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Common symptoms of prostatitis include pain or burning when urinating, low back pain, pain behind the scrotum, and blocked urine. These symptoms can be due to a bacterial infection in the prostate gland, but not always. In addition, some men may experience a wide range of signs and symptoms, while some men have no symptoms at all.

Signs and Symptoms of Prostatitis: An Overview

Prostatitis is a general term used to describe an inflammation of the prostate gland. Sometimes, it is caused by bacteria, However, more often, there are signs of an inflamed prostate but no bacteria are present. Prostatitis affects at least half of all men at some point in their lives. There are a number of possible prostatitis symptoms a man can experience. These symptoms vary based on the type of prostatitis. Some men have several symptoms, while others may only have a few.

Common Prostatitis Symptoms

Common symptoms of this condition include:
  • Trouble passing urine or pain when passing urine
  • A burning or stinging feeling when passing urine
  • Strong, frequent urges to pass urine, even when there is only a small amount of urine to be passed
  • Chills and high fever
  • Low back pain or body aches
  • Pain low in the belly, groin, or behind the scrotum
  • Rectal pressure or pain
  • Urethral discharge with bowel movements
  • Genital and rectal throbbing
  • Sexual problems and loss of sex drive
  • Blocked urine
  • Painful ejaculation (sexual climax).


Prostatitis Symptoms or Another Condition?

The possible prostatitis symptoms listed above are not sure signs of prostatitis. Other conditions share a number of these symptoms. Therefore, if you are experiencing any of these potential symptoms of prostatitis, visit your healthcare provider so that the problem can be properly diagnosed and treated.


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