PROSTATITIS is the inflammation of the prostate gland which may lead to its enlargement. This gland is situated below the bladder in men, the prostate gland produces fluids ( semen) that nourish and transports sperms, and it affects men of all ages.
The prostate can feel sore and irritated, it can be very painful and have a major impact on your health.
There are four major types of PROSTATITIS, each has its own set of causes and symptoms. They include:-
1. Acute bacterial prostatitis,
Your urinary tract is made up of kidney, bladder & tubes that pass between them. If the bacteria from here finds its way back into your prostate, you can get an infection.
* Pain or burning sensation when urinating
* High fever
* Muscle aches
* Pain around the base of your penis
* Lower back pain
* Weak urination
* Trouble peeing
2. Chronic bacterial prostatitis
This is more common in old men, it’s a milder bacterial infection that can linger for several months. Some men get it after they have had a Urinary Tract Infection ( UTI ) or acute bacterial prostatitis.
And it’s symptoms come and go.
* painful urination
* Frequent urination particularly at night
* Urgent need to urinate
* Blood in urine
* Blood in your semen
* Painful ejaculation or pain after you ejaculate
* Urinary blockage ( no urine comes out)
* Lower back pain
* Rectum pain
* An urgent need to pee often in the middle of the night.
3. Chronic prostatitis
Is the most common type, it shares many of the same signs as the chronic bacterial prostatitis. The difference is that when tests are run no bacteria are present. Pain might last more than 3 months in at least one of these:-
* scrotum & rectum
* Abdomen, groin or lower back
* Penis ( often at the top)
4. Asymptomatic prostatitis
Men who have this type have an inflamed prostate but no symptoms. You may only learn you have it if you do a blood test or an Ultrasound scan.
Though it can lead to infertility in men