Prostatitis is an inflammation of the prostate gland. It is often painful and can cause frequent urination, difficulty urinating, or a burning feeling while urinating. You may feel pain in the genital area, groin, lower abdomen or lower back. Prostatitis is sometimes, but not always, caused by bacteria. It is one of the most common diseases seen in urology practices in the United States, accounting for close to two million visits every year.
There are two types of bacterial prostatitis – acute and chronic. The acute type happens suddenly and lasts a short time. Chronic prostatitis develops slowly and can last a long time, even years. The symptoms are similar for both.
There is also a nonbacterial form of prostatitis that is often called chronic pelvic pain syndrome. The cause for this is unknown, although some research suggests that a bug of some sort (not bacteria) may be responsible. Read More
Epididymitis is an inflammation of the epididymis. The epididymis is a tube at the back of the testicles that stores and carries sperm. When this tube becomes swollen, it can cause pain and further swelling in the testicles.
Epididymitis is most common in young men ages 20 to 39. It is estimated that every year one in 1,000 men develop epididymitis. Read More
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