If you don’t know what your prostate is, where it is or how it affects your health don’t worry you’re not alone.
Your prostate affects your sex life. It is the male reproductive (sex) gland that produces fluid for semen. It is roughly the size of a walnut and sits at the base of your bladder and in front of your rectum (back passage).
The older you get, the more common it is for your prostate gland to grow bigger. As the size of the gland increases it may press on the urethra (the tube that drains the bladder) and sometimes this can cause problems passing urine. This is often referred to as lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS).
LUTS can include:
- A slow flow of urine
- Trouble starting or stopping the flow
- Passing urine more often, especially at night
- Pain when passing urine
- Blood in the urine or semen
- Feeling of not emptying your bladder fully