PROSTATITIS – PROSTATE INFECTION
Prostatitis is swelling and inflammation of the prostate gland, a walnut-sized gland situated directly below the bladder in men. The prostate gland produces fluid (semen) that nourishes and transports sperm.
There are several types of prostatitis. They vary based on how long a man has had the problem and what kind of symptoms he has. Prostatitis often causes painful or difficult urination. Other symptoms include pain in the groin, pelvic area or genitals and sometimes flu-like symptoms.
Prostatitis can cause urinary problems and issues with sexual performance. It affects men of all ages but tends to be more common in men 50 or younger. If prostatitis is caused by a bacterial infection, it can usually be treated with antibiotics.
Depending on the cause, prostatitis can come on gradually or suddenly. It might improve quickly, either on its own or with treatment.