Prostatic massage for
prostatitis ("milking" of the prostate by a doctor) is an old treatment that many doctors are beginning to use again
because medicines do not always successfully cure prostatitis.
To massage your
prostate gland, the doctor inserts a
lubricated, gloved finger into your rectum and presses several times on your
prostate. This may need to be done 2 or 3 times a week. Why this works is not
certain, but it is believed that the massage helps open blocked ducts in the
prostate, improving circulation and antibiotic penetration into the
Prostatic massage is not done for acute prostatitis,
because it could cause the bacteria to spread from the prostate and cause a
wider infection (sepsis).
Other treatments that may be helpful for prostatitis include:
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WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
June 04, 2014
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