The prostate is a small gland about the size of a table-tennis ball. It is a part of the male reproductive system and is located between the base of the penis and the anus.
Prostatitis is used to refer to infection or inflammation within the prostate. It can occur at any age. It is not the same as enlarged prostate or prostate cancer although th symptoms can be similar.
What causes prostatitis?
Prostatitis is caused by germs (bacteria) that travel through the urethra and multiply within the prostate. It can occur in any man or it could be the result of having a catheter or a sexually transmitted infection. These bacteria can also cause infection of the bladder or the kidneys.
What are the symptoms of prostatitis?
Pain: You may feel pain in the penis, around the anus, back and lower abdomen. This pain is usually severe when passing urine and at times when passing stool.
Trouble with passing urine: In addition to pain on passing urine, you may feel the urge to pass urine more frequently than usual. It is also possible to feel a frequent strong urge to pass urine. Occasional you may also have a small amount of blood in the urine or thick discharge from your penis.
High temperature: You may feel feverish, generally unwell with body aches.
What should I do if I feel these symptoms?
Prostatitis is a serious infection which usually requires treatment with antibiotics. So if you feel these symptoms, see your doctor without delay.
Your doctor might test your urine and blood and also perform an examination of your prostate (this can be painful if prostatitis is present)