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A brief anatomy lesson.

The prostate gland produces most of the volume of the ejaculate. It is located "below," i.e. ventrally, of the urinary bladder. For a man to urinate, his urine stream must pass through his prostate gland. When he ejaculates, sperm from the testicles, some liquids from the seminal vesicles, and liquid from the prostate gland is mixed.

Like any organ of the body, especially including those that have a path to the outside, the prostate gland can become infected. It can also become inflamed. With age, it can be come enlarged in a non-cancerous way, which is called benign prostatitc hyperplasia, or BPH. It can also get cancer.

In the case of the prostate gland, a drawing is worth many words. Here we present several graphics of the prostate gland.
The prostate is the green area, the bladder is colored yellow. This graphic is from Dr. Ivo Tarfusser of Italy.
Third, it is important to understand that even on the microscopic level, the prostate gland's structure is very complex. This provides many "hiding places" for infectious organisms.

This information is forwarded to you by the Prostatitis Foundation. We do not provide medical advice. We try to distribute literature and information relevant to prostatitis. While we encourage all research we do not endorse any doctor, medicine or treatment protocol. Consult with your own physician.
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