How to use prostate massager: A guide to prostate massaging

Prostate massaging using prostate massagers has been touted and linked with benefits like enhanced prostate function. But, it may not be safe or beneficial to everyone.

A man getting a prostate massage

Key Takeaways

  • The prostate is a walnut-sized muscular gland located below the bladder and produces fluids that make up the semen.
  • A prostate massage is the massage of the prostate for either medical, sexual, or relaxation purposes.
  • A prostate massager can help you achieve a prostate orgasm, which may be more intense than a penile orgasm. 

The human body is complex, and there is often an overlap of conventional and alternative medicine when managing certain conditions affecting health.

Still, healthcare professionals often do not recommend alternative healthcare practices, such as prostate massage, for treating medical conditions. This is because there is insufficient research to back up their effectiveness and safety. However, there is no denying the fact that some of them have the potential to ease human discomfort and promote healthy living if used correctly.

In this article, we will be discussing what the prostate is, what prostate massagers are, and if you should use a prostate massager.

What is the Prostate gland?

The prostate gland has the shape of a walnut. It is a male reproductive organ located slightly below the bladder, which stores urine. The role of the prostate gland is to produce fluid to support and nourish the spermatozoa.

As a person grows older, the prostate gland tends to increase in size. This is called prostate enlargement (benign prostatic hyperplasia). An enlarged or swollen prostate can put pressure on the bladder and may block the space meant for the passage of urine through the urethra. 

Some people believe that therapeutic measures like massaging the prostate can help ease a swollen prostate, reducing the pressure it puts on the bladder and urethra. However, there are no concrete scientific evidence to back up those claims. 

What is a prostate massage?

A prostate massage, as the name implies, is the massage of the prostate gland for therapeutic or other purposes.

Doctors often do not recommend prostate massage as part of medical treatment because there are not enough concrete studies to back up its safety and efficacy.

A prostate massage is the stimulation of the prostate till it produces a milky fluid that clears out the prostatic pathway. It was also previously used as an alternative therapy to treat an inflamed prostate, although now more personalized treatments exist.

Using the prostate massager to stimulate the prostate can cause a person to experience a prostate orgasm, which may be more intense and may feel different from a penile orgasm. 

Some people would want to try out prostate massage for therapeutic or medical reasons because of the possibility that it may be beneficial and is thought to help clear out the prostatic duct and the rest of the urinary system. However, most research findings do not support its use, and those that do are mostly anecdotal, older, or small case studies. 

Some people, during a prostate massage, can achieve prostate orgasm. Research has shown that a prostate orgasm makes use of 12 contracting muscles, compared to 4–8 contracting muscles in penile orgasms.

Reading further, you will learn more about the prostate massager and how it works.

What is a prostate massager?

A prostate massager is a device designed to stimulate the prostate gland. It comes in various shapes and sizes. 

While prostate massage can be done manually (also called digital penetration), where you use your fingers, or someone uses their fingers to stimulate your prostate, some people prefer using a prostate massager. 

Prostate massagers often curve upward and usually have a wide base so they don't get lost in the anus. 

They also come with different vibration settings, which you can adjust as you use them.

When buying a prostate massager, you may want to consider some factors, such as:

  • The vibration settings
  • Whether it is waterproof or not
  • Its ease of usage

How to use a prostate massager

Here are steps on how to use a prostate massager:

  • Clean the massager properly.
  • Add sufficient lubricant to it.
  • Lie on your back and gently insert the massager into your anus, pointing towards your belly button. 
  • Once the massager is inserted, you can experiment with different motions, such as rocking or massaging, to find what feels most comfortable. 
  •  Start slowly and apply caution, as the prostate can be sensitive. 
  • Clean the device thoroughly after each use.

Should I use a prostate massager?

If you want to use a prostate massager for medical purposes, consider getting approval from your healthcare team. Most health experts don't recommend prostate massage as a way to treat health problems, especially since there isn't a lot of strong scientific evidence to show that it works.

However, while they may not provide a cure, alternative treatments like massage may help alleviate the symptoms of some medical conditions. 

Not everyone should use a prostate massager, especially for medical reasons. But, you may want to consider using a prostate massager if: 

  • Your doctor recommends or approves it
  • You want to ease painful ejaculation
  • You want to improve the flow of urine from the urethra by reducing swelling of the prostate
  • You want to try it for treating prostatitis (inflammation of the prostate)
  • You have difficulty experiencing orgasm and want to try it to feel good or reach orgasm

Due to the potential discomfort and pain associated with their use, it is important to consult a doctor before using a prostate massager and possibly have them monitor you while you use it. 

Also, if you have a history of prostate cancer or other prostate issues, you may want to speak with your doctor to know if a prostate massager is appropriate for you. 

What are the benefits of a prostate massage?

There are some potential benefits associated with having a prostate massage, including: 

  • Improved sexual function: A regular prostate massage may improve sexual function by increasing blood flow to the prostate and surrounding reproductive organs. This may make it easier to gain and maintain an erection.
  • Relief from symptoms of prostate-related conditions: A prostate massage may bring you relief from health conditions associated with the prostate, such as prostatitis or an enlarged prostate
  • Improved prostate health: It may help to prevent the development of prostate problems by promoting healthy blood flow. 
  •  Relief from stress: If done right, prostate massage may help relax the muscles, reduce tension, and promote overall well-being.

Before using a prostate massager, speak with a doctor to ensure it is safe for you.

Are prostate massagers safe?

Prostate massagers are not completely safe. The anus does not self-lubricate, which means that if a person does not lubricate it properly before using the prostate massager, they may experience much rectal discomfort and pain.

This is why it is advisable to use a prostate massager with caution. 

It is ideally better to use a small-sized prostate massager for a start, and if you wish, get a bigger one when your anus has adapted. 

It is safer to practice hygiene when using devices like prostate massagers. Also, opt for friendly massagers made from products like stainless steel and medical-grade silicone.

Wrap up

This article has helped you understand what a prostate massager is and what you should consider before deciding to use a prostate massager. While it may help relieve some discomforting symptoms, doctors often do not recommend prostate massaging as part of a treatment plan. If you are considering using it for any purpose, it will be best to get enough information about it and also discuss it with a healthcare professional.