The prostate gland is a walnut-sized gland located directly below the bladder in men. Its job is to produce the fluid that transports and nourishes sperm (semen). When a man’s prostate becomes swollen or inflamed, he has prostatitis. Prostatitis is temporary, and it is not to be confused with an enlarged prostate. According to the Mayo Clinic, prostatitis is most common in men under the age of 50, although it can occur at any age. To learn more about prostatitis, read the symptoms, causes, and treatments listed below.

1. Symptoms

Prostatitis symptoms may vary depending on the cause. Some of the most common symptoms include:

  • Pain or burning when urinating
  • An urgent need to urinate
  • Difficulty urinating, such as dribbling or hesitant urination
  • Cloudy urine
  • Pain the groin, abdomen, or lower back
  • Pain between the scrotum and rectum (perineum)
  • Bloody urine or bloody semen
  • Pain in the penis or testicles
  • Painful ejaculation
  • Flu-like symptoms: fever, chills, muscle aches, joint pain
  • Rectum pain, feeling like you need to have a bowel movement