Prostatitis symptoms

Everybody knows that there are some diseases and medical conditions that are gender specific. Pregnancy, for one. Unless you haven’t yet started Kindergarten, then you’re well aware of that one. The same goes for things like endometriosis, ovarian cancer and prostatitis. While men don’t have to go through female related problems, women don’t possess a prostate and thus have very little to worry about from the condition known as prostatitis! On the other hand, men do have to worry about prostatitis, and because the prostate is located in a sensitive area of the body and because prostate exams can be embarrassing to talk about, and especially embarrassing for a man to endure, many men fail to do much research or even thinking about the condition known as prostatitis.

Prostatitis is, of course, a disease of a man’s prostate gland. The prostate is an important gland in the male body, it produces the seminal fluid that helps transport sperm, meaning that it is vital in helping men have the joy of fathering children. The prostate in the male body is a small gland that, when normal and healthy, is about the size of a walnut. It is situated in the body directly below the bladder, and it actually surrounds the urethra. This means that when the prostate is unhealthy, such as when it becomes enlarged, it can actually interfere with the normal workings of the urethra – passing urine. This can be an uncomfortable and even dangerous eventuality for a man to have to face.

Prostatitis is actually a group of conditions, and one that isn’t not extremely well understood by medical science. The except there lies with bacterial prostatitis. Doctors generally understand bacterial prostatitis symptoms and how to treat them. Other types of prostatitis, though, are a bit of a medical mystery. There are actually four main types of prostatitis, so symptoms can vary for each one. Below we will discuss a few common prostatitis symptoms to be on the lookout for if you are a man and think you may be suffering from prostate irregularities.

Prostatitis symptoms generally fall into several discrete categories: pain or discomfort in the pelvis area, problems urinating, and problems ejaculating. Common symptoms include the following: pain or burning sensation when urinating, difficulty urinating (i.e. slow stream or difficult getting starting urinating), frequent urination, nighttime urination, a sudden urgent need to urinate where none was present just moments ago, pain in the abdomen, lower back or groin area, penile or rectum area pain, testicular pain, and painful ejaculation. If the prostatitis is caused by a bacterial infection, it may also include some infection symptoms, such as fever, chills, nausea, vomiting and a general malaise. Men will generally notice these symptoms, especially when they interfere with something they do every day, such as urinating. But sometimes men will ignore prostatitis symptoms or hope that they simply go away because they are embarrassed to mention them to a spouse or even someone as clinically detached as a medical professional.

If you are experiencing prostatitis symptoms, it is important to make an appointment with your primary care physician. (And if you are experiencing severe symptoms or inability to urinate, skip the primary care physician appointment and go immediately to the emergency room.) A doctor will ask you important questions, and perhaps perform tests such as urine and semen tests, a digital rectal exam, or a cytoscopy to more closely examine the urethra and bladder area. Though these tests may seem embarrassing or painful, catching prostatitis early and preventing further damage or disease is far more important in the long run than a few embarrassing moments.

Last updated on Jan 25th, 2010 and filed under Genitourinary Disorders. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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