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The prostate is part of the male glandular system. It produces ingredients for seminal fluid, which transports sperm during sexual intercourse. To work properly, the prostate needs male hormones, including testosterone, which is produced in the testes.
The prostate is located under the bladder directly in front of the rectum. It is usually about the size of a walnut.
The prostate gland secretes a watery, milky-colored alkaline fluid that makes 30 percent of what will become seminal fluid. Once the prostate produces this fluid, it houses the fluid until it is needed for reproduction. The fluid that the prostate produces guards the sperm from the acidic environment that is present in the vagina.
Other Prostate Purposes
The prostate can cause added stimulation during sexual intercourse. It has been called a man's G-spot.
The prostate is also the site of many male disorders. As men age the prostate can become inflamed, a disorder often called prostatitis. This can cause difficulty urinating. The disease can be treated with physical therapy and/or antibiotics.
Prostate cancer is the most common and still the most deadly cancer among men. It usually afflicts men over the age of 50. Regular screenings by your doctor can lead to early detection and treatment, which may include surgery to remove the prostate or radiotherapy.