As men age, they are more likely to look at travelling as a series of restroom stops. Heading to the grocery store or to a friend’s house for poker may involve strategizing about available restrooms along the way. Although it may be the end of long road trips, it’s not the end of the world. It’s simply a signal that, similar to your eyesight needing help as you age, the prostate needs some attention too.
The prostate is a gland the size of a walnut that sits at the base of the penis. It wraps around the urethra (the urine conducting tube) like a donut. The prostate is essential for male fertility, as it makes a fluid that protects and nourishes sperm. But as men age, there are two problems that can arise. One is benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH), which is a fancy way of saying that the gland enlarges. For some unknown reason, the prostate continues to grow as a man gets older. This occurs in about half of all men in their sixties. And due to its strategic location around the urethra, it can cause urinary urgency, dribbling, weak stream, and can make men get up at night to urinate.
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