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Basic Prostate Info. - Prostate Anatomy


The prostate is a walnut-sized gland positioned in the lower abdomen just below the urinary bladder and surrounding the urethra. Its primary purpose is to provide seminal fluid for the male ejaculate during sexual intercourse. Secondly, it is the seat of a manís sexual ability. A properly functioning prostate gland and its surrounding nerve bundles are essential for sexual function. When the prostate malfunctions, all sorts of symptoms arise, including erectile dysfunction, inability to reach an orgasm, pain on arousal or orgasm, and various urinary problems.

                   Male anatomy. Source: Wikipedia

The urethra is a tube that passes through the prostate and provides a channel for urine to move from the urinary bladder through the penis and out of the body. Its secondary purpose is to carry prostatic secretions and seminal fluid containing sperm cells out of the body through the penis during sexual intercourse. Unfortunately, the strategic position of the prostate surrounding the urethra is why it causes men significant problems. 

Usually, the prostate works seamlessly for much of a manís lifetime. But somewhere around the age of fifty, it becomes troublesome. Some of its problems, like enlarged prostate or benign prostate hyperplasia (BPH) and erectile dysfunction, result mostly in discomfort and/or inconvenience. But others, like cancer, are quite serious and possibly life threatening.