Many men aren’t sure what their prostate is, what it does, or when to call a doctor if they think they might have a problem. So, information is the best tool you have in dealing with this aspect of men’s health.
What Does My Prostate Do?
It is a small gland that is part of the male reproductive system It’s supposed to be about the shape and size of a walnut. It rests below your bladder and in front of your rectum. It surrounds part of the urethra, the tube in your penis that carries pee from your bladder. The prostate helps make some of the fluid in semen, which carries sperm from your testicles when you ejaculate. This Gland Can Grow As you age, your prostate can become larger. It’s a normal part of aging for most men By the time you reach age 40, your prostate might have gone from the size of a walnut to the size of an apricot. By the time you reach 60, it might be the size of a lemon. Because it surrounds part of the urethra, the enlarged prostate can squeeze that tube. This causes problems when you try to pee. Typically, you won’t see these problems until you’re 50 or older, but they can start earlier.
You might hear a doctor or nurse call this condition benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH for short. It is not cancerous.
Who Might Get an Enlarged Prostate?
BPH is common and cannot be prevented. Age and a family history of BPH are two things that increase the chances you might get it.
A few stats on that:
Some 8 out of every 10 men eventually develop an enlarged prostate. About 90% of men over the age of 85 will have BPH. About 30% of men will find their symptoms bothersome.