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What are the symptoms of the prostrate gland not functioning correctly?

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Symptoms of the prostate gland not functioning properly include need to urinate frequently, urinary urgency, weak stream, dribbling after urinating and sensation of bladder not fully emptying, according to Better Health Channel. These symptoms may be caused by inflammation or enlargement of the prostate.

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The prostate gland is a reproductive organ that has a growth spurt during puberty and continues growing as men age, explains Better Healthy Channel. However, studies indicate that the size of a man’s prostate gland has little effect on his urination problems and urinary symptoms rarely indicate prostate cancer. A man should see a doctor if he experiences inability to urinate, painful urination, blood in the urine, any discharge from penis or severe urinary incontinence, advises Better Heath Channel. Bacteria can cause inflammation of the prostate, and a doctor should also be consulted if there's fever, lower back pain, groin pain and frequent urination.

Changes to the muscular wall of the bladder may also cause urinary symptoms, explains Better Health Channel. These changes may result in a weak or spastic bladder, but this can be treated with medication or pelvic floor and bladder retraining exercises.

Treatment for urinary problems includes medication, surgery to remove part or all of the prostate and laser resection of the prostate, according to Better Health Channel. Saw palmetto may be helpful, but recent reviews of the evidence for using saw palmetto as a treatment for mild or moderate urinary symptoms showed no improvement.

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