Prostate & Health
The prostate (also called the prostate gland) is a gland about the size of a chestnut, weighing about 20 grams, located in the inner part of the male sex organ. The prostate is controlled by the hormone testosterone and produces seminal fluid.
"Prostate" is derived from the Greek term for protrusion: if you look at the urethra from the outside in the direction of the urinary bladder, the prostate stands in front of it like a "bouncer".
What is the function of the prostate?
The prostate's job is to produce the secretion that, together with the sperm cells from the testicles, makes sperm. The muscles of the prostate gland also ensure that the sperm is carried outwards with momentum during ejaculation.
Where is the prostate gland located?
The prostate is located between the urinary bladder and the pelvic floor, which forms the external sphincter of the urethra. Behind it is the intestine and in front of the prostate is the lower edge of the pubic bone, to which it is firmly attached. Since the prostate is below the urinary bladder just in front of the rectum, it is easily accessible for an anal examination.
Is a prostate examination uncomfortable?
For a palpation of the prostate, you lie on your side so that the doctor can insert his index finger into the rectum and palpate the prostate. This usually takes less than 30 seconds and is not painful. Palpation is an easy way to detect an enlarged prostate, for example, and it can also detect tumours over a certain size. Together with the PSA value, the palpation examination therefore plays an important role in the early detection of prostate cancer.
How do I recognise changes in the prostate?
You should become aware if you have problems with urination or sexual function. If you notice any unusual changes in urination or ejaculation, or if you feel any pain, you should see a urologist as soon as possible.
What can I do for my prostate screening?
Every man over the age of 45 who has statutory health insurance is entitled to an annual screening examination for prostate cancer with a medical history and physical examination, including palpation of the prostate. This screening should also be done as a matter of urgency.
What foods maintain prostate health?
Dietary fibre is ideal for a healthy prostate. Although many men are not keen on fresh fruits, vegetables, salads and whole grain cereals, they should reach for products that contain phytoestrogens (flavonoids) more often: Legumes such as peas, lentils, beans, chickpeas, soy products (tofu, soybean sprouts, soybean oil), certain beverages such as tea and, in moderation, wine, are known to promote prostate health. A "prostate-friendly" diet generally includes many components of Asian or Mediterranean cuisine.
There is nothing wrong with prostate stimulation!
The prostate is also called the man's G-spot. Yes, it's worth taking a closer look at this hidden spot. With a lot of lubricant (we recommend AQUAglide anal), you can first discover the prostate with a finger over the anus. The pleasure point is located about 5 to 7 cm inside towards the abdominal wall. Once you have felt this bulge, you can gently circle the prostate and massage it lightly.
Sex toys for prostate massage
If you don't dare to explore the pleasure spot with your finger, there are also numerous sex toys that have been specially designed for massaging the prostate. For example, the XPANDER prostate stimulators from JOYDIVISION provide an unforgettable experience. These prostate vibrators find exactly the right spot and provide a very pleasant massage of the prostate.
Conclusion on the prostate
A small organ with a big effect that both men and women should definitely pay more attention to, whether it's to increase sexuality or important for preventive health care, the prostate should be heard!