The prostate is a gland located in your lower abdomen, surrounding the urethra. This gland helps make semen, the fluid that contains sperm. In young men, the prostate is about the size of a walnut but it slowly grows as a man ages.
What is Prostatitis?
Prostatitis is an inflammation or infection of the prostate. You may experience discomfort or pain in your penis , groin, around your rectum or in your pelvic area. It may make it difficult or painful to urinate. Prostatitis may come on suddenly or may develop over time. Other symptoms include:
Burning when urinating
Pain during ejaculation
Sometimes prostatitis is caused by a bacterial infection and medical care is needed and usually successful. Some STDs, such as gonorrhea and Chlamydia can cause bacterial prostatitis. Other times the cause isn’t known and it may come and go on its own. Unfortunately, in many cases prostatitis is chronic, it will go away only to return again – ...
There is no question that men’s specific health needs are often overlooked when compared to women. Yet, statistically men have a shorter life expectancy and are more likely to die from chronic disease than their female counterpart. Part of the reason for this might be attributed to gender characteristics that are predominant in many men such as a greater propensity to take risks, a more macho “can’t get hurt” attitude and the avoidance of responsibility when it comes to proactive health care. Although these are broad generalizations that certainly don’t apply to all men (and may also be traits held by women), it’s important that we support men in caring for their health and wellbeing in the best way possible. In order to do so, we must recognize the gender differences and distinct challenges that men face in order to provide them with the best information for living a long and healthy life. Below are 8 health practices to assist men in t...
In the post MS in Men vs. Women: Does Gender Matter? , we focused on the differences which are seen in the genders of people who develop MS. Sex hormones play a significant role in differentiating the genders regardless of disease or health. Today we’re going to explore how hormones, specifically testosterone, affect men who develop MS. Testosterone Testosterone is a hormone which affects sexual features and development. Men have about ten times more testosterone in their blood than women. Yes, women do have testosterone which is produced by the ovaries, and both sexes have a small amount produced by the adrenal glands. In males, testosterone levels are low before puberty, increase during puberty, peak around the age of 40, then gradually lessen as men age. Coincidentally, or maybe not, men are diagnosed with MS more frequently just as their testosterone levels begin to drop. Protection from MS Testosterone seems to protect young men from developing MS.&n...
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