Wednesday, February 2, 2011

What is the Prostate?

The prostate is a small gland at the base of the bladder. It produces a fluid which protects and nourishes sperm. At ejaculation, the fluid mixes with sperm and secretions from other glands to produce the ejaculate.
The location of the prostate, close to the bladder and surrounding the urethra (urine outlet tube) means that conditions which affect it such as enlargement or inflammation can cause urinary systems.
As men grow older, urinary symptoms are very common, in fact about 1 in 4 men over 40 will notice one or more symptoms. These can include frequent need to urinate, slow stream, starting and stopping and urgent need to urinate. For many, such symptoms raise the question of prostate disease.

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