Half of all men experience common prostate inflammation at some point in their lives.
- Dull pain deep down in the pelvis
- Specific pain directly behind the scrotum, in the rectum or at the tip of the penis
- Pain may moving up into the groin or across the lower back
- Burning or pain when urinating or ejaculation
- A pain that goes down the leg
- Sudden and severe pain in the testicle
- Pain or tenderness in the back of the testicle
Prostatitis is a diagnosis used to describe inflammation of the prostate gland. Sometimes prostatitis results from bacterial infection; however, infection is not always found. In fact, most cases of recurrent prostatitis do not demonstrate active infection.
Prostatitis can affect men of any age. Half of all men will experience an episode of prostatitis at some point in their lives. Prostatitis is the most common urological disorder in men over the age of 50, and the third most common disorder in men under 50. Prostatitis alone makes up nearly a quarter of all office visits involving the urinary system by young and middle-aged men. The prostate is located at the base of the bladder where it grows around the urethra, the tube that drains urine from the bladder.
The prostate mainly functions to produce ejaculatory fluid, though it is also thought to protect the testicles and bladder from infection.
Prostatitis can be broken down into four types:
- Nonbacterial prostatitis (NBP)
- Prostatodynia / Chronic Pelvic Pain (CPP)
- Chronic Bacterial Prostatitis (CBP)
Acute Bacterial Prostatitis (ABP)
Prostatitis can be a lifelong problem that comes and goes. It is key to manage the symptoms before they become severe. A treatment regimen commonly consists of antibiotics and anti-inflammatory drugs.