Prostate gland is an important and inner part of our body. Generally, people are not much aware of the various issues related to it and thus fail to figure out the problem in right time. We have summed up all the question and answers related to prostate gland and its affect on man`s sexual health at one place.
Ques. & Ans. Session:
Q1 What is the prostate gland?
Answer- The prostate gland is an important part of penile organ. It looks like the shape of walnut and is located between bladder and penis area. The urethra runs from the bladder through prostate and ends to the penis tip. The most important role of prostate gland is to produce a fluid that protects and supplements the sperms. During ejaculation, it releases a liquid that mixes with sperms to keep them alive and stable during their journey from vagina to ovary.
Q.2 What is the use of prostate gland?
Answer- The prostate gland in male produces a whitish fluid to supplement and protect the sperm. It contains 1/3rd of total semen value. The proper functioning of prostate is important to preserve the man`s conceiving ability as it nourishes the sperm.
Q.3 What is enlarged prostate gland?
Answer- When the size of prostate gland increases more than normal, it is known as enlarged prostate gland or Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). It can cause serious urination and penile health issues.
Q.4 What causes enlarged prostate gland?
Answer- Though the real reasons for enlargement of prostate gland are yet not known, the age factor is assumed as the most common cause for it. In males more than 80 years old, this condition is normal.
Q.5 What are the impacts and symptoms of enlarged prostate gland (BPH)?
Answer- These are the most common symptoms of enlarged prostate gland;
- Painful urination
- Incomplete emptying of bladder
- Frequent urination
- Leakage of drops after urination
- Slowed or delayed urinary stream
- Blood in urine
- Leakage of urine or incontinence
Q.6 What is the treatment for an enlarged prostate?
Answer- These are the main treatment options for enlarged prostate;
- Alpha blockers
- 5-alpha reductase inhibitors
- Medication combo
- Stand the heat
- TUNA treatment
- Getting into Hot water
- Surgical Choices
- Laser surgery
Q. 7 Is it dangerous to have an enlarged prostate?
Answer- The problems due to enlarged prostate start with mild symptoms but if not treated in time, take a critical form. It can bring serious urine flow and penile health complications.
Q.8 What is good to shrink prostate?
Answer- Besides medical treatments, you can opt for various natural home-remedies in case the issue is not that critical. These are the top home remedies for the same;
- Be active and do some exercise
- Lose some kilos
- Hormonal balance is important
- Eat better
- Eliminate stress from your life
Q.9 What is prostatitis or what is a prostate infection?
Answer- Prostatitis is a kind of infection which inflames the prostate and its surrounding area. It happens mainly due to unsafe sex with various sexual partners. Sexually transmitted infection (STI) is the main cause for it. It can be of four types;
- Acute bacterial Prostatitis
- Chronic bacterial prostatitis
- Chronic prostatitis / Chronic pelvic pain syndrome
- Asymptomatic prostatitis
Different prostatitis conditions have different impact on body. The most common being- burning sensation, pain during urination, lower back pain, testicles or bladder pain.
Q.10 How long does it take for prostate infection to clear up?
Answer- If you are taking medications, then this is the approximate time to use the medicine.
- Acute Prostatitis – 4-6 weeks
- Chronic Prostatitis – 4-6 weeks but can be extended to 12 weeks to curb infection completely.
Q.11 What happens when you have your prostate removed?
Answer- The most common issue with the person, who has his prostate removed, is urinary dysfunction. The second issue that the person can face is sexual dysfunction
Q.12 Why do you have your prostate removed?
Answer- The reasons for prostate removal could be prostate cancer and BPH (enlarged prostate). If your doctor thinks that surgery is must then he can go for partial or full prostate removal. The surgery of prostate is called prostatectomy.
Q.13 Can prostatitis be cured?
Answer- It depends upon the types of prostatitis. One type of bacterial infection prostatitis can be cured within 2-4 weeks, while one type of prostatitis can take up to 12 weeks to recover and it can happen repeatedly. So the duration and complexity varies but the prostatitis cure is possible.
Q.14 What helps prostate?
Answer- Though the issues in prostate can be solved with medicinal assistance, there are lifestyle tweaks that can surely reduce the complexity of the issue.
- Lifestyle and Diet changes
- Pelvic Floor Training
- Herbal Supplements
Q.15 What food to avoid when you have prostatitis?
Answer- These foods should be avoided if you have a prostate infection or prostatitis;
- Spicy food
- Red Meat and processed meat
- Hot peppers and chilli
- Alcohol consumption
- Dairy products
- Saturated fats
- Egg poultry
- Processed food and sugar
Q.16 Can prostatitis be caused by stress?
Answer- During stress or anxiety, the prolactin level in body increases which results in damage to immunity system and creates inflammation. It also disproportionate neuroendocrine systems that leads to chronic pain. The tension can also cause pelvic floor disorders.
Q.17 Can you ejaculate if you have no prostate?
Answer- If you have your prostate removed, you will not be able to ejaculate as the prostate makes the fluid that goes with sperms during ejaculation.
