the prospect of an upcoming medical procedure or surgery to send the ol' anxiety into overdrive. Heck, even a routine cavity filling is enough to keep people up the night before. And when a potential side effect is sexual dysfunction, as is the case with many procedures used to treat an enlarged prostate gland—also known as benign prostatic hyperplasia, or BPH—the situation can be even more nerve-racking.
The good news: BPH surgery is far from the end of your sex life. While sexual side effects are sometimes associated with certain BPH procedures, the risk isn't uniform across all types. And if you do end up experiencing them, often a number of treatment options are available.
Here's the lowdown on the types of BPH surgeries available, the risks associated with each, and how you can manage and cope with the potential side effects.
Types of BPH procedures and surgeries
An enlarged prostate primarily causes urinary problems by blocking the flow of urine out of the bladder. A number of different procedures and surgeries are used to treat BPH, each differing in approach and side effects