Many men have heard of their prostate, but most lack the knowledge to understand what it is, and what potential problems may surface in that area...especially when one of the problems might be erectile dysfunction.
The prostate is a gland that plays a key role in reproductive events. It is only about the size of a walnut, and weighs less than an ounce, but along with the seminal vesicles, it secretes the seminal fluid in which sperm travel during a man's ejaculation.
The prostate gland is located in the front of the rectum, at the base of the bladder. The gland surrounds a part of the urethra, the tube carrying urine from the bladder out through the penis. Because of this precarious location inside of the body, you can easily see why any enlargement or inflammation of the prostate gland could cause all sorts of urinary tract complaints.
Despite its small size, the prostate gland can cause big trouble that fall into three major categories:
• Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia - Commonly referred to as BPH, it is the most common disease of the prostate gland, and can affect approximately six out of every ten men between the ages of 40 and 59. As men get older, BPH can become more problematic.
• Prostatitis - This is an inflammation or infection of the prostate gland, and affects young to middle-aged men.
• Prostate cancer - This is a very serious disease affecting 1 in 8 American men over a lifetime.
When men begin to reach middle age, the prostate gland begins to grow and has the potential to cause problems. Your doctor can diagnose problems with your prostate, and it is important to be as honest as possible regarding any symptoms you are experiencing.
Problems with erectile dysfunction are more likely to occur in men who have prostate cancer; although in some cases ED has also surfaced in patients who have experienced BPH and Prostatitis.