It’s hard to believe that something which weighs less than an ounce and is roughly the size of a walnut can have such an impact on a man’s life, but prostate function is a fundamental part of our anatomy. As part of the male reproductive system, the prostate gland is a vital, go-between organ that transports urine and semen, but also does a lot more than most of us realize.
7 Functions of a Healthy Prostate
Secretes prostate fluid – an integral component of semen
Flexes its muscles to propel seminal fluid into the urethra during ejaculation
Serves as a man’s sensual center
Protects sperm by filtering and removing toxins – increasing conception chances
Causes the penis to swell and harden – triggering erections
Controls the follow of urine
Increases sex drive by converting simple testosterone into super testosterone or DHT (dihydrotestosterone)
Why Do I Always Feel Like I’ve Got to Go?
As we age, the prostate swells, losing its original structure and function. The tissue surrounding it becomes less flexible. It doesn’t allow the gland to expand, so the urethra gets restricted – like a kink in a garden hose. This triggers contractions in the bladder, even when there’s just a small amount of urine in it.
For many, aging prostate issues cause incontinence. It’s typical to experience frequent or almost constant dribbling, feeling like the bladder didn’t completely empty, or having a weak urine stream. If you have these signs, talk to your doctor about a prostate exam.