Male Reproductive OrgansProstrate Gland


What is prostate?

The prostate is a sex gland in men and is located about two inches inside the rectum on the front wall, close to the penis and is wrapped around the urethra (the urethra is the outlet that discharges urine and semen from the penis). The prostate gland itself is about the size of a walnut.

The prostate is part of the male reproductive system. It secretes the slightly alkaline milky substance that forms part of the seminal fluid that transports sperm. Sperm is produced in the testicles, which also make the male hormone testosterone. Testosterone stimulates the growth and function of the prostate during puberty, and also makes prostatic fluid for semen.

During sexual climax (orgasm), the muscles of the prostate contract to push semen through the urethra and out the penis. The urethra also carries urine, a waste product made by the kidneys and stored in the bladder. When the penis is erect during sexual intercourse, the flow of urine is blocked from the urethra, allowing only semen to be ejaculated at orgasm

What causes prostate problem?

Many prostate gland problems are caused by plugged pipes. The largest pipe is the urethra. The prostate gland has 25 to 30 smaller pipes that produce fluid which is added to semen during ejaculation. The ejaculate is forced out of the prostate and into the urethra. The smaller pipes are called acini (a single pipe is called an acinus). When the smaller pipes (acini) become plugged, the result is a swollen prostate acinus. The prostate gland swells and can become the size of a small orange. A healthy prostate gland is about the size of a walnut. The prostate also begins to increase in size at age 45 in most men, and can continue to grow for the rest of a man's life. By itself, prostate enlargement known as Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) is not considered a problem.

However, you need a healthy prostate gland to urinate efficiently and also to have an erection. When the prostate gland swells it puts urine more difficult to flow. The swelled prostate, or swollen prostate, also puts pressure on the nerves responsible for an erection (the erection nerves pass over and are attached to the outside of the prostate) making them less sensitive. Therefore, an erection is difficult, or even impossible.

History of prostate massage

Records of prostate massage being performed for medical reasons have been around since the early part of the 19th century, however; it is not a treatment option that received much credence until much later, during the 1990's. In contrast, prostate massage has long been documented in the Chinese healing system since ancient time. How is the prostate massage performed?

A prostate massage can be accomplished in more than one way. In the Chinese tradition, it is done via the perineum by applying finger pressure at a spot called the 'Million Dollar Point' (Perineal Method). Another method with direct contact with the prostate is through the rectum by finger insertion (Rectal Method). The Perineal Method is included during the Oriental Manhood Therapy while the Rectal Method is adopted during the Prostate Massage treatment.

The procedure can also be performed alone. Devices marketed for the sole purpose of assisting an individual with performing his own prostate massage are commonly called prostate massagers. Some men do find that prostate massage can be an erotic experience. However, most importantly, it is believed that regular prostate massage can provide numerous benefits like preventing prostate cancer and other prostate problems. A very hard, enlarged, or painful prostate is an indication of a disorder that could lead to cancer or some other major problem.

Nonetheless, prostate disorders do not develop overnight and regular examination and massage can prevent any potential problems. It is thus recommended to have annual prostate examination by medical professional for men above 40.

Precautionary note

Individuals who take part in a prostate massage should be aware that there are some health risks involving if the massage is done too vigorously. If there is any blood present in the fluid that is expelled, the prostate massage should be stopped immediately and if the blood returns in the urine or semen, the individual should seek professional medical help. Individuals should also be aware of any pain in their lower abdomen, as this may also be a sign that internal damage has occurred as a result of the prostate massage.


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