Prostatitis—ever heard of it? It's not a commonly discussed health topic, but don't think that means it'll never happen to you, because an estimated 25 percent of guys experience symptoms at some point in their lives.

What is prostatitis? The suffix "itis" means inflammation, and prostatitis is an inflammation of the prostate, the walnut-sized gland found just below a man's bladder that is responsible for producing semen, the fluid that nourishes and carries sperm on their quest to find and fertilize an egg. Bacterial prostatitis often occurs when strains of bacteria from urine infect the prostate. Nonbacterial prostatitis can result from nerve damage in the urinary tract or other unknown causes.

Symptoms of prostatitis include burning with urination; difficulty urinating (retention); frequent urination; bloody or cloudy urine; pelvic, groin, abdominal or back pain; painful ejaculation; and flu-like symptoms. Untreated, the condition can lead to a more serious