prostrate is actually a gland in the body of a male. It is a bladder
like organ, like the urinary bladder, except that it produces the
seminal fluid. Seminal fluid is the milky white fluid that gives volume
to the ejaculate and nourishes sperm while being transported outside
the male genitals.
prostate gland sits right in the middle of the ureter, the tube that
carries urine from the urinary bladder to the penis. To borrow a phrase
from the Mayo clinic, the ureter actually passes through the prostate
like a tube that passes through the hole of a dough-nut. The prostate
thus encloses the ureter at one portion.
the term prostate in itself refers to the gland, in general parlance
prostate refers to some problem with the prostate. This problem can
range anywhere from loss of control of the urinary bladder and slow
dribbling urination to full fledged prostate cancer.
any problems with the prostrate means a swelling of the prostate gland
technically called prostatitis. When the prostate swells up, it will
start to constrict the ureter that passes through it, reducing the
diameter and forming a bottleneck. While mild cases of prostate
enlargement will only result in a slow dribble at the end of urination,
more serious cases will result in a total inability to pass urine. This
can also lead to other, consequential problems like urinary tract
infections and even kidney problems, if left untreated.
knows why exactly prostate problems occur in men. Statistically the
chances of men developing problems with their prostate are very low
until they reach 40 yrs of age. By the time they are 60 though more
than half of all men would have developed some form of prostate
problems or the other.
kind of treatment you seek depends on your level of problems with your
prostate. Many men who have mild problems do not even seek medical
council because their condition is not bad enough to warrant a trip to
the hospital. It is however good to go and get yourself checked, even
if you do not want to pursue any treatment because you can at least
rule out more serious issues like prostate cancer.