Only men have a prostate gland. The prostate is part of the male genitourinary system. It is located beneath the bladder and in front of the rectum. Through the centre of the prostate passes the urethra, the tube that drains the bladder of urine.
What does the prostate do?
The prostate gland produces semen, the fluid that passes from the penis during ejaculation. It also produces a substance called prostate specific antigen (PSA) that turns the semen from a gel to a liquid to aid fertility.
The three most common prostate problems are:
Problems urinating are common in men and may be a sign of an underlying prostate problem. It is important to note that early prostate cancer doesn't usually cause problems urinating.
Urinary symptoms can also be caused by other health problems, such as diabetes or by medications such as anti-depressants.