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The mission of the Prostatitis Foundation is to educate the public about the prevalence of prostatitis
and encourage and support research to find the cause and a cure for prostatitis.

Please be advised that the Prostatitis Foundation does not warrant, support, sponsor, endorse, recommend or accept responsibility for any health care information, health care provider or any treatment or protocol performed by any heath care provider. Information provided here is the viewpoint of the authors and not necessarily that of the Prostatitis Foundation.

There's a lot to learn. You and I have a lot to learn, and medical science has a lot to learn about prostatitis. Many cases of chronic prostatitis are not easy to cure. When you have read everything about prostatitis on this site, you may still have questions. The current state of scientific and medical knowledge about prostatitis is not very good, as any honest doctor will admit. We provide several ways for you to discuss prostatitis with others. If you would like to sign up for a Clinical Trial and currently suffer from Interstitial Cystitis (IC) or Chronic Prostatitis (CP) click here for information on our Clinical Trials.

This site is here to provide you with as much as possible of what is known. It is produced by volunteers.

Please, to make the best possible use of this site, follow as many of the links as you are able. There are more than 250 web pages on this site, so they cannot all be linked from this home page. It will take you a while to read them all, but it will be worth your while. (See list) When you are done, you can form your own opinion about what you should do. We're not going to tell you what to think.

We are always scanning medical journals and magazines for any other prostatitis researchers world-wide who work independent of the NIH and we hope to report their work and results. We will probably use the column lead; Information from Various Sources for bringing you those. It is at the top right column on the right side of the webpage.

The most recent report we read said eighty seven percent of people now have internet access. That is one of the reasons we are trying to get organized to put all information on the website and discontinue the 800 phone number and the mailing of information which will already be available on the website. There will be one newsletter occasionally which will keep our database up to date and allow us to give you a chance to respond with a donation hopefully. As a nonprofit we need and are required to be supported by those for whom we advocate. Please send checks to: Prostatitis Foundation, 1063 30th Street, Smithshire, IL 61478


NIDDK: Recent Advances and Emerging Opportunities (2011).  National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  NIH Publication Number 11-7645, 2011, pp 100-102.


Prostatitis is an inflammation of the prostate gland, often resulting in swelling or pain. Prostatitis can result in four significant symptoms: pain, urination problems, sexual dysfunction, and general health problems, such as feeling tired and depressed.

The prostate is a reproductive gland located just below the bladder and in front of the rectum. It wraps around the urethra, a tube that carries urine from the bladder. The prostate produces most of a male’s semen.

To diagnose prostatitis, a physician will collect a patient’s urine and thoroughly exam his prostate gland. To check the prostate gland, a physician will carry out a digital rectal examination, which involves inserting a well lubricated gloved finger into the rectum to check for any abnormalities of the gland. The physician also may collect a sample of prostate fluid so that it can be analyzed.

Some physicians also may want to carry out a prostate specific antigen test to measure the amount of this chemical in a person’s blood. Both prostatitis and prostate cancer can increase a patient’s PSA level.

Estimates on the number of males in the United States who will experience prostatitis during their lifetimes range up to 50 percent. Many urologic disease experts feel that from 5 to 10 percent of males will be experiencing prostatitis at a particular time, making it one of the most common urologic diseases in the U.S.

Over the years, prostatitis has been subdivided into a number of categories, but today commonly accepted variations of the disease include nonbacterial, acute, and chronic.

By far, the most common type of prostatitis is nonbacterial prostatitis. Symptoms may include frequent urination and pain in the lower abdomen or lower back area. Causes may be stress and irregular sexual activity.

According to Dr. Leroy Nyberg, Jr., director of Urology Programs at the National Institutes of Health, treatments for nonbacterial prostatitis may include anti-inflammatory medications or muscle relaxants, taking hot baths, drinking extra fluids, learning to relax when urinating, and ejaculating frequently. “Some physicians also may recommend some changes in a patient’s diet,” Dr. Nyberg said.

Acute bacterial prostatitis can be the result of bacteria, a virus, or a sexually transmitted disease. Symptoms may include fever and chills, low back pain, frequent and painful urination, weak stream when urinating, and infrequent urination.

Dr. Nyberg explained that these infections often are treated with antibiotics, bed rest, stool softener, and increased fluid intake.

Chronic prostatitis may be bacterial or the result of an inflammation of the prostate. Symptoms may include frequent bladder infections, frequent urination, and persistent pain in the lower abdomen or back.

This form of prostatitis often is treated with medications (often antibiotics), changes in the diet, biofeedback, and nonprescription supplements, according to Dr. Nyberg.

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