Prostate cancer is one of the most common cancers for men. About one in nine men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lives. September is prostate cancer awareness month, and as a company who is dedicated to men’s sexual health and pleasure, we want to highlight the issue so this statistic will someday be abolished entirely.
When detected early, there is a much higher chance of procuring successful treatment, so regular check-ups are recommended: about once every four years. Some medical organizations recommend men consider prostate cancer screening in their 50s, or sooner for men who have risk factors for prostate cancer. Risk factors for prostate cancer include age (the risk increases as you grow older), race (black men carry a greater risk of prostate cancer than other races), family history (prostate or breast cancer in relatives can increase risk) and obesity (makes it more difficult to treat).
A major way to prevent prostate cancer is to live a healthy lifestyle. According to the Mayo Clinic, there is some evidence that choosing a healthy diet that’s low in fat and full of fruits and vegetables may contribute to a lower risk of prostate cancer. It has also been cited that regular prostate massage can help prevent prostate cancer by ridding the body of biological, fungal, and viral contaminants that build up in the prostate gland. Massage also increases lymphocyte production, which assists the body in fighting off cancers.
As gay men, we’re arguably more familiar with the pleasures of the prostate, and the good news is: it’s healthy! See below for more on how playing with our butts is doing our bodies good.
What Is The Prostate?
The prostate is a small gland roughly the size of a walnut located between your penis and rectum. If entering internally, you will find the prostate about two to three inches inside the anal canal, toward your belly button. Sexually referenced as “the P-Spot”, the prostate is considered the male equivalent to the G-Spot. The gland’s purpose is to produce seminal fluid, a milky substance that nourishes and transports the sperm through the urethra, like a nutrient-rich lazy river.
The Benefits Of Prostate Massage
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It produces stronger orgasms
Luxury sex toy retailer LELO released an incredibly insightful study years ago that, among other things, found men who incorporate prostate play during intercourse have an orgasm that is – get this – 33 percent more intense. Admittedly, academic research on these matters are small and scarce, but existing literature is unanimous: prostate orgasms feel real, real good.
It produces thicker erections
With prolonged use, men have reported their erections have become both thicker and stronger as a result of regular prostate massage. No pills or surgery required.
It helps prevent prostatitis
Prostatic fluids can build up in the glands, which may lead to an enlarged and inflamed prostate, or “prostatitis” which affects men of all ages. These issues can cause painful symptoms in the groin and pelvis area. It can also cause pain when you urinate. Small studies have found that massaging the area several times a week (along with antibiotics) can provide relief from pain and pressure.
It helps urine flow
The urethra is surrounded by your prostate, and a swollen prostate has an impact on your urine flow – be it a weak flow or no flow at all. Prostate massage can help ease swelling in the area, putting less pressure on the urethra for a better flow.
It can help prevent erectile dysfunction
Before the introduction of prescription medicines, prostatic massage was actually the primary treatment for ED as massaging the prostate encourages blood flow to the genital area, which helps fight impotence. Nowadays, prostatic massage isn’t considered a mainstream form of ED treatment. Instead, it’s an alternative option that may be helpful in addition to other forms of treatment. Though it is still uncertain how much the prostate impacts erectile function, research from Copenhagen found that 93 percent of men who had operations on their prostate found that their sexual performance dropped significantly after surgery.