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It seems that as males get older, it takes longer for them to begin urination. Why is this so? Also, does it happen to women as well?



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Males have a prostate gland which surrounds the urethra (the tube from the bladder to the outside). As men get older this gland often either gets larger, gets inflamed or can even get cancerous. These conditions squeeze the tube an this decreases the pressure of urine to get out, so one must relax the muscle that hold urine in even more it takes longer to get one's stream going. There are treatments for many of these problems (including cancer) so it can be important to have a doctor (e.g. urologist) take a look.
Women don't have a prostate so they don't develop the problem as often.

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