Q.18 Is frequent ejaculation good for the prostate?
Answer- Though there is no scientific approval for this but various studies showed that ejaculation at regular interval (be it sex or masturbation) reduces the risk of prostate cancer and enlarged prostate.
Q.19 Can you cure a swollen prostate?
Answer- Yes you can cure the swollen prostate using medications or opting for surgery. There are other aspects as well like lifestyle changes and dietary habits that you can make to gain better in your issue.
Q.20 What foods are good for enlarged prostate?
Answer- These foods can help in case of enlarged prostate:
- Green Tea
- Cayenne Pepper
Q.21 How do you know if you have prostate problems?
Answer- The exact issue can be detected only after proper diagnosis but certain symptoms can indicate towards the probability of certain issue. Symptoms like;
- Slow and delayed urine flow
- Pain during urination
- Frequent urination need
- Not able to empty bladder in one time
- Dribbling of urine after urination
- Bleeding in urination
- Pain and inflammation in bladder and urethra
- Pain in pelvic area
- Cloudy shade urine
Q.22 What are the 5 early warning signs of prostate cancer?
Answer- Prostate cancer does not show up any early signs yet the patient can find certain difficulties in urination as mentioned below;
- Pain/ burning sensation during ejaculation
- Loose control on bladder
- Blood element in urine
- Frequent urination requirement
- Delayed and troubled urination
Q.23 Can you still ejaculate if you have no testicles?
Answer- A man can function normally if he has at least one testicle. He can fertile his partner and can enjoy good sex life with minimal medications. But if you have got both your testicles removed then you cannot conceive a woman because testicles produce sperm and testosterone. Without it, there is no fertility and no erection. Some medicines can give you pleasure of sex and the ejaculation can happen due to fluid from prostate gland.
Q.24 Can a man with no testicles get a hard on?
Answer- Yes, he can. But he may need some medicines as natural testosterone production in his body stops and the testosterone being the primary element to bring arousal, it becomes difficult to gain erection without testicles.
Q.25 What causes PSA levels to be high?
Answer- PSA or Prostate-specific antigen is a kind of protein produced by normal and malignant cells of prostate. This level of PSA indicates about the chances of prostate cancer in man and the elevated levels tell about high risk of prostate cancer. It can elevate due to prostate infection like prostatitis. It can also increase in case of BPH (benign prostatic hyperplasia) enlargement of prostate. There is no proof that prostatitis or BPH would turn into cancer but one person can have prostatic cancer and other issues at the same time.
Q.26 How does prostate surgery affect you sexually?
Answer- The prostate surgery affects in two main forms. Urinary incontinence (leakage of urine and urination problem) and Erectile dysfunction. Sexual energy can be regained and Erectile dysfunction can be treated with in one to two years of medication and normal sexual life can be experienced again. But the person will not be able to ejaculate because prostate gland produces fluid for orgasm.
Q.27 Can you climax after prostate removal?
Answer- Yes you can climax after prostate removal but you will not be able to ejaculate. The sexual experience remains very much the same with difference in the feel of orgasm.
Q.28 How can I improve my prostate health?
Answer- By taking care of certain points, one can improve his sexual and prostate health like;
- Take foods rich in Omega 3 fatty acid, vegetables and fruits, whole grain foods
- Avoid processed foods, sugary foods, artificial sweeteners, fried food, spicy foods, red meat, etc.
- Prefer natural protein over meat protein
- Maintain balanced weight, overweight increases risk
- Natural supplements like zinc, stinging nettle, curcumin, pollen extract, etc. are good for ageing prostate.
- Exercises are a good way to avoid prostate issues.
- Maintain hormone levels to restore prostate health
- Reduce stress and stay out of tension and anxiety.
- Avoid alcohol, smoking and caffeine.
- Doing Kegel Exercises and Yoga helps a great deal.
- Ejaculate on timely basis.
Q.29 What foods are bad for your prostate?
Answer- Avoid these foods if you have prostate issue;
- Processed Food and Sugar
- Spicy food
- Red meat and eggs
- Dairy products
- Excess amount of Salt
- Heated oil
Q.30 Is apple cider vinegar good for your prostate?
Answer- Apple cider vinegar can help you in the enlarged prostate gland. The raw and unfiltered apple cider vinegar has astringent properties that work to shrink the expanded size of prostate gland. You can use this in case of BPH (Benign prostatic hyperplasia). Mix 2 tablespoon of raw apple cider vinegar, 1 tablespoon of honey in one glass of warm water and drink it two times a day.
Q.31 Which testicle produces the most sperm?
Answer- There are no definitive stats for this. Both the testicles produce sperm and testosterone. Though issues like varicocele, mumps, injury to testicles by sports or surgery, can reduce the efficiency of one testicle to produce sperm than another.
Q.32 What age do you stop producing sperm?
Answer- After the age of 40 years, the sperm quality starts degrading which worsens with increased age. The sperm and semen production usually keeps going till man lives but the fertility element reduces to minimum as the man ages.