Penis pain! I bet just reading that made you wince. But if you’ve been suffering from pelvic pain then you’re used to wincing! This Movember we're highlighting prostate health. A lot of men don't know about their prostates and so end up putting up with painful and embarrassing symptoms. If you have pain in your penis, pelvis, buttocks or lower back then you may be suffering from prostatitis. Read our guide to find out how to relieve this agonising condition.
What are the symptoms of prostatitis?
Do you know where your prostate is? A lot of men are not quite sure. The prostate is a gland that's located between your penis, bladder and rectum. It produces the semen that carries your sperm. When your prostate becomes inflamed it results in pain in your whole pelvic area. Not much fun considering how sensitive those parts are! These are the main symptoms of prostatitis:
- Pain in your pelvis, penis, lower back or bum
- Needing to wee more than usual
- Painful urination
- Difficulty peeing; either having to stop and start or having to strain to get started
- Painful ejaculation
- Fatigue, aching joints and muscles or a fever
These symptoms can build up slowly over time, so you may not notice them at first. It's normal to feel embarrassed about seeing your GP for problems with your penis or prostate. But just remember - prostatitis affects around 12% of men so your doctor is used to diagnosing it. If your symptoms are severe and have come on suddenly you will need antibiotics. Chronic prostatitis is milder but can last for years, especially if left untreated, so you need to get checked out ASAP!
What if I have chronic prostatitis?
Chronic prostatitis is the most common form of this condition, accounting for over 80% of cases. Also referred to as Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome (CPPS), it can last for months or years. Getting yourself diagnosed is really important as you can begin taking steps to relieve your symptoms. Pain killers can help to ease your pain and help you feel more comfortable. You should also make lifestyle changes like drinking plenty of water and avoiding ingredients like caffeine that irritate the bladder. You should also try to avoid activities like cycling and kegels as they will aggravate your condition.
The best solution we've found for relieving prostate pain is prostate massage. By massaging your prostate you can drain it of dead cells and pus, which will shrink it and relieve pressure and pain. You can have this done by a doctor, but if you feel uncomfortable about having someone's finger in your anus it's easy to do yourself at home.
Pelvic Pain Therapist Karl Monahan describes how to locate your trigger points in this video:
Prostate milking is much easier with a trigger point massage tool like the Therawand. The Therawand
makes it easier to reach your prostate due to its angled design and is also a good option if you are a bit squeamish about putting fingers in your bum. If you really don't like the idea of an internal massage, we also stock the Prostate Cradle
, which is used externally. Make sure you’re informed about good prostate health this Movember!