Prostatitis is a condition that affects the health and function of the prostate gland. A bacterial infection is most often the cause of the condition, but in some cases, inflammation may appear without any signs of infection. Although inflammation and infections are common, these conditions do not increase the risk of prostate cancer. These conditions can occur at any age or level of sexual activity. Urinary tract infections may increase a man's risk of prostatitis.
Any inflammation of the prostate gland can have an impact on man's reproductive system. The enlargement of the prostate exerts pressure on the urethra which may slow down the flow of urine and, in some cases, disrupt the process of ejaculation. The inflammation can also have an impact on arousal and maintenance of erection. It may also cause premature ejaculation if the condition is severe enough.
Prostatitis can affect men of any age, but most prevalent in those younger than age 50. Other factors that can increase a man’s risk for prostatitis include:
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