The prostate is a gland located between a man’s bladder and penis. The tube (urethra) that carries urine from the bladder and out the penis runs right through the middle of the prostate.
The prostate makes fluid that helps keep sperm healthy. Nearly all the fluid that a man ejaculates during sex is made by the prostate.
The prostate is the size of a walnut in young men, but gets bigger as you get older.
The symptoms of prostatitis are:
If bacteria are the cause of prostatitis, symptoms are usually worse:
Your doctor will ask about your symptoms, have you give a urine sample, and do a rectal exam. During the rectal exam:
After the rectal exam, you will give another urine sample. The doctor will see if the urine has more pus cells after your prostate was pushed on (prostate massage).
Doctors treat prostatitis differently if it is caused by bacteria or not.
If the infection keeps coming back after treatment:
Prostatitis is usually hard to cure, but you can treat the symptoms with:
If the symptoms are very bad and other treatments don’t work, you may need surgery to remove part of your prostate.