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There seems to be alot of talks lately about prostate massage, and how it can be healthy and pleasurable at the same time. Some stated that regular prostate massage keeps the prostate healthy and can even prevent prostate cancer. There are even 'prostate massagers' that are made specifically for massaging the user's own prostate. However, I have also heard many others stating that prostate massage has no benefits and can be extremely dangerous if not done by a professional.

Since none of the information I have came from an expert or professional, I hope that a certified doctor can provide some accurate information, and answer my questions. Are prostate massage really beneficial to the prostate? Or are they dangerous activities that should not be performed? And how safe are those 'prostate massagers'?

Thank you.


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replied June 29th, 2009
Prostate Answer A6876


Prostate massage is a procedure in which pressure is put on the prostate either by finger or instrument inserted anally or on the skin in the area between the anus and the penis. By continuously putting pressure, the prostate might expel the same fluids which are contained in the semen. Since the nerves for the prostate are irritated as well in this process, the person might experience a feeling similar to orgasm.


You might encounter various sources claiming that prostate massage is healthy and can be used for various illnesses related to prostate health. However, there are no independent medical studies that would confirm those statements.


On the other hand, prostate massage can cause complications if performed in cases of acute prostatitis as it can contribute to spreading the infection to the epididymis or, even more dangerous, in the blood. You might want to visit a urologist and consult on this issue for additional information.


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