Have you heard about the prostate? Do you know what it is? And do you know why and how you can keep it healthy?
Well, not to worry in case you don’t. Because by the end of this article, you’ll be well informed about it.
What is the prostate?
The prostate is an organ in the male reproductive system. So, it’s not found in females.
The prostate is located between the bladder and the penis. And the urethra runs through its center.
The prostate is actually a gland. So its main function is to produce fluid.
The fluid it secretes is called prostatic fluid and this combines with sperm to form semen. The seminal vesicles (also part of the male reproductive system) also produce fluid that makes up semen.
The health of your prostate is important because it is affected by three major conditions, hence you should know how to reduce your risk of developing them.
i. Prostatitis: An inflammation of the prostate, making it swollen, red, and painful.
ii. Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy (BPH).
iii. Prostate cancer.
Also, as you age, your prostate grows in size and that can result in adverse consequences. I will explain why later.
Therefore, my purpose of starting this series on prostate health is to inform you about how to keep your prostate healthy and reduce your risk of developing prostatitis, BPH and prostate cancer.
But before then, let’s see the functions of the prostate.
The prostatic fluid contains nutrients such as fructose, enzymes, zinc, and proteins such as Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA). These nutrients nourish the sperm and keep it alive to fertilize an egg.
The prostatic fluid contains antibodies that protect the sperm against bacteria and other pathogens.
iii. Sperm Motility
The prostatic fluid enables the sperm to swim freely inside the female reproductive tract. PSA liquefies thick semen and increases its motility. PSA also dissolves cervical mucus thereby promoting the penetration of sperm inside the female reproductive tract.
Now I believe you know what the prostate is.
In my next three articles, I’ll explain what prostatitis, BPH and prostate cancer are and share with you practical ways to reduce your risk of developing them.
If you’re a lady reading this and you think that the articles won’t concern you, well I believe you have or will have a husband and sons. So it won’t be a bad idea to educate them about their prostate health. In the same vein, men should be enlightened about cervical and breast cancer so that they can contribute to creating awareness.
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