Prostate cancer

Updated 21 February 2018

Symptoms and signs of prostatitis

There are some general symptoms that are common to all forms of prostatitis.

General symptoms common to all forms of prostatitis are:
  • lower back pain

  • pain when moving bowels

  • pain in the area of the genitals (perineal or pelvic floor pain)

Symptoms and signs of acute bacterial prostatitis include:

  • fever and chills

  • abdominal pain

  • pain when ejaculating

Blood in the urine, increased need to urinate, pain in the testicles and blood in semen are also possible symptoms.

Symptoms and signs of non-bacterial prostatitis and chronic pelvic pain syndrome include:

  • frequent urination

  • pain or burning when urinating

  • pain in the testicles

  • tension in the urinary sphincter

Symptoms and signs of chronic prostatitis include the following, though sometimes they can be very mild, or not present at all:

  • a tendency to recurrent urinary tract infections

  • pain in the testicles

  • pain or a burning sensation when urinating

  • pain when ejaculating

Urine is sometimes bloody, or abnormal in colour, and some patients also suffer from incontinence.

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