Symptoms and causes

What is it?

A prostate infection, prostate inflammation or prostatitis is an inflammation of the prostate gland that produces a number of excipients that are added to the sperm cells during ejaculation.

Prostatitis can occur at any age, but the problem is most common among young and middle-aged men. Although it can be an unpleasant condition to live with, it very rarely poses a dangerous health problem. If you suffer from prostatitis, this does not mean that you have a greater predisposition for prostate cancer, for example.

In addition to bacterial infections, prostatitis can also be caused by inflammation due to tension in nearby muscles or problems in nearby nerves.

Symptoms

  • Pain or discomfort in the lower abdomen or genital area
  • Urinary symptoms, such as a burning sensation while urinating or more frequent peeing
  • Sexual symptoms such as pain during ejaculation

Diagnosis and treatment

Diagnosis

  • Painful prostate on rectal examination
  • Urine analysis
  • Transrectal ultrasound

Treatment

  • Antibiotics in case of prostate infection
  • Pain relief
  • A bladder probe is sometimes necessary

Latest publication date: 21/01/2021