The prostate is a doughnut-shaped gland about the size of a walnut. It is located below your bladder and surrounds your urethra—the outlet of the bladder.
The chief function of the prostate is to secrete a thin, milky, alkaline fluid that lubricates the urethra. This fluid prevents infection and increases the motility of the sperm as it is ejaculated. The alkaline nature of the fluid is also extremely important to the successful fertilization of eggs.
Your prostate changes as you get older.
Young men have prostates about the size of a walnut. At around age 25, in many men the prostate starts to grow—losing its original structure and function. This may lead to urinary problems, especially in men over 50.
Benefits of a healthy prostate may include:
Less pressure on the bladder, so frequent urination isn’t an issue
Doesn’t block urine flow, so you get a full stream
Better sleep and a higher quality of life
Signs of an aging prostate include:
Frequent urination—especially at night
Feels like you can’t fully empty your bladder
Sudden urge to go
Slow or weak urine stream
Trouble starting to urinate
Leaking or dribbling between bathroom trips
Why you may feel like you need to go all the time.
As your prostate ages, the tissue that surrounds it becomes less flexible. It doesn’t allow the gland to expand, so your urethra becomes restricted—clamped like a garden hose. Your bladder responds by contracting, even if there’s just a little urine inside. As a result, you feel the need to urinate frequently.
Understanding urinary incontinence.
For many men, prostate gland problems cause “urinary incontinence”—when you can’t control your bladder. It’s typical to experience “overflow incontinence”—frequent or almost constant dribbling of urine. Other signs related to incontinence include:
Feeling like you never completely emptied your bladder
Producing a weak stream of urine
If you have these signs, talk to your doctor about a prostate exam.
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