Daily Fun Fact: Prostatitis

What is the Prostate Gland?
The prostate is a walnut sized organ located directly underneath the bladder and in front of the rectum.  It surrounds the urethra (which is the tube-like structure that allows urine and semen to flow from the bladder and prostate to exit the body).

The prostate produces 20-30% of ejaculate.  It is a muscle that can constrict or relax, depending on the situation.  When a man orgasms, the prostate constricts, preventing back-flow of the ejaculate into the bladder.

What is Prostatitis?
Prostatitis is diagnosed when a patient has an inflamed and/or painful prostate.  The inflammation causes the prostate to constrict the urethra, making urination difficult, slow, and/or painful.  

How does Masturbation Help?
In the same way that a Prostate Massage helps relieve symptoms of prostatitis, masturbation can be an effective home-remedy.  A study conducted at the Uludag University Department of Urology in Bursa, Turkey showed that masturbating to orgasm/ejaculation at least 2 times per week helps relieve symptoms of prostatitis.  

This study was conducted on patients who had been suffering from Chronic Nonbacterial Prostatitis (the form that affects more than 90% of prostatitis patients) and who did not respond to the regular treatment of doxycycline hydrochloride.  These patients were encouraged to masturbate at least twice weekly for a total of six months, and were re-evaluated at the end of the six-month period.

Of the patients who complied with the recommendations, 11% found complete relief of their symptoms, while 33% experienced marked improvements, and another 33% had moderate improvements of their symptoms.  Only 22% of the patients (less than ¼) experienced little to no improvement of their symptoms.

The researchers concluded that men suffering from Chronic Nonbacterial Prostatitis “should be encouraged to ejaculate regularly, for example by masturbatoin in the absence of a sexual relationship with a partner” because “frequent ejaculations may have helped to clear the prostatic gland and seminal vesicles of their stored secretions.”  Much like the prostate massage, ejaculation allows the prostate to release any built-up fluids that may cause infection / inflammation in the prostate.  It is like spring-cleaning for your body!

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