Aging and the prostate gland
Name: Bobby Lee
It seems that as males get older, it takes longer for them to begin
urination. Why is this so? Also, does it happen to women as well?
Males have a prostate gland which surrounds the urethra (the tube from the
bladder to the outside). As men get older this gland often either gets larger, gets
inflamed or can even get cancerous. These conditions squeeze the tube an this decreases
the pressure of urine to get out, so one must relax the muscle that hold urine in even
more it takes longer to get one's stream going. There are treatments for many of these
problems (including cancer) so it can be important to have a doctor (e.g. urologist)
take a look.
Women don't have a prostate so they don't develop the problem as often.
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Update: June 2012