The Prostate Gland: Its Relevance and Care
The prostate gland exists only in males. Prostate gland is the most vulnerable gland in a male body and prostate related conditions are the most common health concerns for males today. It is responsible for a sexual function wherein it produces semen fluid. The prostate can be found right under the bladder and is the size of a walnut when healthy.
What does the prostate gland do?
Apart from maintaining the good quality of the sperm, the prostate also regulates the flow of urine. Moreover, as the prostate is made of 70% muscular tissue and 30% glandular tissue, it functions as a force to drive out semen from the body and reach the vagina. Hence, healthy prostate gland guarantees proper transportation of semen and better chances of procreation as well as helps regulate the urine function. Therefore when impaired first functions to suffer are the sexual and the urinary.
The prostate gland is also responsible for orgasmic pleasure in men. Stimulation of the gland results in more intense and powerful orgasms. Many couples frequently include prostate stimulation in their sexual games. Apart from sexual enjoyment, there is a belief that regular massaging of the prostate both during sexual encounters and for health purposes can play a huge role in prevention of prostate health issues later on and can help treat already existing conditions.
Moreover, the secretions from the prostate massage or commonly known as “milking” can help avert urinary tract infections.
Development of the prostate gland
Ever since birth the prostate is present in the male child. At the time of birth, the size of the gland can be likened to the size of a pea. During puberty, there is a rapid growth in its size. By the age of 40 the gland reaches the size of a walnut and is not supposed to grow any more.
Nevertheless, in many men even after 45 years of age, the prostate continues to increase in size. This growth of the prostate is most often the reason behind prostate related health issues such as:
– Prostatitis in which the prostate suffers from inflammation or infection
– BPH (Benign Prostate Hyperplasia) or enlarged prostate in which the size of the gland increases abnormally
– Prostate cancer in which the cells of the gland develop cancerous traits
When should you visit a doctor?
Every man faces the risk of suffering from prostate disorders, especially after the age of 45. If any one of the factors below applies to you, you should not delay and visit your doctor for a check up:
– You are 40 years of age of older
– You have family history of prostate related health issues or prostate cancer
– You are experiencing urinary complications or discomfort during sexual intercourse or ejaculation
Symptoms that point at the prostate disorders are as follows:
– Frequent nocturnal urination
– Persistent urge to urinate and difficulty waiting
– Discomfort while passing urine
– Exerting force during urination
– Reduced strength of the urine flow
– Burning or itching sensation during or after ejaculation
– Pelvic pain or discomfort
– Difficulty maintaining an erection
– Low sex drive
Take charge of your prostate health today and don’t delay any longer. Lead a healthy lifestyle, get you prostate checked, exercise, eat a healthy diet and stay healthy well into the old age!