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Prostatitis


The prostate gland is located just below the bladder, and the urethra (the tube carrying urine from the bladder) runs through the middle of the prostate.

It follows then, that an enlarged or unhealthy prostate can interfere with efficiently emptying your bladder. The prostate gland is also crucial for a healthy sex life because one of functions of the prostate is to provide some of the liquid that carries sperm on its way.
 

So what is prostatitis?

 

Prostatitis may be described as an infection of, or in, the prostate gland. However, prostatitis can also be inflammation of the prostate without any bacterial infection. It is important to note that having prostatitis does not raise your risk of being diagnosed with prostate cancer.
 

Who is affected by prostatitis?

 

Men of all ages can be affected by prostatitis. So whilst an enlarged prostate gland does not usually become symptomatic before middle age, even young men may suffer with prostatitis.

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What are the symptoms of prostatitis?

 

Repeated bladder infections are one of the main symptoms of prostatitis caused by infection. If it keeps on happening for more than three months, your doctor will consider chronic prostatitis.
 

You may also have no symptoms of prostatitis or symptoms so sudden and severe that you seek emergency medical care.

When present, symptoms include:

  • Repeated bladder infections
  • Frequent urge to urinate
  • Difficulty urinating
  • Pain or burning during urination
  • Chills and fever
 

Other symptoms may include pelvic pain, pain during ejaculation, and pain with sexual intercourse and sometimes blood in the urine.

Are there different types of prostatitis?

There are three main types of prostatitis:

  1. Acute Bacterial Prostatitis

Fortunately acute bacterial prostatitis is the least common type of prostatitis. This is a sudden onset bacterial prostatitis with severe symptoms.

 

Men suffering this condition have an acute urinary tract infection with increased urinary frequency and urgency, a need to pee a lot at night, and have pain in the pelvis and genital area.
 

They often have fever, chills, nausea, vomiting, and burning when urinating. Acute bacterial prostatitis requires immediate medical treatment, as the condition can lead to bladder infections, abscesses in the prostate or, in extreme cases, completely blocked urine flow.
 

So if this sounds like your symptoms, please seek medical advice without delay.
 

  1. Chronic Bacterial Prostatitis

Chronic bacterial prostatitis is usually caused by repeated urinary tract infections that have entered into the prostate gland. For some men it may exist for several years before the symptoms become apparent.
 

The symptoms may be likened to those of acute bacterial prostatitis, but are not as severe, and may come on gradually (rather than the sudden onset of symptoms with acute bacterial prostatitis).
 

Chronic bacterial prostatitis is treated by your doctor with antibiotics.
 

  1. Chronic Nonbacterial Prostatitis

Chronic nonbacterial prostatitis is the most common form of prostatitis. It is sometimes referred to as chronic nonbacterial prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome. The condition is diagnosed by your doctor when you have urinary and genital pain for at least three months, but without having any bacteria present in your urine.

 

What Causes Prostatitis?

The jury is still out on the exact causes of prostatitis, but the experts believe that the bacteria that cause bacterial prostatitis may be from a backward flow of infected urine or stool from the rectum.

 

Who is at risk of developing prostatitis?

  • Men who have had a recent bladder infection
  • Or, a recent urinary tract infection
  • If you have an abnormal urinary tract
  • If you have had a urinary catheter inserted as part of a medical procedure
  • If you have an enlarged prostate
 

How is prostatitis diagnosed?

Only your doctor can give you an accurate diagnosis of prostatitis, and may refer you to a urologist to confirm the diagnosis.

Diagnosing prostatitis involves ruling out other conditions as the cause of your symptoms and determining what kind of prostatitis you have. Your doctor will ask about your medical history and your symptoms. He or she will also do a physical exam, which will likely include a digital rectal examination.

Your doctor will usually order some diagnostic tests. Diagnostic tests might include:

  • Urine test. This is to determine if an infection is present in your urine
  • Blood test. This determines any signs of infection and also prostate problems
  • Imaging tests. A CT Scan or ultrasound of your prostate and urinary tract

 

How is prostatitis treated?

Bacterial prostatitis is usually treated with antibiotics and medication to relieve pain.

Nonbacterial prostatitis is often not treated with antibiotics because it is believed to be chronic and not caused by an infection that is still active.

Your doctor may prescribe:

  • medications to relax the prostate muscles called alpha-adrenergic blockers, which are the same medications used to treat other prostate conditions
  • prescription pain medication or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs to reduce pain and swelling
  • stool softeners to prevent constipation


Additional things that you can do for yourself at home include:

  • Relaxing in a warm bath
  • Drinking cranberry juice or extract
  • Avoiding drinks containing caffeine
  • Avoiding alcohol
  • Taking a herbal supplement such as Prostate PowerFlow

 

What is Prostate PowerFlow?

When taken daily Prostate PowerFlow supports prostate health.

Prostate PowerFlow’s formulation works to support prostate health and contains the following four key active ingredients:

  • Saw Palmetto

Saw Palmetto is a herb. The ripe fruit of the plant are used to make medicine. According to many studies it is effective in decreasing the symptoms of an enlarged prostate.

 

  • Lycopene

Tomato derived lycopene supports a healthy prostate. Lycopene has been shown to reduce the risk of certain cancers. It can help stop the enlargement of the prostate and help this condition from progressing to prostate cancer.

 

  • Selenium

Selenium acts as an antioxidant protection.

Prostate PowerFlow provides up to 50% of the selenium RDA daily for men for prostate health NZ (RDA varies in different countries).

 

  • Zinc

Zinc is necessary for your body to manufacture testosterone. Testosterone is the key male hormone for potency and fertility. Low zinc levels may contribute to low sperm count and low libido.
 

To support your prostate health, it is suggested that you take two capsules of PowerFlow daily; One in the morning and one in the evening with food.
 

Prostate PowerFlow is 100% natural and is free of unpleasant side effects. It is manufactured in New Zealand to the highest standards with thorough testing and guarantees of no adulteration or undeclared ingredients.
 

Prostate PowerFlow is recommended for long term use to support prostate health and has helped thousands of men since it was launched over a decade ago.


 

 

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