Prostatitis is inflammation of the prostate gland that causes discomfort in the perineum, penis, lower back and lower abdomen. Difficulty urinating is one of the most uncomfortable and unpleasant symptoms and often manifests as a weak or intermittent stream, or an abnormal urination frequency. Pain radiates throughout the pelvic region and often fluctuates in severity.
The condition can affect sexual health, too, with discomfort during or after ejaculation as a common symptom.
Men can suffer from one of four kinds of prostatitis: acute, chronic bacterial, chronic nonbacterial and asymptomatic inflammatory. Medication is typically prescribed based on the kind of bacteria causing the condition.
Medical treatment often involves a regimen of antibiotics and pain relievers. Alpha-blockers such as tamsulosin are prescribed in some cases.