Inflammation of the prostate gland is common. Symptoms include:
- difficulty passing or controlling urine,
- pelvic, penis tip or testicular discomfort
- erection or ejaculation problems
Some men have no symptoms at all.
Prostatitis can be caused by a urine infection or recent surgery. However often there is no identifiable cause. An ultrasound scan and/or cystoscopy (camera inspection of the bladder) may be helpful in finding a cause.
If a bacterial infection is isolated, antibiotics are the mainstay of treatment. Some men require prolonged courses of antibiotics to settle their symptoms, whilst others may benefit from anti-inflammatory tablets, prostate tablets or pelvic floor exercises