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What’s a prostate massage?

Prostate massage can be risky, this is what you need to know.

What is prostate?

The prostate is a small, rubbery gland about the size of a ping-pong ball, located deep inside the groin, between the base of the penis and the rectum. It is important for reproduction because it supplies part of the seminal fluid (semen), which mixes with sperm from the testes. Seminal fluid helps the sperm to travel and survive.

what is a prostate massage?

A prostate massage is similar to a digital rectal exam (DRE). Doctors usually use DRE to check the size and condition of the prostate, whether there are lumps or other possible signs of cancer.

A doctor normally uses a DRE to check the prostate for the overall size and condition of the prostate gland, for lumps, changes, or other signs of possible cancer. Doctors or trained healthcare professionals will wear disposable latex gloves (vinyl gloves are also acceptable), then insert their fingers into the rectum and search your prostate. Wearing gloves is necessary.

Not only does it act as a physical barrier to prevent bacteria from entering the rectal passage from the hand, but its smooth exterior allows the fingers to slide inside, making the process easier.

Prostate massage is the massage or stimulation of the male prostate gland for medical purposes or sexual stimulation. The goal is to help propel semen from the penis, relieve prostate inflammation in some way while reducing pressure on the urinary tract.

During the prostate massage, they will gently press or massage the prostate for a few minutes. Prostate massage can be uncomfortable and slightly painful for a few moments.

The frequency of your prostate massage depends on your doctor’s recommendation. If you still feel pain after a prostate massage and it lasts for a long time, please tell your doctor.

Few studies have shown any therapeutic benefits of prostate massage. At present, prostate massage is not officially approved in medicine for the treatment of any medical disorder.

However, prostate massage may be helpful in certain groups of men. They may find symptomatic relief on top of orgasming when they use prostate massage:

Painful ejaculation

Fluid blockages in the reproductive system may cause you to experience discomfort or pain while ejaculating. Prostate massage may release excess semen from the ducts of the prostate, so it may help alleviate painful ejaculation.

Erectile dysfunction

Prostate massage can ease the symptoms of painful ejaculation and is believed to treat erectile dysfunction by increasing blood flow, resulting in more intense orgasms. However, many of their claims about prostate massage for erectile dysfunction have not been scientifically validated.

Urine flow

Swelling of the prostate puts pressure on the urethra and interferes with your flow of urine. Prostate massage may help improve urine flow and reduce swelling.


Massage used to be the main treatment for prostatitis before the advent of more specialized treatments with antibiotics and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).

Are there risks associated with prostate massage?

Some men may need a prostate massage, possibly for medical reasons or sexual pleasure. You can use a prostate massager or see a doctor, but prostate massage carries some risks if you have no formal training or are under the guidance of a doctor.

These risks include:

Exacerbates acute prostatitis and may cause blood poisoning

Prostate cancer to spread

Cellulitis ( A serious skin infection)

Damage to the rectal lining

Inflamed hemorrhoids

The tissues lining the prostate and rectum are extremely sensitive and vulnerable to tears and abrasions. Massaging the prostate too strongly can easily cause soreness.

The bottom line

Prostate massage may help you to alleviate some symptoms like prostatitis, enlarged prostate or other diseases that affect the prostate. If you do not get better after a few weeks of massage treatment, your doctor may need other treatment options.

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