Ask any doctor and they will agree that men too often put their health on the backburner, because they are too busy doing other things. And, unlike women, there is a social expectation that so-called 'real' men do not complain about health niggles.
As ridiculous and potentially life-threatening as it is, there is still an unwritten code amongst men that they ignore health problems, in order to be stoic and tough. Just getting men to attend regular health checks can be a major battle.
Given that men are so unforthcoming about their overall health, it's not surprising that it is even harder to get them to communicate problems that concern their private regions! Mention the phrase "prostate health" to most men, and they will run a mile! All jokes aside though, the overall health and well-being of men depends on the condition of their sexual organs. Things above and below the belt need to be operating properly for life to be enjoyable and fulfilling!
One very unpleasant problem that can afflict men is prostatitis. In a nutshell, prostatitis is any sort of inflammation of the prostate gland. Many men don't know much about the prostate gland. Indeed it's generally not until something goes wrong that men think about their prostate at all! It might come as a shock, but some studies suggest that prostatitis may be responsible for up to a quarter of visits to the doctor by men suffering from genital or urinary complaints!
The prostate itself is a small gland, about the size of a walnut.
It is situated at the base of the bladder and surrounds your urethra. Given that is right next to your urethra (the tube that transports urine between your bladder and your penis) if the prostate gland alters in size or shape, it can have an enormous impact on your ability to pass urine.
And indeed the prostatitis symptom you might see is pain on urination or ejaculation. Inflammation of the prostate gland can also place pressure onto your rectum, which can lead to great discomfort during bowel movements, as well as general back and pelvic pain. Men with a prostatitis symptom can also experience chills, "frequency" (the constant urinate even when there is little or no liquid to pass); fever and aches and pains, especially in the lower body and pelvic area.
While there are several theories about what causes prostatitis, one thing the medical community agrees upon is that it is a problem men shouldn't have to endure. And as there are several forms of prostatitis symptom types (namely acute or bacterial prostatitis; chronic bacterial prostatitis; chronic pelvic pain syndrome or asymptomatic inflammatory prostatitis) you should investigate all possibilities.
Discomfort in your pelvic area, or pain on urination could indicate any one of these conditions.
The treatment of prostatitis will depend on which particular type the patient presents and in some cases, treatment may be as simple as taking a course of antibiotics. So the message to men is clear: do not ignore your prostate health. If you show a prostatitis symptom, be sure to visit your doctor straight away.