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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