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What are Symptoms of Prostatitis?

How you feel (your symptoms) will help your doctor diagnose you.

There are 4 types of prostatitis:

  • Chronic Prostatitis/Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome (CP/CPPS)
  • Chronic Bacterial Prostatitis
  • Acute (Sudden) Bacterial Prostatitis
  • Asymptomatic Inflammatory Prostatitis

Chronic Prostatitis/Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome (CP/CPPS)

CP/CPPS is the most common type of prostatitis. It is an inflammation of the prostate and an irritation of the nerves which supply this area. This is NOT an infection!

Some of the symptoms are:

  • Trouble passing urine (and sometimes with pain)
  • Pain in the bladder, testicles and penis, and between these and the anus
  • Trouble and pain with ejaculation

Chronic Bacterial Prostatitis

Chronic bacterial prostatitis is an uncommon type of bacterial prostatitis. This requires a urine and prostate fluid culture to verify this as present. As the name implies it is known to come and go over a long period of time.

Some of the symptoms are:

  • A burning feeling while passing urine
  • The need to urinate often 
  • Pain in the bladder, testicles and penis, and between the sex organs and anus
  • Pain with ejaculation

Acute (Sudden) Bacterial Prostatitis

Acute bacterial prostatitis is also an uncommon type of bacterial prostatitis. This requires a urine test to see if there is any bacteria. Symptoms for this problem are sudden and can be painful. They may cause you to seek help right away.

They are:

  • Chills
  • Fever
  • Very painful burning while passing urine
  • Trouble draining your bladder

Asymptomatic Inflammatory Prostatitis

Asymptomatic Inflammatory Prostatitis is an inflammation of the prostate but does not cause symptoms. It is NOT an infection! You will have no symptoms for this type of prostatitis. It may be found while you're being checked for other problems.