Test your urinary symptoms online Coloplast has made an online version available of the international Prostate Symptom Score (IPSS), which is a worldwide validated test for assessing urinary symptoms. Learn more about IPSS
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Several men experience urinary symptoms such as a weak stream, getting up at night to pee and the sensation of not emptying the bladder as a consequence of an enlarged prostate, also referred to as BPH (Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia). In most cases, an enlarged prostate is not dangerous nor cancer related, but it is important to get tested and to monitor symptoms. 


Coloplast has made an online version available of the International Prostate Symptom Score (IPSS), which is a worldwide validated test for assessing urinary symptoms and thousands of doctors use it every day as a diagnostic tool. Urinary symptoms can become very bothersome and if severe, medical treatment is needed. 


Take the 2 minute test and assess the severity of your urinary symptoms. If your test scores show to be moderate or severe, contact your health care professional. You may want to bring a report with your test score to your doctor for further discussions.  


You and your health care professional can discuss whether it would be useful to take the test on a regular basis for self-monitoring during treatment to check if symptoms are becoming less bothersome (e.g. when taking medication or after a surgery).

 

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What does it mean to have an enlarged prostate? Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) is a noncancerous enlargement of the prostate, which is common among men above the age of 40. What is an enlarged prostate?
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What does it mean to have an enlarged prostate?

Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) is a noncancerous enlargement of the prostate, which is common among men above the age of 40. As the prostate gland grows in size, it may compress the urethra and hereby restrict the flow of urine. Common symptoms of BPH include:

  • Constant urge (a strong sense of wanting to urinate)
  • Weak stream 
  • Frequent urination
  • Urinary tract infections (UTIs)
  • Getting up multiple times in the night to urinate.  

And in some cases you may have urinary retention. Urinary retention (an inability to voluntarily urinate) is a serious symptom of severe BPH that requires immediate medical attention. Depending on your issue, you may need to use an intermittent catheter. The course of BPH varies from one man to the next. Some men will never reach a symptom level, where treatment is needed, and others will suffer from severe symptoms, where medical attention is necessary.

You can take the test to evaluate your symptoms now. 

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Managing bladder retention If you have difficulty emptying your bladder, you typically use an intermittent catheter. Your first step will be to find one that fits you and your lifestyle. How to manage bladder retention
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Managing bladder retention

If you have difficulty emptying your bladder, you will typically use an intermittent catheter. Your first step will be to find one that fits you and your lifestyle. Once you’ve decided on a catheter, it’s important that you follow your healthcare professional's guidance.
If you experience frequent urinary tract infections (UTIs), it could be a good idea to do the following:

  • Drink more fluid during the day.
  • Increase how often you catheterize daily. Typically you will be advised to catheterize 4-6 times a day if you are not able to void by yourself.
  • Ensure you have clean hands and materials when catheterizing.
  • Reassess your intermittent catheterization technique.

If you keep getting UTIs despite following these guidelines, be sure to contact a healthcare professional.

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Meet Magne Meet Magne "It’s definitely much handier when traveling. Sometimes with the longer catheter I would be worried the end might be sticking out of the bag but not with this one.” Read the story of Magne who lives with symptoms of an enlarged prostate
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Meet Magne

Magne, a 73-year-old retired IT specialist, has been living with an enlarged prostate for nearly five years. Initially his doctors prescribed a permanent catheter and although this helped with the condition’s most distressing effects, he found himself becoming more and more withdrawn: “I just had to put up with a permanent catheter, but it was inhibiting.”. 

Later, Magne’s daughter – a nurse – suggested he try an intermittent catheter. Magne was happy to try an alternative: “I was going crazy when I couldn’t empty my bladder and I thought there must be a better way.” Magne’s doctor recommended SpeediCath, and it had a positive impact immediately. The transition from permanent to intermittent catheter was a big improvement. He explains: “When you have a permanent catheter you have this bag filling up with your urine hanging by your leg and you keep to yourself, you don’t go out much. You are much freer with an intermittent catheter.” 

Magne quickly got used to SpeediCath and today, Magne is once again enjoying his retirement. He is especially fond of travel with his wife, and taking long walks in the countryside – neither of which would have been possible with his previous solution. “If I had had to wear a permanent catheter, my quality of life would have been ruined.”  says Magne. 

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The advantages of intermittent catheterization The advantages of intermittent catheterization Intermittent catheterization (IC) is the preferred method of self catheterization for convenience in bladder emptying Advantages of intermittent catheterization
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The advantages of intermittent catheterization

Intermittent catheterization (IC) is the preferred method of self catheterization for convenience in bladder emptying due to its safety, effectiveness and increased satisfaction for those who use IC. Compared to indwelling catheters, IC:  

  • Is used at specific moments of the day, whereas an indwelling catheter is used 24/7 
  • Reduces the number of urinary tract infections and general urethral complications
  • Provides a sense of independence with less restrictions on your daily activates (e.g. work, sports, social activities)
  • Enhances quality of life for most users 

Switching to an intermittent catheter, we recommend that you contact your health care professional to discuss whether an intermittent catheter would be suitable for you. 


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