Prostatitis & Sex
Type 3a ‘Inflammatory Chronic Prostatitis’ or what is known commonly as Non-Bacterial Male Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome (CPPS)*, can have a catastrophic impact on both a patient’s as well as their partner’s sex life.
The symptoms of pain, discomfort and need to urinate can play havoc with a male’s self-esteem and their ability to perform in the bedroom. Unlike other male conditions we deal with such as Peyronie’s Disease and Erectile Dysfunction, this condition is not immediately apparent to a patient’s partner and can lead to men avoiding new relationships or appearing distant with their current partner. As this is a chronic condition, a high percentage of men suffer depression due to unsatisfactory medical outcomes and no clear treatment pathway.
However, it is now known that up to 9% of men in the UK suffer from this condition, so the situation is far more widespread than originally thought, mainly due to the large proportion of men just getting on with it and suffering in silence. Prostate issues become more prevalent as men age and with many older couples, sex starts to take a back seat in the relationship.
Following A Diagnosis Non-Bacterial Male Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome
Once a patient has been through all the standard tests and examinations to exclude a bacterial infection and other conditions like bladder cancer, a final diagnosis of Non-Bacterial Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome is made. This is bitter sweet for many men as, although they have been cleared of worse conditions, many will now face a potential life time of sexual difficulty. Patients have reported severe pain before, during and after ejaculation as well as mixed signals where sexual arousal and the desire to urinate occur simultaneously, meaning a rush to the toilet just when they and their partner are getting into the mood.
This condition cannot be passed on to your partner, it is not contagious, and sex does not worsen it, although you may experience more pain after intercourse.
As this is a chronic condition, you may never go back to a situation where sex is a totally natural impulsive activity. The challenges become ones about managing the condition as well as your expectations and where possible being honest with your partner.
The treatments described in this website can significantly decrease your symptoms and enable you to improve, resume and still have an enjoyable sex life. To find out more complete the form below.
* Chronic Prostatitis/Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome (CP/CPPS)