Apart from a few small differences, the urinary tract system in men is structured in the same way as women’s. Bean-shaped kidneys, located at waist height, produce urine. Urine constantly trickles into the bladder via two ureters – in a healthy adult the amount is about one to two litres a day. The bladder can store up to 700 millilitres1 before it releases urine via the urethra, although nerve impulses trigger the urge to urinate already at 300 millilitres1. The urethra is also used to transport sperm out of the body during an ejaculation. The urethra is surrounded by the prostate gland.
At about 20 cm, the urethra is five times longer in men than in women, which makes it more difficult for harmful microbes to enter the bladder, particularly gut bacteria such as E. coli. With increasing age, the risk of developing a bladder infection increases. It is then usually associated to an enlarged prostate.
But like women, men of all ages can develop infections of the urinary tract or bladder dysfunctions such as an overactive bladder or bladder weakness.
1 Zentralverband der Ärzte für Naturheilverfahren e. V. (2005):
Ratgeber Nieren, Blase, Prostata. 1. Auflage. Deutscher Reform-Verlag GmbH Oberursel.
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