Understanding About the Prostate – What Does the Prostate Do?

No doubt you will have heard of the prostate, but how many of you know what it does, what its role is in the physiology of a man? It is strange that such an important gland in the body is shrouded in mystery, as without it, mankind would be unable to reproduce and would not exist!

Where is the prostate?

The prostate is a walnut-sized gland located deep within the groin between the bladder and the penis. Knowing its location may help you to understand why so many problems related to the prostate have an effect on man’s ability to urinate and its frequency.

What does the prostate do?

The role the prostate plays relates to providing ‘motility’ for sperm. A common misconception is that that sperm and semen are one and the same thing. They are not. A man’s testes are responsible for the production of sperm in a highly viscous form. The prostate gland is responsible for producing seminal fluid, a fluid which, when mixed with semen, makes semen less viscous and enables sperm to swim more freely. It also protects the semen and nourishes it at the same time.

During intercourse and at the point of orgasm, seminal fluid produced by the prostate is squeezed into the urethra and the two, combined, are expelled during the orgasm as semen, semen being the term used for the combination of sperm and seminal fluid.

Promoting good prostate health

Though it may be a relatively small gland, good prostate health is important. More importantly, often from the age of 50 onwards, you can develop prostate problems which includes an enlarged prostate, and it becomes even more important to understand more about them and why. Despite the fact that prostate cancer is a widely known illness, not every symptom of a problem with your prostate is an indicator that you may have prostate cancer.

How to keep the prostate healthy

There are a number of ways you can encourage good prostate health and as is becoming more and more popular these days, there are many natural remedies and holistic treatments that are beneficial to good prostate health.

From a medicinal point of view, if you have an enlarged prostate, diet can play an important role in reducing its size, Healthline.com recommends the following foods to promote a healthier prostate:

  • Sesame seeds
  • Salmon
  • Capsicums
  • Tomatoes
  • Avocados
  • Vegetables, especially green-leaf and cruciferous ones
  • Tofu

According to Medicalnewstoday.com frequent ejaculation is also good for the prostate if it is up to 21-times per month as opposed to between four and seven times.

The holistic approach to good prostate health

There is an alternative and also popular approach that can be taken to promote good prostate health, and that is through a holistic external prostate massage. Unlike some other glands in the body, the prostate is not a solid mass but also contains numerous small passages which, over time can become blocked. A prostate massage empties these passages of congested fluid (imagine squeezing out a sponge), known as prostate milking. Not only is this excellent for improved sexual health, but improving blood flow while removing toxic fluids can have a marked effect on the avoidance or treatment of prostatitis, BHP and even cancer.

If you have any questions in particular about prostate health, alternative prostate treatments and a prostate massage, or sensual and tantric massage therapy in general, please do not hesitate to get in contact and I will be glad to provide you with the answers.

Follow-up articles:

How the prostate changes with age

Keeping your prostate healthy (and signs it is not healthy)

The sex side of the prostate

Alternative treatments for prostate health