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    What are the symptoms of prostatitis?

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    Dr Cristina Musso

    Counsellor, Sex Therapist

    Sexuality Education and Counselling ACT is run by a specialist in Sexual Health to help individuals and couples address their sexual concerns and improve their ... View Profile

    The term Prostatitis stands for inflammation of the prostate gland and typical symptoms are lower back or abdominal pain, urinary difficulties and painful sex.

    Prostatitis can be acute  or chronic; infectious or  no-infectious.

     Men with acute bacterial (infectious) prostatitis often exhibit fever, lower pain, discomfort upon urination, urgent need to urinate and systemic signs of illness.

    Chronic infectious prostatitis generally is traduced into less severe symptoms but it leads to recurrent bacterial tract urinary infections and may determine a reduction of the man's fertility.

    Chronic no-infectious prostatitis is not a fully understood condition. It has been suggested that an occult infection could be the possible cause. Main symptoms are pelvic and sexual pain.

    Sexual dysfunction is common in men with chronic prostatitis. However, symptoms can fluctuate, come and go. Apart from lower abdominal pain and urinary problems; ejaculatory or post ejaculatory  pain and traces of blood in the sperm are the most important symptoms. 

    However, prostatitis can also be asymptomatic. Sometimes, men with prostatitis don't present any major symptom and the condition remains unknown. Diagnosis is often casually ascertained during a male infertility test.

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