When I hear November, I think ‘Movember’. The month of the ‘staches. And just like their moustaches, females are unable to have the type of cancer that the month raises awareness for: prostate cancer. But what is the prostate? What does it do normally? Warning: Children, talk to your parents if you’re reading this. There’s a wee wee on here.
What is the prostate?
The prostate is an organ only found in men. It sits below the bladder and wraps around the urethra (which is a tube that carries urine [and sperm for men] from the bladder to the external environment). It has three lobes: the left, center and right lobes, and is part muscle and part glandular.
Now pick up a walnut. That’s approximately the size of a man’s prostate. That’s pretty small for an organ!
So what does this walnut-sized organ do?
The prostate is important for secreting fluid that is slightly alkaline, which will form part of the seminal fluid. The seminal fluid is the fluid that carries sperm from the urethra to the tip of the penis.
The prostate also helps in male climax (or orgasm). Its muscular portion will help the propelling of sperm and its own secreting fluid into the urethra, where it will then exit.
The growth of cells in the prostate is stimulated by the male hormone, testosterone.
And those are the basics of the prostate! Join me next week when we talk more about the prostate.