What exactly does my prostate do?
Understanding the function of the prostate not only helps you understand your bodily function, but can help identify the symptoms of prostate cancer (the most common cancer in American men).
What is the prostate gland?
The prostate gland is unique to men. A prostate produces a variety of ingredients that make up sperm. The prostate makes seminal fluid. This fluid nourishes sperm. The combination of seminal fluid and sperm makes semen.
Where is the prostate located?
The prostate is a gland about the size of a walnut. Located between the bladder and the penisl, the prostate sits right in front of the rectum. The urethra flows through the prostate gland and is the gatekeeper for urine and sperm. As the prostate squeezes, fluid is able to travel into the urethra and flows out of the body.
Is my prostate normal?
Older men are more likely to have prostate problems. The prostate can swell from a walnut size to a peach size. When the prostate enlarges, urine flow is weak. However, the size of the prostate does not have to due with prostate cancer. The non-cancerous enlargement of the prostate is a condition called benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). It can also be inflammation or an infection of the prostate (prostatitis).
When to see a doctor
If you notice a difference of urine flow, it is important to visit a medical professional. Dr. James Elist has been in private practice in Beverly Hills, California since 1982, specializing in urology, specifically in impotency, male sexual dysfunction, and infertility. His expertise in men’s health can help address any prostate issues, questions, or concerns you may have.