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
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