Understanding BPH
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How Severe Are My Symptoms?

The International Prostate Symptom Score (IPSS) questionnaire was developed to measure how severe your BPH symptoms are. This quiz is not meant to provide medical advice or replace your doctor's expert opinion and care. Only your doctor can diagnose whether you have BPH and assess your individual condition. There are other conditions that can cause urinary symptoms besides BPH.

The following are a series of questions that ask how often certain symptoms occur. To mark your response, click on the box that best describes your symptoms. When you have answered all 8 questions, click on SUBMIT, and your total score will be calculated.

1. Incomplete Emptying

Over the last month, how often have you had a sensation of not emptying your bladder completely after you finished urinating?

2. Frequency

During the last month, how often have you had to urinate again less than 2 hours after you finished urinating?

3. Intermittency

During the last month, how often have you found you stopped and started again several times when you urinated?

4. Urgency

During the last month, how often have you found it difficult to postpone urination?

5. Weak Stream

During the last month, how often have you had a weak urinary stream?

6. Straining

During the last month, how often have you had to push or strain to begin urination?

7. Sleeping

During the last month, how many times did you most typically get up to urinate from the time you went to bed at night until the time you got up in the morning?

8. Quality of Life

If you were to spend the rest of your life with your urinary condition the way it is now, how would you feel about that?

 

Barry MJ, Fowler FJ, Jr., O’Leary MP, et al. The American Urological Association symptom index for benign prostatic hyperplasia. The Measurement Committee of the American Urological Association. The Journal of Urology 1992; 148(5): 1549-57; discussion 64.