Prostatitis affects almost 50% of men at least once during their lifetime and is the most common prostate problem for men under the age of 50. Prostatitis is an inflammation of the prostate – an increase in size due to swelling. This is different to BPH as it may be caused by an infection and can usually be treated by antibiotics. Prostatitis is not cancerous and its symptoms can be similar to BPH.
Symptoms of prostatitis may include:
- Occasional discomfort in the testicles, urethra, lower abdomen, and back
- Discharge from the urethra, especially during the first bowel movement of the day
- Blood or urine in ejaculate
- Sexual difficulties
- Aching muscles
- Frequent and/or painful urination