What Is Prostate Massage?
The prostate is a part of the male reproductive system located below the urinary bladder and in front of the rectum.
In cases of inflammation of the prostate, there are mainstream medical options that you could choose for the inflammation; however, we have a better alternative, an age-old mantra that has done its wonders—the prostate massage. The main idea behind a prostate massage is to get its secretions moving, prevent stagnation of secretions inside the gland and help remove any small blockages in the ducts if any.
Several alternative medicine practitioners maintain the census that prostate massage could help relieve an inflamed prostate’s specific symptoms and provide benefits that include improved urine flow and sexual function.
Prostate massage therapy could be defined as the practice of massaging the male prostate either for medical or therapeutic reasons. The use of this therapy is supported for a range of conditions, including erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation, and chronic prostatitis.
How to Massage Your Prostate?
Firstly you would need to prepare before a prostate massage. You should bear in mind that this massage is considered a pleasurable sexual act by some men.
To prevent any injury or discomfort during the massage, it is advisable to:
- Keep your fingernails trimmed and filed in order to avoid cuts, scratches, or tears to the rectum and/or the prostate
- You should make sure that your hands are washed and dried thoroughly prior to performing the massage.
- Make sure that you have generous amounts of lubricant, ideally non-fragrant, to help prevent any discomfort or damage.
- Use latex or nitrile gloves, as they offer protection.
Do note that if you are suffering from hemorrhoids ( bleeding) issues, you need to abstain from this procedure, as it could cause bleeding and increase the risk of infection.
- Prostate massages require inserting your fingers or a specific object such as the prostate probe into your anus.
- Hence first try to pass out stools and wipe clean and wash up after your bowel movement.
- Apply lube around your anus liberally, and using either your middle finger or prostate, a probe which is covered with a condom, insert this into your rectum.
- You would need to be in a crawling position with your hands and knees on the ground. Make sure that you insert the probe gently and approximately 4-5 inches into your rectum.
- Make sure that you only apply light pressure toward the gland. This may tend to produce an intense sensation that could cause erections. Hence don’t be startled.
- Using the probe, keep applying gentle pressure and pulling the probe or your finger back about 2 inches out of your rectum. The intensity drops once when you pass the prostate gland.
- Release the pressure, and gently slide the probe or your finger back in and repeat the procedure about 5-10 times.
- Do note that prodding/poking too vigorously can cause damage. Hence, do make to apply gentle pressure, and if at any point it becomes too painful, it is advised that you don’t continue the massage and check with your doctor.
Benefits of Prostate Massage
Several studies that have looked into the use of prostate massage are small and not decisive. However, for reasons unknown, some doctors don’t support the use of prostate massage.
Albeit, there have been certain groups of men who have reaped the benefits of prostate massage. Men with the following conditions may find symptomatic relief when they use prostate massage:
Prostate massage therapy could ease any fluid blockages in your reproductive system. Massage of the prostate could help alleviate any discomfort or pain while ejaculating.
Before the arrival of modern treatment options for ED, a lot of men used prostate massage therapy and prostate stimulation to treat ED. Some men still use it today as an adjutant.
There are several reasons for the obstruction of urine flow; however, one of the primary reasons could be inflammation of the prostate. As it surrounds the urethra, any swelling or inflammation in the prostate may interfere or even cut off the flow of urine. Using prostate massage therapy would eliminate some of the swellings and could help improve your urine flow.
Risks Involved with Prostate Massage
A lot of people in the medical community don’t support prostate massage, as there is no decisive proof that it is more helpful than the typical treatments. However, several men find relief when they use this treatment option. Commonly most men tend to use both massage therapy and antibiotics.
However, prostate massage tends to carry fairly significant risks. It may cause:
- Acute prostatitis gets worse, potentially spreading the infection to the bloodstream and causing blood poisoning (Do note that in case of a bacterial infection, never perform the prostate massage.)
- It may cause prostate cancer to metastasize even before you know that you have it.
- Damage to your rectal lining
- Inflamed hemorrhoids
Before you try this massage therapy, it is strongly recommended that you talk to your doctor and set your expectations. In most cases, you’ll need to plan for multiple massage sessions, as one session rarely helps with anything.
Do note that in some cases, there may be only temporary relief from these symptoms. They may return in several hours or days post the massage. As you undergo multiple massage sessions, the symptoms may stop from recurring, ultimately alleviating the symptoms and signs entirely.
In the current scenario, there aren’t many scientific findings that widely support the use of this massage over a long period of time. It is best that if your symptoms aren’t resolved even after several weeks of massage, consult your doctor and try more substantial treatment options.