Every man has at least one horror story that has traveled the locker room about someone’s prostate exam. Some of which have become so believable, that some patients will avoid the exam at all costs. Perhaps some of these stories may resonate with you.
Myth: Prostate exams have been known to cause erections and orgasms.
Fact: The exam itself is quick, and done in a very sterile and non-sexual environment. Some men comment on the sensation of needing to use the washroom to urinate, however, I have not had any men that have been aroused during the exam.
Myth: I am too young to have a prostate problem.
Fact: Prostate health is impacted by our eating habits, genetics, exercise and exposure to environmental hazards. Unfortunately, many younger men are finding that they are being diagnosed with prostate-related conditions earlier in life (read more about prostate conditions here). Any signs of urination changes should be addressed immediately (review here) and if there is a history of reproductive cancers in your family (breast, ovarian or prostate cancer) getting your prostate checked early on, could save your life.
Myth: I am too healthy/active to have a concern with the prostate.
Fact: While exercise and activity are key foundations to preserving your prostate health, they unfortunately are not the only factor in determining the health of your prostate – family history, environmental exposure genetics and age all play a role in the health of this gland.
Myth: Everyone that has prostate cancer gets horrible surgery, I would rather not know.
Fact: Examining the prostate can lead to diagnoses of many conditions besides prostate cancer. However, prostate cancer itself is commonly a slow growing cancer that if caught early can be treated with a variety of approaches that are not always resulting in surgery. Yet, if diagnosed is at a later stage sometimes surgery is the only option.
Myth: I am a sexual stallion; my prostate is working just fine.
Fact: Your sexual ability is not reflective of your prostate health. There are no scientific links between the frequency of ejaculation and prostate health (or ill-health). Just because the plumbing is working doesn’t mean the pipes aren’t rusty.
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