The prostate gland is an important part of the male sex organs. It produces a clear liquid that mixes with sperm cells when a man ejaculates. The prostate gland is located just below the bladder in front of the rectum. It weighs about an ounce and is about the size of a walnut. The prostate is a donut shape and it nestles around the urethra, which is the tube through which urine and semen flow.
Any man over the age of twenty can acquire a health condition related to the prostate gland, though a man older than fifty is far more likely to experience a problem. That’s because the prostate gland grows over time and this growth accelerates after the age of forty-five due to an increase in the levels of a hormone called dihydrotestosterone.
In fact prostate problems are very common in men over the age of fifty. However the symptoms of prostate problems are usually tolerable for most. It is only when the symptoms of prostate problems cause severe discomfort or have a negative impact on a man’s quality of life that medical intervention is sought. However, regular screening by a health professional is recommended, especially for men over the age of fifty. It is also a good idea to have at least some knowledge of the signs of prostate problems.
The main symptoms of prostate problems are associated with the ability to pass urine. If the prostate gland is enlarged, inflamed or cancerous, this will have an impact on a man’s ability to empty his bladder. For instance one of the symptoms of prostate problems is difficulty getting the flow of urine started in the first place.
Another sign is a very weak stream of urine as well as a feeling that the bladder is never completely empty even when you have just visited the bathroom. The frequent urge to urinate is another of the symptoms of prostate problems. This urge does not go away during the night and this can lead to lack of sleep and physical exhaustion.
Other Warning Signs
Some of the less common symptoms of prostate problems include chills, fever, blood in the semen or urine, pain in the lower back, testicles, perineum or abdomen and discomfort when ejaculating or moving the bowels. If you experience any of these symptoms combined with problems passing urine, then you should make an appointment to see your doctor. Your doctor will be able to diagnose the exact nature of your prostate problem and provide whatever treatment is necessary in order to help you feel better.