Symptoms of Prostatitis
Chronic prostatitis presents with very much similar symptoms as acute prostatitis, but usually they are not as severe and very seldom accompanied by chills, fever and “a sick” feeling.
CP symptoms can be divided in three categories:
- Pain /discomfort
- Urinary Symptoms
- Sexual dysfunction
It is common for men to experience either one of the above mentioned type of symptoms, or their combination.
When it comes to pain, most men with chronic prostatitis complain of dull, throbbing pain/discomfort in various areas of the lower pelvis (groins, bladder region, genitals, rectum, lower back). Prostatitis symptoms come and go and men often do not even know what causes their symptoms to flare up.
Many men with chronic prostatitis complain about urinary problems: frequency, urgency, burning when they urinating, difficulty starting, getting up at night, weak flow, and sensation of not emptying the bladder.
It has been reported that at least half the men with chronic prostatitis complain of pain on ejaculation or shortly after. Many men also experience difficulties with getting and/or keeping an erection, painful erection and decreased sensation of climax.
Many men who suffer these symptoms loose interest in sex and often reduce or cease sexual activity with their partner. Inevitably, this results in a loss of quality of life for these men and for their partner as well.
There are men with CP who do not have any symptoms at all. These men are usually diagnosed with CP because of: elevated PSA (blood test for prostate cancer detection), negative biopsy for prostate cancer, BPH (Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia) or male infertility.