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Do women have a prostate?

By Anonymous June 28, 2013 - 9:20am
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Would like to know what signs there are for female prostate cancer.

October 8, 2013 - 1:06pm
HERWriter Guide

Hi Anon!

No, women do not have a prostate.

The prostate gland is located in the male reproductive system.



June 28, 2013 - 12:02pm
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Anonymous (reply to Susan Cody)

Wrong, Susan Cody. Women do in fact have a prostate, although it is about 1/5th the size of a male's. Even though extremely rare, women can and do get prostate cancer. Another little known fact in the general public, just as little known that 1% of breast cancer occurs in males. Try doing some research before you spread disinformation.

August 25, 2013 - 1:29pm
(reply to Anonymous)

why would they need a prostate if there bodies cant make sperm or semen

February 10, 2016 - 8:02pm
Guide (reply to David Ben Agosta)

Hello David Ben Agosta,

Women do not have a prostate gland as males do per say.

However, in 1672 the anatomist Regnier de Graaf described and illustrated a set of glands and ducts surrounding the female urethra that he called the female prostate.

Subsequently, in 1880, Alexander Skene redirected attention to this structure, particularly to two paraurethral ducts called Skene's duct, therein, and emphasized their importance in infection of the female genitalia.

Skene's paraurethral glands and ducts are homologous to the male prostate.

The female homologue of the male prostate is of clinical significance not only as a focus for acute and chronic infection, but also as the origin of other pathologic entities, including adenocarcinoma, a cancer which shows, as does its male counterpart, localized expression of PSA and PSAP.

So, one can say that women can develop cancer of the Skene's glands, sometimes referred to as the female prostate.


February 11, 2016 - 10:45am
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