For years, this topic has been shrouded in mystery and confusion. Some people swear by the benefits of prostate milking, while others claim that it does nothing but cause discomfort. So, what is a prostate massage? Are there any benefits to learning how to drain the prostate gland?
The prostate gland is a male reproductive gland that people don't know enough about. It's mostly known for the cancer risk and is colloquially referred to as the male g-spot. Prostate health is not something to be taken lightly, and as you age, it's more likely to become enlarged or inflamed.
Massaging your prostate can help alleviate some of the pain caused, but few people know about the benefits. In this article, we will share with you what prostate massage is, as well as the benefits of milking a man.
What Is the Prostate?
The prostate gland is a small gland located within the groin sitting between the penis, bladder, and rectum. It's typically around the size of a walnut in young men but can grow to the size of a ping-pong ball in older men. Although the prostate begins to develop during puberty, it usually doesn't reach its full size until a man is in his mid-40s.
It plays an important role in reproduction by producing the prostatic fluid, which is part of the seminal fluid (also known as sperm). The fluid protects a man's sperm and helps it survive and travel during and after ejaculation. When ejaculating, the prostate will start to contract and shoot the fluid up the urethra and out the penis.
The prostate is the mechanism responsible for closing the urethra during ejaculation. Barring any medical anomalies, it is not possible to urinate and ejaculate at the same time. This is because the prostate closes the opening between the urethra and the bladder.
What Problems can the Prostate Develop?
Most people know that the prostate can develop cancer, which is the second leading cancer in men behind only lung cancer. Around 1 in 41 men will die from prostate cancer.
A common problem is an enlarged prostate (also called benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH) which is a condition that affects many older men. An enlarged prostate doesn't necessarily mean you have cancer. In fact, most men with an enlarged prostate don't have cancer at all.
However, an enlarged prostate can cause problems with urination. As the prostate grows bigger, it may block the urethra (the tube that carries urine from the bladder out of the body). This can cause difficulty in starting to urinate, a weak stream when urinating, dribbling after urinating, or having to urinate more frequently, especially at night.
An enlarged prostate can lead to urinary tract infections or kidney damage in some cases. In very rare cases, it can even cause death. Prostate massage therapy can alleviate the pain caused by inflammation (although it is not a recommended treatment for prostate cancer).
What's the Difference Between Prostate Milking and Prostate Massage?
If you aren't familiar with the term prostate massage, you may have heard it referred to as prostate milking instead. The main difference between the two is the intent it's being done; otherwise, they're essentially the same thing.
Prostate milking is the act of stimulating the prostate to illicit sexual pleasure. Usually, this is done until pre-ejaculate (also known as precum) is released. There are many benefits to milking a man, and this act can be performed solo or with a partner.
On the other hand, prostate massage therapy is done to receive the health benefits associated rather than for sexual gratification. It can also be performed on your own or by someone else.
Health Benefits of Prostate Massage
Prostate massage is an effective way to relieve prostate congestion and promote urinary health. Since the prostate plays a vital role in reproduction, it's essential to look after this gland.
One of the benefits of milking a man is that it can help relieve symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) or enlarged prostate. BPH occurs when the prostate gland enlarges, putting pressure on the urethra and causing urinary symptoms such as frequency, urgency, and difficulty urinating.
Massaging the prostate can also help with urinary retention by helping to release the obstruction that is causing the problem. The massage can also help improve blood circulation and drainage in the area, which can help to reduce inflammation and improve symptoms.
Men struggling with erectile dysfunction may find that massaging the prostate can help. Modern treatments rely on medications or pumps, which may not be preferable for everyone. A more traditional method of helping with ED is stimulating the prostate with massage therapy.
Prostate Massage Risks and Contraindications
It is important to understand the risks and contraindications associated with this therapy. While prostate massage can be a very beneficial treatment for many men, some risks should be considered before beginning any type of massage therapy.
When massaging the prostate, it is important to use a clean, lubricated finger or sex toy. It is also a good idea to make sure that the area around the anus is clean before beginning the massage. Bacteria can easily enter the urethra during anal stimulation, leading to a urinary tract infection.
There is a risk of damaging the prostate if too much pressure is applied during prostate massage. This can occur if the person performing the massage is inexperienced or using too much force. Damage to the prostate can result in pain, bleeding, and infection. It is important to be gentle when massaging the prostate and to stop if there is any discomfort.
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