What is Chronic Prostatitis?

Chronic prostatitis, also known as chronic pelvic pain syndrome (CP/CPPS), causes pain in the lower pelvic region in men. There are two types of prostatitis that can be differentiated by their underlying cause. Whereas chronic bacterial prostatitis is caused by a bacterial infection of the prostate gland, the cause of CP/CPPS is not fully understood.

Symptoms can include:

  • Pain in the lower pelvic region – usually around the base of the penis, around the anus, in the lower abdomen, and in the lower back (pain can spread to tip of penis and/or testes)
  • Painful urination
  • A frequent urge to urinate
  • Sexual problems – this could include difficulty getting an erection, painful ejaculation, or pain after sex
  • Symptoms for at least 3 months within the previously 6 months


Additional Information

For further information about chronic prostatitis, you may be interested in the following links:

Prostatitis Foundation

National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse