The male prostate gland is a small gland the size of a walnut in the pelvic area. Only men have it. Healthy male hormones, like testosterone, ensure its proper functioning.
It sits behind the pubic bone, just below the bladder and in front of the rectum. It surrounds the upper part of the urethra which is the urine tube that runs from the bladder down and out through the penis.
A man's urethra has dual functions: it carries urine from the bladder during urination and semen during ejaculation.
Any swelling of the prostate gland will very quickly affect your urination and sexual function because it can squeeze the urethra partially or completely shut.
For many years I thought the prostate was actually called the prostrate, with an "r"! Sadly there is some truth to that mistake in that some prostate symptoms can leave you feeling prostrate!
The main function of the prostate gland is to store and produce seminal fluid. It is an essential part of the reproductive system and contains both nerves and muscles.
The prostate gland triggers erections, makes you ejaculate, and determines your urine flow. It basically controls your penis and is actually a sex organ! That is why prostate massage can be so pleasurable.
During ejaculation it acts like a muscle doing the pumping action that drives the semen out with pressure.
The sperm from the testicles (your "balls") travels up and through the seminal vesicles gathering more fluids there and then enters through the prostate and into the urethra for the final push through and out the penis.
And women think men have simple "plumbing"!
The prostate produces about one third to two thirds of the seminal fluid and protects the semen so the sperm has more chance of success in reproduction. It is slightly alkaline and helps neutralize the acidic vaginal environment so the sperm can survive longer.
The prostate also helps to regulate the bladder from leaking urine. That is why it surrounds the upper part of the urethra near the bladder, known as the prostate urethra.
If you want to be amazed at all the prostate functions then click on the next link...
When everything works, a healthy man has long strong and infrequent urinations. When enlarged, the prostate makes peeing difficult and creates a host of problems from mild discomfort to complete shut down and the inability to pee.
That is no fun! A form of torture that I read about as a kid was when they would force feed water down your throat so you would have to swallow. Maybe a gallon or more. They would tie your penis so you could not eliminate anything. Death was slow and agonizing to say the least. It would take maybe 36 hours.
Isn't life funny sometimes! Here I am writing about this and I have experienced many times complete shut down. Awful pain but with the use of a catheter I was able to release the urine at last!
And then I went on to find prostate cures and treatments. And that is why this site and my book Healthy Prostate.
You can learn what it has taken me over 8 years to discover and over 30 years experience as a consumer of and businessman in the natural foods/healing world...never mind the tens of thousands of dollars I have spent trying out all kinds of things, reading and learning what I now share with you via this site and in my book.
To know more about the state of your prostate, the first step is to get a digital rectal examination by your doctor or health practitioner. The link below will tell you more about that and what to do with the information you get.
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Written by Ronald M Bazar,
~BCom, McGill University
~MBA, Harvard University
~the author of this website.
Note Dear Reader...
You must change your diet by stopping those foods that are triggering your condition and replacing them with new ones that nourish you and your prostate.
Then combined with a high quality supplement, you are putting yourself on the road to healing.
There are no shortcuts. Just good changes and little by little you will get better. My books and this site tells you how.