It can be at the heart of his sexual pleasuring. Yet many men don’t give their prostate a second thought until there’s reason for concern. Prostate-related conditions that threaten a man’s health and well-being include enlarged prostate (BPH), prostate cancer, and prostatitis (infection of the prostate). Preventing these health ailments not only helps him to live a longer, healthier life, but helps him to avoid sexual disorders related to an unhealthy prostate or treatments, like erectile dysfunction, as well.
If prevention is your goal, then this quick, but comprehensive guide is for you. It delivers the essentials on what you need to know in maintaining your prostate health.
What is the prostate? A.k.a. the “male G-spot,” given its reputation for producing feel-good sensations, the prostate is a firm gland composed of muscle, plus glandular and connective tissue. It consists of tiny blood vessels and a nerve plexus, which Tantric sex practitioners view as contributing to a man’s sexual emotional center during lovemaking.
What is the function of the prostate? The prostate forcefully secretes some of the milky fluid that composes semen. This fluid nourishes and protects sperm by increasing pH (which makes the vagina friendlier for fertilization), as well as facilitates their movement during and after ejaculation.
Where is the prostate? About the size of a walnut in a young man, this gland surrounds the prostate urethra. It is found just under the bladder and behind the pubic bone, right above the perineum. With age, it slowly grows larger, potentially causing problems for some men if it gets too large.
Why is the prostate such a big deal? Sexually speaking, the prostate starts to swell with fluid when a male is sexually excited, resulting in pleasurable sensations that become more amazing as he approaches orgasm. When stimulated, this “Sacred Gate,” as it’s referred to in Tantric practice, can bring a man to orgasm, and quite a powerful, intense one at that.
Men can experience such exquisite throbbing sensations with or without an erection, with or without other stimulation, and with or without ejaculation, making its role in sexual response quite impressive for lovers who focus on more than penile pleasuring when fooling around. Stimulating the prostate can also enable men to maintain erection, ultimately extending his sexual experience.
In his mission to cultivate his overall optimum health and sexual functioning, it benefits a man greatly to be mindful about his prostate. A man’s prostate health is dependent upon his diet, lifestyle habits, and urinary tract infections. Thus, ways to maintain a healthy prostate include:
Massage your prostate. Regular prostate massages can improve erectile function, reduce impotence, relieve pain and swelling from prostatitis and improve ejaculation. However, because the prostate is a delicate organ, it should be massaged with care.
Consuming a healthy diet. Maintain a low-fat diet, focusing much more on plant-based versus animal fats, if the latter is consumed at all. Keep foods like meats, oils, and dairy products, such as cheese, at a minimum. Consume ample amounts of fruits, particularly lycopene-rich foods like tomatoes and watermelons, and vegetables, especially cauliflower, broccoli, and cabbage.
Other foods believed ideal in cancer prevention, in particular, include whole grains, like oats and brown rice, and fish, like salmon or tuna. Kidney beans, chickpeas, lentils, peanuts, and tofu are recommended by health professionals, as well. In cooking up any of these goodies, use oils high in omega-3 fats, like canola or flaxseed oil.
Keep your drinking in check. Limit any alcohol consumption to no more than two drinks per day. Beverages with caffeine should also be kept to a minimum. Instead, drink plenty of water to flush out the bladder. Tea drinkers should consider green tea, since men who consume this beverage have been found to have a reduced risk of prostate cancer.
Exercise regularly. Maintaining a healthy body weight reduces your risk of prostate cancer. So aim for at least 30 minutes of exercise most days of the week.
Get screened. Early detection can lead to treatment of a disease that will otherwise never cause a problem. As part of your general health screening, it may be a good idea to have an annual prostate examination performed. Who should have a prostate exam and when is very dependent upon one’s family history of prostate problems, as well as other risk factors. You should talk to your doctor about any urinary symptoms you’re experiencing that could warrant medical attention, like having less or more daily urine flow, a burning feeling when you urinate, and needing to get up to pee several times nightly.
Different groups, like the American Cancer Society and the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force, have different recommendations about the best age for and frequency of prostate exams. So be sure to talk to your physician about your personal risk and screening routine.
If recommended, a prostate exam is a painless procedure that involves your doctor performing a digital rectal examination. A blood test to measure your PSA (prostate-specific antigen) as a possible prostate cancer indicator may also be recommended once a man turns 50.
Limit your number of sexual partners. Research out of the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm has found that promiscuity increases a man’s risk of developing prostate cancer later in life. This is because having more than one lover increases his risk for contracting HPV, human papilloma virus, which is thought to trigger genetic mutations that could eventually lead to cancer.
If you choose to have more than one sexual partner, then practice safer sex. While a condom can’t provide complete protection against HPV, it can reduce the risk of transmission.
Ejaculate regularly. One major study out of the National Cancer Institute found that men who have an active sex life have a reduced risk of prostate cancer later in life. Findings, stemming from 30,000 participants, indicated that men who ejaculate 13 to 20 times per month have a 14% lower risk of prostate cancer than those who ejaculate, on average, 4 to 7 times per month for most of their adult life. Those who ejaculated up to 21 times monthly had a 33% lower lifetime risk of prostate cancer than the study’s baseline group.
Such complements an Australian study, which reported that regular masturbation cuts a man’s risk of developing prostate cancer. In an investigation involving over 2,250 men, researchers found that those who had ejaculated the most between ages 20 and 50 were the least likely to develop cancer. Those who ejaculated over 5 times per week were one-third less likely to develop prostate cancer.
So whether with a lover or during self-pleasuring, strive to ejaculate more often than not in further maintaining your prostate health. Regardless, such efforts are sure to boost your quality of life.