What you need to know about prostate and prostatitis?

The prostate is a small gland that is part of the male sexual reproductive system. Do you know where your prostate is? It sits between the bladder and the penis. The urethra, which is the tube through which urine and semen flow, runs through the prostate.

The primary purpose of the prostate is reproductive in nature, as it helps keep sperm healthy for conception. The prostate secretes prostatic fluid that nourishes and protects the sperm. This fluid is whitish in colour and is expelled with sperm as semen.

During puberty, the prostate grows until it reaches the size of a walnut. Then its size remains consistent until a man hits 40, which is when the prostate begins growing again. This is usually the time prostate problems may start to develope.

The prostate does not serve any purpose beyond producing prostatic fluid. Despite its simple function, however, the prostate can be the source of a lot of problems for men.

The most common problems are prostate enlargement (benign prostatic hyperplasia, BPH), inflammation (prostatitis) and cancer. These can significantly affect a man's health and quality of life.

Inflammation of the prostate, or prostatitis, occurs in a lot of men under the age of 50. There are several types of prostatitis, depending on the cause of the condition. Non-bacterial prostatitis is the most common type, while bacterial prostatitis accounts for less than 10% of cases. The latter may be present for several years (chronic) or come on suddenly (acute).

Prostatitis causes a frequent and urgent need to urinate, just like with BPH. It also causes a burning sensation during urination, blood in the urine or semen, as well as pain or discomfort in the testicles, urethra, lower abdomen and back. You can also expect some symptoms of infection like fever, chills, fatigue and nausea. Prostatitis can cause poor quality of life and should be treated as early as possible.
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