What is the prostate gland, where is it located and what does it do and how do you keep it healthy?
The prostate gland is a walnut shaped gland weighing about 10-20 grams in adults that plays an important role in fertility by providing nutrients for sperm. It is located beneath the bladder and is directly in front of the rectum which enables doctors to feel the prostate surface during a prostate exam. The prostate gland surrounds the urinary tube, called the urethra. Often, the size of the prostate increases as a man gets older. Sometimes, prostate enlargement occurs which can cause problems with urination, however, merely having a large prostate does not mean that treatment is or will be necessary. In addition to causing urinary difficulties, some men can develop prostate cancer.