As the name implies, prostatitis is a condition relevant to the prostate gland of men. It is a painful condition that is mostly caused due to attack of bacteria which in turn results in infections in the prostate gland. The patient suffers from severe pain during urination as well as at the time of ejaculation. Even there is frequent and urgent need to urinate but sometimes patient finds it difficult to excrete urine naturally. Apart from bacterial infections, prostatitis may also be caused due to some other reasons.
Types of prostatitis
As stated above, prostatitis may be caused due to bacterial infections as well as due to some other reasons. The latter type is also referred to as nonbacterial prostatitis. The acute form of former type is more commonly found in middle and young-aged men while the chronic bacterial infections responsible for causing prostatitis are more commonly found in men amid ages 40 and 70 years.
Causes of prostatitis
As stated above, prostatitis may be caused due to bacterial infections as well as due to some other reasons. Other factors responsible for causing prostatitis may include excessive smoking and alcohol consumption, lack of certain nutrients in the diet that are required for normal and proper functions of the prostate gland, poor supply of blood and oxygen to the prostate gland, lack of physical exercise etc. Men who get indulged in ejaculation more often or excessively are more prone to suffer from this health condition.
Symptoms of prostatitis
The symptoms of prostatitis may vary depending upon its type or form. It means the symptoms of acute bacterial prostatitis or ABP may appear differently as compared to the chronic bacterial prostatitis or CBP. The symptoms of the former type are sudden or abrupt and are quite severe whereas the symptoms of the latter type are less severe. Similarly, the symptoms of non-bacterial prostatitis are also less severe as compared to the other types.
Acute bacterial prostatitis symptoms- Pain in the lower back, pain in muscles or myalgia, chills accompanied by fever, swelling and tenderness of the prostate, experience of pain during ejaculation, pain in the joints or arthralgia, pain in the penis, testicles and the region amid scrotum and the rectum, experience of pain during urination, frequent urge to urinate, incomplete emptying of the bladder and urge to urinate immediately which is mostly accompanied by pain or spasms in the bladder.
Chronic bacterial prostatitis and nonbacterial prostatitis symptoms- Pain in the lower back, fever, frequently occurring urinary tract infections, blood in semen or hematospermia, experience of pain while ejaculating, pain in lower abdomen, dysuria and feeling of discomfort in the genital area as well as in the rectum or perineum.
Health hazards caused due to prostatitis
Prostatitis is a really painful and discomforting condition associated with the prostate gland. If left untreated, it may result in serious health issues or other problems relevant to the sexual organs of men. Some of the commonly experienced health hazards as a result of prostatitis are erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation, pain in the pelvic area, experience of pain during ejaculation and blood coming out along with semen.