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What are Prostatitis and Related Chronic Pelvic Pain Conditions?

Prostatitis and related pelvic pain conditions involve pain in and around the prostate. In most cases, you feel pain because of:

  • a prostate infection
  • inflammation
  • some other problem

Prostatitis and pelvic pain conditions can happen in men of all ages.

Male Reproductive System
Male Reproductive System
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The Prostate

The prostate is a small, walnut-shaped gland that is part of the male reproductive system. The prostate sits under the bladder and in front of the rectum. The prostate is surrounded by muscles and nerves. The urethra (the tube that carries urine and semen out of the body) passes through the prostate.

The prostate's main job is to help make fluid for semen. This seminal fluid protects and energizes sperm as they travel to the female egg.