[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Prostatitis is a disease that affects men’s reproductive and urinary systems due to an inflammation or infection in the prostate. It is painful disease that attacks the prostate, a walnut-shaped gland, located around the urethra at the neck of the bladder and in front of the rectum, which produces a fluid that combines with semen and is crucial for men’s fertility. Prostatitis can be developed by men at any age or race and it affects 10 to 15 percent of the U.S. male population, according to the National Institutes of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease (NIDDKD) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

There are four different types of prostatitis, known as chronic prostatitis / chronic pelvic pain syndrome, acute bacterial prostatitis, chronic bacterial prostatitis, and asymptomatic inflammatory prostatitis, and the reasons for its development are associated to each type. The NIH adds that “prostatitis is the most common urinary tract problem for men younger than age 50 and the third most common urinary tract problem for men older than age 50. Prostatitis accounts for about two million visits to health care providers in the United States each year. Chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome is the most common and least understood form of prostatitis.”

Most Common Prostatitis Symptoms

Prostatitis symptoms vary according to the type and cause of the disease and are not equally experienced by all patients. In the case of chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome, the main symptoms are pain or discomfort lasting 3 or more months between the scrotum and anus, in the central lower abdomen, in the penis, in the scrotum, in the lower back and / or during or after ejaculation. Other less common symptoms include pain in the urethra during or after urination, pain in the penis during or after urination, urinary frequency, urinary urgency, and a weak or an interrupted urine stream.

Patients who suffer from acute bacterial prostatitis often experience urinary frequency, urinary urgency, fever, chills, a burning feeling or pain during urination, pain in the genital area, groin, lower abdomen, or lower back, frequent urination during the sleep (nocturia), nausea and vomiting, body aches, urinary retention, trouble starting a urine stream, a weak or an interrupted urine stream, urinary blockage, and urinary tract infections. The symptoms of chronic bacterial prostatitis are similar to the ones experienced by patients with acute bacterial prostatitis, but not as severe.

When Do Prostatitis Symptoms Occur

The occurrence of prostatitis symptoms is not the same in all patients and it depends on the type of prostatitis. Patients with chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome often feel pain spread out around the pelvic area or in one or more areas at the same time, while the pain may come and go and appear suddenly or gradually. Men with acute bacterial prostatitis have symptoms that come on suddenly and are severe, and the ones with chronic bacterial prostatitis usually have less severe symptoms that develop slowly and can last three or more months, and can come and go or be mild all the time.

Men with asymptomatic inflammatory prostatitis do not have symptoms. However, there are moments when it is important for a man to seek medical health, including when they experience complete inability to urinate, painful, frequent, and urgent need to urinate, with fever and chills, major discomfort or pain in the lower abdomen and urinary tract or when they notice the presence of blood in the urine. If not treated, prostatitis may develop into a bacterial infection in the bloodstream, a prostatic abscess, which is a pus-filled cavity in the prostate, sexual dysfunction, and inflammation of reproductive organs near the prostate.

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