That “P” Word: The Prostate and Its Common Problems

credit @Flickr: El Payo

credit @Flickr: El Payo

The Prostate and Its Function

The prostate is a walnut-sized gland that is easily felt during a rectal exam. The urethra passes through the prostate causing frequent urination when prostate problems arise. The prostate secretes a milky alkaline fluid that makes up about 20-30% of the ejaculated seminal fluids. The alkaline secretion is important because it neutralizes the acidity of the vaginal tract and extends the life of the sperm increasing the chance of conception.

As men age (and we’re not talking “old”!) there are three health concerns that arise, all surrounding one organ, the prostate: Prostatitis, Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy, and Prostate Cancer.

Prostatitis

Men commonly believe that they won’t have to think about their prostate until well into their 50′s but this doesn’t hold true with the problem of Prostatitis. This is a disease of young men and can affect men in their early 40′s. Prostatitis simply means an inflammation of the prostate gland and can be […]

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