Sperm is not just sperm cells. Most of it is fluid that is used to transport sperm cells. This fluid is called seminal fluid and is secreted by a gland located just under the bladder, which surrounds the urethra (channel through which both urine and sperm are released out of the body).
Trouble with prostate is that it is connected to the urethra and thus susceptible to all urinary tract infections or bacterial infections, as bacteria from bladder and urethra can creep in it through prostate ducts. Prostate infections are known as prostatitis and usually affect men between thirty and fifty years of age but are present in older men as well. It is estimated that 6% to 8% of male population suffers from prostatitis and that half of all men will get prostatitis at some point in life. Prostatitis is is the most common diagnosis in urology in men under 50.
There four types of prostatitis. Two types, acute and chronic bacterial prostatitis, are caused by infection. Other two types, chronic abacterial (this means, no bacterias are involved in it) prostatitis and prostatodynia (pain in the prostate) are of unknown origin.Strange as it sounds after these facts, prostatitis is not well understood and poorly studied problem.
Home remedies for Prostate Infections
There are ways to cure prostate infections at home. In example, maintaining an adequate level of vitamins A, C, E, and K and minerals such as zinc and selenium can prevent infection from starting in the first place and improve general condition of the prostate. Bacteria dislike acidic environment, so you may use foods such as cranberry juice to acidify urine. Numerous green vegetables have high levels of antioxidant substances which support and reinforce the immune system, thus helping to fight bacteria naturally. Sterols found in some plants show beneficial effect on the prostate. These are available in form of herbal supplements.Be aware that there are false supplements that will not do the job.
Although natural remedies can help, not all cases can be effectively cured with nothing else. Check up with your doctor to see if you need something extra to fight infection, such as antibiotics. Symptoms such as pain or burning during urination, difficulty in maintaining a urine stream (this might require application of a catheter, hardly a thing to do at home by yourself), fever and fatigue, indicate that you should visit your doctor.